The effect of a finite number of monomers available for aggregation at nucleation and micellization in a fixed volume

A. K. Shchekin, K. Koga, N. A. Volkov

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    Abstract

    The expressions for the minimal work of aggregate formation as a function of the aggregation number and monomer concentration for a system with a limited number of monomers and a fixed volume have additional terms in comparison with a bulk metastable phase. The role of these terms has been analyzed in the case of droplet homogeneous nucleation and micellization in a nonionic surfactant solution. The appearance of the potential well and direct and reversal aggregation barriers in such systems and their dependence on the system parameters and monomer concentration have been considered and compared.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number244903
    JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
    Volume151
    Issue number24
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 28 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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