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Molecular-Level Insights into the Microstructure of a Hydrated and Nanoconfined Deep Eutectic Solvent

Panda, Somenath and Kundu, Kaushik and Kiefer, Johannes and Umapathy, Siva and Gardas, Ramesh L. (2019) Molecular-Level Insights into the Microstructure of a Hydrated and Nanoconfined Deep Eutectic Solvent. In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 123 (15). pp. 3359-3371.

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Despite the recent advancements in the field of deep eutectic solvents (DESs), their high viscosity often prevents practical applications. A versatile strategy to overcome this problem is either to add a co-solvent or to confine the DES inside a nanoscaled self-organized system. This work assesses the microstructures of a hydrated and nanoconfined DES comprising benzyltripropylammonium chloride BTPA]CI and ethylene glycol (EG). They act as a hydrogen-bond acceptor and a donor, respectively. The hydrogen bonding between BTPA]CI and EG in the DES (i.e., BTEG) and the molecular states of water in the hydrated BTEG were studied by Raman spectroscopy. The results show different hydrogen-bonding associations between water- water and water -BTEG or EG molecules. In addition, we investigated the confinement effects of BTEG in a Polysorbate 80 (Tween-80)/cyclohexane reverse micellar (RM) system. The results are compared with those of an ionic liquid-encapsulated RM system. The formation, bonding characteristics, and thermal stability of the RM droplets were studied by solubilization, dynamic light scattering, rheology, and Raman spectroscopy experiments. Furthermore, it is shown that hydrogen bonding between the DES and the surfactant leads to a stable RM system. Interestingly, the viscosity of the RM system is significantly lower than that of the neat DES suggesting that DESs have a much wider practical applicability in the form of RMs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to American Chemical Society
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2019 06:57
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 06:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/62795

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