Self -Assembly
From Surfactants to Nanoparticles

Surface and Interfacial Chemistry Series


An introduction to the state-of-the-art of the diverse self-assembly systems

Language: Anglais

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Self-Assembly: From Surfactants to Nanoparticles provides an effective entry for new researchers into this exciting field while also giving the state of the art assessment of the diverse self-assembling systems for those already engaged in this research. Over the last twenty years, self-assembly has emerged as a distinct science/technology field, going well beyond the classical surfactant and block copolymer molecules, and encompassing much larger and complex molecular, biomolecular and nanoparticle systems. Within its ten chapters, each contributed by pioneers of the respective research topics, the book:

  • Discusses the fundamental physical chemical principles that govern the formation and properties of self-assembled systems
  • Describes important experimental techniques to characterize the properties of self-assembled systems, particularly the nature of molecular organization and structure at the nano, meso or micro scales.
  • Provides the first exhaustive accounting of self-assembly derived from various kinds of biomolecules including peptides, DNA and proteins. 
  • Outlines methods of synthesis and functionalization of self-assembled nanoparticles and the further self-assembly of the nanoparticles into one, two or three dimensional materials.
  • Explores numerous potential applications of self-assembled structures including nanomedicine applications of drug delivery, imaging, molecular diagnostics and theranostics, and design of materials to specification such as smart responsive materials and self-healing materials.
  • Highlights the unifying as well as contrasting features of self-assembly, as we move from surfactant molecules to nanoparticles. 

List of Contributors



1 Self-Assembly from Surfactants to Nanoparticles – Head vs. Tail
Ramanathan Nagarajan

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Classical Surfactants and Block Copolymers

1.2.1 Tanford Model for Surfactant Micelles

1.2.2 de Gennes Model for Block Copolymer Micelles

1.2.3 Surfactant Self-Assembly Model Incorporating Tail Effects

1.2.4 Star Polymer Model of Block Copolymer Self-Assembly Incorporating Headgroup Effects

1.2.5 Mean Field Model of Block Copolymer Self-Assembly Incorporating Headgroup Effects

1.2.6 Tail Effects on Shape Transitions in Surfactant Aggregates

1.2.7 Headgroup Effects on Shape Transitions in Block Copolymer Aggregates

1.3 Self-Assembly of Nonclassical Amphiphiles Based on Head−Tail Competition

1.3.1 Dendritic Amphiphiles

1.3.2 DNA Amphiphiles

1.3.3 Peptide Amphiphiles

1.3.4 Protein−Polymer Conjugates

1.3.5 Amphiphilic Nanoparticles

1.4 Conclusions



2 Self-Assembly into Branches and Networks
Alexey I. Victorov

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Rheology and Structure of Solutions Containing Wormlike Micelles

2.2.1 Viscoelasticity of Entangled Wormlike Micelles

2.2.2 Growth of Nonionic Micelles

2.2.3 Growth of Ionic Micelles

2.2.4 Persistence Length of an Ionic Micelle

2.2.5 Networks of Branched Micelles

2.2.6 Ion-Specific Effect on Micellar Growth and Branching

2.3 Branching and Equilibrium Behavior of a Spatial Network

2.3.1 The Entropic Network of Chains

2.3.2 The Shape of Micellar Branch and the Free Energy

2.4 Conclusions



3 Self-Assembly of Responsive Surfactants
Timothy J. Smith and Nicholas L. Abbott

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Redox-Active Surfactants

3.2.1 Reversible Changes in Interfacial Properties

3.2.2 Reversible Changes in Bulk Solution Properties

3.2.3 Control of Biomolecule-Surfactant Assemblies

3.2.4 Spatial Control of Surfactant-Based Properties

3.3 Light-Responsive Surfactants

3.3.1 Interfacial Properties

3.3.2 Bulk Solution Properties

3.3.3 Biomolecule-Surfactant Interactions

3.3.4 Spatial Control of Surfactant-Based Properties Using Light

3.4 Conclusion



4 Self-Assembly and Primitive Membrane Formation: Between Stability and Dynamism
Martin M. Hanczyc and Pierre-AlainMonnard

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Basis of Self-Assembly of Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphiles

4.2.1 van derWaals Forces and Hydrophobic Effect

4.2.2 Headgroup-to-Headgroup Interactions

4.2.3 Interactions Between the Amphiphile Headgroups and Solute/Solvent Molecules

4.3 Types of Structures

4.3.1 Critical Aggregate Concentration

4.3.2 Packing Parameter

4.4 Self-Assembly of a Single Type of Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphile

4.4.1 Single Species of Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphile

4.4.2 Mixtures of Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphiles Mixtures of Amphiphiles with the Same Functional Headgroups Mixtures of Single-Hydrocarbon Chain Amphiphiles and Neutral Co-surfactants Mixtures of Charged Single Hydrocarbon Chain Amphiphiles Mixtures of Single-Chain Amphiphiles and Lipids

4.4.3 Mixtures of Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphiles and Other Molecules

4.4.4 Self-Assembly on Surfaces

4.5 Catalysis Compartmentalization with Single-Hydrocarbon-Chain Amphiphiles

4.5.1 Enclosed Protocell Models

4.5.2 Interfacial Protocell Models

4.5.3 Membranes as Energy Transduction Systems Linking Light Energy Harvesting and Chemical Conversion Formation of Chemical Gradients Energy Harvesting and Its Conversion into High-Energy Bonds of Phosphate-Chemicals

4.6 Dynamism

4.7 Conclusion



5 ProgrammingMicelles with Biomolecules
Matthew P. Thompson and Nathan C. Gianneschi

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Peptide-Containing Micelles

5.2.1 Peptide Amphiphiles

5.2.2 Peptide−Polymer Amphiphiles (PPAs)

5.3 DNA-Programmed Micelle Systems

5.3.1 Lipid-Like DNA Amphiphiles

5.3.2 DNA−Polymer Amphiphiles

5.4 Summary


6 Protein Analogous Micelles
Lorraine Leon andMatthew Tirrell

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Physicochemical Properties of Peptide Amphiphiles

6.2.1 The Role of Secondary Structures in PAMs

6.2.2 The Role of Different Tails in PAMs

6.2.3 The Role of Multiple Headgroups in PAMs

6.2.4 Stabilizing Spherical Structures

6.2.5 Electrostatic Interactions

6.2.6 Mixed Micelles

6.2.7 Stimuli-Responsive PAMs

6.3 PAMs in Biomedical Applications

6.3.1 Tissue Engineering and RegenerativeMedicine

6.3.2 Diagnostic and Therapeutic PAMs

6.4 Conclusions



7 Self-Assembly of Protein−Polymer Conjugates
Xuehui Dong, Aaron Huang, Allie Obermeyer, and Bradley D. Olsen

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Helical Protein Copolymers

7.3 β-Sheet Protein Copolymers

7.4 Cyclic Protein Copolymers

7.5 Coil-Like Protein Copolymers

7.6 Globular Protein Copolymers

7.7 Outlook



8 Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of DNA-Programmable Nanoparticle Assembly
Ting Li, Rebecca J.McMurray, and Monica Olvera de la Cruz

8.1 Introduction

8.2 A Molecular Dynamics Study of a Scale-Accurate Coarse-Grained

Model with Explicit DNA Chains

8.3 Thermally Active Hybridization

8.4 DNA-Mediated Nanoparticle Crystallization in Wulff Polyhedra

8.5 Conclusions



9 Harnessing Self-Healing Vesicles to Pick Up, Transport, and Drop Off Janus Particles
Xin Yong, Emily J. Crabb, Nicholas M. Moellers, Isaac Salib, Gerald T.McFarlin, Olga Kuksenok, and Anna C. Balazs

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Methodology

9.3 Results and Discussion

9.3.1 Selective Pick-Up of a Single Particle Symmetric Janus Particles and Pure Hydrophilic Particles Asymmetric Janus Particles

9.3.2 Interaction between Multiple Particles and a Lipid Vesicle

9.3.3 Depositing Janus Particles on Patterned Surfaces Step Trench Wedge Trench “Sticky” Stripe

9.4 Conclusions



10 Solution Self-Assembly of Giant Surfactants: An Exploration on Molecular Architectures
Xue-Hui Dong, Yiwen Li, Zhiwei Lin, Xinfei Yu, Kan Yue, Hao Liu, Mingjun Huang,Wen-Bin Zhang, and Stephen Z. D. Cheng

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Molecular Architecture of Giant Surfactants

10.3 Giant Surfactants with Short Nonpolymeric Tails

10.4 Giant Surfactants with a Single Head and Single Polymer Tail

10.5 Giant Surfactants with Multiheads and Multitails

10.6 Giant Surfactants with Block Copolymer Tails

10.7 Conclusions




Written for students and academic and industrial scientists and engineers, by pioneers of the research field, Self-Assembly: From Surfactants to Nanoparticles is a comprehensive resource on diverse self-assembly systems, that is simultaneously introductory as well as the state of the art.