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Tunable Disassembly of Micelles Using a Redox Trigger

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posted on 17.07.2007, 00:00 authored by Suhrit Ghosh, Katharine Irvin, S. Thayumanavan
A simple design for stimuli-responsive micellar disassembly has been demonstrated on the basis of a surfactant molecule wherein the hydrophilic head group is connected to the hydrophobic tail through a redox-sensitive disulfide linker. The disassembly kinetics is tuned by mixing the stimuli-responsive surfactant with a suitable nonresponsive co-surfactant in various ratios, which helps in gaining control over the release rate of encapsulated dye molecules from such mixed micelles.

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