Computer simulations of wormlike micelles

Johan T. Padding, Wouter K. Den Otter, Wim J. Briels

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Abstract

Amphiphilic molecules may self-assemble in a great variety of morphological structures. A convenient parameter, which quantifies the importance of the molecular structure, is the packing parameter, where v is the volume of the hydrophobic tail of the amphiphile, is the area occupied by its hydrophilic head group, and the length of its tail. In dilute solutions micellar structures tend to be spherical for values of the packing parameter around 1/3 and rodlike when is close to 1/2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGiant Micelles
Subtitle of host publicationProperties and Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Pages81-108
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781420007121
ISBN (Print)9780849373084
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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