Krishnaswamy, R and Mitra, P and Raghunathan, VA and Sood, AK (2003) Tuning the structure of surfactant complexes with DNA and other polyelectrolytes. In: EPL: Europhysics Letters, 62 (3). pp. 357-362.
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We have carried out small-angle X-ray diffraction studies on complexes formed by the anionic polyelectrolytes, namely, sodium salts of double and single stranded (ds and ss) DNA, poly( glutamic acid) ( PGA), poly( acrylic acid) (PAA), and poly( styrene sulfonate) (PSS) with a cationic surfactant system consisting of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide ( CTAB) and sodium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate (SHN). All complexes have a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal structure at low SHN concentrations. DNA-CTAB-SHN complexes exhibit a hexagonal to lamellar transition near the SHN concentration at which CTAB-SHN micelles show a cylinder to bilayer transformation. On the other hand, PGA and PAA complexes form a 2D centered rectangular phase at higher SHN concentrations, and PSS complexes show a primitive rectangular structure. These results provide a striking example of polyion specificity in polyelectrolytesurfactant interactions.
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|Department/Centre:||Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics|
|Date Deposited:||25 Aug 2011 05:57|
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