Title

Nanostructured materials synthesis in a mixed surfactant mesophase

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

7-30-2002

Abstract

The mixed surfactant system of bis (2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) and α-phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) forms a rigid gel-like mesophase in the presence of equal volumes of water and a hydrocarbon (isooctane). Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) results indicate that these structures undergo transitions from columnar hexagonal geometries to lamellar geometries depending on the water content and/or the temperature. The system is used to synthesize nanostructured ceramics (silica) in the aqueous microphase. Interpenetrating networks of poly-(hydroxyethylmethacrylate) and poly(styrene) are also synthesized using the aqueous microphase to support the water soluble monomer (hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and the organic microphase (styrene). SANS results indicate that the template structure is maintained during materials synthesis.

Publication Title

Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology

Volume

23

Issue

1-3

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