How Does Nanostructure in Ionic Liquids and Hybrid Solvents Affect Surfactant Self-Assembly?

Joshua B. Marlow, Rob Atkin, Gregory G. Warr

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Abstract

Ionic liquids (ILs) have recently emerged as novel classes of solvents that support surfactant self-assembly into micelles, liquid crystals, and microemulsions. Their low volatility and wide liquid stability ranges make them attractive for many diverse applications, especially in extreme environments. However, the number of possible ion combinations makes systematic investigations both challenging and rare; this is further amplified when mixtures are considered, whether with water or other H-bonding components such as those found in deep eutectics. In this Perspective we examine what factors determine amphiphilicity, solvophobicity and solvophilicity, in ILs and related exotic environments, in what ways these differ from water, and how the underlying nanostructure of the liquid itself affects the formation and structure of micelles and other self-assembled materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1490-1498
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume127
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2023

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