The size and shape of self-assembled micelles

Peter H. Nelson, Gregory C. Rutledge, and T. Alan Hatton

Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Massachusetts 02139

Equilibrium size and shape distributions of self-assembled micelles are investigated using lattice Monte Carlo simulation techniques. The micellar size distributions are shown to include a Gaussian peak of spherical micelles, in combination with an exponential tail of cylindrical micelles.

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The Simulated System Temperature Dependence Equilibration Correlations at Equilibrium
Size and Shape Distributions Spherical and Cylindrical Distributions Higher Concentration Snapshots/Conclusions

This poster was presented at the Workshop on Multiscale Materials Prediction, Cambridge MA 1997.

Related publications/manuscripts:

  1. Simulated Materials have Finite Molecular Weight (1996)
  2. General Reptation and Scaling of Athermal Polymers on 2d Close-Packed Lattices (with T. A. Hatton and G. C. Rutledge) J. Chem. Phys. 107, 1269 (1997)
  3. On the Size and Shape of Self-Assembled Micelles (with G. C. Rutledge and T. A. Hatton) J. Chem. Phys. 107, 10777 (1997)
  4. Conformations of (AB)n Star Copolymers in Dilute Solution (with G. C. Rutledge and T. A. Hatton) Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science 8, 31, (1998) - special Eichinger issue.
  5. Asymmetric Growth in Micelles Containing Oil (with T. A. Hatton and G. C. Rutledge) J. Chem. Phys. 110, 9673 (1999).

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First published November 24, 1997,
last updated May 16, 1999.