Effect of Headgroup Variation on the Self-Assembly of Cationic Surfactants with Sulfonatocalix[6]arene

Véronique Wintgens, József G. Harangozó, Zsombor Miskolczy, Jean Michel Guigner, Catherine Amiel, László Biczók

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The effect of headgroup variation on the association of supramolecular amphiphiles composed of 4-sulfonatocalix[6]arene (SCX6) and cationic surfactant possessing tetradecyl substituent was studied in aqueous solutions at pH 7. When the surfactant contained hydrophilic trimethylammonium, pyridinium, or 1-methylimidazolium headgroup, highly reversible temperature-responsive nanoparticle-supramolecular micelle transformation could be attained at appropriately chosen component mixing ratios and NaCl concentrations. In these cases, the substantial negative molar heat capacity change (ΔCp) rendered nanoparticle formation strongly endothermic at low temperature, whereas the assembly to supramolecular micelle was always accompanied by enthalpy gain. The ΔCp values became less negative when the charge density and the hydrophilic character of the surfactant headgroup diminished. The association of the more hydrophobic 6-methoxyquinolinium and quinolinium surfactants with SCX6 did not lead to supramolecular micelle formation because the self-assembly into nanoparticles was highly exothermic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8052-8061
Number of pages10
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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