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The Aggregation of Reverse Micelles: A Computer Simulation
Cell Biophysics (1987)
  • William MacKnight, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Anna C. Balazs
  • F. E. Karasz
We have developed a computer simulation to model the forma­tion of reverse micelles in two dimensions. Several of the qualitative results obtained from these calculations agree with experimental ob­servations. Specifically, we have shown that the chain length has a large influence in determining the size and shape of the aggregate. We predict the existence of a critical tail length: Chains below this value will form an extended lamella-like structure, whereas chains longer than this value will form clusters that appear ellipsoid or circu­lar in cross-section. Finally, we obtained a scaling law that relates the aggregation number (N) to the length of the tail (L): N-L -1. 14_ A physical model to account for the observed exponent will be devel­oped in a future paper. 
  • Reverse micelles,
  • inverse micelles,
  • micellization,
  • surfactant aggregation,
  • self-associating systems
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William MacKnight, Anna C. Balazs and F. E. Karasz. "The Aggregation of Reverse Micelles: A Computer Simulation" Cell Biophysics Vol. 11 (1987) p. 91 - 97
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