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Sugar-based microemulsion glass templates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15469248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Complex fluids comprising of surfactants with water and/or oil form a rich variety of dynamic self-assembled structures, ranging from spherical swollen micelles, viscous rod-like micelles, and bicontinuous microemulsions to ordered liquid crystalline phases. The wide range of practical and specialized applications of complex fluids has made them the subject of intense research for many decades. Here, we demonstrate for the first time how bicontinuous microemulsions containing equal masses of oil and sugar can be driven to the glassy state without phase separation at ambient temperatures by controlled desiccation of sugar-rich microemulsions. The robust nanostructure of these microemulsion glasses allows polymerization of hydrophobic liquid monomers within the interstices of the glassy microemulsion template without macroscopic phase separation. Yet after polymerization, the sugar and surfactant template can be easily removed by dissolution in water.
Feng Gao; Chia-Chi Ho; Carlos C Co
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Chemical Society     Volume:  126     ISSN:  0002-7863     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Chem. Soc.     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-07     Completed Date:  2005-04-14     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503056     Medline TA:  J Am Chem Soc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12746-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, 497 Rhodes Hall, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Carbohydrates / chemistry*
Chemistry, Physical
Microscopy, Atomic Force
Oils / chemistry*
Physicochemical Phenomena
Surface-Active Agents / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbohydrates; 0/Emulsions; 0/Oils; 0/Surface-Active Agents

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