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In situ shear was used to investigate the assembly and dispersions of gold nanorods embedded in wormlike micelle solutions made by the survivant cetylpyridinium chloride and counter-ion sodium salicylate, with in situ shear. The nanorods did not achieve hexagonal order in the micelles' nematic phase, but instead produced smectic-like layers in the gradient's gradient plane under shear, with higher surfactant concentrations. The nanorods eventually received a nematic-like order under shear as a result of alignment in the flow, at a higher surfactant concentration, where the micelles form a hexagonal phase.
Source link: https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1559439
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