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How the Type of Cosurfactant Impacts Strongly on the Size and Interfacial Composition in Gemini 12-2-12 RMs Explored by DLS, SLS, and FTIR Techniques

The limited amount of information about reverse micelles (RMs) made with gemini surfactants, the effect of the n-alcohols in their interface, and the water-entrapped structure in the polar core motivated us to perform this work. Thus, in the present contribution, we use dynamic light scattering (DLS), static light scattering (SLS), and FT-IR techniques to obtain information on RMs structure created, with the gemini dimethylene-1,2-bis(dodecyldimethylammonium) bromide (G12-2-12) surfactant and compare the results with its monomer: dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB). In this way, the size of the aggregates formed in different nonpolar organic solvents, the effect of the chain length of n-alcohols used as cosurfactants, and the water-entrapped structure were explored. The data show that the structure of the cosurfactant needed to stabilize the RMs plays a fundamental role, affecting the size and behavior of the aggregates. In contrast to what happens with the RMs formed with the monomer DTAB, water entr...

Authors:   Victor E. Cuenca; R. Darío Falcone; Juana J. Silber; N. Mariano Correa
Journal:   Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Year:   2016
DOI:   10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b10380
Publication date:   12-Jan-2016
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