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Unveil the potential function of CD in surfactant systems

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CDs may have promising functions in surfactant systems far beyond simply being disadvantageous to the formation of micelles. In this paper we review the recent literature and our work on the interesting effect of CDs on amphiphilic systems, especially on the concentrated single surfactant systems and catanionic surfactant mixed systems, both of them have been scarcely focused upon in the literature. In concentrated single surfactant systems, the 2 : 1 surfactant–CD inclusion complexes may form hierarchical self-assemblies such as lamellae, microtubes, and vesicles which are driven by hydrogen bonding. In nonstoichiometrically mixed catanionic surfactant systems, CDs behave as a stoichiometry booster that always selectively binds to the excess component so as to shift the mixing ratio to electro-neutral in the aggregates. In this way, CDs reduce the electrorepulsion in the aggregates and trigger their growth. Upon analysis of literature work and our own results, we expect that a new era focusing on the new function of CDs on surfactant systems will come.

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The article was received on 24 Nov 2010, accepted on 15 Feb 2011 and first published on 04 Apr 2011

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02651D
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 9074-9082

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    Unveil the potential function of CD in surfactant systems

    Y. Yan, L. Jiang and J. Huang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 9074
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02651D

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