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Giant Micelles

Properties and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Raoul Zana, Eric W. Kaler

CRC Press

576 pages | 195 Color Illus. | 227 B/W Illus.

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The co-evolution of a strong theoretical framework alongside application of a range of sophisticated experimental tools engendered rapid advancement in the study of “giant micelles.” Beginning with Anacker and Debye’s 1951 experimental study of elongated micelles by light scattering  and their subsequent theoretical inference that the thermodynamics of these structures would have to reflect an opposing force model, theory and experiment have progressed hand in hand. This progress, along with growing interest in the practical and industrial applications of these structures in cleansers, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and energy production, demands a comprehensive, single-source reference to the current state-of-the-science.

Drawing on the expertise of internationally known scientists, Giant Micelles: Properties and Applications summarizes the range of behaviors encountered in solutions of micelles and their applications in industrial processes. The book introduces theoretical aspects of the rheological behavior and formation of giant micelles from different viewpoints including molecular-level thermodynamic theory and computer simulations. It continues by focusing on the results of a variety of experimental studies using methods such as cryo-transmission electron microscopy, scattering techniques, phase diagrams, linear and non-linear rheology, and chemical relaxation.  Illustrating the properties of giant micelles on solid surfaces, the book also considers systems of smart micelles that respond to external stimuli by a change of shape. The authors describe giant micelles formed from amphiphilic block copolymers as well as non-covalent polymers that exhibit similar rheological behavior to giant micelles. Finally, the chapters address current and emerging applications of giant micelles in oil and gas production, drag reduction, drug-delivery formulations, and personal care products such as shampoo.

By gathering a range of information into one volume, Giant Micelles: Properties and Applications provides scientists with an essential reference on these fascinating materials and their emerging role in industrial application.


"The main body of the text thematised and highlighted clearly and with its simple tables (with carefully selected examples) and figures is ideally presented with succinct discussion and evaluation that is undertaken in a consistent manner. Figures are never over-complicated or ambiguous, always well thought-out and coherent in their labeling and annotation and well distributed throughout the text and this makes the subject matter clear and interesting."

– Dipak K Sarker, School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, The University of Brighton, in Reviews, June 2008, Vol. 9, No. 16, Issue 1

Table of Contents

Molecular Thermodynamics of Giant Micelles, R. Nagarajan

Molecular Packing in Cylindrical Micelles, S. May and A. Ben-Shaul

Computer Simulations of Wormlike Micelles, J. T. Padding, W.K. den Otter, and W. J. Briels

Theoretical Rheology of Giant Micelles, M. Cates and S. Fielding

Seeing Giant Micelles by Cryogenic-Temperature Transmission Electron Microscopy (Cryo-TEM), Y. Talmon

Scattering from Wormlike Micelles, J. Skov Pedersen, L. Cannavacciouolo, and

P. Schurtenberger

Phase Behavior of Systems with Wormlike Micelles, F. Nettesheim and E. W. Kaler

Linear Rheology of Aqueous Solutions of Wormlike Micelles, M. In

Nonlinear Rheology of Giant Micelles, J.E. Puig, F. Bautista, J.F.A. Soltero, and O. Manero

Relaxation in Wormlike Micelle Solutions, G. Waton and R. Zana

Giant Micelles at and Near Surfaces, R. Atkin, A. Blom, and G.G. Warr

Stimuli-Responsive Giant Micellar Systems, F.P. Hubbard, Jr., and N.L. Abbott

Hydrogen Bonded Supramolecular Polymers versus Wormlike Micelles: Similarities and Specificities, L. Bouteiller

Nonionic Block Copolymer Wormlike Micelles, Y.Y. Won and F.S. Bates

Oilfield Applications of Giant Micelles, P. Sullivan, E.B. Nelson, V Anderson, and T. Hughes

Drag Reduction by Surfactant Giant Micelles, J.L. Zakin, Y. Zhang, and W. Ge

Giant Micelles and Shampoos, L. Nicolas-Morgantini

Daily Applications of Systems with Wormlike Micelles, S. Ezrahi, E. Tuval, A. Aserin, and N. Garti

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical