In this study, we demonstrate by AFM imaging that nonionic surfactants self-assemble into hemicylindrical aggregates at the interface between graphite and the room temperature ionic liquid ethylammonium nitrate. Like aqueous systems, surfactant first adsorbs in a tail-to-tail monolayer arrangement along one of the three symmetry axes of graphite, templating subsequent self-assembly into adsorbed hemicylinders. Longer surfactant tails and higher concentrations are required to produce hemicylindrical aggregates in the ionic liquid than in aqueous solutions.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Aug 2005|