Surfactant micelles form oriented arrays on crystalline substrates although registration is unexpected since the template unit cell is small compared to the size of a rodlike micelle. Interaction energy calculations based on molecular simulations reveal that orientational energy differences on a molecular scale are too small to explain matters. With atomic force microscopy, we show that orientational ordering is a dynamic, multimolecule process. Treating the cooperative processes as a balance between vanÂ derâ Waals torque on a large, rodlike micellar assembly and Brownian motion shows that orientation is favored.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)