Theory of spontaneous vesicle formation in surfactant mixtures.


The curvature elastic energy of bilayer vesicles formed by a mixture of two surfactants, which individually form either micelles or lamellar bilayer phases is described theoretically. In the limit of large bending elastic modulus K being much greater than the temperature T, the free energy is minimized by vesicles with different concentrations of the two surfactants in each monolayer of the bilayer. Vesicles are more stable than lameliar structures only when interactions or complexing of the two surfactants is taken into account.

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@article{Safran1990TheoryOS, title={Theory of spontaneous vesicle formation in surfactant mixtures.}, author={Samuel A. Safran and Phil Pincus and David Andelman}, journal={Science}, year={1990}, volume={248 4953}, pages={354-6} }