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Synthesis and Crystallization Behavior of Surfactants with Hexamolybdate as the Polar Headgroup

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posted on 2015-07-06, 00:00 authored by Li Zhu, Kun Chen, Jian Hao, Zheyu Wei, Haocheng Zhang, Panchao Yin, Yongge Wei
Alkyl chains with different lengths were covalently grafted onto the surface of hexamolybdate through the postfunctionalization protocol of polyoxometalates. The obtained compounds represent typical structures of the so-called giant surfactants. Unexpectedly, those surfactants with hexamolybdates as polar headgroups are able to crystallize, while single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that the crystallization behavior of the surfactants is highly dependent on the length of the alkyl chains. For surfactants with comparatively short alkyl chains (C6 and C10), the alkyl chains prefer to interact with tetrabutylammonium, the countercation of hexamolybdate. However, the alkyl chains tend to pack with each other to form a domain of alkyl chains in the surfactant with a longer alkyl chain (C18). The possible mechanism is that a long alkyl chain cannot be fully compatible with the short chain (C4) of tetrabutylammonium.