The mixed didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB)-sodium taurodeoxycholate (STDC)-(H2O)-H-2 catanionic system forms a large isotropic (L-1) phase at 25 degrees C. The evolution of microstructure along different dilution lines has been followed by means of rheology and NMR diffusometry. In general, the L, phase is characterised by a weak viscoelasticity and Newtonian response. In the STDC-rich regime (W-s = [DDAB]/[STDC] = 0.2), 5 wt% is an overlapping concentration at which the discrete-to-rodlike micellar transition occurs as indicated from the total surfactant concentration (C-s) dependency of both zero-shear viscosity (eta(0) similar to C-s(3.7)) and surfactant self-diffusion (D-s similar to C-s(-3.0)). As the surfactant molar ratio (W-s >= 1) increases, i.e., DDAB concentration increases, and at constant C-s, eta(0) decreases and D-s increases, indicating the formation of a multiconnected micellar network. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All Fights reserved.
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