Dynamics of the self-assembly of unilamellar vesicles.


We have studied the transient stages in the formation of unilamellar vesicles with millisecond time resolution. The self-assembly was initiated by rapid mixing of equimolar amounts of anionic and zwitterionic micelles and the transient micellar entities were probed by time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering. Within the mixing time, original micelles transformed to disklike micelles which evolved further to a critical size and then closed to form monodisperse unilamellar vesicles within a second. Subsequent growth led to an unexpected broadening of the vesicle size distribution.

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@article{Wei2005DynamicsOT, title={Dynamics of the self-assembly of unilamellar vesicles.}, author={Thomas Wei\ss and Theyencheri Narayanan and Constanze Wolf and Michael Gradzielski and Pirre Panine and Stephanie M Finet and William I Helsby}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2005}, volume={94 3}, pages={038303} }