(175b) Forces Between Micro-Bubbles in the Presence of Novel Responsive Peptide Surfactants
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 3:30pm to 3:45pm
Reversibly switchable surfactants are becoming increasingly important for controlling foam stability in many industrial applications because they can be recycled as foaming and antifoaming agents. Novel stimuli responsive peptide surfactants have been previously studied to classify the molecular confirmation at the air-water interface before and after switching. In this study, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used to correlate the peptide conformation to directly measured changes in colloidal interaction forces between immobilized air bubbles before and after switching(1). In addition the local surface tension of the micro-bubbles was measured from the AFM measurments as well. Results were compared to previous studies of macroscopic foam column stability using these peptides. Differences in foam stability and the AFM force measurements were apparent, highlighting variations in directly measured equilibrium colloidal interactions to macroscopic bulk behavior. These results help elucidate the connection between the switching mechanism of novel stimuli responsive peptide surfactants and their effect on colloidal scale interactions between bubbles.
1. Balasuriya, Dagastine, Langmuir 2012, 28, 17230.