Microscopic Dynamics of Inverse Wormlike Micelles Probed Using X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy

Noah H. Cho, Qingteng Zhang, Eric M. Dufresne, Suresh Narayanan, Jeffrey J. Richards*

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Wormlike micelles (WLMs) are ubiquitous viscoelastic modifiers that share properties with polymer solutions. While their macroscopic rheology is well-understood, their microscopic dynamics remain difficult to measure because they span a large range of time and length scales. In this work, we demonstrate the use of X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy to interrogate the segmental dynamics of inverse WLM solutions swollen with a rubidium chloride solution. We observe a diffusive scaling of the dynamics and extract a temperature-dependent diffusion coefficient, which we associate with the thermal interactions of the slow segmental dynamics near entanglement points. We probe this relaxation process across the unbranched to branched topological transition and find no microstructural evidence of branch formation in the slow mode. Instead, we observe that the dynamics become more homogeneous and prominent as the temperature is reduced and water content increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-579
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 19 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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