Polymers Formed from Self-Assembled Structures

  • F. Candau


Surfactant molecules are amphiphilic and associate together in aqueous solution to form various structures: micelles, microemulsions, vesicles, lyotropic liquid crystalline phases. In each case, their alkyl chains group together and their polar heads form a layer which separates them from the water. The laws governing this self-assembly involve subtle combinations of the two principles, order and mobility. Some fascinating illustrations are provided by the cell membrane in biological systems. In this case, order and mobility are related to the structure of functional units made up of lipids and proteins [6.10]. Such examples could only encourage chemists to carry out novel syntheses which would produce molecules capable of self-assembly.


Solubility Parameter Alkyl Chain Length Critical Micellar Concentration Polymerisable Surfactant Monomer Droplet 
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