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Shedding light on the formation and stability of mesostructures in ternary "Ouzo" mixtures

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HYPOTHESIS: Ternary systems made of water, a water-miscible solvent, and hydrophobic solutes spontaneously produce metastable particles by the "Ouzo effect" and thermodynamically stable "Surfactant-Free Micro Emulsions" (SFME). However, the use of different analyses has led to a variability in the criteria to determine the boundaries of the Ouzo domain. We hypothesized that this could be clarified by investigating the stability and the physical state of the particles. EXPERIMENTS: We investigate four systems using both solid and liquid solutes and two different solvents, and achieved a careful investigation of their phase diagrams, using DLS, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, NMR, Multiple Light Scattering, electrophoretic mobility, and fluorescence analysis. FINDINGS: Our results evidence that the transition from the monophasic to the Ouzo domains does not coincide with the cloudiness curve, and that compositions in the Ouzo domain can look fully transparent, in contrast to what is often considered. This transition is best determined by stability analysis. The cloudiness curve corresponds to the formation of particles with a large size dispersity. In the Ouzo domain, we observed an exchange of solute between the continuous phase and solute particles swollen with solvent. In addition, the particles are stabilized against coalescence by their high negative charge.
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hal-03886976 , version 1 (15-02-2023)

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Déborah Iglicki, Clément Goubault, Mouktar Nour Mahamoud, Soizic Chevance, Fabienne Gauffre. Shedding light on the formation and stability of mesostructures in ternary "Ouzo" mixtures. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2023, 633, pp.72-81. ⟨10.1016/j.jcis.2022.11.060⟩. ⟨hal-03886976⟩
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