J. Phys. II France
Volume 4, Numéro 12, December 1994
Page(s) 2127 - 2138
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1994251
J. Phys. II France 4 (1994) 2127-2138

Pulsed field gradient spin-echo NMR experiments in micellar solutions of the water/cetyltrimethylammonium bromide system

L. Coppola, R. Muzzalupo, G. A. Ranieri and M. Terenzi

Chemistry Department, University of Calabria, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy

(Received 19 April 1994, revised 13 September 1994, accepted 14 September 1994)

Pulsed Field Gradient NMR experiments, in their original time domain, have been carried out to separate both water and surfactant self-diffusion coefficients in the micellar solution of the system cetyltrimethylammonium bromide/water. These results have been supported by those obtained by NMR experiments performed with a Fourier Transform spectrometer. The water self-diffusion coefficients were used to calculate the obstruction effect of the micellar aggregates in accordance with a stoichiometric model already used for lyotropic mesophases. It was found that the micellar aggregates change shape with the concentration and are characterized by an average hydration number of approximately 9 +/- 3.

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