Tailoring Force Interactions for Solvent-Based Processing of Ceramics

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Abstract: Environmental pollution resulting from burn-off is a major concern during ceramics processing. Focus on decreasing organic content and increasing recovery of solvents has become very desirable both from a manufacturing plant standpoint as well as from the standpoint of the government and its people. Colloid processing advances using atomic force microscopy is presented as a means to develop a solvent-based system through which interactions of particles in suspensions with the wall or with themselves can be tailored without the use of organic dispersants. Predictions are made and expected force interactions are calculated for silica particle interactions with a steel wall under various liquid environments. Attachment of a colloid sphere atop of an AFM cantilever allows for the measurement of interaction between the sphere and a surface. Van der Waals interactions in aqueous and non-aqueous environments are specifically calculated and addressed and the effect of porosity is compared with the idealized solid-sphere case. Furthermore, development of methodologies to examine force interactions of particles (both hydrophobic and hydrophilic) in solvents is detailed.
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Abstract: Environmental pollution resulting from burn-off is a major concern during ceramics processing. Focus on decreasing organic content and increasing recovery of solvents has become very desirable both from a manufacturing plant standpoint as well as from the standpoint of the government and its people. Colloid processing advances using atomic force microscopy is presented as a means to develop a solvent-based system through which interactions of particles in suspensions with the wall or with themselves can be tailored without the use of organic dispersants. Predictions are made and expected force interactions are calculated for silica particle interactions with a steel wall under various liquid environments. Attachment of a colloid sphere atop of an AFM cantilever allows for the measurement of interaction between the sphere and a surface. Van der Waals interactions in aqueous and non-aqueous environments are specifically calculated and addressed and the effect of porosity is compared with the idealized solid-sphere case. Furthermore, development of methodologies to examine force interactions of particles (both hydrophobic and hydrophilic) in solvents is detailed.
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2 2011 Karran V. Woan


3 To the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering


4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I thank my family for providing me with the opportunity and li fe to be able to focus on making a difference. I would also like to thank my closest friends (Andy Gerger, Ron Jones, Hyoungjun Park, Derek Rampal, and Morgan Yorloff Richardson ) for fostering kind n ess and patience. Especially, I was assisted and trained in various research techniques by Georgios Pyrgiotakis Finally, I thank all my colleagues, my mentor the UF D epartment of Materials Science and Engineering, been blessed to have had for guidance in becoming a more profess ional and ef fective scientist and engineer.


5 TABLE OF CONTENTS page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ................................ ................................ ................................ .. 4 LIST OF TABLES ................................ ................................ ................................ ............ 7 LIST OF FIGURES ................................ ................................ ................................ .......... 8 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ................................ ................................ ........................... 10 ABSTRACT ................................ ................................ ................................ ................... 11 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION ................................ ................................ ................................ .... 12 Ceramics Processing ................................ ................................ .............................. 12 Environmental Impact of Ceramics Processing ................................ ...................... 15 Objectives and Approach ................................ ................................ ........................ 17 Structure of Thesis ................................ ................................ ................................ .. 18 2 BACKGROUND ................................ ................................ ................................ ...... 21 Colloidal Science and Particle Dispersions ................................ ............................. 21 Forces Experienced by Particles ................................ ................................ ............ 22 Van der Waa ls Force ................................ ................................ ........................ 22 Double Layer Effects and Forces ................................ ................................ ..... 25 Derjaguin and Landau, Verwey and Overbeek Theory ................................ ..... 29 Non DLVO Forces ................................ ................................ ............................ 30 Methods of Stabilization ................................ ................................ .......................... 32 Measurement of Surface Forces ................................ ................................ ............. 33 Atomic Force Microscopy Colloid Probe ................................ ................................ 36 3 DETERMINING VAN DER WAALS INTERACTION AND SURFACE PROPERTIES ................................ ................................ ................................ ......... 40 Introduction to the Hamaker Coefficient ................................ ................................ .. 40 Simplifications to Determine Dielectric Response Function ................................ .... 41 Repulsive Van Der Waals Forces ................................ ................................ ........... 42 System of Interest ................................ ................................ ................................ ... 44 Surface Properties of Silica Sphere ................................ ................................ .. 45 Scanning electron microscopy ................................ ................................ ... 46 X ray diffraction ................................ ................................ .......................... 47 Surface Properties of Stainless Steel Plate ................................ ...................... 48 Auger electron spectroscopy ................................ ................................ ...... 48 Atomic force microscopy ................................ ................................ ............ 50


6 Dielectric Response Functions ................................ ................................ ............... 50 Summary and Solvents of Interest ................................ ................................ .......... 52 4 IMPLEMENTING COLLOID PROBE ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY ................. 61 Overview ................................ ................................ ................................ ................. 61 Atomic Force Microscopes ................................ ................................ ...................... 62 Fluid Cell Modifications ................................ ................................ ........................... 65 Colloid Probe and Particle Attachment ................................ ................................ ... 67 Summary ................................ ................................ ................................ ................ 71 5 FORCE INTERACTION MEASUREMENTS ................................ ........................... 77 Overview ................................ ................................ ................................ ................. 77 Characterizing Contact Regions ................................ ................................ ............. 77 Determining Cantilever Spring Constants ................................ ............................... 78 Liquid and Chemical Information ................................ ................................ ............ 80 Atomic Force Microscopy Parameters ................................ ................................ .... 80 Force Curve Results ................................ ................................ ............................... 82 Force Curves in Non Aqueous Liquid Conditions ................................ ............. 82 Force Curves in Aqueous Conditions ................................ ............................... 86 Settling Study of Particles in Various Liquids ................................ .......................... 89 Summary ................................ ................................ ................................ ................ 91 6 CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE WORK ................................ ............................... 100 Conclusions ................................ ................................ ................................ .......... 100 Future Work ................................ ................................ ................................ .......... 101 Refractive Index Matching of Liquids ................................ .............................. 101 Abb refractometer ................................ ................................ .................. 102 Results of refractive index measurements of liquid mixtures ................... 102 Towards Characterization of Particle Particle Interactions ............................. 103 LIST OF REFERENCES ................................ ................................ ............................. 112 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ................................ ................................ .......................... 119


7 LIST OF TABLES Table page 2 1 Interaction and force equatio ns ................................ ................................ .......... 38 3 1 Parameters used to determin e dielectric response functions ............................. 54 3 2 Calculated Hamaker coefficients and expected vdW for ce s ............................... 55 5 1 settling measurements ......................... 93


8 LIST OF FIGURES Figure page 1 1 Materials science tetrahedron ................................ ................................ ............. 20 2 1 Various general conditions of DLVO forces ................................ ........................ 39 3 1 Electron microscop y of porous silica spheres ................................ ..................... 56 3 2 X ray diffraction of silica particles ................................ ................................ ....... 57 3 3 Auger electron spectroscopy of steel ................................ ................................ .. 58 3 4 Tapping mode AFM of steel plate surface ................................ .......................... 59 3 5 Dielectric response function calculations ................................ ............................ 60 3 6 Force comparison for silica against steel surfaces in solvents ........................... 60 4 1 O rings materials for Multimode AFM fluid cell ................................ ................... 72 4 2 O ring modification to fit into fluid cell groove ................................ ..................... 73 4 3 Liquid media containment system ................................ ................................ ...... 74 4 4 Optical l ight microscopy of contact mode colloid probe ................................ ...... 75 4 5 Optical microscopy of tipless cantilever colloid probe ................................ ......... 76 5 1 TGT1 reverse imaging grid and imaging of silica colloid probe .......................... 94 5 2 Representative force curves of silica agai nst stainless steel in methanol ........... 95 5 3 Reproducibility of force curve ................................ ................................ ............. 95 5 4 Representative force curves of silica against stainless steel in THF .................. 96 5 5 Compa ring force interactions in THF with theory ................................ ................ 96 5 6 Attraction and adhesion strength of silica against steel ................................ ...... 97 5 7 Jump in measur ed for attraction of silica against steel ................................ ...... 97 5 8 Force curves of silica against steel in aqueous conditions ................................ 98 5 9 Comparison o f DLVO calculation with experimental results ............................... 98 5 10 Settling experimental setup ................................ ................................ ................ 99


9 5 11 Settling profile of silica in t he prese nce of various solvents ................................ 99 6 1 Refractive index measurement of THF in methanol ................................ .......... 107 6 2 Refractive index measur ement of chlorofor m in methanol ................................ 108 6 3 Refractive index meas urement of p xylene in methanol ................................ ... 109 6 4 AFM of silica particles embedded into epoxy ................................ .................... 110 6 5 Comparison of water droplet on treated silicon wafer ................................ ....... 111


10 LIST OF ABBREVIATION S AES Auger electron spectroscopy AFM Atomic force microscopy DLVO Derjag ui n and Landau, Verwey and Overbee k theory DRF Dielectric response function EDL Electric double layer HPLC High performance liquid chromatography OTS Octadecyltrichlorosilane PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene SEM Scanning electron microscopy SFA Surface force a pparatus THF Tetrahydrofuran vdW van der Waals VOC Volatile organic compounds XRD X ray diffraction


11 Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy TAILORING FORCE INTERACTIONS FOR SOLVENT BASED PROCESSING OF CERAMICS By Karran V. Woan May 2011 Chair: Wolfgang M. Sigmund Major: Materials Science and Engineering Environmental pollution resulting f rom burn off is a major concern during ceramics processing. Focus on decreasing organic content and increasing recovery of solvents has become very desirable both from a manufacturing plant standpoint as well as from the standpoint of the government and its people. Colloi d processing advances using atomic force microscopy is presented as a means to develop a solvent based system through which interactions of particles in suspensions with the wall or with themselves can be tailored without the use of organic dispersants. Pr edictions are made and expected force interactions are calculated for silica particle interactions with a steel wall under various liquid environments. Attachment of a colloid sphere atop of an AFM cantilever allows for the measurement of interaction betwe en the sphere and a surface. Van der Waals interact ions in aqueous and non aqueous environments are specifically calculated and addressed and the effect of porosity is compared with the idealized solid sphere case. Furthermore, development of methodologies to examine force interactions of particles (both hydrophobic and hydrophilic) in solvents is detailed.


12 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Ceramics Processing Ceramics form some of the hardest and most stable materials known to man. The chemical combination of a met al with a nonmetal through covalent and ionic bonds im part these properties. The lack of chemical reactivity and extreme har dness are often times what make these materials desirable, resulting in the use of the materials in such applications as refractory, culinary, storage, structural, and shielding. However, these same properties make the materials quite challenging to process. Traditionally, and in the realm of art finished ceramic work s were completed in a al act o f chiseling and carving which can be applied to sculptors who ut ilize everything from chisels to chainsaws when shaping and form ing intrica te designs and structures from large block s of raw material s These materials can extend from marble, to granite, to jade, and even to ice. Another way in which ceramics have been shaped is through the process of building upwards or consolidation This a pplies to such arts as pottery or glass forming In glass forming, hard pieces of silica are heated upwards of 1300C a nd then blown into intricate shapes and allowed to gradually cool to remove residual stresses. In pottery, clay particulates are watered down and made into a pliable paste and then molded to shape. Ceramic figurines can also be made from clay casted into s hape s by design ed mold s or template s The final product is either fired in a kiln or glazed over with a silica type compound before firing. The firing causes the individual particles to undergo mass transport processes fusing the particles with one another and forming a dense structure.


13 Though the arts emphasize uniqueness, aesthetics, and often times the addition of proprietary ingredients which yields effects of unknown mechanisms, the scientific and engineering aspects maintains reproducibility and ident ifying mechanisms and trends as its priority. S ignificant industries exist for the production of traditional cer amics such as those for white wares, pottery, paper coatings, and refractory applications. Many industrial and technical processes remain an art due in large part to the difficulties of reproducibility and limitations of scientific research capabilities. Often times the art persists in combination of the aforementioned difficulties as well as for the preservation of trade secrets in both materials components and processing. Furthermore, advanced application ceramic s processing techniques began taking shape in the last 50 years. These further applications of ceramic materials include electronics, biomedical, dental and cosmetics, surface coatings, catalytic degradation, and energy production and storage materials Well defined toleranc es and control of purity and reproduc ibility during processing becomes much more necessary. Figure 1 1 is cally represents the interrelationships between various factors in producing a material for a desired application. In most applications the performance of the material is the bottom line task for the engineer. This performance includes such factors as how well a material performs its intended task in a particular environment or how frequent a load a material can take. Materials scientists and engineers seek to understand and to utilize the interplay of how synthesis, microstructures, and materials propertie s affect one another and to design for a certain application or to performance criteria


14 Rather than machi ning out part s like how a sculptor might go about carving ice or chiseling marble into unique works advanced ceramics are usually processed with simi lar methodologies to pottery or casting since they allow for significant control for each step of the process G enerally the processing can be segmented into a variety of steps. The first stage is the acquisition and purification of fine and powdery raw m aterials T his may be obtained from nature through mining or synthesized in the laboratory Often times this stage requires very well characterized particles of particular size s and shape s and level s of purit y for the intended application. The second stage consists of forming and or consolidation of the particles. This may be achieved through pressing, casting into a mold, plastic forming, injection molding, and various other processes, which yields a desired shape. These variet ies of processing techniques often require the use of some sort of mechanism to fluidize the particles and allow them to take upon a desired geometry. In som e applications this filling or shaping s tage is the final and intended product such as in chromatographic columns or in filtrati on vessels containing particulate matter. The final step often consists of heating or firing the system to facilitate a variety of processes. The first is termed calcination which relates to the chemical decomposition of various carbonate or hydrated miner als, to remove unwanted compounds, or to cause changes in material phases. The second function, and often occur ring at higher temperatures is the sintering process resulting in appreciable mass transport resulting in the fusing of particles and densificat ion of the final product. Any of these steps can lead to flaws in the final product. Issues with the raw material include non uniform sizes of particles or contamination and unwanted phases


15 which can make for difficulties in shaping and further result in n on uniform firing and lead to me chanical failure of the product Consolidation or shaping issues include large part lines or inability to maintain the shape under its own weight or the presence of stress concentrators like pores which can lead to mechanica l failure during the firing stage. F urthermore inadequate time or temperature effects during firing could lead to an immature final product with stress concentrators due to unreacted components pore and void formation, formation of unwanted microstructur es and large sized defects, or non uniformity of the finished product The shaping or packing stage during which particles are fluidized generates a great deal of challenges and materials science based research opportunities Significantly, often times, la rge amounts of organic dispersants and other additives are utilized to ensure the particles r emain in suspension and to ensure uniform fluid properties. For instanc e, during injection molding processing, the fluidized ceramics may contain nearly 20 volume percent organics 1 The calcination of these parts leads to combustion of the organics and results in the dispersal of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere Environmental Impact of Ceramics Proce ssing The ceramics industry is responsible for a great deal of particulate air pollution as well as VOCs and sulfur dioxide gas during manufacturing. China produces 2/3 rd of the 2 Previously, a major portion of the ceramics industry was loc ated in Guangdong wise) and most prosperous province Unfortunately, the large concentration of ceramics processing ( as well as other manufacturing) plants in the city of Foshan led to significant air and water quality issues for the region


16 Environmental concern has become more significant with the impact of rapid urbanization and industrialization being felt. keep up with the pace of development, and this has led to some serious repercussions A third of the land experiences acid rain, half of the river waters are not potable resulting in a quarter of the people not having clean drinking wat er, and finally, air pollution has led to lung cancer being the number one National S trategies and China Ceramics Industry in the F uture 2010. Though the majority of the acid rain, air particulates, and other toxic pollutants is burning plants, pollution from ceramics production contributes quite significantly to the deterioration of the environment and peop health 3 The environmental po llution can be categorized into either air based or water based pollutants. Ceramics processing and manufacturing facilities contribute to air pollution through the pr oduction of various substances including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and sus pended particulates, the listed being those which are monitored. Reports in 2007 detailing the air quality of the Guangdong province indicate that over a third of the time, the concentrations of pollutants exceeded the government established thresholds 4 Water pollution stems from the water /aqueous based contribution often used to suspend ceramics raw materials during transport or forming steps of the processing. This waste water often results from the presence of additives to impart good dispersive


17 qualities The resulting aqueous solution is no longer useful and is often released into nearby bodies of water before decontamination. P ollution problems have since been mitigated through logistical handling by shutting down 87 ceramics enterprises and 269 production lines within the Chancheng district in Foshan. Furthermore i mplementation of technological pollution mitigating procedures included subjecting exhaust gas to a kiln to further decompose organic compounds, drying the exhaust, desulphurization, and removal of dust have led to decreased environmental impact 3 However, most of these steps are instated after waste has already been generated. The manufacturing centers have increasingly sought purer and higher grade raw materials which does cut down on some of the side reactions which might evolve toxic compounds, but to a large extent, the ceramics proces sing remains the same. And prevention of waste dispersed into the environment is the standard task rather than the minimization of waste generation in the first place. The focus and goal of this dissertation is to develop characterization techniques that will facilitate an approach to processing which minimizes the use of large amounts of dispersants or other organic lubricants. Furthermore, a system which can be recovered readily and be reused for subsequent batch processing is desired so as to minimize further streams of waste generation. Objectives and Approach The goal is to move towa rds system s which do excess and unrecoverable additives during processing Objective wise, this means developing a liquids based system and characterization capabilities and protocol to reinforce and support its design. The approach is to utilize the advances that have been made in


18 colloidal science processing to predict and tailor interactions between ceramic particles and various interfaces during processin g. Predictions occur through the use of simplified theories of force interactions at a distance between surfaces in various media, and direct characterization occurs by modified atomic force microscopy to quantify th e interaction forces experienced betwee n two real world surfaces in a variety of liquid media and to compare the results with theory Structure of Thesis Now that an impetus for developing processes to minimize the use of large organic processing aids has been established, C hapter 2 provides the background information and literature review on the topic of force interactions between surfaces in colloidal systems and larger suspensions, primarily as it relates to ceramics processing. A discussion on the mechanisms of fundamental forces between s urfaces is presented and methods to calculate and to predict the interactions are addressed. D etailed developments of characterization techniques to quantify surface forces in liquid environments are provided. Chapter 3 addresses the surface properties of a model materials system. Further calculation and use of theory to predict expected interactions are pr ovided. This is followed by detailed modifications to the AFM liquid cell to expand its versatility towards a greater variety of liquid media and the con struction of the colloid probes in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 provides experimental parameters to both characterize the colloid probe interaction area and the cantilever spring constant as well as the experimental parameters and results of the colloid probe meas urement technique in liquid media of interest. Analysis and discussion of the results in the context of literature is also provided. Further more, consideration is placed on the effect of solvent selection on particle particle interactions. C hapter 6 provid es some conclusions and elaborates


19 on extensions and future work to facilitate the characterization of particle particle interactions using colloid probe AFM and to further develop science based solvent selection and characterization methods


20 Figure 1 1. Materials science tetrahedron demonstrating the interplay between synthesis, structure, property, and the resulting performance.


21 CHAPTER 2 BACKGROUND Colloidal Science and Particle Dispersions Colloid s are mixtures of two or more phases. One phase for ms the continuous or host matrix while the second phase is the dispersed or particulate medium. The immiscible combinations of solids, liquids, and gases in one another a re often provided unique terms. A liquid phase dispersed or as a continuous phase in a solid or semi rigid network is called a gel liquid s in a gas are aerosols gas es in liquid s are foam s solid s in liquid s are sol s Note that immiscibility of liquid phases or solid phases can yield a colloid as well such as in the case of liquid in liqui d to form an emulsion or a solid in solid to form a solid sol In ceramics processing, colloid al behavior of a system directly micros tructural uniformities Mechanical properties of ceramics s uch as fracture toughness are directly related to structural inhomogeneities which can act as stress concentrators, and as such, control of how particles and surfaces interact at close distances is extremely important. It is important to note that at times attractive forces might be desired. For instance, filtration efficiencies can be increased if particulates are attractive and adhere to the fibers rather than exhibit neither attractive nor repulsive interactions. Furthermore, in cases where sedimentation is desired such as in wastewater treatment som e level of attractive forces is required to promote the phase separation and leading to the form ation of a sludge The size scale of colloids are often on the order of nanometers to microns wher e stability of the system can be maintained by Brownian motion of the dispersed phase in


22 media that allows for significant mobility or that there is a long term kinetic limitation for separation of the phases such as in solid sols If the dispersed phases are too large, gravitational effects can cause separation and result in colloidal instability. Furthermore, the presence of naturally occurring attractive forces between two similar bodies must be counteracted when desiring a fluidized bed The source of t his attractive force will be discussed as well as other forces which might be experienced by a particle in a colloidal system Forces Experienced by Particles Force is a vector, so it contains a magnitude as well as a direction. The typical interaction of interfaces can be characterized as attractive, repulsive, or neither based on the direction of the force. When the direction of the force draws one body to another, i.e. attractive, the interaction is defined to be in the negative direction When the forc e is such that the force acts to separate surfaces, i.e. repulsive, this is established as in the an attractive nor a repulsive force then the two surfaces do not interact at a distance. Van d er Waals For ce All atoms and molecules exhibit attractive interactions with like species. This is termed the van de r Waals (vdW) force and stems from the dynamics of electronic states o f a particular species and its e ffect on the species around it. J. D. van der Waals was the first to consider the attraction between molecules to explain the deviations real gases have from the ideal gas law PV = n R T, where P is pressure, V is the molar volume, R is the gas constant, T is the temperature, and n is the number of moles. The c orrection for real gas behavior includes a term to decrease the ideal gas volume by a parameter corresponding to th e finite size of molecules and another term to increase


23 the pressure to account for attractive intermolecular forces i.e. inelastic int eractions of molecules during collisions Three different mechanisms contribute to the total vdW interaction : 5 1. Systems havin g perman ent dipoles, e.g. in ionic bondin g cases which result in a molecule having an effective positive charge at one terminal and an effective negative charge at the other terminal separated by some small distance. These are termed Keesom orientation forces. An example is the attraction of NO 2 gas molecules on one another which leads to attractive force interactions. Note that there is a distinction between Keesom forces which exhibit interaction energies inversely proportional to the distance to the 6 th power and hydrogen bonding which is roughly inversely proportional to the distance squared. 2. Systems comprising of multiple species one of which has a dipole and the other being a non polar, but polarizable atom or molecule can exhibit attractive inte ractions as well. This occurs by the interaction of the electric field emanating from the polar molecule to induce charge separation by the other species. The now induced dipole interacts with the polar molecule. This process is termed the Debye interactio n or Dipole induced dipole forces. 3. The final mechanism applies to non polar atoms or molecules which can have momentary /instantaneous non uniform charge gradients due to the natural motion s of electrons This instantaneous charge separation results in an e lectric field which can subsequently polarize the electron distributi ons of nearby non polar enti ties lead ing to attractive interactions. This is termed dispersion or London force interactions. These force interactions can be calculated knowing an atom or moment a nd it As applied to molecules and atoms, a ll v dW contributing forces exhibit interactions that diminish in magnitude with inverse distance to the power of 7, i.e. F = C/x 7 with F being for ce, x is the separation distance, and C is a constant comprising the sum of each of the three vdW comp onents Dispersion forces, though, play a role in all systems and are often the most dominant The except ion to this is for very small molecules or for i nteractions between highly polar molecules such as water interacting with a like molecule across a vacuum I n which case the dispersion component represents only ~25% of the vdW interaction 6


24 In 1937, Hamaker was able to extend the results for vdW interactions among atoms and molecules to macroscopic bodies such as particles and surfaces by using pair wise additivity of the interactions over all the atoms of the two entities 7 8 The interaction potential V vdW relationship is shown below ( 2 1) w here v is the volume of each body, represents the numbers of molecules per unit volume of each body, C is an interaction coefficient, and x is the separation distance. This equation can be separated into a materials term and a geometric term: ( 2 2) w here A is a m aterials specific constant termed the Hamaker coefficient equivalent to C 2 1 2 Note also that force F vdW and interaction potential are related as follows: ( 2 3) For simple geometrie s pertai ning to this work, the geometric resul ts of vdW interactions are shown in Table 2 1. The equations are seemingly rather simple, however, the difficulty lies in determining the materials interaction or Hamaker coefficient and how to compensate for an intervening medium since the theory present ed above examines the interaction in air or in a vacuum. An intervening medium always leads to a reduction in attractive force, and this will be addressed in the following chapter The important part of this section is the understanding that vdW forces ten another and that the interaction mechanism applies to any and all materials


25 Double Layer Effects and Forces In liquid media, often times, adso rption of ions from solution occur s giving rise to surface charg es. These ions exist due to a variety of sources including acidic or basic conditions or from the dissociation of salts in a polar liquid. O xides usually exhibit hydrated surfaces due to any presence of humidity or due to an aqueous environment. In aqueous conditions, an acidic condition often yields the adso r ption of H + ions, giving rise to positive surface charges whereas in basic conditions, dissociation of H + ions or adsorption of OH ions give rise to negative charges. One might think that the negativ e charges would naturally lead to Coulombic repulsion between particles of like charges, but the reality is that they actually are brought toward s one another due to oppositely charged counter ions in the intervening liquid medium. Since the entire partic le liquid system must remain neutral, counter ions exist in solution to compensate for the surface charge. This leads to the presence of an electric double layer. The first layer called the Stern layer consists of transiently adsorbed surface ions held bot h by Coulombic attraction and van der Waals forces while the second termed the Gouy Chapman layer consists of a thermally induced diffuse layer of counter ions that extend into the solution In liquid systems, two like particles nearing experience repu lsive interactions. As the double layer overlaps, the counter ions become concentrated leading to osmotic or entropy based repulsion by the intervening liquid I n aqueous media, controlling the electrostatic interactions is the most common form of facil itating or tailoring a desired attractive or repulsive interaction using electrostatics For many oxides, the hydrated surface species are directly affected by the liquid environmental conditions. For instance, the concentration of H + or OH ions in


26 soluti on directly determines the surface charge of many oxides. These species are termed potential determining ions, and depending on their concentration, i.e. pH of the aqueous solution, the particle surface may exh ibit the gamut of surface charge/potential goi ng from positive through null to negative values. At potentials with magnitudes larger than thermal kinetic energy (kT motion), the electrostatic repulsion can keep particles separated enough to prevent aggregation or flocculation, and thus enhance the sta bility of most colloidal systems. Furthermore, systems can be coagulated by modifying the electrostatic phenomena. There are three different methods of inducing coagulation or enhancing attractive interactions between particles 9 aside from changing the pH to the so called isoelectric point to ind uce a weak ly electrostatic stabilized system (which often is difficult to accomplish requiring large amounts of highly acidic or basic aqueous additions) or precipitation of salts or implementation of bridging polymers : (i) introducing nonpotential determi ning or indifferent ions to collapse the double layer (ii) introducing complex surface ions species which adsorb to and chelate the particles diminish ing the overall surface potential and resulting in decreasing the strength of the diffuse layer and (iii) the use of heterogeneous particulate systems which exhibit counter charged surfaces which can coagulate the system. The pertinent system often involves mechanism (i) since this directly causes increased concentrations of ions in solution decreasing the osm otic pressure when double layers overlap. Increasing the concentration of a simple salt such as sodium chloride or potassium chloride by a magnitude can drastically decrease electrostatic interactions and effectively allow for the ch aracterization of other forces of a system.


27 depending on electrolyte or salt concentration or pH, so the addition of small amounts of salt can screen for the double layer repulsion effects. Salt serves to only affect the zero frequency contri bution of the Hamaker coefficient since the electrolyte ions cannot respond fast enough or polarize at higher frequencies, therefore the dispersion force still persists even in salt conditions up through 0.1 M NaCl. 5 W hen electrostatic interactions dominate a system, the force interactions are characterized by an exponential decay The counter ions exhibit a B distribution of ( 2 4) w here is the number density of ions with a valence of z with 0 being defined as the density in the bulk solution e is the charge of an electron, and is the electrostatic potential at some distance x from the surface a nd ant and T is temperature. x, the Poisson Boltzmann equation is obtained: ( 2 5) where and 0 are the relative permittiv ity and the permittivity of free space, respectively. This equation can be solved with boundary conditions to give the potential ( ), electric field (E = d /dx) and counter ion density ( ) at any point x: ( 2 6 )


28 The boundary conditi ons being that at the midplane distance, between two charged surfaces, the field E 0 = ( d /dx) 0 = 0, and furthermore that the electroneutrality conditions hold whereby the total charge of the counter ion in between two surfaces must be equal in magnitude an d opposite in direction to the surface charges, resulting in the field at the surface E s being related to the charge density by the following:. ( 2 7 ) There are a limited number of conditions where the Poisson Boltzmann equation yields simple solutions, however, when conditions exist such that surface potentials are < 26 mV (or much smaller than the kT interaction) the charge density can be represented as a Taylor series Furthermore, with higher order terms being negligible and the zeroth order term going to zero due to electroneutrality, a simple exponential decay representation of the surface potential can be expressed: ( 2 8 ) w here is the D ebye H ckel parameter This parameter is also the reciprocal of the so called Debye screening length which describes the characteristic surface potential decay length and depends on the valenc y and concentration of the electrolytes ( 2 9 ) w here r is the dielectric constant of the liquid media, 0 is the permittivity, k B is c 0 represents the bulk concentration for species i.


29 Based on this equation, we can see that at a specific temperature the valency is the dominant factor compared to the electrolyte concentration. Furthermore, f or the case of symmetric electrolytes at room temperature, the Debye length can be easily calculated us ing the following expression where c 0 is the electrolyte bulk concentration in molars. ( 2 10 ) Differentiating the potential equation and multiplying by 1 results in the force term which has the same decay relationship. Since the relationship depends on the Debye screening length, the increase of electrolyte concentration or valency resulting in increasing can decrease the repulsion between surfaces. Also, due to the exponential dependence of the resulting force equation, the do minance of this interaction can be determined by a linear trend observed when plotting force interacti ons on a log force distance graph ( 2 11 ) DLVO Theory The quantitative theory of colloidal stability accounting for electric do uble layer repulsion and vdW attraction is termed the DLVO theory for its founders : Derjaguin and Landau, Verwey and Overbe e k Similar to the Le n nard Jones potentials which are used to often describe the interactio n of molecules and atoms, the attractive v dW potential exhibits a dista nce to the 6 th dependence and is balanced by a repulsive term having a distance to the 12 th dependence. T he DLVO theory accounts for the vdW interaction and that of the double layer repulsion between two surfaces and can be e xpressed as


30 ( 2 12 ) Overall, since the vdW force exhibits a power law interaction, it exceeds the exponential double layer repulsion forces as the distance approaches contact. More specifically, the interactions can be divided in to various phenomena depending on the strength of the interaction. In Figure 2 1 1 the behavior at A is indicative of a vdW dominated interaction where a particle system is drawn to a minimum energy well which r esults in the coagulation of the system and the formation of difficult to separate aggregates. Increasing repulsive potentials results in the formation of a shallow well in the potential distance plot which corresponds to the formation of weakly held flocs which, through kT energy can be easily broken up. The addition of energy through heating can cause the particles to overcome the energy barrier to coagulate. Further increasing of the repulsive interactions leads to the formation of a system with no secon dary minimum and a high energy barrier for coagulation, this is usually indicative of a well dispersed and stable colloid. Finally, in D, the system is dominated by repulsive interactions which might seem beneficial at first for the stability of the system however, the pronounced repulsive i nteractions means that there are limitations to how concentrated the particle dispersion can be. Increasing the concentration of salt can decrease the repulsive potential. Though, the addition of salt may be limited bas ed on the liquid medium being used. Non DLVO Forces Other interactions beyond EDL and vdW exist and come into significant play when the underlying assumptions of the DLVO theory are not met. These assumptions include, among others, that the interacting sur faces be solid and smooth and that the


31 intervening fluid exhibits bulk liquid properties up to the interfaces and are uniform density and orientation. 10 attractive or repulsive interactions and are often termed structural forces since they relate to the structure of the surface as well as the molecular structure of the liquid med ia which is capable of assuming ordered structures during confinement. Many reviews exist to detail these forces including their treatment and interpretation focusing on such interactions as hydrophobic forces, hydration pressures, non charge transfer Lewi s acid base interactions, solvation effects, and other such contributions to the disjoining pressure 10 16 In solution, attractive contributions beyond DLVO force s include the hydrophobic, ion correlation, solvation, and specific binding forces. Hydrophobic forces are long ranged attractive forces whose origins are due to molecular rearrangement due to electrostatic interactions between hydrophilic surfaces for phy sisorbed surfactant surfaces or due to nanobubbles upon silanated surfaces. 14 Silica has been shown to exhibit some unique interactions which are not DLVO in nature and are different from other oxide systems. D ecreasing magnitude of non DLVO forces with increasing electrolyte concentrations beyond the DLVO regime have been observed for silica systems. 17 19 Furthermore, the presence of silica independent of surface treatment is believed to induce non DLVO fo rces. One theory of the origin of this non DLVO force and which leads to predictive capabilities and repulsive interactions is the notion of a swelled gel layer on surfaces of silica. 11 20 The Derjaguin approximation used to relate the geometric effects of two interacting surfaces is limited to systems where the effects of particle curvature are minimal, i.e.


32 larg e particles and situations where the interaction distances are less than the radii of surfaces which makes the effects of nanoscale roughnesses difficult to assess 5 21 22 The use of the surface element integration technique has been used to address the role of roughness in force interactions of surfaces. 23 Through this approach, roughness or nano protrusions could enhance adhesion, but under high electrolyte concentrations, nano pits may actually prevent adhesive contact. 24 25 The latter result agrees well with experiments of ZnS particles. 26 Furthermore, extended DLVO interactions including vdW, Lewis acid base, and EDL interactions were found to be reduced with increasing roughness due to particle substrate separation distances being increased. 27 This technique is important to use and increases the accuracy of calculations and predictions especially when involving nanoparticle systems and surfaces with nanoscale roughnesses. With larger particle sizes, the Derjaguin ap proximation is adequate. Methods of Stabilization In general, there are three ways to stabilize colloid systems 1 The first addressed previously is through electric double layer stabilization which often occurs in aqueous media where particle surfaces can exhibit surface charges. This method of stabilization might not be effective with other liquids in which particle charging is negligible. Furthermore, in aqueous systems, adjusting pH might lead to degradation o f the particles or form a corrosi ve environment. The next and most often used method of stabilization is through the use of nonionic polymer molecules which results in two mechanisms of stabilization. The first mechanism occurs when polymers adsorb or anch or to particle surfaces, the organic chain then sterically or entropically hinders the approach by another particle with adsorbed organics on its surface. The second mechanism results from free polymers in solution, and in order for particles to near one


33 a nother, work must be done to demix the polymer from the liquid solvent in between the two particles. Finally, the third method of stabilization is a combination of the previous two in the form of polyelectrolytes. The polymer stabilization route has a lot of benefits where specialty dispersants can be designed and tested for particular applications. However, their removal later on in the processing results in greenhouse and other environmentally unfriendly gases being produ ced. To foster greener processing techniques, liquids based systems without added long chain organics are desired. Since non aqueous liquids are rather expensive compared to water, it becomes necessary to use predictive methods in order to limit selection to a manageable few choice systems Furthermore, being able to characterize the change in surface interactions between two surfaces becomes much more important so that theory can further be used to select or design liquid media of interest. Measurement of Surface Forces Traditionally, surf ace force interactions of particles against particles have been indirectly examined through the use of using rheology, 28 sedimentat ion studies 29 zeta potential measurements, 30 33 or using light scattering techniques to identify agglomerate sizes 34 These techniques provide for macroscopic phenomenological approaches which use the theory of intermolecular interactions to explain observed changes in viscosity, time of agglomeration, mobility of particle systems, or agglomerate si zes in fluids. Particle wall interaction measurements have often focused on methods to quantify adhesive forces of entrained particles on a surface by counteracting the adhesion with various methods such as centrifugal 35 air flow 36 37 or vibrational 38 These tec hniques are useful in examining many particles at a time, but might not provide detailed forces of attraction which occur on finer nanoscale se parations.


34 Diverse methods exist to directly quantify surface forces at very close ranges Craig traces the historical development of indirect or direct surface force measuring instruments and techniques 39 Some of these will be quickly highlighted here. A ttempts to measure the forces between two surfaces stretch back to Tomlinson in 1928 who sought to determine the adhesive force s between fibers or spheres of glas s by measuring the separation distance to whic h fibers jumped when separated. 40 Rayleigh in 193 7 was the first to measure both the force and separation distance at the same time by using interference of glass fringes when using a known weight to separate two surfaces of glasses from one another 41 By 1954 Derjaguin was using a spring or cantilever balance to determine forces and then furthermore couple a force feedback solenoid into the sprin g to compensate for the deflection. 42 Based on the feedback response and proper calibration, the force can be determined between 700 100 nm bring the separation control down to 0.8 nm using piezoelectric transducers and measure vdW forces down to 5 nm 43 44 Is raelachvili and Tabor in 1972 measured the force law between 10 and 12 nm for mica surfaces utilizing a similar system 45 46 Dynamic methods exist as well which involve induced oscillations by one cantilever of material on another, 47 but this is beyond the scope of this thesis. All of these techniques sought to determine the vdW interaction between two surfaces in air or in vacuum. The complications of measuring DLVO forces were due to the need for uncontaminated liquid environments as well as the ability to determine separations in a liquid environment. 964 that DLVO forces were first investigated dir ectly by Derjaguin et al through measuring the interactio n of crossed


35 platinum rods in salt solution s using photocells and a modified spring balance setup mentioned earlier 48 The limitations directly determine the spring deflection, just the surface separation when jump in contact occurred, the frequency response of a n oscillator, or an absolute value of surface separation. I n 1978, Israelach vili and Adams produced the surface force apparatus (SFA) developing from the previous designs by Tabor, Winterton, and Israelachvili. This device continued to measure the separation u sing white light interferometry but also incorporated a piezoelectric tu be to determine the magnitude of spring deflections with surface separation. Furthermore, the piezo could be used to control surface separations on the order of 0.1 nm. The system has been modified many times in the past years but the same principle remain s. The SFA remains one of the most used methods to measure force interactions to this day. With the SFA, macroscopic and molecularly smooth mica sheets and other ideal materials were used to determine the interactions between surfaces through geometric re asoning that two crossed cylinders can be used to represent the interactions between a particle and an infinite plate. The sphere exhibits mathematical equivalence to the geometric mean radius of the cylinders. The atomic force microscope was developed in 1987 and incorporated similar piezoelectric tubes as the SFA, but further allowed forces between a fine tip and a surface to be measured. 49 50 The drawback to using the AFM is that the absolute distance between sample and tip are unknown and the absolute tip interact ion geometry, until recently, had also been unknown. 5 The benefits of AFM is that the tip can measure interactions down to 10 10 N whereas the SFA can only


36 measure down to 10 8 N. Furthermore, the AFM allows for the interactions of r eal world components to be measured and the instrument is more widely available than the specialized SFA sys tems. Atomic Force Microscopy Colloid Probe The modern day AFM utilizes tiny probes or chips made of silicon or silicon nitride. During semiconducto r processing, the chips are manufactured with cantilevers of various geometries on the end s of the chips Furthermore, t he cantilevers themselves either have tips or are tipless. Though both tip and tipless cantilevers can be modified, the tipped cantileve rs are usually used for topographic measurements since the tips can be etched to yield atomically sharp structures, while the tipless cantilevers are modified by adhering materials and structures of interest such as a colloid sphere The AFM colloidal prob e technique allows the surface interactions between different materials to be directly measured directly 51 Briefly, a particle of one material is adhered to a cantilever tip and precisely brought into contact with a fixed surface of another material. As the two objects interact, the cantilever experiences a deflection either towards the surface or away depending on attractive or repu lsive forces, respectively. These movements are accentuated by the deflection of a laser off the back of the cantilever and measured quantitatively by a series of photodetectors. The cantilever mount can be placed within a liquid cell and used to measure i nteractions in liquids 52 Using colloid probes, the force interactions between particle and surface can be measured and further compared with theoretical calculations of electric d ouble layer, vdW as well as other forces in regards to relatively simple geometries such as spheres, rods, and flat surfaces.


37 intera ctions using the AFM are still useful as they represent real world interactions of the selected materials and can further be used to carry out experimentation and developing liquids which minimize or maximize attrac tive or repulsive interactions.


38 Table 2 1. Interaction and force equations. Equations of vdW interaction potential energy and force for macroscopic systems are shown for two geometrics of interest. R is the radius of the sphere and x represents the separation distance between the geometries. Geo metry Interaction potential (V vdw ) Force interaction (F vdw ) Sphere sphere Sphere plate


39 Figure 2 1. Various DLVO forces. DLVO forces depend on the dominance o f electric double layer repulsion or attractive vdW interaction. 1


40 CHAPTER 3 DETERMINING VAN DER WAALS INTERACTION AN D SURFACE PROPERTIES Introduction to the Hamaker Coefficient The first step to tailori ng surface forces is to use prevailing theories to facilitate the experimental design. As mentioned in the background, the vdW interaction is pervasive for all systems and is a significant contributor towards attractive interactions even at large distances For a particular geometry, t he vdW interaction potential or force depends on three things: the distance between two objects, the size of the objects, and finally, a materials and systems dependent coefficient termed the Hamaker coefficient, A. From the t reatment by Lifshitz 53 the Hamaker coefficient is a term describing the polarization dependence of each of the materials on one another particle, substrate and intervening medium. The parameter is a difficult term to evaluate since it requires the dielectric response behavior of a material across the entire electromagnetic frequency spectrum. Parsegian and Ninham were able to provide a simplification of the dielectric response by establishing that the primary contributions to the term arise from the relaxations oc curring at microwave, infrared, and ultraviolet frequencies 54 The Hamaker coefficient term can be represented as the Ninham Parsegian oscillator model : 55 (3 1) w responses for bodies A1 and B1 through medium m and Rel(l) deal s with the relativistic frequencies:


41 (3 2) w here n is an integer, k is Bolt is P lan c = 0 term provides only a half cont ribution to the Hamaker coefficient The imaginary frequencies are convenient in that measured responses at real frequency values ex hibit large variations near resona nce during absorption phenomena. T ransforming the system to exponential based imaginary frequencies allows the responses to exhibit behavior characterized by smooth decays Simplification s to Determine Dielectric Response Function The Ninham Parsegian oscillator model was simplified by Hough and White who demonstrated that the dielectric response functions for non conductors can be estimated from the IR and UV contribution and allows for an order of magnitude estimation fro m limited spectral data. 56 (3 3) w here C IR and C UV are the absorption strengths in the IR and UV region, and IR and UV are the corresponding characteristic absorption frequencies for the IR and UV region. If unknown, the absorption strengths can be estimated by the following relationships: ( 3 4 ) ( 3 5 )


42 0 i s the dielectric constant and n is the refractive index. Furthermore, if spectral information is unavailable, using a single UV term equation might be sufficient to provide a rough estimate on dielectric response where the C UV is approximated by n 2 1 and UV by the first ionization potential in electron volts divided by the reduced Planck constant also called Dirac constant or h bar. 55 Returning to the deter mination of the Hamaker coefficients Parsegian provides a sample MathCAD program to determine the vdW interac tion of w ater across a hydrocarbon film 55 The program was modified for geometry and for simplification Repulsive Van Der Waals Forces Of particular interest experimentally and scientifically is when the Hamaker coefficient is negative repulsive vdW force interactions between two materials 57 Based on the difference parameters expressed in equation 3 1, this scenario occurs when the dielectric permittivity or response of the medium is in between the responses of the two materials. Thus, immediately, it can be shown for a limiting case when two bodies are the same, there can only be attractive vdW interactions ; or in a condit ion where the medium exhibits similar dielectric response as the body, there can be a condition of no interactions. Repulsive vdW forces often occur in solid liquid air interface conditions and have been used to describe the wetting properties of liquid h elium in 1961 58 and that of pentane wetting and spreading on the surfaces of water. 5 Repulsive vdW were later used to describe the presence of a wetting hydrocarbon film on the order of 20 80 nm in thickness which opposes a gas bubble being pressed onto an alumina or other hydrophilic surface. 59 60 Measurement of the hydrocarbon thickness incorporating the


43 Hamaker coefficient was found to be in good agreement with the disjoining pressure upon the film. Furthermore, van Oss estimated the Ham aker coefficients for various polymer pairs in solvents, and determined that when the coefficient was greater than 0.03 x 10 20 J, the polymers would be miscible, and if the coefficient was less than 0.03 x 10 20 J, the polymer pair would be immiscible an d phase separate. 61 Direct measurement of repulsive vdW forces of two condensed phase separated solvent and materials combinations which would yield such conditions. Milling et al were the first to measure repulsive vdW forces using an AFM for system consisting of 20 40 nm thick gold coated tungsten spheres against polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) in the presence of low polarity solvents such as cyclohexane, dodecane, p xylene, and bromobenzene and polar solvents such as dimethyl forma m ide 62 The force curves were analyzed by plotting the apparent separation distance with the square root of the term corresponding to the particle ra dius divided the force. A line extrapolated to the apparent separation ordinate would have a slope corresponding to the negative square root of 6 over the Hamaker coefficient. Examination of retardation effects was not necessary to yield values close to ca lculated Hamaker coefficients suggesting that the approximations of spectral parameters compensated for the omission. Meurk et al measured repulsive vdW interactions between silicon nitride pyramidal tips and flat silica glass surface at a separation dist ance of about 2.5 nm in diiodomethane and 1 bromonaphthalene liquids. 63 Lee and Sigmund later explored these interactions with silica or alumina against PTFE in cyclohexane and found that the repulsion extends out to about 3 nm before decaying rapidly 64 65


44 Furthermore, mesocarbon microbeads for lithium ion applications and to facilitate self assembly of colloidal scale devices were examined upon a variety of surfaces f rom indium tin oxide, PTFE, and lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO 2 ) with the carbon experiencing repulsion at 4 nm. PTFE is often used as a material of choice since its strong carbon fluorine bond leads to a very low dielectric response, and its lack of surface charging in liquids restricts its interaction to primarily those of vdW dispersion interactions. 6 6 The most recent explorations found that repulsive vdW leads to so called superlubricity and extremely low friction coefficient of 0.0003 between a gold sphere and PTFE in cyclohexane 67 Finally, Munday et al. measured repulsive vdW forces for gold spheres against a silica glass plate in bromoben zene with significant discrepancy between theory and experiment being attributed to dielectric response/optical properties uncertainties. 68 Based on the literature, the difficulty of adhering a pa rticle to a probe tip to manufacture a colloid probe, the experimental conditions requiring stringent controls and clean and well characterized surfaces, and the effects of non DLVO forces are the concerns for the AFM technique and results interpretations. 69 System of Interest In real world processing, there are two primary interactions for fluidized particle system: internal and external. Internal interactions represent pa rticle particle interactions and are often the subject of colloidal textbooks. Internal forces are often difficult to probe and often require more macroscopic investigations such as using settling rates, sedimentation densities, particle size and mobility measurements to determine surface properties, etc. External interactions refer to particle wall interactions which often occur at the edges of a fluidized bed. Often times, it is favorable to have a minimization of attractive


45 external surface force intera ctions between the two surfaces as attraction and its eventual adhesion works against and removes energy from the mobile system. Furthermore, during molding or packing processes, attractive interactions may yield non uniformity of surface features which wi ll later act as stress concentrators. External interactions are especially well suited for exploration using advancements in the atomi c force colloid probe technique. As a model system, well characterized silica spherical particles against that of flat sta inless steel surfaces are selected for investigation A benefit of this model system is that various solvents have been used and uniform commercially available silica spheres have been developed, particularly for use in chromatography based applications. A s mentioned prior, historical development of processing has often taken a trial and error approach, and already a handful of liquid media and their effect on particle particle interactions already exist. Understanding the particle wall interactions for spe cific liquid media contributes to the body of knowledge for this system and is directly applicable for the chromatography field. This chapter focuses on characterizing surface properties to facilitate the calculations necessary to predict surface distance interactions in various solvents. Predictions of interaction behavior between silica and steel are presented for various liquid media and establish a basis by which to explore later on using atomic force microscopy. Surface Properties of Silica Sphere Zorb ax silica acquired from Agilent Technologies was examined due to their mono modal part icle size of 7 m in diameter and as part of a research project to facilitate understanding of how these particles behave in various solvents Both


46 hydrophobic and hydrop hilic modified particles were acquired, but emphasis of this sectio n is on the hydrophilic system. These particles exhibit high porosity and are used as the stationary phase in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) columns. S canning e lectron m icro scopy Scanning electron microscop y was used to examine the surface features of the particles. Briefly, the principles of scanning electron microscopy involve the generation of an electron beam by means of thermionic emis sion or field emission through tungs ten or LaB 6 filaments. The electron beam is rastered along and focused on the sample surfaces through the use of electroma gnetic scanning coils and lenses Two types of dia meter spot size and an objective lens (or final condenser lens) which is responsible for focusing the beam directly onto the sample. The inter action volume is usually in the shape of a tear drop extending into the sample for about 5 microns Edge effects a nd the concentrat ion of the interaction volume across a small region result in higher electron generation from a larger emission area and contribute to the contrast and resolution of the features. The main types of electrons used for imaging are referred t o low kinetic energy electron produced by inelastic scattering with the primary electron beam. Using an Everhart Thornley Detector biased positively ensures the capture of the generated electrons. Their interaction w ith a scintillator material which emits light when electrons collide is then detected and the contrast levels yield topographic information. SEM microscopy was used to image the particles and quickly provide an indication of the surface morphology see Fig ure 3 1 Th e silica spheres were adhered to carbon tape on an aluminum sample mount. Since the silica exhibits low electro conductivity,


47 charging is an issue and the particles need to be carbon coated. Charging is the process where the primary electron bea m causes the particle to become negatively charged due to inability to conduct the electrons away. This results in repulsion of the electron beam and poor resolution. The first image was acquired by use of a thermionic emission JEOL 6400 SEM. In this image the pores of the spheres can be detected by the lack of well defined edges. Higher resolution field emission SEM was used to acquire the second image It was found that the carbon coating smoothed out the pores and enhancement of the surface topography c ould only be seen on dislodged samples which exhibited gradual charging. The sphere presented is partially coated along the top portion, but uncoated for the lower portion. The charging behavior here was actually used to increase the contrast of the surfac e topography which demonstrated the highly porous nature of the particle X ray d iffraction A Philips APD 3720 powder diffractom et er was used to perform X ray diffraction (XRD) and characterize the crystallinity of the particles. Particles were adhered to a petrographic glass slide using a solution of collodion in amyl acetate A copper K alpha source was used. Briefly, high energy electrons are accelerated and impinged upon a metal target, in this case, copper. The electrons have enough kinetic energy to dislodge a K shell electron resulting in transitions of higher energy electrons to occupy the inner shell. This transition must necessarily result in an emission of a photon in the form of x rays since the higher energy electron is going to a lower energy state. X rays exhibit where when the Bragg condition is met, constructive interference results and is detected


48 The XRD spectrum of the particles is shown in Figure 3 2. The pa rticles examined were confirmed to be amorphous, and thus, properties of amorphous or glassy silica can be utilized to determine the necessary parameters to calculate the expected vdW interaction. Surface Properties of Stainless Steel Plate During processi ng, often times particles come into contact with steel components whether they are packed in to chromatography columns or transport ed tubes or pressed by a die. A sheet of mirror polished 316L s tainless steel w as purchased from McMaster Carr (part no. 9759K 11 ) The steel was annealed and cold finished by the manufacturer and has a thickness of 0.76 mm. The large square plate with edge length of 30.48 cm was cut into smaller 1.5 cm square edge pieces using a Dremel rotary tool with a blade designed for cuttin g metal. The subsequent samples were deburr ed and then epoxied to AFM magnetic specimen disc s made of stainless steel (alloy 430). A uger electron s pectroscopy The s urface chemistry of the plate was determined by using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) Thr ee points on the cut plate were examined at 52 cycles of 6 second sputtering with 3 kV Ar ion sputter. During scanning by an electron beam, inner shell electrons can be dislodged from an atom. To fill the resulting hole, a higher energy electron can lose e nergy and occupy the lower energy state. When the emitted photon energy interacts with another higher energy state electron, the excitation can dislodge the electron from the atom. These resulting electrons are called characteristic Auger electrons and are emitted from the surface of the material. Due to the low energy of the electron, the path length is very short and thus only surface Auger electrons at less than 10 nm make it out of the specimen.


49 The results are shown in Figure 3 3 The data is presente d as counts over time. With each time increment Argon ions are used to ablate the surface providing, in essence, a depth profile. However, the results are not specifically a depth profile, since the ablation is not uniform or consistent depending on the c hemical composition The counts furthermore are relative due to the variations in the number of electrons which can be emitted from each material. Instead, the profile indicates compositional changes, and to interpret the data, limited a priori knowledge o known. From literature we find that the expected structure of stainless steel layers is comprised of a contamination region of organic materials a passivating film, and finally th e bulk composition 70 which is expected to be the standard 316 composition of Fe, <0.03% C, 16 18.5% Cr, 10 14% Ni, and 2 3% Mo but with a lower carbon content (represented by the L in 316L) T he important indi cation is that the surface is com prised of a chromium rich layer. This corresponds well to literature that the chromium forms a chromium oxide layer protecting the bu lk from further oxidation and corrosion. The chromium oxide passivation layer of 316L is expected to be on the order of 3 5 nm thick with me chanical polishing and can be extended to as deep as 50 nm with passivating nitric acid treatments for 60 mins 71 We make the simp le assumption that the interaction of the silica sphere is with that of the chrom ium oxide layers at short, sub 25 nm distances. At larger distances where the bulk becomes the dominant material, then the interaction is expected to be with the composition o f the 316L bulk solution and this complicates the calculations exponentially


50 A tomic f orce m icroscopy Tapping mode AFM was used to characterize the topography of the stainless steel surface see Figure 3 4 A scan size of 20 m square with a slow scan rat e of 1 Hz was used, corresponding to a tip velocity of 40.1 m s 1 The figure on the left represents the height data obtained by t he scan and on the left is the a mplitude data which provides a sharper, more contrast view of the surface. Note that we can s ee some regions of contamination presented as large white dots in the height images upon the surfaces. These contaminants are probably dust and other organics from the atmosphere and exhibit a height of 65 115 nm. Under liquid environment s these contami nants are multiple regions at m distance apart should be measured. Dielectric Response Function s Based upon the surface chemistries of the materials system, the dielec tric response functions were determined using parameters from the literature and est imations. In general, the parameters used to calculate the dielectric response function can be estim ated by acquiring the frequency dependent refractive index of the material. This is quite difficult as it requires a wide range of characterization techniques to acquire a response for each frequency region. In the microwave region, wave guide resonance te chniques are often required to extract the dielectric response and absorption. In the in frared r egion and the visible, Fourier t r ansform i nfrared spectroscopy and refractometry are used, respectively. Finally, in the UV range, inelastic x ray scattering sp ec troscopy with synchrotron x rays can be used for a variety of solvents, especially with those having high vapor pressures 72 75


51 T he dielectric response funct ion s are presented in Figure 3 5 for the solid phases as well as for various solvents. Most of the spectral parameters were obtained largely from reports in the literature 65 76 For some parameters of the chromium oxide and tetrahydrofuran, the absorption frequencies were estimated. The valu es used are presented in Table 3 1 The correspondi ng calculation s for the Hama ker c oefficient s follow This is r ealized through the use of a Mathcad calculations sheet by evaluat ing the following expression: (3 6) w here, from equation 3 1, n represents the sampling frequencies ( equation 3 2) and D repr esents the difference over sum product for a body (A1) with another body (B1) interacting across a medium (m) with a half contribution at n = 0. (3 7) In the calcula tions, n was assumed to go from 1 to 1000, providing a range of frequencies from 2.468 x 10 1 4 to 2.468 x 10 17 radians per second addressing the frequencies between the infrared through the visible and into the ultraviolet. This part of the spectrum dominat es the contributions to the vdW interactions. Note that the conversion from angular frequencies to frequency is completed by dividing the angular value by a factor of 2 Table 3 2 shows the compute d Hamaker coefficients and its e ffect on the expected force interaction at a 10 nm distance for silica against chromium oxide in the various liquid media. At 10 nm, silica particles would experience a vdW attractive force


52 of 0.4 0.5 nN towards the steel surface in the presence of all the solvents except for THF, which exhibits a re pulsive force of 0.14 nN due directly to its having a negative value of the Hamaker coefficient. Force is graphically represented with respect to methanol in Figure 3 6 Replacing a solution of methanol with 1 or 2 propanol or with 1 butanol can decrease the force interaction at 10 nm by 11% or 12%, respectively. Fur thermore, use of 2 butanol is expected to enhance the attractive force by 1.4%. Et hanol was not included in the table nor the figure due to difficulties of finding its microwave frequency contributions in the literature which significantly impacts the calculated value. Using the Parsegian approximation which allows for determination of the UV contribution, ethanol having a refractive index of 1.359 and conversion of its first ionization potential (10.15 eV) into the characteristic absorption frequency (1.542 x 10 16 rad s 1 ) leads to a calculated Hamaker coefficient of 4.289 x 10 20 J. Th is coefficient is much lower than the expected value due to neglecting the contribution s from the microwave and infrared domain which should be significant since the static dielectric constant minus the refractive index squared is significantly greater tha n zero at 20.56 56 Comparison of the refractive index suggests that the polarization behavior of ethanol should actually be between methanol and 2 propanol, and its Hamaker coefficient for the interaction between silica and steel should actually be between 7.3 and 8.2 x 10 20 J. Summary and Solvents of Interest Note that f or two solid p hases made of the same material interacting with one another, minimizat ion of the attractive vdW interaction is achieved by selection of a solvent medium with similar DRF as the solid phase. For the interaction of two different solid phases, and especially interesting from a scientific standpoint, is when the


53 dielectric respo nse of the fluid medium is in between the responses of the two phases such as with the case of THF whose dielectric response resides between those of silica and the chromium oxide surface layer of the steel plate When this occurs, the Hamaker coefficient becomes a negative value, which makes the vdW force equation into a positive value corresponding to a repulsive force interaction. This would provide conditions whereby two surfaces are dispersed without surface charging mechanisms or by the use of adsorb ed organic dispersants. The solvents of interest for the silica and steel system are THF and methanol, which happen to also be the used commonly in the chromatography industry as packing solvent s and rinsing solvent s Since the other alcohols for which ca lculation s of methanol, these two solvents will be focused on experimentally to quantify the force interactions between the two surfaces in liquid media


54 Table 3 1. Para meters used to determine dielectric response functions. Component n D 0 C uv uv C ir ir (rad s 1) (rad s 1) Silica 1.46 3.82 1.1316 2.034E+16 0.829 8.670E+13 0.095 1.508E+14 0.798 2.026E+14 Chromic oxide 2.5 11.9 5.2500 b 2.000E+16 a 5.6 5 b 1.000E+14 a Toluene 1.4961 2.38 1.2383 6.633E+15 0.0642 2.183E+13 0.02295 4.485E+13 0.0545 7.780E+11 Tetrahydrofuran 1.404 7.6 0.9712 b 6.000E+16 a 5.6287 b 1.000E+15 a Methanol 1.3288 33.64 0.7657 9.189E+15 0.254 3.058E+13 0.123 4.149E+ 13 1.042 8.682E+13 2.801 1.007E+14 1 Propanol 1.385 20.8 0.9182 8.970E+15 0.2134 3.148E+13 0.1778 4.317E+13 0.3808 8.802E+13 0.70977 9.977E+13 2 Propanol 1.3776 20.18 0.8978 9.189E+15 0.0198 2.434E+13 0.05927 2.842E+13 0.1441 3.466E+13 0.1801 4.125E+13 0.2208 8.874E+13 0.53462 9.917E+13 1 Butanol 1.3993 17.84 0.9580 8.761E+15 0.13545 3.178E+13 0.13233 4.287E+13 0.26674 8.784E+13 0.50743 9.917E+13 2 Butanol 1.3978 17.26 0.9538 7.245E+15 0.2582 2.998E+13 0.2185 4.113E+13 0.4767 8.904E+13 0.9931 1.004E+14 Benzene 1.5011 2.28 1.2533 6.776E+15 0.00969 2.015E+13 0.00561 4.437E+13 0.0114 9.144E+13


55 Table 3 2. Calculated Hamaker coefficients and expect ed vdW force at 10 nm for silica interacting with steel surface in various solvents assuming a particle size radius of 3.5 m. Solvent Hamaker coefficient (J) Force @ 10 nm (N) Methanol 8.1914E 20 4.78E 10 Toluene 7.4646E 20 4.35E 10 THF 2.4108E 20 1.41E 10 1 Propanol 7.2765E 20 4.24E 10 2 Propanol 7.2668E 20 4.24E 10 1 Butanol 7.1561E 20 4.17E 10 2 Butanol 8.3097E 20 4.85E 10 Benzene 7.2636E 20 4.24E 10 Ethanol 4.2894E 20 2.50E 10


56 A B Figure 3 1 Electron microscopy of porous s ilica spheres. A) Conventional th ermionic SEM image of silica particles. B) Field emission SEM of silica particle.


57 Figure 3 2. X ray diffraction of silica particles. 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Counts Angle (2 )


58 A B Figure 3 3 Auger electron spectroscopy of steel. A) D epth profile of the 31 6L stainless steel surface as determined by AES. B) R epresentation of the expected chemical constituen t of the stainless steel plate


59 A B Figure 3 4. Characterization of the stainless steel plate surface using tapping mode on the Dimension 3100 AFM A) Raw height information of surface. B) Amplitude information increasing contrast of topography features.


60 Figure 3 5 Dielectric response function calculations for the various components of the system containing silica sphe res interacting with a chromium oxide passivation layer on stainless steel in various liquid media. Figure 3 6 Force comparison for silica against steel surfaces in various liquid media normalized to methanol. -0.4 -0.2 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 Force Factor Calculated Attractive vdW Force at 10 nm Normalized to Methanol


61 CHAPTER 4 I MPLEMENTING COLLOID PROBE A TOM IC FORCE MICROSCOPY Overview The previous sections laid out the historical developments of surface force measurements and the theoretical basis as well as provided the mathematical treatment for the interactions between a sphere and plate with an interveni ng medium. The results of the theoretical analysis provide some guidance into designing a solvents based system which can be used to decrease the use of organic dispersants during processing. To accomplish this, the colloid probe technique of atomi c force microscopy is employed. Theoretically, the characterization is straight forward with a particle bei ng attached to a cantilever having a reflective backing, resulting in a colloid probe. The n e w colloid probe can be inserted into the AFM just as one would w ith a conventional contact or tapping mode tip. A laser would then be deflected off the back of the cantilever into the set of cross photodetectors. The cantilever and detector assembly moves simultaneously, therefore if no net attraction or repulsion is e xperienced by the cantilever, there would be no deflection. If there is a n attractive interaction, the cantilever would deflect the laser towards more negative values; likewise, if there are repulsive interactions, then the deflection would be towards a p ositive direction. However, there are a number of complications and challenges that need to be addressed to successfully go from having a vial of particles to measuring its interaction against another object within a liquid medium. Firstly, the attachment of a single 7 m diameter particle to a cantilever and ensuring adhesion is not trivial Adhesives which can withstand a diverse set of solvents need to be utilized and care and control must be


62 taken to adhere one single particle onto the tip of a cantilev er. Next, though the standard liquid cell is made of glass and is resistant to a wide variety of solvents, there are many polymeric components which degrade in the presence of various organic solvents. The sealing O ring made of silicone, fluoro silicone, or even Viton, though solvent resistant, is not compatible with ethers such as THF. Furthermore, the silicone tubes through which the liquid medium is fed into and removed from the fluid cell is also not compatible with many solvents. Other challenges incl uding how to determine what the actual region of interaction is of the silica particle, and furthermore how to determine the spring constant to convert deflection of the cantilever to a force equivalence need to be addressed. The focus of this chapter is to explore in detail how to address these challenges and facilitate the acquisition of the interaction behavior without introducing artifacts. The first part of the chapter discuss es the availability and functions of two different atomic force microscope setups. Next are highlights to the necessary modifications which allow a commercially available atomic force microscope system to be able to handle a variety of liquid types This is followed by the design and construction of a colloid probe addressing par ticle attachment. Atomic Force M icroscopes Two types of atomic force microscopes exist depending on the location of the piezoelectric scanner relative to the cantilever and the plate sample. The first type is a piezoelectric scanner which supports the pla te sample and actually moves the sample on the x y z plane. The cantilever remains stationary in contact scanning mode. The longer the scanner, the greater the upper range of the scan sizes during topographic characterization. The example used here is the Nanoscope 3 controlled Multimode AFM


63 manufactured by Digital Instruments. The system available has two scanner units E and J, where E is a shorter scanner and J is the larger sized scanner. The shorter system has a maximum scan size range of 10 m x 10 m with a vertical range of 2.5 m. The larger scanner exhibits a maximum scan size of 125 m x 125 m with a vertical range of 5.0 m. There are sample limitations such as sample sizes with diameters of ~ 1 cm in diameter and having a height of less than 2 m m. Unique cantilever tip holders are available for various applications r anging from measuring topographic variations to magnetic field or electric field variations to a self contained liquid cell module. Of particular interest is the liquid cell module which consists of a glass housing with a wire to maintain an AFM chip. The housing is surrounded by an O ring which when a sample is raised to the tip forms a seal allowing fluid to be supplied as well as evacuated through two ports in the glass housing. T he O ring design ensures only a small amount (~ 50 L) of liquid is needed. Unfortunately, the small spacing required that the sample surface be relatively flat and furthermore that the O ring could slide back and forth on the sample surface during topogra phic scans. The other configuration is where the piezoelectric is connected to the cantilever which is then allowed to move to en ga ge a stationary sample. This configuration is found on the Dimension 3100 AFM and allows for the system to accommodate much larger sizes such as 150 mm wafers since a motorized stage can coarsely position a sample into view. The maximum scan size is also on the order of 100 m x 100 m with a height differential of 6 m. A series of versatile chip/tip holders also exist for thi s configuration.


64 The liquid cell is a glass cantilever tip holder attached to the underside of the piezo column. The spacing between the fluid cell and the piezo is shielded using a silicone skirt. The use of this technique depends on the ability for the fluid to bead onto the surface of the sample. Since there is no enclosure, high vapor pressure solvents cannot be used as their evaporation sets up a dynamic condition destabilizing the laser signal. Furthermore, liquids need to be able to bead onto the su rface and form a fluid column encompassing the scanning region of interest and the scanning tip. This becomes difficult for situations such as imaging in alcohols which tend to wet a surface and have a high vapor pressure. In such cases, an entire sample s urface and the tip holder with the protective sleeve needs to be immersed and scanned in the fluid. Evaporation of hazardous chemicals becomes a major issue. The challenges with incompatibilities with the skirt material al so are present for this system. Th e benefit of using the AFM 3100 is that, unlike the Nanoscope III controlled AFM Multimode system, the instrument has the capability to determine the cantilever spring constant which is required to convert cantilever deflection information to an equivalent force. However, the force interactions in the presence of high vapor pressure ethers, alcohols, and other liquids are better measured using the Multimode AFM system. Thus, both AFMs are needed to effectively provide a streamline measurement system. Note t hat subsequent controllers such as the Nanoscop e IV a, V and beyond can be used with the M ultimode system to further facilitate a n instrument set up to measure both spring constant and acquire force curve information with in enclosed liquid environments.


65 Fl uid Cell M odifications Modifications to the liquid cell system of the multimode AFM system needed to handle a wide variety of liquids are addressed in this section. The glass fluid cell can handle various liquids and needs no direct modifications, however, the polymer parts need to be modified or replaced Otherwise, chemical attack by the various liquids of consideration may result in their degradation and failure as well as potentially introducing artifacts into the measurements The silicone O ring and t ubing system was found to be compatible with water and alcohols such as ethanol, methanol, and 2 propanol. However, limited compatibility with ethers such as THF results in degradation and sealing issues. A quick experimental test was conducted to determin e the effects of THF on a silicone O ring. Within 30 minutes of immersion, the O ring went from having a diameter of 1.1 cm to 1.6 cm. This is a length increase of 45%. Such an expansion would force the O ring out of the glass tip holder grooves and the se al integrity would be compromised. Likewise, expansion of the silicone tubing decreases its ability to maintain a sealed environment and allows for air and bubble contamination. Other polymeric materials were examined for compatibility (see Figure 4 1) Ba sed upon chemical compatibility charts offered by such databases as the Parker O ring Handbook, THF exhibits compatibility with perfluoroelastomers such as Chemraz or Kalrez as well as PTFE However, PTFE is too rigid and does not have the elasticity to en sure proper sealing as an O ring. Kalrez fitting O rings (AS 568A) were selected to be used as the sealing material. Though more rigid than a silicone O ring, the Kalrez fitting was elastic enough to form a tight seal. Unfortunately, the fluid cell did no t exhibit a groove with a standard sized O


66 ring diameter, so the ring had to be modified. Using a rotary tool and a sanding attachment, the outer edge of the O ring was sanded down and the inner diameter was expanded to be able to fit into the groove of th e fluid cell (see Figure 4 2 for similar modifications done on PTFE O ring) The height was left unmodified allowing the O ring to seat snugly between the fluid cell and the flat sample surface when en ga ge d. In this set up one of the difficulties which mi ght arise is the inability for multiple en ga ge ments without reseating the O ring. When disengaging the tip from the sample, the O ring remains recessed into the groove, and therefore the seal is lost. Minimizing the disen ga ge ment distance from the sample c an maintain the integrity of the seal, but comes at the cost of increasing the risk of cantilever breakage during evacuating, rinsing, and refilling of liquid media whereby fluid could force the cantilever to collide with the sample surface with enough for ce to cause damage. Since the tubing and Luer Lok TM connectors do not need to be flexible and elastic, they were replaced with the more available and cheaper but rigid PTFE tubing. Further problems were encountered using a BD plastic syringe with a rubber plunger, where the rubber plunger would chemically weld to the wall of the plastic in the presence of the ether. This was solved by using an entirely glass micropipette with steel Luer Lok TM connections. Finally, one of the major concerns is the evaporati on and exposure of hazardo us solvents into the atmosphere This was addressed using a containment system involving the glass syringe at the out port for drawing fluid s from a glass vial at the in port (see Figure 4 3) The glass vial has a modified cap wit h a drilled hole just large enough for tubing to fit through to submerge into liquids of interest. Liquids may be


67 drawn into the cell by loosening the liquid vial cap, and then cap closed and tubes clamped to form a static liquid environment. To exchange l iquids, the clamps are removed and the vial of the old liquid is removed as well. The syringe is drawn to remove as much of the used media as possible and emptied into a waste bottle. Next the modified cap is installed onto a nother vial of new liquid and the syringe is reconnected At least 10 mL of new liquid is carefully drawn (with loosened cap) through the system in 5 mL increments to dilute and rinse out any remaining former liquid, again with the glass syringe being dispensed into a waste bo ttle each time The syringe is then drawn once more and clamps attached to form a new static liquid environment. T his process can be repeated to exchange the liqu ids in the cell multiple times s o long as the O ring se al is not breached. Colloid Probe and Particle A ttachment In order to measure the force experienced by a particle, it first needs to be attached to the tip of a reflective cantilever, whose deflection can be used to determine the force experienced by the particle. The challenges involved include isolat ing and manipulating single sub 10 m sized particles, adhering the particle onto a cantilever, and devising methods to clean the cantilever prior to experimentation to remove any contaminants which might have settled onto its surfaces. Colloid probes were manufactured utilizing an in house system consisting of a microscope and micromanipulators. The microscope used was a Carl Zeiss Axiovert 100 inverted microscope with a metallic stage. A set of two micromanipulators (OptoSigma MB L 65C UNC) with magnetic bases was attached to the metallic surface. Furthermore, a set of removable alligator clips which could be mounted into the micromanipulators were used to hold various components requiring fine manipulation.


68 A protocol was developed to ensure particle atta chment occurred consistently and efficiently. First, one or two particles need to be isolated. This is accomplished by dipping a syringe needle into a collection of silica particles which results in the accumulation of a mass of particles at the tip. Next micromanipulator using an alligator clip and the syringe tip is brought into focus in the microscope. Another clean syringe needle is mounted to the other micromanipulator using the other alligator clip. This is then manipulated to br ing into same focal plane of the previous needle. Now that the two tips are along the same plane, the clean tip can be brought close enough to collect a particle or two to the needle. This is set aside for later attachment. Next, a new syringe needle is u sed to collect a bead of mixed epoxy and resin or other adhesive. Similar to the previous step of acquiring a single particle, the same procedure is followed to acquire a small sliver of the adhesive onto the tip of a syringe needle. Leaving the tip with t he adhesive on the tip in focus, the cantilever is mounted into the other micromanipulator and manipulated until the tip is brought into focus. Focusing edge to edge and noting the angle difference allows the center point of the cantilever to be found. Usi ng a tipped cantilever allows for the center point to be easily determined. Once the center point is in focus, the syringe needle with the adhesive tip is brought to place a tiny droplet of epoxy unto the cantilever. The glue syringe is removed, keeping th e touched location in focus, and the needle with the single particle or two is now reattached in its place. The particle is now brought into contact with the adhesive spot on the cantilever and the needle is


69 withdrawn. The cantilever is quickly removed an d allowed to cure overnight in a secure AFM chip container with a gel pad. One of the challenges addressed during the particle attachment process includes static attraction of the particle to syringe needle. Since the base of the syringe needle is made of an insulating material, a charge gradient may exist between the two tips resulting in immediate attraction of particles to an undesired location along the tip. This often occurs in dryer conditions. The way around this is to couple the two syringe needles using a conducting copper wire which will bring both tips to the sam e potential and thus eliminate undesired transfer s of particles from needle tip to needle tip. Drawn glass fibers were also utilized by heating and drawing glass rods instead of the syrin ge needles, however, inconsistencies with the particle deposition resulted since often times the drawn capillaries were difficult to image with the microscope. There were sipated as easily as with a metallic needle tip. Another challenge was finding an adhesive which would work well to adhere the particles and maintaining adhesion in various liquid media. Three types of epoxy resins were used and glass bonder super glue. Th e consistency of the adhesive served to be the primary concern. The less viscous super glue was difficult to handle due to its rather quick drying times. Utilizing smaller scale volumes of the fluid which cured even more rapidly made it nearly impossible t o adhere a particle to the cantilever. A 60 minute epoxy resin compound exhibited issues on the other end of the spectrum. Although the system allowed for a gradual increase of viscosity, which enhanced the ease by which the adhesive could be applied to th e cantilever, the lengthy curing times meant that the


70 particle could shift positions along the cantilever and result in undesired final configurations. The most useful system was that of the Bisphenol A epoxy resin with a mercaptan terminated polymer harde ner with a 5 minute cure time. The epoxy system exhibited low viscosity allowing it to be easily deposited onto the cantilever, but also increased in viscosity to a tacky medium by the time a particle is introduced. This ensured the particle remained fixed while the epoxy cures. Other methods of adhering particles to the cantilever are present in the literature from the use of UV curing optical adhesives to waxes which allow viscosity control with temperature. However, these were not examined due to lack of availability and requiring complicated setups. Furthermore, it was found that a more easily acquired epoxy served our purposes. Cured Loctite 5 minute epoxy resins were immersed into the tested solvents to determine whether any degradation issues could be found. In the time scale of the experiments, i.e. on the order of 1 hour, no discernible ch ange in the epoxy was observed. Finally, the cantilever type plays a major role in the adhesion of the particle. Initial usage of a triangular contact cantilever or a silicon tapping mode tip was chosen since its center point could easily be identified using the optical microscope (see Figure 4 4) Unfortunately, due to the limited attachment points, the particle adhesion could not be maintained in the presence of a fluid environment. Tipless cantilevers were purchased from MikroMasch. The cantilevers are quite versatile since each chip contains 6 rectangular cantilevers of various spring constants. The rectangular cantilevers also facilitated the ability to determi ne the center axis by noting the angle required to focus from one edge to the other and then dividing that by


71 half. Furthermore, a larger volume of epoxy can be placed upon one of the cantilevers, and then using a clean syringe needle, a small amount of th e adhesive could be acquired and rapidly transferred to a neighbori ng cantilever. See Figure 4 5 for the manufactured colloid probe utilizing the tipless cantilever. Once the system is completely cured (~48 hours), the cantilevers are submerged in deionize d water and rinsed with methanol multiple times to ensure adhesion. The colloid probes can be examined easily using an Olympus BX 60 optical microscope in reflection mode. Summary Modifications were made to the liquid cell of the Multimode AFM system to al low it to be compatible with a wide variety of organic liquids. Primarily, the lack of chemical compatibility of the silicone parts with ethers and other aggressive organic solvents required new materials selection. Thus, a Kalrez O ring was modified to fi t into the grooves of the quartz liquid cell, PTFE tubing was connected, and glass syringes were used to ensure complete compatibility with a diverse set of organic liquids. Furthermore, the process and protocol of particle attachment has been provided to address various challenges such as adhesion and electrostatic issues, which might present themselves during the manufacturing of colloid probes. Having the proper tools, the next step is to utilize them in measuring interactions.


72 A B C Figure 4 1. Va rious O rings materials for Multimode AFM fluid cell. A) Silicone O ring. B) Kalrez O ring (unmodified). C) PTFE O ring (unmodified)


73 A B C Figure 4 2. O ring modification to fit into fluid cell groove. A) Original O ring which does not fit well into g roove. B) After modification of inner and outer diameter, the O ring fits nicely. C) Modified O ring compared with unmodified.


74 Figure 4 3. Liquid media containment system. Glass pipette is shown with PTFE fitting attached to PTFE tubing and connected t o inlet port. The outlet port is connected to modified glass vial to prevent solvent evaporation into the environment.


75 Figure 4 4. Optical light microscopy of p article attached to an AFM contact mode silicon nitride cantilever with pyr a midal tip. The pa rticle is 7 m in diameter.


76 A B Figure 4 5. Optical microscopy of tipless cantilever. A) Tipless cantilever without particle seen from the side. B) F inal colloid probe shown from the top down Particle size is 7 m.


77 CHAPTER 5 F ORCE INTERACTION MEA SU REMENTS Overview With the modifications to the liquid cell and the construction of colloid probes addressed experiments can begin in the liquid media. The focus of this chapter is to establish experimental parameters and to effectively ensure consistent a nd reproducible force curves colloid probe. Furthermore, the goal is t o determine whether real wor ld phenomena correspond to the predicted interactions and whether the hypothesis that the vdW interaction force dominate s the attractive interactions of the system is supported First, the experimental methodologies are detailed as to how to go about determining the contact area, the spring constant, and other parameters to facilitate force curve inte raction measurements. D ata manipulation, results and analysis finally are provided with regard to the liquid systems of interest in the context of colloidal forces. Characterizing Contact R egion s Historically, when measuring interactions between a colloid probe and a correspond ing flat surface authors assume that the particle size is the size of the interaction. Unfortunately, th is might not be the case for real world particles exhibiting surface topography such as open pores and asperities At such small length scales, the geo metry and local interacting region may not be what is macroscopically determined. One of the more novel developments of atomic force microscopy is the implementation of reverse imaging allowing a probe or tip surface to be characterized and thereby being able to directly ascertain the effective interaction radius 77 The


78 concept implements a grid with an array of uniformly sharp tips. The probe having a significantly larger radius of curvature than any of the tips is en ga ge d to the grid and al lowed to scan the surface. As the probe rasters along the stationary sharp tips, it feels a corresponding force from its surface topography which translates to imaging of the surface of the probe. The variations in height information can subsequently be us ed to calculate the actual particle radius interacting with a sample. Based on geometry and assuming a perfectly spherical particle, the corresponding radius of a particle can be determined by the following relationship: (5 1) w her e R is the interaction radius, h is the center height measured during imaging, and w is the width of the particle. The TGT1 calibration reverse imaging grating was purchased from NT MDT. Engaging a colloid probe and scanning the grating yielded an image w ith an array of circular regions representative of the particle surface (see Figure 5 1) The contact radius average and standard deviation were determined from six measurements and was f ound to be 2.3 0.20 m for the main silica probe used in the majori ty of non aqueous experiments Determining Cantilever Spring Constants As mentioned in the previous section, t wo atomi c force microscopes were used. The Dimension 3100 was used to measure the cantilever thermal response and thus provide a quantifiable spri ng constant. Briefly, the thermal tuning process developed by Hutter et al. response to thermal energy in the


79 environment with time. 78 The result is then converted to a frequency spectrum of the al density. Fitting the frequency spectrum to a Lorentzian shape and taking its area yields the power of the cantilever fluctuations which is then used to calculate the spring constant. The Veeco Nanoscope 5 software performs these calculations and further corrects for cantilever geometry and accounts for var ious other conditions of reality 79 Before the thermal tune method can be utilized, the deflection sensitivity of the cantilever needs to be determined to allow the deflection in volts to be converted to nanometers The sensitivity is determined by contacting the tip to a hard surface and into a region of linear constant compliance, i.e. the voltage measured is proportional to the distance the probe travels. The reciprocal of t he proportionality constant is termed the sensitivity and is usually given in nanometers per volt. The sensitivity needs to be determined again each time the cantilever is mounted. By the thermal tune method, t he main colloid probe used in most of the cha racterizations had a spring constant of 0.0720 N m 1 corresponding well with the company literature for an unmodified cantilever to exhibit a spring constant of 0.01 to 0.08 N m 1 with an average of 0.03 N m 1 Theoretically, a rectangular shaped cantileve r would have a spring constant k, of : 80 ( 5 2 ) T he eff ect of introducing the particle increase s the effective thickness and thus increases the spring constant. C olloid probes were made having various spring constants measuring from 0.0328 N m 1 to 0.1495 N m 1 This range is attributed to the


80 placement and amount of epoxy deposited onto the cantile ver resulting in changes in Other techniques exist to determine the spring constant and can be categorized as theoretical determination from cantilever geometry and materials properties, 81 84 static measurements involving deflecting the cantilever with a known force, 85 87 and dynamic met hods which determine the change in resonance properties 78 88 89 T he thermal tuning method belongs in the latter category and was used as it was the most conve nient method and yielded consistent respon s es corr esponding well Liquid and Chemical I nformation Deionized wat er was acquired from an in house system (Barnstead EPure D4641), while ethanol (Acros Organics, 200 proof, ACS), 2 propanol (Fisher, certified ACS), methanol (Fisher, certified ACS), and THF (Acros Organics, 99.5%, stabilized) were purchased and used as re ceived. Atomic F orce Microscopy P arameters The Nanoscope 3 controlled Multimode AFM with the J scanner and a fluid cell module was used to measure the force interactions between the probe and stainless steel surface. With the liquid cell set up with the ca ntilever and chemical compatible O ring and brought close to the steel surface a liquid medium needs to be drawn in to the cell before the laser is to be aligned onto the cantilever. It is suggested that the fluid be drawn into the fluid cell rather than pushed into it The difference being that having a vacuum draws out the air bubbles which are inclined to travel towards a low pressure region rather than pushing an air bubble out which may be difficult and actually lead to breakage of the cantilever. Ali gnment could occur before drawing in the fluid to bring the laser near the desired tip location, but the fluid will change the refractive index of the


81 system and require realignment of the laser to the photodetector. Once fluid is drawn into the liquid cel l and align ment performed, measurements can begin. First, the system was set up to en ga ge the surface in contact mode. A small 5 nm scan size is chosen with a very low en ga ge ment deflection voltage to ensure the probe ga ge d. Then, the sensitivity had to be measured by activating the force curve measurement mode Identifying the sensitivity parameter allows for establishing the maximum deflection the cantilever should undergo during a force curve measurement and thus preserves the integr ity of the tip and cantilever during subsequent tests The spring constant measured earlier allows for the nm deflection to be converted to New ton force units. Force curves of at least four different locations (usually 5 locations) separated by 5 m were a cquired using a 10 nm or 20 nm trigger feedback mechanism to limit mechanical deformation of the particle probe. These values correspond to force s of 0.72 nN or 1.44 nN In order to exceed the compressive strength of silica (1.1 GPa), the interaction would have to occur on a circular area with a radius of less than 0.65 nm. Furthermore, the tensile strength of silica is 50 MPa, so in order to exceed this value, the circular interaction radius must be less than 3 nm. The silica sphere porosity is also a fact or to decr easing its strength and increasing the minimum radius of interaction required before mechanical failure. T he characterization was set to obtain deflection measurements at a range of 50 200 nm and incrementing at 1 nm with a scan rate of 1 Hz, corresponding to a tip velocity of 100 nm s 1 Once the tip reaches a contact deflection corresponding to 10 or


82 20 nm, the scan stops incrementing and continues to retract and en ga ge upon the sample acquiring force curves over time. Force Curve Results For ce Curves in Non Aqueous Liquid Conditions Representative force curves in methanol for the silica a re shown in Figure 5 2 Note there are two curves which indicate the measurement as the two surfaces are brought into contact, termed extended (Ext), and wh e n the surfaces are separated, termed retracted (Ret). The acquired voltage displacement curves were converted to force displacement by multiplying the voltage by the sensitivity to obtain a deflection displacement curve, and then using t he spring constant to convert the deflection to force displacement information. To convert displacement of the cantilever to a separation distance or the distance away from the particle surface, a point of contact had to be determined. This point of contact was established b y using the Nanoscope software to determine deviation from the linear constant compliance region and establish that as the point of contact at times manual adjustments had to be used to shift the curve along the x axis Finally, the forces were normalized by dividing by the particle interaction radius determined earlier using the TGT1 reverse imaging grid. Various properties can be extracted from the force curves. From the extended curves, the attraction distance can be determined from the distance away fr om contact as well as the magnitude of the attraction based upon the snap to contact depth. From the retract curves, the adhesion can be measured by the depth of the curve before the silica probe is pull ed off from the steel surface. Focus, though is plac ed on the extend curve and the forces experienced by a particle as it approaches the steel surface since these were the most reproducible.


83 Figure 5 3 shows th e force curve profiles at 5 different locations on the steel surface The values correspond to a starting point defined at (0,0) and then measuring (+5 m,0), ( 5 m,0), (0, 5 m), (0,+5 m) and back again at (0,0). The curves have been offset slightly to show that overall, the jump to distance remains relatively constant and without much deviation, a nd furthermore, the magnitude of the attraction is reproducible. What appears to be long range repulsion beyond 30 nm stems from laser interference effects which often occur when examining reflective surfaces 90 92 such as the steel used in these experiments, rather than from the effects of silica gel or hairy layers which often lead to short ranged non DLVO repulsion. 11 93 These optical interference effects present themselves as periodic wave like signals. There might also be slight contributions from pressure differentia ls formed in the cell while the piezo compresses the volume of the cell environment in order to bring the cantilever to en ga ge ment upon the surface. Taking the average and sta ndard deviation from the five measurements for the interactions in the methanol l iquid environment the silica particle was found to experience attractive force s of 0.17 0.04 mN m 1 at a dista nce of 11 1.4 nm (Figure portrays mean and standard errors while values reported in the text are standard deviation) A representative force cur ve for THF is shown in Figure 5 4 Note that the hump is an artifact caused by the laser interference as was present in the methanol force curves. Interestingly, upon retract, the contact region interactions are slightly different as represented by the separation of the retract from the extension curve. This hysteresis


84 effect might be the result of fluid dynamics, 9 4 range adhesion typical of a meniscus effect. 95 T he THF system exhibits over a magnitude of diminished attractive and adhesive forces between the silica and steel surfaces compared to the methanol syst em. The force of attraction goes from nearly 0.2 mN m 1 and adhesion of 0.4 mN m 1 in methanol to corresponding extend and retract profiles indicating no attraction and less than 0.01 mN m 1 adhesion in the THF sy stem. The use of THF would provide a lubri cating wall surface during processing where silica particles may be forced along the surface of the steel without the need for long chain organics. Furthermore, in such applications such as column packing, rinsing with methanol should provide enhanced attr action and adhesion to the wall surfaces and might facilitate maintaining the internal pressure which could improve column stability. 96 Comparison with the theoretica l model d eveloped in Chapter 2 and 3 facilitates the interpretation for the processes and mechanisms that occurred to achieve the measured results. The model provides calculated Hamaker coeffici ents whose values can be inserted into the vdW force equation. Dividing both sides by the radius of the particle, the equation now represents the normalized force interactions which can be directly compared to experimental results. As the separation distance, d, decreases the vdW interaction becomes more and more sig nificant. The relationship is in good accord with the interaction of the silica surface against steel in methanol. Solving the vdW eq uation for when the particle is expected to experience a force /radius equal to 0.17 0.04 mN m 1 we find a distance of 8. 0 10.2 nm. This ran ge compares to the measured 11 1.4 nm obtained from the


85 experiments, and thus verifies that the attractive force measured is derived predominantly from the effects of vdW interaction between sphere and steel surfaces. For the silica sphere in THF, good agreement with vdW calculation was determined From the calculated Hamaker coefficient determined the vdW repulsive force should increase w ith decreasing separation. A comparison of the vdW calculated values with the experimental data is shown in Figure 5 5 In fact, other than the optical interference region, there appears to be very good agreement between experimental and theoretical calculations at the short distances where vdW interactions are expected to be dominant and measureabl e. Thus vdW repulsive interact ion s were achieved. During retract ion t he residual adhesion of 0.02 mN m 1 upon pull off indicates there to be a slight attractive/adhesive interaction T he contact mechanics caused by mechanical deformation during approach result in residual adhesive interactions. 97 98 Furtherm or e, t he a dhesive force might result from trace surfa ce water molecules leading to an attractive capillary force s at short distances. 5 Further solvents testing in the presence of ethanol and 2 propanol against steel was completed and the force interaction results are presen ted in Figure 5 6 and with the attractio n distance presented in Figure 5 7 Of the four solvents tested, ethanol exhibited the longest jump in dista nce of 20 nm with a force interaction at 0.1 mN m 1 2 propanol also exhibited weak short range attractive interactions on the order of 0.05 mN m 1 at 2.5 nm. This is much less t han the interaction predicted by calculations where vdW attractive interactions should have become significant at 0.1 mN m 1 by a 10 nm separation distance. The lack of vdW attraction based upon the theoretical calculations suggests the presence of long range repulsive counteracting interactions between silica


86 and steel in these solvents. An explanatio n for this is the presence of trace water in the solvents which might form strong hydrogen bonds with the surface groups of silica and result in short r ange repulsive hydration forces on the order of 3 5 nm, with the roughness of the particles smearing out the normally oscillatory force into a monotonic hydration repulsion. 99 100 Force Curves in Aqueous Con ditions Force curves in aqueous conditions were completed using the AFM 3100 with a Dimension V controller and liquid cell due to convenience. Water is able to easily bead c ompatibility of salt water with the silicone skirt used to shield the liquid cell from the electronics. To use this set up, the tip is brought close to the steel surface, and then a plastic transfer pipette is used to deposit a bead of water between the tw o surfaces resulting in a water column. Again, the laser is aligned and steps are carried out to was measured to be 0.0328 N m 1 and the tip interaction radius was 2. 93 m. The extended curve results are shown in Figure 5 8 The maximum attractive force during jump in goes from 0.37 to 0.19 and finally to 0.07 mN m 1 when increasing the monovalent salt concentration from 10 3 M to 10 2 and 10 1 M, respectively. Also, f rom the figure, the jump in distance goes from 40 nm to 25 nm to 10 nm for low, medium, and high concentrations of salt, respectively. At the high salt concentration, the system is dominated by van der Waals interactions due to screening of the EDL. Calcul ating the Debye length, which gauges the thickness of the double layer, for each of the salt concentrations, we obtain 9.6, 3.0, and 0.96 nm for the respective low, medium, and high concentrations of salt.


87 The Hamaker coefficient was calculated for the si lica water Cr 2 O 3 and silica water silica interactions using the MathCAD spreadsheet and was found to have a value of 3.48 x 10 20 J and 7.22 x 10 21 J, respectively. The silica water silica Hamaker coefficient corresponds well with values found in the lite rature. 101 Placing the Hamaker coefficient value for silica water Cr 2 O 3 into the force interactio n equation, we find that at 10 nm, which corresponds to the approximate jump in distance of the screened EDL conditions, the vdW force is expected to be on the order of 0.06 mN m 1 This va lue is less than that of the attraction force of 0.07 mN m 1 measur ed at high salt concentrations. The excess attractive interaction is believed to result from a combination of EDL and vdW effects. The aqueous environment exhibit ed a neutral or slightly acidic pH (due to adsorption of carbon dioxide present in the atmosph ere). The isoelectric point of silica occurs around a pH of 1 3. 102 This means that silica would have a net negative charge under the experimental conditions. From the literature, chromium oxide has an isoelectric point at a pH of 9.2, 103 giving it a positive surface charge under slightly acidic to neutral conditions. This should yield purely attractive interactions between the two surfaces. Parametric analysis was co nducted using the DLVO model assuming that the silica exhibited a negative Stern potential of 75 mV, with monovalent electrolytes, a Hamaker coefficient of 3.48 x 10 20 J, at room temperature particle radius of 2.93 m and assuming constant potential The Stern potential of the steel surface was altered large dominant vdW attractive interaction force could match up similarly with where the experimental data exhibited its attractive jump in


88 force s This occurred roughly at a steel surface Stern potential of 95 mV, see Figure 5 9 Initially, when plotting the force curves on a log plot, the repulsive regions just before jump in for the 10 3 M and 10 2 M salt concentration were found to exhibit linear trends which corresponded well with theory about the exponential decay of the EDL force. The electric double layer repulsion was actually unexpected due to the difference in surface charges of the silica and the steel in the aqueous environment. Still, a ttempts were made to use DLVO theory to try to match up the force interaction curves of the experiment, by assuming that both surfaces exhibited negative Stern potentials. However, unreasonabl e values were obtained, i.e. extremely large potentials on the order of 700 mV on one surface compared to 7 mV on the other and requiring changing the Hamaker coefficient to values on the order of 1 x 10 21 J to yield similar force profile curves at the low and medium salt conditions. Thus, there must be some other non DLVO contribution which exhibits an exponential decay at long range distance. Initially, it was thought that the repulsion was due to the effects of long range hydration forces which also e xhibit an exponential decay However, this force is expected to operate on the order of 3 5 nm. 5 99 100 Parsegian and Gingell demonstrate that there are EDL conditions where oppositely charged surfaces with of different magnitudes can exhibit repulsive interactions depending on their surface charge ra tio and separation distance when ions in solution are restricted into the region between the surfaces. 104 However under these conditions, the EDL forces should remain repulsive


89 and not lead to the slight increased attraction observed during testin g with decreasing salt concentration. F urthermore it becomes easy to se e why polymeric dispersants are used to maintain colloidal stability in an aqueous system. There are often times when multiple com ponents exhibit ing differing surface charges interact hindering or compromising colloid stability. Using organic liquids with high vapor pressures has the potential to address these issues and would allow for ease in recovery rather than requiring burning off of the organics later on during processing. Settli ng Study of Particles in Various Liquids With any selection of solvent to alter interactions between particle and wall, the effect on particle particle interactions is also important to consider. Settling studies were conducted for the silica particle s usi ng the solvents mentioned in the previous section. Clear 5 mL glass vials containing 0.25 g of silica powder were filled with 2.5 mL of solvent. The vials were ultrasonicated for 5 minutes to break apart any agglomerates and then hand shaken before analysi s of the sedimentation. Analysis was completed by taking still frame images at various intervals and plotting the height of the particle supernatant boundary (see Figur e 5 10 ) For systems which quickly settled, video was used Images and videos were proce ssed to enhance contrast so as to facilitate and standardize the identification of the moving boundary. The height of the moving boundary was measured by drawing a line to the corresponding height on a ruler situated next to the vial. The slope of the ini tial linear region was used to determine the measured settling rate. The r es u lts are presented in Figure 5 11 and show that 2 propanol exhibited the most resistance to settling by the silica system whereas THF actually encouraged rapid


90 sedimentation. Silic a in methanol also settles rapidly compared to the other solvents tested. Comparing with theoretical calculations on settling, the velocity of a particle settling in a gravity field was determined by using the Stokes equation: 21 (5 3 ) where v s is the Stokes velocity, p is the density of the particle, f is the density of the fluid, is the fluid viscosity, g is the gravitational constant, and R is the radius of the particle. Viscosity and density values for the solvents were obtained from the literature. 105 In the calculations, the particle has a radius of 3.5 m and density of 2.2 g cm 3 as found in the literature. 106 The settling behavior is in agreement wit h Stokes law trends, see Table 5 1 bu t exhibits decreased velocities compared to the calculation s Accounting for porosity requires a modified version of the Stokes equation: 107 (5 4) where d is the particle diameter, f is the fraction of pores filled with fluid assumed i is the porosity of the p article represented by: (5 5) w here V pore is the volume of pores. For Zorba x SIL this value was found in the literature to be 400 L per gram 108 The porosity modified Stokes velocities were calculated to be 2.79 x 10 2 2.85 x 10 2 1.59 x 10 2 and 8.59 x 10 3 mm s 1 for THF, methanol, ethanol, and 2 propanol, respectively, neglecting undetermined particle


91 solvent dependent constants and the effect of solids loading. Comparison to measu red values show that the measure d particle velocity in THF is 0.95 of the calculated value and about 0.5 for the other solvents tested. Furthermore, the effect of porosity suggests that the particles in methanol should settle the fastest. This was not obse rved but the increased settling by THF might be attributed to vdW attraction induced agglommeration. The other contributions decreasing the rate of settling are believed to come from solids loading effects 107 and solvation forces from confined solvents between particles 5 which lead to repulsive interactions The calculations for Hamaker coefficients for a silica sphere interacting with a silica sphere in these solvents yield the fol lowing values: 5.481 x 10 20 J for THF, 2.337 x 10 2 0 J for methanol, and 1.938 x 10 2 0 J for 2 propanol. Larger values of the coefficients correspond to a gre ater magnitude of vdW attractive forces and thus, sedimentation rates are expected to be greates t for THF, then methanol, and finally 2 propanol having the lowest rate assuming only vdW attractive interactions This trend is similar to the Stokes velocity calculations with the THF environment causing silica to settle much more rapidly than in methano l and furthermore, with 2 propanol exhibiting the lowest agglomeration and settling rates for the silica spheres Effectively, the settlin g rates observed are due to gravitational effects as well as other interparticle interactions which counter the settli ng such as solvation and solids loading effects Summary Force curve measurements determined that under non aqueous environments, methanol led to silica steel interactions which are in close agreement to the predictions determined by vdW force calculations Furthermore, the THF solvent le d to the complete reduction of attractive force interactions between the two surfaces and


92 exhibited a profile corresponding to the vdW repulsive interaction force calculations. However, THF might not be the most desired sol vent to use in real world system s since though it may provide lubrication to silica particles encountering steel walls the liquid media might actually agglomerate the particle system and result in difficulties to efficiently t ransport the particles. Furth ermore, THF poses significant health and toxicity hazards and forms explosive peroxides when not stabilized with preservatives such as butylated hydroxytoluene; thus its use here is meant to be as model. Based on the results of this section and the previou s, it would appear that 2 propanol would be the most effective solvent in transporting silica spheres through stainless steel tubing. The Stokes interaction indicates that the particles would settle and agglomerate slowly in the solvent and the measuremen ts of particle wall interactions furthermore indicates low attractive interactions at short distances compared to the other alcohols


93 Table 5 1. particle solvent system Solvent Fluid d ensity Viscosity Stokes velocity Measured velocity (g cm 3 ) (cP) (mm s 1 ) (mm s 1 ) Tetrahydrofuran 0.888 0.55 6.37E 02 2.65E 02 Methanol 0.792 0.6 6.26E 02 1.62E 02 Ethanol 0.789 1.08 3.49E 02 8.80E 03 2 Propanol 0.786 2 1.89E 02 4.70E 03


94 A B Figure 5 1. TGT1 reverse imaging grid and imaging of silica colloid probe. A) Reverse imaging grid topography. B) Three dimensional array representation of multiple images of scanning colloid probe resulting from scanning probe along reverse imaging gr id.


95 Figur e 5 2 Representative force curves of silica against stainless steel in methanol Figure 5 3. Reproducibility of force curve. Force curves of silica extended towards steel in methanol showing consistency of data acquired. -0.8 -0.6 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Force/Radius (mN/m) Distance (nm) SIL Ext (mN/m) SIL Ret (mN/m) -1.5 -1.0 -0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 0 50 100 150 200 Relative Force (nN) Distance (nm)


96 Figure 5 4. Re presentative force curve s of silica against stainless steel in THF. Figure 5 5. Comparing force interactions in THF with theory. The vdW calculation was determined using the calculated Hamaker coefficient of 2.41 x 10 20 J. G ood agreement between exper imental and theoretical calculations indicates vdW repulsive interactions were achieved for silica interacting with steel in the presence of THF -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 Force/Radius (mN/m) Distance (nm) SIL Ext (mN/m) SIL Ret (mN/m) -0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.9 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 Force/Radius (mN/m) Distance (nm) SIL Ext (mN/m) Calculated vdW (mN/m)


97 Figure 5 6 Attraction and adhesion strength of silica against stainless steel in various liquid media. Figure 5 7 Distance of jump in measured for attraction of silica against stainless steel in various liquid media.


98 Figure 5 8 Force interaction curves of silica against stainless steel in the presence of aqueous liquid media containing various concentrations of salt. Figure 5 9 Comparison of DLVO calculation with experimental results. The solid lines represent experimental values and the dotted lines represent the calculations assuming a silica Ste rn potential of 75 mV and a steel potential of 95 mV. -0.40 -0.35 -0.30 -0.25 -0.20 -0.15 -0.10 -0.05 0.00 0.05 0.10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 Force/Radius (mN/m) Distance (nm) Force experienced by hydrophillic silica on approach to SS substrate 0.001 M NaCl 0.01 M NaCl 0.1 M NaCl -0.4 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0 0.1 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 Force/Radius (mN/m) Distance (nm) 0.001 M NaCl 0.01 M NaCl 0.1 M NaCl 0.001 M NaClx 0.01 M NaClx 0.1 M NaClx


99 Figure 5 10 Settling experimental setup. Glass vials containing particles are ultrasonicated and hand shaken and allowed to settle. The ruler is used as a guide to measure height over time. Figure 5 11 Settling profile of silica in the presence of various solvents.

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100 CHAPTER 6 C ONCLUSIONS AND FUTUR E WORK Conclusions Towards producing a completely polymeric dispersant free processing medium for ceramics, the silica sp here system was introduced and its interaction with stainless steel under various liquid solvent media conditions were characterized and evaluated. This process required addressing the challenges of instrumentation and solvent compatibility as well as deve loping a suitable colloid probe. To make the AFM fluid cell les s susceptible to chemical attack by the various solvents of consideration, Kalrez O rings were used to substitute for the original silicone fitting. Furthermore, PTFE tubing was incorporated as well as glass syringes. Colloid probes constructed using tipless cantilevers were produced utilizing an epoxy which exhibited good chemical stability and solvent resistance. Predictions were developed from the science of fundamental force interaction of c olloids, and pure solvents were selected to represent a variety of interactions between the model silica sphere and a stainless steel wall. These systems were then tested and analyzed providing quantification of the interactions of the two surfaces. The re sults show that though THF effectively minimizes the attractive interactions and even reversing the normally attractive vdW interactions between silica and steel, concerns about its suitability lingers due to the lack of colloidal stability in the medium. Furthermore, despite using porous particles, in the presence of methanol and THF the silica behaved in good accord with theor etical force calculations for purel y vdW dominated system. The most effective solvent examined to mitigate attractive interactions between both particles as well as walls was found to be 2 propanol which

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101 exhibited a 70% less attractive interaction force than methanol and a very small jump in Facilitating the use of pure solvents based processing techniques requires some more work to be done. Though the fundamentals of predicting interactions and a system and protocols to characterize these interactions have been established further quantification of the particle particle interac tions in various solvent media needs to be addressed. This is the subject for the future work section which consists first of designing mixed solvent systems to tailor the optical properties and dielectric response function of the liquid me dia. Then, a det ailed discussion on how to characterize particle particle interactions using a surrogate surface is provided. Through these developments, science based solvent selection and efficient and more environmentally effective processing of ceramic particles can b e brought to maturity. Future Work Refractive Index Matching of Liquids One of the proposed notions of tailoring the particle particle interaction is through the use of mixed solvents system s Fluid mixtures allow the refractive index to be controlled dire ctly, which impacts the vdW interaction. A liquid exhibiting a similar dielectric response behavior as silica would minimize the attractive vdW interaction. Furthermore, since refractive indice s form a core component to the determination of the response, l iquids with similar refractive indices to silica would result in decreased attraction between particles and may result in colloidal stabilization without the need for polymeric dispersants. Silica exhibits a refractive index of approximately 1.40 1.50 th us, mixtures of liquids to yield this value is desired to minimize attractive interactions. A lot of common

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102 liquid solvents exist with lower refractive indices such as methanol, with a refractive index of 1.33. However, to have a refractive index of greate r than 1.4 means using rather hazardous solvents which can be found in various handbooks and databases 105 109 A quick study to determine how refractive index changes in mixtures of THF, chloroform, and p xylene with methanol was undertaken. Mixtures by weight percent were made in 20% increments from pure methanol to pure high refractive index solvent. The refractive index was then measured using a Fisher brand Abb refractometer c alibrated to a naphthalene bromide standard A bb r efractometer Briefly, the refractometer consists of two prisms forming a narrow space where a layer of fluid is deposited Diffuse monochromatic 589.3 nm wavelength sodium light enters one prism, interacts with the solvent and refracts into the other prism according The resulting light then enters a telescope. Next, the telescope is effectively moved until a sharp division of bright and dark regions occur at cross wires seen in the scope. Th is represents the critical angle and the point corresponds to a particular refractive index which is read off a calibrated scale. 110 Results of r efractive i ndex m easurements of l iquid m ixtures The refractive index resul ts were plotted against weight fraction mol e fraction, and volume fraction to determine which exhibits the best linear fit. Methano l exhibited a refractive index of 1.327, THF had 1.406 (which is actually less than the refractive index of the silica particles since the particles could still be observed when settling studies were conducted in THF) chloroform has 1.444, and p xylene ha d 1.494. The most linear responses were found to be for the re fractive index vs volume fraction plots

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103 Results with linear trend relationships are shown in Figures 6 1 6 2 and 6 3 I n order to design a solvent system having a similar refractive index a s silica particle, mixtures of methanol with volume fractions of 0.930 THF, 0.640 chloroform, or 0.44 p xylene could be made and the effects on surface force interactions tested between the silica particles. Towards Characterization of Particle Particle Int eractions Characterization of particle particle interactions has often been accomplished on a macroscopic scale. Settling studies can provide some relative indications of how particles interact to form heavy agglomerates and the density of the resulting pa cked sediment can be used to relate to the adhesion experienced by particles upon contact. However, one of the fundamental limitations of this measurement technique is that particles in liquids having a similar refractive index are nearly impossible to vis ually observe. As mentioned before, s ince the refractive index can often be used to estimate matched liquids to a particle system may minimize the attractive interactions by particles. The challenge is to quantify the surface interactions between particles which are optically invisible. One way of going about this is through rheological and viscosity measurements which can determine the relative conditions of flocculation during a dynamic, flowing system. However, such a process often requires a great deal of samples both particles and liquid medium and may be cost prohibitive. In order to obtain quantitative results, the most effective instrument to use is the AFM but this poses more challenges. Attempts were made to directly measure the particle particle interactions using a colloid probe. First, a thin layer of epoxy was placed onto an AFM specimen disc. Then,

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104 a razor blade was used to quickly dep osit a thin layer of part icles o nto the epoxy. Once cured, the disc was examined using the Dimension 3100 AFM using a silicon tapping tip see Figure 6 4 Immediately, the challenges o f force curves measurements are apparent First of all, the particles are not evenly distributed on the surface and it would be challenging to obtain re producible results since interaction can be with particle or with epoxy regions. Furthermore, the surface would have to be scanned first to determine where particles are located, and then the tip sw app ed out for the colloid probe to perform force curve measurements. A more effective way of determining particle particle interaction s would be to utilize a flat surface which exhibits similar chemical properties as th e surface of a silica particle. A silico n wafer would be a good example of a material to use since its surface chemistry can by modified by growing oxide layer s through a simple and well controlled thermal oxidation technique. 111 This occurs by heating a silicon wafer to 800 1200 C and supplying a feed gas of either water vapor or oxygen. Water interacts with the silicon to form silicon dioxide and hydrogen gas, and oxygen interacts with the silicon directly to form silicon dioxide. Removal from the furnace would lead to the formation of silanol species on the surface and p rovide a very good analogue to the silica spheres. Thus, silica particle particle interactions can be measured in various liquids usin g the protocols established in the previous sections. Further studies could also address and characterize the internal and external interactions of hydrophobic particles through the use of the colloid probe. This would also be very desirable in the field of chromatography where silica particles modified with chains of carbon are used to form so called reverse phase columns. C onveniently, t he

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105 silicon wafer surface can be modified in the same manner that silic a spheres are made hydrophobic, i.e. through the surface anchoring of C18 chains. This can be accomplished utilizing a dilute mixture of 1mM octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) in such liquid media as chloroform, hexadecane, toluene, or dichloromethane. 112 Silicon wafer pieces were submerged into the solution for 12 hours to allow self assembly of the C18 onto the surface. These wafers were then removed and rinsed off with chloroform, 2 propanol, and deionized water. As indicated in Figure 6 5 the wafers exhibited long lasting hydrophobic surfaces similar to those reverse phase C18 modi fied silica. The interactions of a C18 silica colloid probe with the silicon wafers would allow for an analogue to hydrophobic silica particle intera ctions in various environments, and further e xtend the ability to tailor interactions using liquids. Howeve r, difficulties would be encountered on how to go about modeling the dielectric respo nse behavior of the C18 surface since in such a system the C18 configuration might change depending on solvents used and result in particle/interaction size difference in one solvent versus another. Finally, though porous silica spheres were used, the effect of porosity on the interaction remains unknown. T he porous features between silica and stainless steel walls in pure solvents, ho wever, there might be an effect of solvent trapping in the pores during studies using mixed solvents or during a solvent exchange process. Thus, further work could be done to compare the effects of porosity on colloid interactions using dense silica sphere s manufactured through various acid catalyzed sol gel processes which can facilitate the production of micron sized dense silica particles 113 115

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106 Overall, exciting opportunities ex ist to further understand and facilitate the development of polymer dispersant free system s through the use of the colloid pro be system with the AFM. With ceramics manufacturing occurring on a world wide industrial scale, shifting to a solvents system for traditional ceramics would decrease the production of greenhouse gases during final burn off and sintering. Furthermore, the u se of solvents with low vaporization temperatures can be easily evaporated and condensed leading to the ability to recover and reuse the solvent for an eventual cost savings.

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107 Figure 6 1 Refractive index measurement of THF in me thanol.

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108 Figure 6 2 Refractive index measurement of chloroform in methanol.

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109 Figure 6 3 Refractive index measurement of p xylene in methanol.

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110 A B Figure 6 4 Tapping mode AFM of silica particles embedded into epoxy. A) Raw height information. B) Amplitude information to enhance contrast of topographic features.

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111 Figure 6 5 Comparison of water droplet on silicon wafer and wafer which has been treated with OTS.

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119 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Karran Woan has spent most of his educational career in the state of Florida. After graduating from Suncoast High School through the dual International Ba ccalaureate and Math, Science, and Engineering programs in 2001, he made his way to the University of Florida and enrolled in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering where he developed a fondness of materials characterization techniques Nearing his last semester of undergraduate, he had the opportunity work with a materials research group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This experience cemented his desire to further pursue graduate research, which he continued at the University of Florida under Dr. Wolfgang Sigmund to research novel synthesis and characterization techniques During his tim e in graduate school, Karran Woan applied for and was accepted to a 2 year NSF GK 12 program to enhance hi s communica tion skills of scientific concepts through a co teaching position in a middle s chool science classroom. Karran Woan hopes to continue his career in fostering research and development of new technologies which will facilitate the improvement in t he quality of life in the communities and world around him.