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Slow and remanent electric polarization of adsorbed BSA layer evidenced by neutron reflection

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Abstract

Using neutron reflectivity together with an appropriate electrochemical cell, we have studied the effects of transverse electric field on the bovine serum albumin (BSA) monolayer initially adsorbed at the interface of the aqueous solution and a conductive doped-silicon wafer. Depending on the sign of the initial potential, a second layer is adsorbed, or not, on top of the first whereas a subsequent reversal of potential has no effect. We show that this behaviour reveals the slow and remanent electric polarization of the first BSA layer. Based on the permanent dipolar structure of BSA, we suggest an analogy with dipolar glasses that may account for the slowness and memory of the process.

Graphical abstract: Slow and remanent electric polarization of adsorbed BSA layer evidenced by neutron reflection

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The article was received on 29 Nov 2011, accepted on 21 Dec 2011 and first published on 20 Jan 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07265C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 2638-2643
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    Slow and remanent electric polarization of adsorbed BSA layer evidenced by neutron reflection

    A. Koutsioubas, D. Lairez, G. Zalczer and F. Cousin, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2638
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07265C

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