Dynamics of colloidal pitch adsorption at the solid-liquid interface by surface plasmon resonance

Gerard Murray, Karen Stack, Douglas McLean, Wei Shen, Gil Garnier

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This study has two objectives. The first is to investigate the direct adsorption of pitch on pulp fibres as a papermaking strategy. The second objective is to evaluate the potential of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to quantify the adsorption of polydisperse colloids at the solida??liquid interface. The affinity of colloidal pitch for carboxyl methyl dextran (CMD) surfaces was studied by SPR and optical microscopy. The dynamics of adsorption and desorption of concentration pulses of colloidal pitch on carboxy methyl dextranwere followedat the solida??liquid interface by SPR. The parameters investigatedwere temperature, pitch concentration, colloid size and pitch build-up. The direct adsorption of pitch onto pulp fibreswas found to be a poor strategy for pitch control in papermaking. This is because of the very lowchemical affinity of pitch for polysaccharide surfaces. Pitch can be carried by fibres as the lowdesorption rate might not allowfull desorption during papermaking. Pitch has a stronger affinity for pitch covered surfaces than for polysaccharides and first adsorbs as colloidsa??not as individual fatty/resin acid molecules. Adsorbed pitch particles then serve as nucleation centres for further pitch adsorption. SPR is a suitable analytical technique to quantify the adsorption dynamics of polydisperse colloids at the solida??liquid interface. The low signal response measured for the larger colloid was explained with the bouncing ball mechanism. A fractionation of the polydisperse colloid was observed, with the small particles being eluded first, followed by the bigger one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127 - 133
Number of pages7
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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