Mesoscale Simulations of Surfactant Dissolution and Mesophase Formation

Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 148302 – Published 11 September 2002
P. Prinsen, P. B. Warren, and M. A. J. Michels

Abstract

The evolution of the contact zone between pure surfactant and solvent has been studied by mesoscale simulation. It is found that mesophase formation becomes diffusion controlled and follows the equilibrium phase diagram adiabatically almost as soon as individual mesophases can be identified, corresponding to times in real systems of order 10   μs.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.148302

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  • Received 24 April 2002
  • Published 11 September 2002

© 2002 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

P. Prinsen1,2, P. B. Warren1, and M. A. J. Michels2

  • 1Unilever Research and Development Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral CH63 3JW, United Kingdom
  • 2Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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