Surfactants and Nanoscience

Julian Eastoe*, Rico F. Tabor

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Surfactants are molecules with dual characteristics that give rise to adsorption at interfaces and aggregation in solvents: as such, surfactants have found a multitude of applications in nanotechnology. This chapter describes the fundamental properties that are the origins of the rich phase and structural behavior resulting in formation of adsorption layers and nanostructured domains. Of particular interest are the formation of micelles and microemulsion droplets, which have advantageous properties for a range of nanoscience applications. These phenomena are then explored in a range of contexts from nanoparticle synthesis and stabilization to oil recovery, the use of carbon dioxide as a green solvent, and photo- and magnetoresponsive surfactant systems. Future directions in the use of surfactants in nanotechnology are discussed in light of recent discoveries and developments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationColloidal Foundations of Nanoscience
EditorsDebora Berti, Gerardo Palazzo
PublisherJAI-Elsevier Science Inc
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780444595416
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2014


  • Adsorption
  • Aggregation
  • Microemulsions
  • Nanoparticles
  • Surfactants


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