Structurally persistent micelles: theory and experiment

C. Jager, A. Hirsch, C. Bottcher, Tim Clark

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We describe the progress made in understanding the factors that deter-mine the size, structure and stability of structurally persistent micellesusing a combination of designed synthesis, cryo-TEM imaging andmolecular-dynamics simulations. The importance of specific counter-ion effects is revealed in detail. An unexpected effect of sodium coun-terions leads to attraction between the polycarboxylate head groups ofthe tailored dendrimers that make up the micelles. This effect evenleads to the formation of ‘‘superlattices’’ of highly negatively chargedmicelles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Beilstein Symposium on Functional Nanoscience
EditorsM. Hicks, C. Kettner
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLogos Verlag Berlin
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783832529017
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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