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Gelled Bicontinuous Microemulsions

A New Type of Orthogonal Self-Assembled Systems


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Michaela Laupheimer
    Pages 1-10
  3. Michaela Laupheimer
    Pages 11-51
  4. Michaela Laupheimer
    Pages 85-126
  5. Michaela Laupheimer
    Pages 127-133
  6. Michaela Laupheimer
    Pages 135-153
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-161

About this book


Microemulsions and gels are well-known systems, which play a major role in colloidal and interfacial science. In contrast, the concept of gel microemulsions is still quite new. Gelled microemulsions are highly promising for microemulsion applications in which low viscosity is undesirable, such as administering a drug-delivering microemulsion to a certain area of the skin. It is essential to understand the properties of and structures formed in a system combining microemulsion components and a gelator. 
This PhD thesis by Michaela Laupheimer provides an in-depth discussion of the phase behavior and sol-gel transition of a microemulsion gelled by a low molecular weight gelator as well as the rheological behavior of a gelled bicontinuous microemulsion. Moreover, the microstructure of the gelled bicontinuous system is fully clarified using techniques like self-diffusion NMR and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). By comparing gelled bicontinuous microemulsions with corresponding non-gelled microemulsions and binary gels, it is demonstrated that bicontinuous microemulsion domains coexist with a gelator network and that the coexisting structures possess no fundamental mutual influence. Hence, gelled bicontinuous microemulsions have been identified as a new type of orthogonal self-assembled system.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

About the authors

Michaela Laupheimer studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, with a focus on technical and physical chemistry. From August 2008 to January 2009 she did an internship at the Robert Bosch LLC Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, USA, after which she finished her studies and received her diploma in March 2010. Working at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Stuttgart in the group of Prof. Dr. Cosima Stubenrauch she then studied gelled bicontinuous microemulsions for her PhD thesis, which she defended successfully in November 2013.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gelled Bicontinuous Microemulsions
  • Book Subtitle A New Type of Orthogonal Self-Assembled Systems
  • Authors Michaela Laupheimer
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-07718-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36207-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-07719-2
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 161
  • Number of Illustrations 46 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Physical Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry
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