Self-healing of surfactant surface micelles on millisecond time scales

Hannes C. Schniepp, Dudley A. Seville, Ilhan A. Aksay

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We study the dynamics of surfactant micelles at the solid-liquid interface using a new atomic force-microscopic imaging mode to visualize the nanometer-level structural features of the micelles and the picometer-level lattice of the substrate simultaneously. We find that defects created in a crystalline micellar array by the scanning probe tip self-heal flawlessly in less than 6 ms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12378-12379
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 27 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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