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Self-assembly is a fascinating field that provides endless possibilities for chemical manipulation. This experiment investigates what effect benzene has during the self-assembly of micelles in various carbon chain solutions. Upon omission of delivering benzene from the solution, the system displayed the formation of an irreversible liquid crystal relatively quickly. IR spectroscopy was performed on one solution with benzene and one solution without benzene to try to understand what kind of role benzene plays within the system. Upon examination of the IR spectra, there was a clear difference in IR peaks. It was theorized that benzene has some sort of interaction with the tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) that allows the system to form micelles that can reverse when left alone. Future experiments may include investigating the effect of water on the system as well as the effect of stirring on the system.
Yoon S Lee
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"The Impact of Benzene as a Chaotropic Agent in Surfactant Based Multicomponent Self-Assembling Systems" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1214.