The Swelling and Doping of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers
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It attempts to provide insight into the mixing,
hydration and annealing of self assembled multilayered films based on
precise counting of doping ions and water content inside polymer films.
Several practical applications are then explained in light of this
theory. Polyelectrolyte multilayers are ideal mixes forming amorphous films.
They can be built by inverted dip spin coating, spraying, casting or traditional
pipetted spin coating. Charged polymer chains are entropically
driven to interact electrostatically based on the concentration of
small ions in solution. Their hydration can be used to extrapolate a
universal doping parameter which can be used to better characterize
and classify any existing ionic dopants and films. These films can
be used to control the electroluminescence of Ru(bpy)33+
based on its controlled diffusion towards a film coated platinum electrode.
They can also inhibit corrosion of metals by shielding of harmful
ions in solutions.