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Deng, Y., Guo, Y., Qian, Y., Lou, H., and Qiu, X. (2014). "Effect of temperature on a lignin-based polymer with two types of microstructures," BioRes. 9(4), 6304-6315.


A lignin-based polymer (GCL1-JB) was dispersed in solvents with different proportion between 1,4 dioxane and water for forming linear and spherical microstructures. The effects of temperature on the solution behaviors and adsorption characteristics of GCL1-JB with different microstructures were investigated by light scattering, conductivity, zeta potential, UV-Vis spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and contact angle measurements. Results showed that GCL1-JB solutions with different microstructures have different responses to environmental temperature changes, which is related to the movements of charges. For GCL1-JB with a spherical microstructure, as the temperature increases, the degree of ionization does not decrease. However, the surface charges decrease due to the charged groups moving from the surface into the interior because of the charge gradient, which induces a significant decrease in the zeta potential. As the surface charges decrease and the hydrophobic interaction increases, the GCL1-JB aggregates. Therefore, the scattered light intensity increases significantly and the corresponding GCL1-JB adsorbed film has a larger adsorbed amount, a more rough surface , and a larger contact angle. However, for GCL1-JB with a linear microstructure, the surface charges do not obviously change with a temperature increase, even though the charged groups move from side to side. Therefore, the zeta potential and the scattered light intensities of these GCL1-JB solutions are basically independent of temperature, and the corresponding adsorption characteristics do not obviously change.
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