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Investigation of the interaction of alkali ions with surfactant head groups for the formation of lyotropic biaxial nematic phase via optical birefringence measurements
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Lyotropic liquid crystals exhibiting nematic phases were obtained from the mixtures potassium laurate/alkali sulfate salts (M2SO4)/1-undecanol (UndeOH)/water and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)/M2SO4/1-dodecanol (DDeOH)/water, where M2SO4 represents the alkali sulfate salts being Li2SO4, Na2SO4, K2SO4, Rb2SO4 or Cs2SO4. The birefringences measurements were performed via laser conoscopy. Our results indicated that cosmotropic and chaotropic behaviors of both ions and head groups are very important to obtain lyotropic biaxial nematic phase. To obtain the biaxial nematic phase, surfactant head group and ion present in lyotropic mixture have relatively opposite behavior, e.g. one more cosmotropic (more chaotropic) other less cosmotropic (less chaotropic) or vice versa.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8642, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII, 864203 (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.981979
Show Author Affiliations
Erol Akpinar, Abant Izzet Baysal Üniv. (Turkey)
Dennys Reis, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8642:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII
Liang-Chy Chien; Dick J. Broer; Vladimir Chigrinov; Tae-Hoon Yoon, Editor(s)

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