Fluctuating micelles: a theory of surfactant aggregation 2. Ionic surfactants

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Ionic micelle formation was treated by small system thermodynamics. The electrical free energy of micelles was calculated from the Goüy-Chapman model by numerical solution of the PB (Poisson-Boltzmann) equation. It was concluded that the finite size of the ionic micelles can not be interpreted only by electrostatic interactions. Diffuse monolayer structure is suggested for the ionic micelles instead of the idealized Goüy-Chapman model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1995



  • Electrical free energy
  • Ionic surfactant
  • Micelle formation
  • Surface structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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