Rheological behaviour of polyoxometalate-doped lyotropic lamellar phases

  • J. P. de Silva
  • A. S. Poulos
  • B. Pansu
  • P. Davidson
  • B. Kasmi
  • D. Petermann
  • S. Asnacios
  • F. Meneau
  • M. Impéror
Regular Article


We study the influence of nanoparticle doping on the lyotropic liquid crystalline phase of the industrial surfactant Brij30 ( C12E4 and water, doped with spherical polyoxometalate nanoparticles smaller than the characteristic dimensions of the host lamellar phase. We present viscometry and in situ rheology coupled with small-angle X-ray scattering data that show that, with increasing doping concentration, the nanoparticles act to decrease the shear viscosity of the lamellar phase, and that a shear-induced transition to a multilamellar vesicle “onion” phase is pushed to higher shear rates, and in some cases completely suppressed. X-ray data reveal that the nanoparticles remain encapsulated within the membranes of the vesicles, thus indicating a viable method for the fabrication of nanoparticle incorporating organic vesicles.


Surfactant Shear Rate High Shear Rate Lamellar Phase Interlamellar Spacing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. de Silva
    • 1
  • A. S. Poulos
    • 1
  • B. Pansu
    • 1
  • P. Davidson
    • 1
  • B. Kasmi
    • 1
  • D. Petermann
    • 1
  • S. Asnacios
    • 2
  • F. Meneau
    • 3
  • M. Impéror
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique des Solides-UMR 8502-Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes-10 rue Alice Domon et Lonie DuquetParisFrance
  3. 3.SOLEIL Synchrotron-L’Orme des Merisiers Saint-AubinGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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