Chapter 4. Surfactants and Self-Assembly

  1. Richard M. Pashley and
  2. Marilyn E. Karaman

Published Online: 1 JUN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470014709.ch4

Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry

Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry

How to Cite

Pashley, R. M. and Karaman, M. E. (2004) Surfactants and Self-Assembly, in Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470014709.ch4

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, The National University of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUN 2005
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470868829

Online ISBN: 9780470014707



  • surfactants;
  • spontaneous self-assembly of surfactants;
  • interfacial energy;
  • colloid science in detergency;
  • micelle ionization;
  • surface-active molecules;
  • Gibbs theorem;
  • hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction to surfactants

  • Common properties of surfactant solutions

  • Thermodynamics of surfactant self-assembly

  • Self-assembled surfactant structures

  • Surfactants and detergency

  • Industrial Report: Colloid science in detergency

  • Sample problems

  • Experiment 4.1 Determination of micelle ionization