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Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded, 3rd Edition by Raj Rajagopalan, Paul C. Hiemenz

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8

Colloidal Structures in Surfactant Solutions

Association Colloids

I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be– … up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.

From Abbott’s Flatland

8.1  INTRODUCTION

8.1a  What Is Self-assembly and What Are Association Colloids?

In the last chapter we examined the tendency of surfactant molecules in aqueous solutions to adsorb at a surface in the form of a monolayer. In this chapter we continue to study surfactant solutions, this time considering a few of the many possible modes of organization they can adopt within a bulk phase. This process of organization is thermodynamically driven and is spontaneous, as in the case of Langmuir ...

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