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How to explain microemulsions formed by solvent mixtures without conventional surfactants

Zemb, Thomas N; Klossek, Michael; Lopian, Tobias; Marcus, Julien; Schöettl, Sebastian; Horinek, Dominik; Prevost, Sylvain F; Touraud, Didier; Diat, Olivier; Marčelja, Stjepan; Kunz, Werner


Ternary solutions containing one hydrotrope (such as ethanol) and two immiscible fluids, both being soluble in the hydrotrope at any proportion, show unexpected solubilization power and allow strange but yet unexplained membrane enzyme activity. We study the system ethanol-water-octanol as a simple model of such kinds of ternary solutions. The stability of "detergentless" micelles or microemulsions in such mixtures was proposed in the pioneering works of Barden and coworkers [Smith GD, Donelan...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-04-19
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515708113
Access Rights: Open Access


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