Bacchin, Patrice and Bonino, Jean-Pierre and Martin, François and Combacau, Marylène and Barthes, Patrick and Petit, Sabine and Ferret, Jocelyne Surface pre-coating of talc particles by carboxyl methyl cellulose adsorption : study of adsorption and consequences on surface properties and settling rate. (2006) Colloids and Surfaces A , vol. 2 (n°3). pp. 211-219. ISSN 0927-7757
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2005.07.026
This paper investigates the adsorption of different sized carboxyl methyl cellulose (CMC) onto talc particles (adsorption isotherm, adsorption reversibility), its consequences on the particles properties (electrophoretic mobility and surface wetting) and its effect on their dispersion (settling coefficient). Throughout the paper, the properties of talc particles dispersed in CMC solution are compared to CMC pre-coated talc particles: talc particles dried in a solution of CMC before their redispersion. The adsorption of CMC onto talc was quantified at around 0.4 mg of CMC per m2 of talc and was seen to be irreversible on washing the talc particles with distilled water. When characterising talc surface properties, it was found that CMC adsorption leads to an increase of the negative surface charge and to an increase of the wettability. The settling velocity of CMC pre-coated talc particles in water can be around 50 % lower than that of the initial talc particles. The pre-coating of talc particles by CMC is then assumed to increase their stabilization : particle aggregation is hindered by adsorbed CMC layer inducing electrosteric repulsion between the talc particles. The technique of talc pre-coating with CMC makes the talc dispersion easier and could open interesting perspectives in engineering processes using talc dispersions.
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