Surfactant Assemblies and their Various Possible Roles for the Origin(S) of Life

  title={Surfactant Assemblies and their Various Possible Roles for the Origin(S) of Life},
  author={Peter Walde},
  journal={Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres},
  • P. Walde
  • Published 27 April 2006
  • Chemistry
  • Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
A large number of surfactants (surface active molecules) are chemically simple compounds that can be obtained by simple chemical reactions, in some cases even under presumably prebiotic conditions. Surfactant assemblies are self-organized polymolecular aggregates of surfactants, in the simplest case micelles, vesicles, hexagonal and cubic phases. It may be that these different types of surfactant assemblies have played various, so-far underestimated important roles in the processes that led to… 

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