Brian C. Stephenson

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In this article, the validity and accuracy of the CS-MT model is evaluated by using it to model the micellization behavior of seven nonionic surfactants in aqueous solution. Detailed information about the changes in hydration that occur upon the self-assembly of the surfactants into micelles was obtained through molecular dynamics simulation and(More)
In this article, the validity and accuracy of the CS-MT model introduced in article 1 for oil aggregates and in article 2 for nonionic surfactants is further evaluated by using it to model the micellization behavior of ionic and zwitterionic surfactants in aqueous solution. In the CS-MT model, two separate free-energy contributions to the hydrophobic(More)
Molecular-thermodynamic descriptions of micellization in aqueous media can be utilized to model the self-assembly of surfactants possessing relatively simple chemical structures, where it is possible to identify a priori what equilibrium position they will adopt in the resulting micellar aggregate. For such chemical structures, the portion of the surfactant(More)
The self-assembly behavior of the triterpenoids asiatic acid (AA) and madecassic acid (MA), both widely studied bioactive phytochemicals that are similar in structure to bile salts, were investigated in aqueous solution through atomistic-level molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. AA and MA molecules initially distributed randomly in solution were observed to(More)
Micellization and solution properties of the aglycon triterpenoids asiatic acid (AA) and madecassic acid (MA) were examined experimentally and in computational simulations. AA and MA belong to the large class of bioactive aglycon triterpenoids, for which limited physicochemical data are available. In this study, solubility, partition coefficient, critical(More)
Surfactants can be used to increase the solubility of poorly soluble drugs in water and to increase drug bioavailability. In this article, the aqueous solubilization of the nonsteroidal, antiinflammatory drug ibuprofen is studied experimentally and theoretically in micellar solutions of anionic (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS), cationic(More)
Surfactant micellization and micellar solubilization in aqueous solution can be modeled using a molecular-thermodynamic (MT) theoretical approach; however, the implementation of MT theory requires an accurate identification of the portions of solutes (surfactants and solubilizates) that are hydrated and unhydrated in the micellar state. For simple solutes,(More)
The widespread use of surfactant mixtures and surfactant/solubilizate mixtures in practical applications motivates the development of predictive theoretical approaches to improve fundamental understanding of the behavior of these complex self-assembling systems and to facilitate the design and optimization of new surfactant and surfactant/solubilizate(More)
Blankschtein and Robert S. Langer, Dual-Channel Two-PhoEmail: bazant@mit.edu MASSACHUSETTS ton Microscopy Study of Transdermal Transport in Skin Kevin T. Chu and Martin Z. Bazant, Surface conservation Treated with Low-Frequency Ultrasound and a Chemical Enlaws at microscopically diffuse interfaces, J. Colloid InterINSTITUTE OF hancer, J. Invest. Dermatol,(More)
Constant surface tension (NgammaT) and constant volume (NVT) molecular dynamics simulations have been conducted on a series of bolaamphiphilic alpha,varpi-(diammonium disulfato)poly(fluorooxetane)s and on a typical "long-chain" anionic fluorosurfactant used to improve the flow-and-leveling characteristics of aqueous coatings, to compare their behavior at a(More)