Computer Simulations of Surfactant Self-Assembly

B. Smit*, K. Esselink, P. A J Hilbers, N. M. van, L. A M Rupert, I. Szleifer

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this letter we present the results of computer simulations of a simple water/surfactant model, from which we obtained a complete micellar size distribution. We are able to observe (equilibrium) dynamical processes such as the entering of single surfactants into micelles, single surfactants leaving micelles, the fusion of two micelles, and the slow breakdown of a micelle. We use our results to answer some controversial questions concerning the interactions that are essential for surfactant self-assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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