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Record number 532615
Title Sign Switch of Gaussian Bending Modulus for Microemulsions : A Self-Consistent Field Analysis Exploring Scale Invariant Curvature Energies
Author(s) Varadharajan, Ramanathan; Leermakers, Frans A.M.
Source Physical Review Letters 120 (2018)2. - ISSN 0031-9007
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract Bending rigidities of tensionless balanced liquid-liquid interfaces as occurring in microemulsions are predicted using self-consistent field theory for molecularly inhomogeneous systems. Considering geometries with scale invariant curvature energies gives unambiguous bending rigidities for systems with fixed chemical potentials: the minimal surface Im3m cubic phase is used to find the Gaussian bending rigidity κ̄, and a torus with Willmore energy W=2π2 allows for direct evaluation of the mean bending modulus κ. Consistent with this, the spherical droplet gives access to 2κ+κ̄. We observe that κ̄ tends to be negative for strong segregation and positive for weak segregation, a finding which is instrumental for understanding phase transitions from a lamellar to a spongelike microemulsion. Invariably, κ remains positive and increases with increasing strength of segregation.
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