Self-diffusion in three-component, oil external microemulsions by forced Rayleigh scattering

William D. Dozier, Mahn Won Kim, Paul M. Chaikin

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    The self-diffusion constant of water droplets in a three-component, oil external microemulsion containing n-decane, water, and an anionic surfactant, sodium di-2-ethylhexylsulfosuccinate (AOT1) was measured by forced Rayleigh scattering. The droplet radius was kept fixed by holding the weight ratio of surfactant to water fixed at 3:5 and the diffusion constant was measured as a function of the minor component (water + AOT) volume fraction. The diffusion constant was observed to decrease about a factor of 3 from 10-16% volume fraction of water + AOT. From 16 to 60% the diffusion constant was independent of the volume fraction of water + AOT. These results, together with previous neutron scattering measurements on this system, suggest that a bicontinuous phase is not formed. A possible explanation involving dynamically percolating clusters of water droplets is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)545-550
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Feb 1987

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Biomaterials
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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