Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.261, No.1, 184-190, 2003
Neutron reflection and small-angle neutron scattering studies of a fluorocarbon telomer surfactant
Dilute aqueous phase behavior of a novel tris(hydroxymethyl)acrylamidomethane (THAM)-derived telomer bearing a perfluorohexyl hydrophobic chain, F6THAM6, has been investigated. Fluorinated polyhydroxy surfactants of this kind find use in emerging biomedical applications. Neutron reflection (NR) and drop volume surface tension (DVT) methods have been used to determine the critical micelle concentration (cmc = 4.7 x 10(-4) mol dm(-3)) and surface adsorption parameters (at the cmc NR gives a molecular area a(cmc) = 67.4 and 62 Angstrom(2) and surface excess Gamma(cmc) = 2.46 x 10(-6) mol m(-2)). The aggregation structures were determined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). indicating globular (polydisperse spheres) micelles of radius similar to30 Angstrom are present. These findings are compared with literature on surfactants with related structures. to identify how the unusual molecular structure of F6THAM6 affects surfactant properties. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.