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J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Nov 16;127(45):15688-9.

AFM single molecule experiments at the solid-liquid interface: in situ conformation of adsorbed flexible polyelectrolyte chains.

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Department of Chemistry, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam, New York 13699-5810, USA.

Abstract

This paper reports the in situ study of conformations of flexible synthetic polymer molecules of protonated poly(2-vinylpyridine) at the solid-liquid interface at different pH of aqueous solutions. The direct conformation study of such thin ( approximately 0.4 nm) single molecules under liquid is performed for the first time. The highly protonated poly(2-vinylpyridine) chains possess a conformation of 2D equilibrated random coil, while at low degree of protonation, molecules are in the conformation of a strongly compressed 3D coil. Molecules are immobile during the few hours of the AFM experiment.

PMID:
16277495
DOI:
10.1021/ja0558239

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