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Lamellar phase formation in catanionic mixtures of hydrogenated and fluorinated surfactants: a comparative study


The properties and phase behaviors of the catanionic mixtures consisting of tetradecyltrimetylammonium bromide (TTABr) and different anionic surfactants (i.e., sodium docanoate, C10HOONa; sodium laurate, C12HOONa; sodium perfluorodecanoate, C10FOONa) were examined, in particular when the molar mixing ratio in the aqueous solution was exactly 1:1. Although the three inspected systems have identical head groups and counterions, they exhibited very different lamellar (Lα) phases. When using the hydrogenated surfactants, the C10HOONa–TTABr system formed domain-like Lα/L1 two phases and the C12HOONa–TTABr system formed cream-like Lα/L1 two phases, respectively. In the case of the perfluorinated surfactant, the C10FOONa–TTABr system formed interdigitated and tilted Lα gel. The microstructures of the three Lα phases were characterized by polarized microscope, freeze-fracture transmission electron microscope, small angle X-ray scattering, and X-ray diffraction. The phase transition of the lamellar gel at different temperature was studied by differential scanning calorimetry and rheological measurements. The results elucidated the formation of the Lα phase in catanionic mixtures containing hydrogenated or fluorinated anionic surfactants with molar mixing ratio of 1:1.

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The authors are thankful for the financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 31101600), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (grant no. ZR2011CQ043), and the Special Fund for “Taishan Scholar” construction engineering “agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention and control” position.

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Shen, Y., Hoffmann, H., Jiang, L. et al. Lamellar phase formation in catanionic mixtures of hydrogenated and fluorinated surfactants: a comparative study. Colloid Polym Sci 292, 67–75 (2014).

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  • Lamellar phase
  • Catanionic surfactant
  • Fluorinated surfactant