the compressibility of alkyltrimetylammonium bromide micelles

Kudryashov E., Kapustina T., Morrissey S., Buckin V., Dawson K.

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 203, pp. 59-68 (1998)

Ultrasonic measurements have been carried out for solutions of octyl-, decyl-, dodecyl-, tetradecyl-, and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromides (CnTAB) over a wide range of concentrations above and below their critical micelle concentrations (CMC) at 25C. The apparent molar adiabatic compressibilities of the surfactants in monomer, (Φks)f, and in micellar forms, (Φks)mic, have been determined. The values for (Φks)f decrease with increasing chain length of the surfactant by an increment of 0.87 x 10-4 cm3 mol-1 bar-1 per CR2 group. The opposite trend has been found for the value of (Φks)mic the compressibility of surfactants in the micelle, which is positive, and increases with increasing chain length of the surfactant by 9.5 x 10-4 cm3 mol-1 bar-1 per CR2 group. The coefficient of adiabatic compressibility of the internal cores of micelles is estimated to be 59.5 x 10-6 bar-1, which is close to, but slightly lower than the coefficient of adiabatic compressibility of pure hydrocarbon liquids having the same number of CH2 groups.

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