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Reversible and irreversible pH induced conformational changes in self-assembled weak polyelectrolyte multilayers probed using etched fiber Bragg grating sensors

Shivananju, BN and Prashanth, GR and Asokan, S and Varma, Manoj M (2014) Reversible and irreversible pH induced conformational changes in self-assembled weak polyelectrolyte multilayers probed using etched fiber Bragg grating sensors. In: SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 201 . pp. 37-45.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.snb.2014.04.082

Abstract

Polyelectrolytes are charged polymer species which electrostatically adsorb onto surfaces in a layer by layer fashion leading to the sequential assembly of multilayer structures. It is known that the morphology of weak polyelectrolyte structures is strongly influenced by environmental variables such as pH. We created a weak polyelectrolyte multilayer structure (similar to 100 nm thick) of cationic polymer poly-allylamine hydrochloride (PAH) and an anionic polymer poly-acrylic acid (PAA) on an etched clad fiber Bragg grating (EFBG) to study the pH induced conformational transitions in the polymer multilayers brought about by the variation in charge density of weak polyelectrolyte groups as a function of pH. The conformational changes of the polyelectrolyte multilayer structure lead to changes in optical density of the adsorbed film which reflects in the shift of the Bragg wavelength from the EFBG. Using the EFBG system we were able to probe reversible and irreversible pH induced transitions in the PAH/PAA weak polyelectrolyte system. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Etched Fiber Bragg Grating; Polyelectrolytes; Layer by Layer; pH Response
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Astronomy and Astrophysics Programme
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Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 10:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49613

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