Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies explains the dynamics of micellar equilibria, tracking surfactant exchange, and micelle formation/breakdown processes. Highlighting the structural similarities of amphiphilic block copolymers to surfactants, this volume elucidates the dynamics of more complex self-assemblies that surfactants and amphiphilic block copolymers form in solutions.
The book first discusses self-assembling processes taking place in aqueous surfactant solutions and the dynamic character of surfactant self-assemblies. The next chapter reviews methods that permit the study of the dynamics of self-assemblies. The dynamics of micelles of surfactants and block copolymers, solubilized systems, microemulsions, vesicles, and lyotropic liquid crystals/mesophases are reviewed successively. The authors point out the similarities and differences in the behavior of these different self-assemblies. Much emphasis is put on the processes of surfactant exchange and of micelle formation/breakdown that determine the surfactant residence time in micelles, and the micelle lifetime. The last three chapters cover topics for which the dynamics of surfactant self-assemblies can be important for a better understanding of observed behaviors: dynamics of surfactant adsorption on surfaces, rheology of viscoelastic surfactant solutions, and kinetics of chemical reactions performed in surfactant self-assemblies used as microreactors.
Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies offers a unique and comprehensive review of the literature that exists on the dynamics of the various surfactant self-assemblies and a unified perspective on this topic. It provides researchers with a useful guide for the dynamics of the surfactant systems that they wish to investigate.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Surfactants and Surfactant Self-Assemblies. Methods for the Study of the Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies. Dynamics of Miceller Solution of Surfactants. Dynamics in Miceller Solutions of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers. Dynamic Processes in Microemulsions. Dynamic Processes in Aqueous Vesicle Systems. Dynamics of Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases of Surfactants and Lipids and of Transitions Between These Phases. Dynamics of Adsorption of Cationic Surfactants at Air-Water and Solid-Liquid Interfaces. Rheological Properties of Viscoelastic Surfactant Solutions: Relationship With Micelle Dynamics. Reaction Processes in Self-Assembly Systems.