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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the International Beilstein Symposium on Functional Nanoscience|
|Editors||M. Hicks, C. Kettner|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publisher||Logos Verlag Berlin|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|