Gelled Bicontinuous Microemulsions

A New Type of Orthogonal Self-Assembled Systems

  • Michaela¬†Laupheimer

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.


Gelled Bicontinuous Microemulsion Gelled Microemulsion Orthogonal Self-Assembly Phase Behaviour of a Gelled Microemulsion Small Angle Neutron Scattering of a Gell. Bicont. Microemulsion Structure of a Gelled Bicontinous Microemulsion

Authors and affiliations

  • Michaela¬†Laupheimer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07718-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07719-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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