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Enhanced Hydrodynamic Radius of AOT/n-heptane/Water Reverse Micellar System Through Altered Electrostatic Interactions and Molecular Self-Assemblies
Journal of Fluorescence  (IF2.217),  Pub Date : 2021-07-20, DOI: 10.1007/s10895-021-02760-x
Susmita Das, Ranju Prasad Mandal, Barun Mandal, Swati De

We have demonstrated a unique approach to alter the aqueous pool size of an AOT/n-heptane/water reverse micellar system. A positively charged dye Rhodamine B (RhB) and negatively charged Rose Bengal (RB) were incorporated in the reverse micellar pool to investigate the effect of electrostatic interactions and stacking effects among the dye molecules on the AOT/n-heptane/water interface. Dynamic light scattering revealed increase in reverse micellar pool size in presence of positively charged dye aggregates at the oil–water interface. However, less expansion was observed in presence of negatively charged dye aggregates (RB). This confirms the role of electrostatic interaction in modulating the hydrodynamic radius. A head-to-tail type of stacking of RhB molecules at the interface favors this expansion. The differences in stacking of the two dyes inside the reverse micelles and their torsional mobility indicated the role of the reverse micellar interface and H-bonding ability of the microenvironment on dye aggregation. Conductivity measurements demonstrated a significant drop in percolation temperature of the reverse micellar system in presence of dye aggregates. This confirms the effect of dye aggregation and electrostatic interaction on such expansion. This strategy can be exploited for solubilizing greater amounts and a wider variety of drug molecules in microemulsions.

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