Self-Assembly Properties of Cationic Gemini Surfactants with Biodegradable Groups in the Spacer
Abstract: Self-assembly properties of cationic gemini surfactants with biodegradable amide or ester groups in the spacer were investigated utilising time-resolved fluorescence quenching, dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements. A correlation between aggregation parameters such as micelle aggregation number, micelle size and zeta potential with the structure of gemini molecules was made. For gemini molecules with medium spacer lengths, micelle aggregation number does not change much with the surfactant concentration. When the spacer is extended, a stronger aggregation tendency is observed for gemini surfactant molecules with two ester groups in the spacer and the aggregation number increases. The assumption of stronger aggregation of ester-based gemini molecules at larger spacer number values is also documented by measurements of the size and zeta potential of ester-based micelles. The explanation of the difference in aggregation ability of amide-based and ester-based gemini molecules is related to the structural features of gemini molecules, notably to the larger flexibility and denser arrangement of ester-based gemini molecules in a micelle. To support this assumption, optimised 3D models of the studied gemini molecules were constructed. Correspondingly, the calculations show smaller size and interfacial area for ester-based gemini conformers. View Full-Text
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Pisárčik, M.; Polakovičová, M.; Markuliak, M.; Lukáč, M.; Devínsky, F. Self-Assembly Properties of Cationic Gemini Surfactants with Biodegradable Groups in the Spacer. Molecules 2019, 24, 1481.
Pisárčik M, Polakovičová M, Markuliak M, Lukáč M, Devínsky F. Self-Assembly Properties of Cationic Gemini Surfactants with Biodegradable Groups in the Spacer. Molecules. 2019; 24(8):1481.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pisárčik, Martin; Polakovičová, Mája; Markuliak, Mário; Lukáč, Miloš; Devínsky, Ferdinand. 2019. "Self-Assembly Properties of Cationic Gemini Surfactants with Biodegradable Groups in the Spacer." Molecules 24, no. 8: 1481.
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