Interaction between a tertiary amine methacrylate based polyelectrolyte and a sodium montmorillonite dispersion and its rheological and colloidal properties

Alemdar A., Butun V.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, vol.95, no.2, pp.300-306, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 95 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/app.21223
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.300-306
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The rheological and colloidal properties of sodium montmorillonite dispersions were investigated in the presence of a special type of cationic polymer [modified poly(ethylene glycol)]. 2-(Dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate was polymerized with monomethoxy-capped oligo(ethylene glycol) via aqueous atom transfer radical polymerization. The tertiary amine residues of the resulting polymer were then quaternized with methyl iodide to obtain a cationic polyelectrolyte. The rheology and zeta-potential experiments showed that the cationic polymer adsorbed onto the sodium montmorillonite surface strongly. The rheological parameters (plastic viscosity and yield value) were obtained with a rotational low-shear rheometer. The results indicated a gradual increase in gelation with the addition of the cat-ionic polymer, which reached a maximum at a cationic polymer concentration of 0.4-0.8 g/L. This gel-like dispersion showed pronounced thixotropy. A further increase in the polymer concentration resulted in a reduction in this gelation. The adsorption of the cationic polymer onto the clay surface reduced the 6 potential to small values, but no isoelectric point was observed. The basal-spacing measurements showed that the cationic polymer strongly adsorbed onto the sodium montmorillonite instead of entering the montmorillonite layers. (C) 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.