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Characterization of Counterion and Surface Influence on Micelle Formation Using Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy in Air

Abstract

Cylindrical micelles prepared in aqueous solutions from cationic surfactants octadecyl trimethylammonium (OTA+) or cetyltrimethylammonium (CTA+) and parachlorobenzoate (PCB) counterion were successfully imaged after evaporation of water using tapping mode atomic force microscopy (TM-AFM) onto very smooth gold and glass substrates. With the help of the obtained topography AFM images, it was shown that the micellar structures are preserved on gold substrates after evaporation of the solvent despite the new set of stresses due mainly to capillary forces and dehydration. The influence of the substrate on the resulting micellar morphology observed in air was investigated for these two materials:  cylindrical micelles were evidenced as loosely adherent on gold surface in the presence of parachlorobenzoate (PCB) and identical, geometrically speaking, to those known to exist in aqueous solutions. In this situation, topographic AFM images allowed us to determine accurately their geometrical characteristics such as diameter and length in the nanometer range. On the other hand, AFM images obtained in air on glass surfaces revealed micellar structures that are different from those existing in the bulk of the solution. Indeed, bilayer-type micelles with a thickness close to twice the surfactant monomer expected length were observed, indicating that the well-established and strong influence of glass on micelle geometry at the glass/solution interface is maintained after evaporation of water. These results have been analyzed on the basis of positive charge of gold deduced from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Raman spectroscopy measurements on one hand and of the negative charge of glass on the other hand. Although these results appeal to new theoretical considerations dealing with dynamics of evaporation of micellar solution drops and/or with counterion contributions to macromolecular interactions in aqueous solutions and in air, this new AFM imaging method appears to be the more adequate one to image and measure the micelles formed in the presence of water.

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hal-04171241 , version 1 (26-07-2023)

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Lila Chaal, Françoise Pillier, Boualem Saidani, Suzanne Joiret, Alain Pailleret, et al.. Characterization of Counterion and Surface Influence on Micelle Formation Using Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy in Air. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110 (43), pp.21710-21718. ⟨10.1021/jp061607q⟩. ⟨hal-04171241⟩
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