Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 297, Issue 1, pp 125–132 | Cite as

Self-assembly and rheological behavior of oleic acid-based pseudo-tetrameric surfactants

  • Chaowang Li
  • Danhua Xie
  • Xiaomei PeiEmail author
  • Binglei Song
  • Zhenggang Cui
Original Contribution


Traditional tetrameric surfactants exhibit a variety of self-assembled aggregation behaviors and excellent rheological properties. In recent years, the use of non-covalent interactions to construct pseudo-oligomeric surfactants has attracted extensive attention. We constructed dynamic oleic acid-based pseudo-tetrameric surfactants through electrostatic interaction between tetrameric quaternary ammonium salts (3-n-3, n = 2, 3, 6, 8) and the environmentally friendly sodium oleate. The series of surfactants showed higher viscoelasticity with increasing concentration, which is similar to the traditional tetrameric surfactants. With the addition of the tetrameric salts, the zero-shear viscosity of the original sodium oleate solutions increased by a factor of more than 80,000. The rheological properties can be flexibly modulated by controlling the middle spacer length of the tetrameric quaternary ammonium salt. The wormlike micelles of dynamic oleic acid-based pseudo-tetrameric surfactants will expand the potential applications of ionic liquids in home care products, oil field stimulation fluids, and nanobiotechnology.


Oleic acid Pseudo-tetrameric surfactant Viscoelasticity Non-covalent interactions 


Funding information

Support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21203078, 31300486) and the Open Research Fund of Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Featured Materials in Biochemical Industry, Ningde Normal University (FJKL_FMBI201703), is gratefully acknowledged.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaowang Li
    • 1
  • Danhua Xie
    • 2
  • Xiaomei Pei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Binglei Song
    • 1
  • Zhenggang Cui
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical & Materials Engineering, Key Laboratory of Food Colloids and Biotechnology Ministry of EducationJiangnan UniversityWuxiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Fujian Province University Key Laboratory of Green Energy and Environment Catalysis, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Featured Materials in Biochemical IndustryNingde Normal UniversityNingdePeople’s Republic of China

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