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Title: Synthesis of Core-Shell CS/APCS Particle via Electrostatic Self-Assembly

Author(s): Dongmin Wang and Chunlong Huang

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 329


Appears on pages(s): 389-402

Keywords: colloidal nanosilica; amphoteric polycarboxylate superplasticizer; core-shell structure; electrostatic self- assembly; microwave irradiation

Date: 9/26/2018


The durability and mechanical properties of cement-based materials reinforced by nano-SiO2 particles strongly depend on the dispersion characteristics of the nano-SiO2 particles in the cement pore solution. This study presents a simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly method to improve the distribution of colloidal nano-SiO2 particles. Amphoteric polycarboxylate superplasticizer containing a cationic moiety in its backbone, was synthetized under microwave irradiation and introduced onto the surface of colloidal nano-SiO2 particles being negatively charged using electrostatic self-assembly technique. The above method guarantees the formation of a core-shell structure nano-SiO2 particle, wherein the amphoteric polycarboxylate superplasticizer shell exhibits enhanced steric hindrance repulsion and electrostatic repulsion. Moreover, the proposed method application guarantees a higher dispersion stability of colloidal nano-SiO2 in the saturated calcium hydroxide solution, which makes it favorable for the production of cement-based materials.


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