Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (2017)
Master of Science, Koc University (2011)
Bachelor of Science, Istanbul Technical University (2008)
Reverse micelles (RMs) composed of water and sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane have a remarkably narrow size distribution around a mean value determined by the water loading ratio of the system. It has been proposed that RMs establish this equilibrium size distribution either by the diffusion of individual components through the isooctane phase or by cycles of fusion and fission. To examine these mechanisms, a 24 mus all-atom molecular dynamics simulation of a system containing one small RM and one large RM was performed. Results show that the net movement of water from the small RM to the large RM occurred in a direction that made the small RM smaller and the large RM larger-according to water loading ratios that would have been appropriate for their size. Changes in AOT number that would bring the water loading ratio of each RM closer to that of the overall system only occurred via cycles of RM fusion and fission. These behaviors are most likely driven by the electrostatics of sodium AOT and the dielectric effects of water.
View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b08511
View details for PubMedID 31793793
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