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Spontaneous formation of multilamellar vesicles from aqueous micellar solutions of sodium linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (NaLAS)
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    Journal article
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    Khodaparast S, Sharratt W, Wang H, Robles ESJ, Dalgliesh R, Cabral JT
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    221, 230
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    Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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© 2019 Elsevier Inc. We report the spontaneous formation of multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) from low concentration (<30 wt%) aqueous micellar solutions of sodium linear alkylbenezene sulfonate (NaLAS) upon cooling, employing a combination of optical microscopy (OM), Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), and Cryo-TEM. Upon cooling, MLVs grow from, and coexist with, the surfactant micelles, attaining diameters ranging from hundreds of nanometers to a few micrometers depending on the cooling rate, whilst the d-spacing of internal lamellae remains unchanged, at ≃ 3 nm. While microscale fluid and flow properties of the mixed MLVs and micellar phase depend on rate of cooling, the corresponding nanoscale structure of the surfactant aggregates, resolved by time-resolved SANS, remains unchanged. Our data indicate that the mixed MLV and micellar phases are in thermodynamic equilibrium with a fixed relative volume fraction determined by temperature and total surfactant concentration. Under flow, MLVs aggregate and consequently migrate away from the channel walls, thus reduce the overall hydrodynamic resistance. Our findings demonstrate that the molecular and mesoscopic structure of ubiquitous, low concentration NaLAS solutions, and in turn their flow properties, are dramatically influenced by temperature variation about ambient conditions.
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