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Temperature-dependent deicing properties of electrostatically anchored branched brush layers of poly(ethylene oxide)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Vilnius University, Lithuania.
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2016 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 32, no 17, p. 4194-4202Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The hydration water of hydrophilic polymers freezes at subzero temperatures. The adsorption of such polymers will result in a hydrophilic surface layer that strongly binds water. Provided this interfacial hydration water remains liquidlike at subzero temperatures, its presence could possibly reduce ice adhesion, in particular, if the liquidlike layer is thicker than or comparable to the surface roughness. To explore this idea, a diblock copolymer, having one branched bottle-brush block of poly(ethylene oxide) and one linear cationic block, was electrostatically anchored on flat silica surfaces. The shear ice adhesion strength on such polymer-coated surfaces was investigated down to -25 °C using a homebuilt device. In addition, the temperature dependence of the ice adhesion on surfaces coated with only the cationic block, only the branched bottle-brush block, and with linear poly(ethylene oxide) was investigated. Significant ice adhesion reduction, in particular, at temperatures above -15 °C, was observed on silica surfaces coated with the electrostatically anchored diblock copolymer. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements on bulk polymer solutions demonstrate different thermal transitions of water interacting with branched and linear poly(ethylene oxide) (with hydration water melting points of about -18 and -10 °C, respectively). This difference is consistent with the low shear ice adhesion strength measured on surfaces carrying branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide) at -10 °C, whereas no significant adhesion reduction was obtained with linear poly(ethylene oxide) at this temperature. We propose a lubrication effect of the hydration water bound to the branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide), which, in the bulk, does not freeze until -18 °C.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2016. Vol. 32, no 17, p. 4194-4202
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-142DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b00671Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84968764173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-142DiVA, id: diva2:933922
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2020-12-01Bibliographically approved

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