Influence of surface electrokinetics on organosilane adsorption

J. S. Quinton, P. C. Dastoor

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The time-dependent adsorption of propyltrimethoxysilane (PTMS) in aqueous solution on four substrates (aluminum, zinc, iron and chromium oxide) has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Oscillations in the adsorption isotherm as a function of adsorption time in solution have been observed for all of the substrates studied. The adsorption of PTMS is shown to depend strongly upon the isoelectric point of the surface oxide. The closer the isoelectric point is to the solution pH, the more rapid is the initial adsorption rate of silane on the surface. Models are proposed to explain the influence that the electrokinetics of the surface has upon the adsorption mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages4
JournalSurface and Interface Analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999
Externally publishedYes


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