Kinetic Pathway of Vesicle Formation

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Kinetic Pathway of Vesicle Formation

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 2nd September 2002
  • Speaker: Jacques Leng (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

We studied the kinetics of vesicle formation in a mixed system (lipid + surfactant) using scattering techniques. This study reveals a strong dependence of the rates of vesicle formation and 'end-state' vesicle properties on total amphiphile concentration and, even more pronounced, on ionic strength. The observed trends contradict equilibrium calculations, but are in quantitative agreement with a kinetic model that we present. This model identifies the key kinetic steps during vesicle formation: rapid formation of disc-like intermediate micelles, growth of these micelles and closure to form vesicles. This work offers conclusive evidence for kinetic rather than thermodynamic control of the end-state properties. Click here for a preview (Europhys. Lett., 59(2), 2002, pp. 311-317).

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