Phase Behavior and Microstructure of Nonaqueous Microemulsions.

A. Martino, E. W. Kaler

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The microstructure of nonaqueous microemulsions formed with propylene glycol, glycerol, three different alkanes, and pentaethylene glycol mono-n-dodecyl ether (C12E5) is probed with NMR self-diffusion measurements and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). At low oil concentrations, both NMR self-diffusion and SANS results can be modeled in terms of a microstrucure of ellipsoidal oil-rich droplets with only excluded volume interactions. These droplet structures percolate to an oil-continuous structure as the volume fraction of oil in the microemulsions increases. Percolation thresholds measured as a function of alkane chain length are interpreted in terms of the phase behavior of the microemulsion and the strength of droplet interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-784
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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