Microemulsions pp 115-129 | Cite as

On the Structure and Dynamics of Microemulsions Self-Diffusion Studies

  • B. Lindman
  • N. Kamenka
  • B. Brun
  • P. G. Nilsson


The thermodynamic stability of microemulsions being well established(1–3) it is natural to consider structural and molecular properties of microemulsions in relation to other stable phases which form in surfactant systems(4–6). There is unfortunately quite a bit of confusion about the term microemulsions, being used by some authors even for typical micelles of the normal or reversed type. Here our interest will focus on fluid isotropic phases which contain simultaneously high amounts of water and oil, the latter in a broad sense, i.e. a compound with very low aqueous solubility like a hydrocarbon or a long-chain alcohol. As one moves in the phase diagram from very high to very low water contents one must for a strongly associating system encounter some type of transition from normal to reversed type aggregates. This article reports on an attempt to use self-diffusion studies to contribute to our understanding of the structure and dynamics of such “transition” aggregates. Solutions of this type are found in “classical” microemulsions formed in four-component systems ionic surfactant — cosurfactant (normally a short-chain alcohol) — hydrocarbon-water(7). However, it is logical to consider in parallel also other systems with fluid isotropic phases containing at the same time high concentrations of water and hydrocarbon.


Reversed Micelle Surfactant System Microemulsion System System Sodium Lamellar Liquid Crystal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Lindman
    • 1
  • N. Kamenka
    • 2
  • B. Brun
    • 2
  • P. G. Nilsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Physical Chemistry 1Chemical Center Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Interactions MoleculairesFaculté des Sciences, USTLMontpellierFrance

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