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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(7), 2873-2895; doi:10.3390/ijms10072873
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Thermodynamics of Surfactants, Block Copolymers and Their Mixtures in Water: The Role of the Isothermal Calorimetry

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Received: 27 May 2009; in revised form: 19 June 2009 / Accepted: 19 June 2009 / Published: 29 June 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Isothermal Titration Calorimetry)
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Abstract: The thermodynamics of conventional surfactants, block copolymers and their mixtures in water was described to the light of the enthalpy function. The two methodologies, i.e. the van’t Hoff approach and the isothermal calorimetry, used to determine the enthalpy of micellization of pure surfactants and block copolymers were described. The van’t Hoff method was critically discussed. The aqueous copolymer+surfactant mixtures were analyzed by means of the isothermal titration calorimetry and the enthalpy of transfer of the copolymer from the water to the aqueous surfactant solutions. Thermodynamic models were presented to show the procedure to extract straightforward molecular insights from the bulk properties.
Keywords: copolymer; surfactant; copolymer+surfactant mixtures; enthalpy of micellization; enthalpy of injection; enthalpy of transfer; enthalpy of copolymer+surfactant aggregation copolymer; surfactant; copolymer+surfactant mixtures; enthalpy of micellization; enthalpy of injection; enthalpy of transfer; enthalpy of copolymer+surfactant aggregation
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De Lisi, R.; Milioto, S.; Muratore, N. Thermodynamics of Surfactants, Block Copolymers and Their Mixtures in Water: The Role of the Isothermal Calorimetry. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 2873-2895.

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De Lisi R, Milioto S, Muratore N. Thermodynamics of Surfactants, Block Copolymers and Their Mixtures in Water: The Role of the Isothermal Calorimetry. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009; 10(7):2873-2895.

Chicago/Turabian Style

De Lisi, Rosario; Milioto, Stefania; Muratore, Nicola. 2009. "Thermodynamics of Surfactants, Block Copolymers and Their Mixtures in Water: The Role of the Isothermal Calorimetry." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 10, no. 7: 2873-2895.



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