ABSTRACT: Aggregation behavior of a novel anionic amphiphilic molecule, sodium N-(2-(n-dodecylamino)ethanoyl)-L-alaninate (C(12)Ala), was studied in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant at different [C(12)Ala]/[SDS] molar ratios and concentrations. The viscosity of aqueous SDS solution increased in the presence of C(12)Ala surfactant. The bulk viscosity of water was found to increase upon increase of both molar ratio and total surfactant concentration. The microenvironments of the self-assemblies were investigated using the fluorescence probe technique. Fluorescence anisotropy studies indicated formation of rodlike micelles. Both dynamic light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering measurements were performed to obtain the size and shape of the microstructures. The concentration and composition dependence of the hydrodynamic diameter of the aggregates were investigated. Transmission electron micrographs revealed the presence of a hexagonal liquid crystal phase in dilute solutions of the C(12)Ala-SDS mixture. The micrographs of moderately concentrated solution, however, showed cholesteric liquid-crystal structures with fingerprint-like texture. Temperature-dependent phase behavior of the self-assemblies was studied by use of the fluorescence probe technique.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 06/2008; 112(17):5374-80. · 3.70 Impact Factor