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    Responsive wormlike micelles (WLMs) consisted of cationic surfactants and organic-acids are fascinating due to their reversible molecular recognition properties. However, it is unknown how the structure of organic-acids alters the stimuli-responsiveness of WLMs systems. Herein, the peculiar nature of temperature-responsive behaviors in three WLMs systems were systematically investigated. These were manufactured by combining N-erucamidopropyl-N,N-dimethylamine (UC22AMPM) with isomers of organic-acids: o-phthalic acid (o-PA), m-phthalic acid (m-PA) and p-phthalic acid (p-PA) at molar ratio of 2:1 (named as o-EAPA, m-EAPA and p-EAPA respectively). The phase behaviors, macro- and micro-rheology, as well as the mechanism of temperature-responsiveness were explored by visual inspection, rheological and optical methods. The results showed that the three systems exhibited different responsiveness with increase of temperature. Among them, the viscosity and viscoelasticity of o-EAPA were gradually decreased with temperature increase from 30 °C to 90 °C. On the other hand, those of p-EAPA were firstly increased and subsequently decreased, exhibiting the highest viscosity during the heating process. This peculiar phenomenon was attributed to the hydrophilic difference of organic-acids isomers, leading to variations of micelle transitions upon temperature increase. This study is the first report of aromatic-acids isomers inducing different on temperature-responsiveness, and finding beneficial for the development of responsive WLMs for different applications. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Zhe Li, Wanli Kang, Yilu Zhao, Hongbin Yang, Menglan Li, Xin Kang, Tongyu Zhu, Bobo Zhou, Bauyrzhan Sarsenbekuly, Saule Aidarova. On the effects of organic-acids isomers on temperature-responsiveness in wormlike micelles (WLMs) systems. Journal of colloid and interface science. 2022 Feb 15;608(Pt 1):893-902

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