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Effect of ionic liquid on diffusion in P123 gel: fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

Chemphyschem : a European journal of chemical physics and physical chemistry (2012-01-10)
Amit Kumar Mandal, Supratik Sen Mojumdar, Atanu Kumar Das, Kankan Bhattacharyya
ABSTRACT

The effect of two room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) on the diffusion of three fluorescent dyes in the gel phase of a triblock copolymer, (PEO)(20)-(PPO)(70)-(PEO)(20) [Pluronic P123; poly ethylene oxide (PEO), poly propylene oxide (PPO)], was studied by using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). We used three dyes, 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran (DCM), coumarin 480 (C480), and coumarin 343 (C343). By field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), it was observed that the macroscopic structure of the P123 gel remained unaffected upon addition of RTIL. In the absence of RTIL, the diffusion coefficient (D(t)) of the hydrophobic dye DCM (1 μm(2) s(-1) at the core) is smaller than that of the other two hydrophilic dyes (7 μm(2) s(-1) for C480 and C343). On addition of RTIL, the D(t) values of all of the dyes increase, indicating a decrease in local viscosity (η(eff)). The η(eff) of the core of the RTIL-P123 gel estimated from the D(t) of DCM is lower than that of both the P123 gel (at the core η=90 cP) and RTIL (η=110 cP). It is shown that the RTIL affects the structure of the gel by modifying the size of the micellar aggregates and by penetrating the core.

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