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Structural Characterization of Nonionic Mixed Micelles Formed by C(12)EO(6) Surfactant and P123 Triblock Copolymer.

Löf, David LU ; Tomšič, Matija; Glatter, Otto; Fritz-Popovski, Gerhard and Schillén, Karin LU (2009) In The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B 113(16). p.5478-5486
Abstract
A structural characterization of mixed micelles formed in aqueous solution by the PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer P123 and the nonionic surfactant C(12)EO(6) was carried out using various techniques, including ultralow shear viscosimetry, depolarized dynamic light scattering (VH-DLS), depolarized static light scattering (VH-SLS), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The sphere-to-rod transition of the mixed micelles was studied in a diluted regime (P123 concentrations ranging from 0.5 to 10 wt %) at C(12)EO(6)/P123 molar ratios of 2.2, 3.2, 6.0, and 11 as well as for the pure C(12)EO(6). The data from VH-SLS and viscosimetry displayed a sharp increase in the intensity and viscosity, respectively, at the sphere-to-rod transition, and the... (More)
A structural characterization of mixed micelles formed in aqueous solution by the PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer P123 and the nonionic surfactant C(12)EO(6) was carried out using various techniques, including ultralow shear viscosimetry, depolarized dynamic light scattering (VH-DLS), depolarized static light scattering (VH-SLS), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The sphere-to-rod transition of the mixed micelles was studied in a diluted regime (P123 concentrations ranging from 0.5 to 10 wt %) at C(12)EO(6)/P123 molar ratios of 2.2, 3.2, 6.0, and 11 as well as for the pure C(12)EO(6). The data from VH-SLS and viscosimetry displayed a sharp increase in the intensity and viscosity, respectively, at the sphere-to-rod transition, and the results from the two methods were in accordance. In both techniques, an increased transition temperature with increasing content of C(12)EO(6) (in the molar ratio regime from 2.2 to 11) was observed. SAXS was used as the main technique, and a thorough structural characterization was performed, where indirect Fourier transformation (IFT) and generalized indirect Fourier transformation (GIFT) were employed in the analysis procedure of the SAXS data. The p(r) functions obtained from the IFT (employed at low P123 concentrations, i.e., 1.0 and 2.0 wt %) and GIFT (employed above 2.0 wt %) analyses revealed increased inhomogeneities in the mixed micelles when the molar ratio was increased. This suggested that the C(12)EO(6) organized themselves at the interface between the PPO core and the PEO corona of the P123 micelles, with the C(12) alkyl chain stretching into the hydrophobic core and the EO(6) part residing in the hydrophilic corona. The structure factor parameters obtained with GIFT for a molar ratio of 2.2 at a P123 concentration of 5.0 wt % showed radius values smaller than what was estimated from the p(r) functions. This was explained by an interpenetration of the PEO chains from one mixed micelle into a neighboring one. VH-DLS was performed on the mixed micelles at a temperature 3 degrees C above the transition temperature and at a molar ratio of 2.2. From the analyzed data, the average length L of the rods was estimated to be 102 nm. (Less)
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  author       = {Löf, David and Tomšič, Matija and Glatter, Otto and Fritz-Popovski, Gerhard and Schillén, Karin},
  issn         = {1520-5207},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {16},
  pages        = {5478--5486},
  publisher    = {The American Chemical Society},
  series       = {The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B},
  title        = {Structural Characterization of Nonionic Mixed Micelles Formed by C(12)EO(6) Surfactant and P123 Triblock Copolymer.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp808442d},
  volume       = {113},
  year         = {2009},
}