Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies: Micelles, Microemulsions, Vesicles and Lyotropic Phases

Edited by Raoul Zana 
CRC Press  2005  

Hardcover  536 pp  ISBN 9780824758226      £127.00
This book
  • Emphasizes the importance of micellar kinetics in surfactant diffusion, critical phenomena, rheology, solubilization, emulsification, wetting, and foaming
  • Reviews the dynamics of micelles, microemulsions, vesicles, and transitions between mesophases
  • Compares and contrasts surfactants and amphiphilic block copolymers
  • Presents the dynamics of surfactant adsorption on surfaces and the rheology of viscoelastic surfactant solutions and their relation to micelle dynamics
  • Considers the kinetics of chemical reactions performed in surfactant self-assemblies used as microreactors

Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies explains the dynamics of micellar equilibria, tracking surfactant exchange, and micelle formation/breakdown processes. Highlighting the structural similarities of amphiphilic block copolymers to surfactants, this volume elucidates the dynamics of more complex self-assemblies that surfactants and amphiphilic block copolymers form in solutions.

The book first discusses self-assembling processes taking place in aqueous surfactant solutions and the dynamic character of surfactant self-assemblies. The next chapter reviews methods that permit the study of the dynamics of self-assemblies. The dynamics of micelles of surfactants and block copolymers, solubilized systems, microemulsions, vesicles, and lyotropic liquid crystals/mesophases are reviewed successively. The authors point out the similarities and differences in the behavior of these different self-assemblies. Much emphasis is put on the processes of surfactant exchange and of micelle formation/breakdown that determine the surfactant residence time in micelles, and the micelle lifetime. The last three chapters cover topics for which the dynamics of surfactant self-assemblies can be important for a better understanding of observed behaviors: dynamics of surfactant adsorption on surfaces, rheology of viscoelastic surfactant solutions, and kinetics of chemical reactions performed in surfactant self-assemblies used as microreactors.

Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies offers a unique and comprehensive review of the literature that exists on the dynamics of the various surfactant self-assemblies and a unified perspective on this topic. It provides researchers with a useful guide for the dynamics of the surfactant systems that they wish to investigate.


  • Introduction to Surfactants and Surfactant Self-Assemblies, R. Zana
  • Methods for the Study of the Dynamics of Surfactant Self-Assemblies, R. Zana
  • Dynamics of Miceller Solution of Surfactants, R. Zana
  • Dynamics in Miceller Solutions of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers, R. Zana
  • Dynamic Processes in Microemulsions, C. Tondre
  • Dynamic Processes in Aqueous Vesicle Systems, B.H. Robinson and R. Zana
  • Dynamics of Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases of Surfactants and Lipids and of Transitions Between These Phases, R. Zana
  • Dynamics of Adsorption of Cationic Surfactants at Air-Water and Solid-Liquid Interfaces, R. Atkin, J. Eastoe, E.J. Wanless, and C.D. Bain
  • Rheological Properties of Visoelastic Surfactant Solutions: Relationship with Micelle Dynamics, H. Rehage
  • Reaction Processes in Self-Assembly Systems, B. Robinson and M. Rogerson
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