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A Reinterpretation of the Hydration of Micelles of Dodecyltrimethylammonium Bromide and Chloride in Aqueous Solution

The hydration of dodecyltrimethylammonium (DTAB) micelles is reinterpreted in light of the results of the companion paper (immediately preceding this paper) that showed that the location of the spin probe 16- doxylstearic acid methyl ester (16DSE) changes as a function of the aggregation number, N, of anionic micelles, i.e, that it does not conform to the zero-order model (ZOM). The ZOM requires that the NO• moiety diffuse throughout the Stern layer of the micelle and nowhere else. By using the ZOM as a working hypothesis, the previous interpretation (J. Phys. Chem. B 2002, 106, 1926) of 16DSE data proposed that an increasing number of alkyl chain methyl groups occupied the Stern layer as N increased. In this work, the spin probe 5-doxylstearic acid methyl ester that was found to fulfill the ZOM in anionic micelles was measured as a function of N in DTAB and was found to obey the ZOM in this cationic micelle as well. Thus, a simple model of the hydration of micelles that is successful in anionic micelles is also successful in DTAB. The previous results for 16DSE are reinterpreted here as being due to small displacements of the NO• moiety as a function of N.

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