Fluctuating micelles: a theory of surfactant aggregation part 1. Nonionic surfactants

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Micelle formation was described by means of small system thermodynamics and interpreted in terms of the fluctuations of a single micelle. A simple interaction model was used to estimate the standard free energy change of nonionic micelle formation. The model gives good predictions of the critical micelle formation concentrations for the alkyl-polyoxyethylene homologous series.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1995



  • Fluctuating micelles
  • Nonionic surfactants
  • Surfactant aggregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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