The time-resolved fluorescence quenching method was applied to determine the micelle aggregation number of cationic single-chain surfactants dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The concentration dependence of micelle aggregation number was found to be linear for all investigated surfactants in the concentration range 2‒15 × the value of critical micelle concentration of the respective surfactant. The values of micelle aggregation number were found in the range 30‒77. Different trends in the linear concentration dependence of micelle aggregation number were observed for cationic surfactants and for the anionic surfactant SDS. A small slope value was found for cationic surfactants, while the SDS micelle aggregation number concentration dependence showed significantly a larger slope value. The aggregation number increase with the increasing SDS concentration results in the micellar growth. Results from a simple analysis based on computer models of cationic and anionic surfactant molecules with dodecyl chains supports, the formation of intramicellar hydrogen bonding between surfactant molecules in SDS micelle shell.
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