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The interaction of a cationic silane coupling agent with mica

By B. D. Favis, L. P. Blanchard, J. Leonard and R. E. Prud'homme


Carbon analysis was used as a method for measuring the quantity of a cationic vinyl benzyl silane (CVBS) adsorbed onto the surface of mica. The results obtained indicate that CVBS can be applied from aqueous solution over a wide pH range with best treatment in neutral and acidic media. The amount adsorbed depends on the concentration of the treating solution in the lower concentration range while in the higher range, the adsorption is less dependent on concentration. The relationship, silane adsorption vs. time of treatment, shows a steplike dependence. It is suggested that each step corresponds to a monolayer coverage. The data indicate that CVBS on mica is a highly ordered and closely packed multilayer phase with the silane molecules oriented normal to the surface. The multilayer adsorption of silane onto silane in this system may be compared in some respects to polymer crystal growth.Peer reviewed: YesNRC publication: Ye

Publisher: Wiley
Year: 1983
DOI identifier: 10.1002/app.1983.070280327
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