Phase transitions in simple models of rod-like and disc-like micelles
The interplay of interactions between micelles, and the aggregation of these micelles into large, highly anisotropic micelles, is studied. Simple, hard-body, models of rod-like and disc-like micelles are used, which allows us to apply fundamental measure theory to determine the free energy. Then we study the phase transition from the fluid phase to a liquid crystalline phase. We find that aggregation induces a strongly first order transition from a fluid phase of small micelles to a close packed liquid crystalline phase of infinitely large micelles.
|Journal||Eur. Phys. J. B|
Cuesta, J. A, & Sear, R. P. (1999). Phase transitions in simple models of rod-like and disc-like micelles. Eur. Phys. J. B, 8, 233–243.