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Controlled alignment of lamellar lyotropic mesophases by rotation in a magnetic field

, : Controlled alignment of lamellar lyotropic mesophases by rotation in a magnetic field. Langmuir 26(11): 8737-8742

We demonstrate a versatile approach to align lamellar lyotropic mesophases with the use of magnetic fields. It is based on continuous rotation of the sample on an axis perpendicular to the magnetic field direction during a single cooling ramp across the order-disorder transition of the system. The process yields materials with near-perfect, nondegenerate alignment of lamellar stacks along the axis of rotation. We use a model tetraethylene glycol dodecyl ether-water system to investigate the influence of magnetic field strength, cooling rate and the speed of sample rotation on the degree of alignment as quantitatively determined by small-angle X-ray scattering. This approach offers broad utility for the alignment of other soft mesophases relevant in several emerging applications.


PMID: 20184355

DOI: 10.1021/la100285j

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