Micellar Spheres in a High Frequency Oscillatory Field

Kelarakis, Antonis, Crassous, Jérôme J., Ballauff, Matthias, Yang, Zhuo and Booth, Colin (2006) Micellar Spheres in a High Frequency Oscillatory Field. Langmuir, 22 (16). pp. 6814-6817. ISSN 0743-7463

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la0607860


The viscoelasticity of aqueous micellar solutions of two oxyethylene/oxybutylene block copolymers (E92B18 and B20E510) has been investigated using a torsional resonator operated at 26 kHz. For both systems considered, values of the dynamic viscosity ( ) point to partial draining of the micellar corona induced by the high-frequency oscillatory field. At low effective volume fractions, values of the elastic modulus ( ) indicate that the repulsive interactions between micelles can be modeled by a power law function u(r) 1/rν with exponents close to 13 and 6 for copolymers E92B18 and B20E510 respectively. At a critical copolymer concentration (c*) plots of log( ) against log(c) deviate from the straight lines established at low concentrations, implying that the systems undergo ergodic/nonergodic transitions.

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