Title

Surfactant solubilization and the direct encapsulation of interfacially active phenols in mesoporous silicas

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

2-5-2008

Abstract

The solubilization of phenols in micelles of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide leads to microstructural changes from spherical micelles to wormlike micelles and then to vesicles. These microstructures are then used to template silicas. There is a transition from highly ordered hexagonal mesoporous silicas of the M41S family to lamellar structures, as the phenolic dopant concentration is increased. The results have implication to the removal of phenols from aqueous waste streams through the micellar enhanced ultrafiltration process. The entrapment of phenols in mesoporous silicas provides a way to sequester such contaminants in concentrated form. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

Publication Title

Langmuir

Volume

24

Issue

3

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