The pH-responsive behavior of adsorbed diblock copolymer films of PDMA-PDEA (poly(2-(dimethylainino)ethyl methacrylate)-blockpoly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)) on silica has been characterized using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), an optical reflectometer (OR) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). The copolymer was adsorbed at pH 9 from various copolymer concentrations; QCM-D measurements indicate that the level of desorption when rinsed at pH 9 depends on the initial copolymer concentration. The adsorbed films produced at pH 9 generally have low charge densities; adjusting the solution pH to 4 results in a significant protonation of the constituent copolymers and a related interfacial structural change for the copolymer film. OR studies show no significant change during pH cycling, while QCNI-D measurements indicate that the adsorbed mass and dissipation alter dramatically in response to the solution pH. The difference between the QCNI-D adsorbed masses and dissipation values at pH 4 and 9 were found to be dependent on the initial copolymer concentration. This is due to differences in the initial conformations within the adsorbed copolymer layers at pH 9. The effect of the PDMA chain length on the pH-responsive behavior has also been studied; both the QCM-D adsorbed mass and dissipation of PDMA(54)-PDEA(24) (shorter PDMA block) at pH 4 and 9 were observed to be greater than those of PDMA(9X)-PDEA(2Y) (longer PDMA block). This suggests that the normal extension of the adsorbed PDMA54-PDEA24 Copolymer films is more significant than that of the PDMA(9X)-PDEA(2Y) films on silica. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.