An investigation of a micellar solution by electron microscopy
Detergent molecules contain a hydrophobic non-polar portion and a hydrophilic polar portion, which may have ionic or non-ionic character. Under certain conditions these detergent molecules aggregate in solution to form micelles, because the free energy of the system is reduced when then hydrocarbon portions of the molecules aggregate, leaving the polar groups in the aqueous phase. Micelles exert a large influence on the solubilization characteristics of detergent solutions, but there is no unambiguous information concerning their size and shape (1.) The object of the present investigation was to study the possible use of electron microscopy to solve this problem.
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