Volume 62, Number 6, June 2003
|Page(s)||841 - 847|
|Section||Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties|
|Published online||01 June 2003|
Thermodynamics of micellization of oppositely charged polymers
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Accepted: 16 April 2003
The complexation of oppositely charged colloidal objects is considered in this paper as a thermodynamic micellization process where each kind of object needs the others to micellize. This requirement gives rise to quantitatively different behaviors than the so-called mixed-micellization where each species can micellize separately. A simple model of the grand potential for micelles is proposed to corroborate the predictions of this general approach.
PACS: 61.20.Qg – Structure of associated liquids: electrolytes, molten salts, etc / 82.35.Rs – Polyelectrolytes / 87.15.Nn – Properties of solutions; aggregation and crystallization of macromolecules
© EDP Sciences, 2003
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