Self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules

Willem Norde*

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Self-assembled structures or, as they are otherwise called, association colloids are spontaneously formed supramolecular entities. In most cases, the constituting molecules are amphiphilic, that is, they contain a lyophobic and a lyophilic part. In a given solvent and beyond a critical concentration, the amphiphilic molecules spontaneously organize themselves to give structures of colloidal dimensions. Supramolecular assemblies may also be spontaneously formed because of electrostatic interaction between oppositely charged compounds, for example, polycations and polyanions. This phenomenon is referred to as co-assembly, which is out of the scope of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiothermodynamics
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Thermodynamics in Biochemical Engineering
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781466582170
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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