Shear-induced constraint to amphiphile chain dynamics in wormlike micellesW. M. Holmes, M. R. López-González and P. T. Callaghan
MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington P.O. Box 600 Wellington, New Zealand
(Received 15 August 2003; accepted in final form 26 January 2004)
The influence of shear on the proton NMR spectrum of the wormlike micellar system 10% w/v cetylpyridinium chloride/sodium salicylate in brine is investigated as a function of time, shear rate and radial position in the gap of a cylindrical Couette cell. The protons of the surfactant chains show a spectral effect which correlates with the rheological response. In particular we observe a clear subdivision of the cetyl chain dynamics into both motionally constrained and freely reorientating fractions. With shear, the surfactant chains exhibit increased motional constraint, with the chain response rate mirroring the stress response. We attribute this effect to either micellar alignment or an increase in the micelle persistence length.
83.10.-y - Rheology: Fundamentals and theoretical.
83.50.Ax - Steady shear flows, viscometric flow.
68.18.Jk - Phase transitions.
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