Complexes of Surfactant Micelles with Polymers in Aqueous Liquid Systems

  • O. P. Artykulnyi Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Faculty of Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
  • V. I. Petrenko BCMaterials, Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures
  • M. V. Avdeev Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
  • L. A. Bulavin Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Faculty of Physics
Keywords: micelles, surfactants, surfactant-polymer complexes


Researches on the structural self-organization and aggregation in aqueous liquid systems of surfactants and polymers have been reviewed. Main attention is focused on the results obtained for the interaction of ionic surfactants with non-ionic polymers. Capabilities of the small-angle neutron scattering and neutron reflectometry methods for the study of the micellar structure, micelle-polymer aggregates, and complex multicomponent systems with nanoparticles are considered. Brief information is provided on some complementary methods used for the structural analysis of liquid systems with self-organization.


B. Kronberg, K. Holmberg, B. Lindman. Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers (Wiley, 2014).

J. Kwak. Polymer-Surfactant Systems (CRC Press, 1998).

C. Tanford. Micelle shape and size. J. Phys. Chem. 76, 3020 (1972).

R. Zana, E.W. Kaler. Giant Micelles: Properties and Applications (CRC Press, 2007).

E.D. Goddard. Polymer-surfactant interaction: Part I. Uncharged water-soluble polymers and charged surfactants. In: Interactions of Surfactants with Polymers and Proteins (CRC Press, 2018), Chap. 4.

E.D. Goddard. Polymer-surfactant interaction: Part II. Polymer and surfactant of opposite charge. Colloids Surf. 19, 301 (1986).

D. Langevin. Complexation of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes and surfactants in aqueous solutions. A review. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 147-148, 170 (2009).

B. Cattoz, W.M. De Vos, T. Cosgrove et al. Manipulating interfacial polymer structures through mixed surfactant adsorption and complexation. Langmuir 28, 6282 (2012).

S. Mehan, A.J. Chinchalikar, S. Kumar et al. Small-angle neutron scattering study of structure and interaction of nanoparticle, protein, and surfactant complexes. Langmuir 29, 11290 (2013).

P. Hansson, B. Lindman. Small-angle neutron scattering study of structure and interaction of nanoparticle, protein, and surfactant complexes. Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 1, 604 (1996).

K.C. Tam, E. Wyn-Jones. Insights on polymer surfactant complex structures during the binding of surfactants to polymers as measured by equilibrium and structural techniques. Chem. Soc. Rev. 35, 693 (2006).

J.N. Phillips. The energetics of micelle formation. Trans. Faraday Soc. 51, 561 (1955).

JC.G. Bell, C.J.W. Breward, P.D. Howell et al. Macroscopic modeling of the surface tension of polymer-surfactant systems. Langmuir 23, 6042 (2007).

J. Goronja, A. Janosevic-Lezaic, B. Dimitrijevic et al. Determination of critical micelle concentration of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide: Different procedures for analysis of experimental data. Hem. Industr. 70, 485 (2016).

V.J. Sovilj, L.B. Petrovic. Influence of molecular characteristics of nonionic cellulose ethers on their interaction with ionic surfactant investigated by conductometry. Colloid Polym. Sci. 284, 334 (2005).

F.M. Winnik, S.T.A. Regismond. Fluorescence methods in the study of the interactions of surfactants with polymers. Colloids Surf. A 118, 1 (1996).

D. Bica, L. V'ek'as, M.V. Avdeev et al. Sterically stabilized water based magnetic fluids: Synthesis, structure and properties. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 311, 17 (2007).

E. Tombacz, D. Bica, A. Hajdu et al. Surfactant double layer stabilized magnetic nanofluids for biomedical application. J. Phys. Condens. Matter 20, 204103 (2008).

A.V. Nagornyi, V. Socoliuc, V.I. Petrenko et al. Structural characterization of concentrated aqueous ferrofluids. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 501, 166445 (2020).

C. Alexiou, R. Schmid, R. Jurgons et al. Targeted tumor therapy with "magnetic drug targeting": Therapeutic efficacy of ferrofluid bound mitoxantrone. In: Ferrofluids. Magnetically Controllable Fluids and Their Applications. Edited by S. Odenbach (Springer, 2002), p. 233.

B. Gleich, J. Weizenecker. Tomographic imaging using the nonlinear response of magnetic particles. Nature 435, 1214 (2005).

E. Illes, M. Szekeres, E. Kupcsik et al. PEGylation of surfacted magnetite core-shell nanoparticles for biomedical application. Colloids Surf. A 460, 429 (2014).

V. Zavisova, M. Koneracka, M. Muckova et al. Magnetic fluid poly(ethylene glycol) with moderate anticancer activity. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 323, 1408 (2011).

V.I. Petrenko, O.P. Artykulnyi, L.A. Bulavin et al. On the impact of surfactant type on the structure of aqueous ferrofluids. Colloids Surf. A 541, 222 (2018).

M.V. Avdeev, A.V. Feoktystov, P. Kopcansky et al. Structure of water-based ferrofluids with sodium oleate and polyethylene glycol stabilization by small-angle neutron scattering: Contrast-variation experiments. J. Appl. Crystallogr. 43, 959 (2010).

M. Kubovcikova, I.V. Gapon, V. Zavisova et al. On the adsorption properties of magnetic fluids: Impact of bulk structure. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 427, 67 (2017).

M.V. Avdeev, V.I. Petrenko, I.V. Gapon et al. Comparative structure analysis of magnetic fluids at interface with silicon by neutron reflectometry. Appl. Surf. Sci. 352, 49 (2015).

V.I. Petrenko, M.V. Avdeev, V.M. Garamus et al. Micelle formation in aqueous solutions of dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid studied by small-angle neutron scattering. Colloids Surf. A 369, 160 (2010).

O.P. Artykulnyi, V.I. Petrenko, L.A. Bulavin et al. Effect of polyethylene glycol on the structure of micellar solutions of sodium oleate in water according to the data of small-angle neutron scattering. J. Surf. Invest. Synchr. Neutr. Techn. 12, 1142 (2018).

V.I. Petrenko, M.V. Avdeev, L.A. Bulavin et al. Effect of surfactant excess on the stability of low-polarity ferrofluids probed by small-angle neutron scattering. Crystallogr. Rep. 61, 121 (2016).

M.V. Avdeev, D. Bica, L. Vekas et al. Comparative structure analysis of non-polar organic ferrofluids stabilized by saturated mono-carboxylic acids. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 334, 37 (2009).

V.I. Petrenko, M.V. Avdeev, V.L. Aksenov et al. Effect of surfactant excess in non-polar ferrofluids probed by small-angle neutron scattering. Solid State Phenom. 152-153, 198 (2009).

V.I. Petrenko, V.L. Aksenov, M. V. Avdeev et al. Analysis of the structure of aqueous ferrofluids by the small-angle neutron scattering method. Phys. Solid State. 52, 974 (2010).

M.D. Chavanpatil, A. Khdair, J. Panyam et al. Surfactant-polymer nanoparticles: A novel platform for sustained and enhanced cellular delivery of water-soluble molecules. Pharm. Res. 24, 803 (2007).

S. Qi, S. Roser, K.J. Edler et al. Insights into the role of polymer-surfactant complexes in drug solubilisation/stabilisation during drug release from solid dispersions. Pharm. Res. 30, 290 (2013).

B. Nystr¨om, K. Thuresson, B. Lindman et al. Rheological and dynamic light-scattering studies on aqueous solutions of a hydrophobically modified nonionic cellulose ether and its unmodified analogue. Langmuir 11, 1994 (1995).

B. Nystr¨om, B. Lindman. Dynamic and viscoelastic properties during the thermal gelation process of a nonionic cellulose ether dissolved in water in the presence of ionic surfactants. Macromolecules 28, 967 (1995).

P. Hansson, B. Lindman. Surfactant-polymer interactions. Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci 1, 604 (1996).

R. Zana, P. Lianos, J. Lang et al. Fluorescence probe studies of the interactions between poly(oxyethylene) and surfactant micelles and microemulsion droplets in aqueous solutions. J. Phys. Chem. 89, 41 (1985).

G. Bastiat, B. Grassl, J. Francois. Micellar copolymerization of associative polymers: Study of the effect of acrylamide on sodium dodecyl sulfate-poly(propylene oxide) methacrylate mixed micelles. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 289, 359 (2005).

R. Meszaros, I. Varga, T. Gilanyi. Effect of polymer molecular weight on the polymer/surfactant interaction J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 13538 (2005).

J. Van Stam, N. Wittouck, F.C. De Schryver. The role of polymer flexibility on the interaction with surfactant micelles: poly(vinyl alcohol) and sodium dodecyl sulphate aqueous micelle interactions studied by dynamic fluorescence quenching Can. J. Chem. 73, 1765 (1995).

B.Z. Shang, Z. Wang, R.G Larson. Molecular dynamics simulation of interactions between a sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle and a poly(ethylene oxide) polymer. J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 2888 (2008).

Y.J. Nikas, D. Blankschtein. Complexation of nonionic polymers and surfactants in dilute aqueous solutions. Langmuir. 10, 3512 (1994).

R. Nagarajan. Thermodynamics of nonionic polymermicelle association. Colloids Surf. 13, 1 (1985).

S. Puvvada, D. Blankschtein. Molecular-thermodynamic approach to predict micellization, phase behavior and phase separation of micellar solutions. I. Application to nonionic surfactants. J. Chem. Phys. 92, 3710 (1990).

A. Naor, S. Puvvada, D. Blankschtein. An analytical expression for the free energy of micellization. J. Phys. Chem. 96, 7830 (1992).

H. Ohshima, T.W. Healy, L.R. White. Accurate analytic expressions for the surface charge density/surface potential relationship and double-layer potential distribution for a spherical colloidal particle. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 90, 17 (1982).

E. Eisenriegler, A. Hanke, S. Dietrich. Polymers interacting with spherical and rodlike particles. Phys. Rev. E 54, 1134 (1996).

L.A. Feigin D.I. Svergun, Structure Analysis by Small-Angle X-Ray and Neutron Scattering (Springer, 1987) [ISBN: 978-1-4757-6626-4].

L.A. Bulavin. Neutron Diagnostics of Matter Liquid State (Chornobyl, 2012) (in Ukrainian) [ISBN: 978-966-02-6196-9].

J.S. Pedersen. Analysis of small-angle scattering data from colloids and polymer solutions: Modeling and least-squares fitting. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 70, 171 (1997).

J.P. Hansen, J.B. Hayter. A rescaled MSA structure factor for dilute charged colloidal dispersions. Mol. Phys. 46, 651 (1982).

M. Kotlarchyk, S. Chen. Analysis of small angle neutron scattering spectra from polydisperse interacting colloids. J. Chem. Phys. 79, 2461 (1983).

L.A. Bulavin, V.M. Garamus, T.V. Karmazina et al. Measurements of structural and electrostatic parameters and surface tension of micelles of an ionic surfactant versus concentration, ionic strength of solution and temperature by small-angle neutron scattering. Colloids Surf. A 131, 137 (1998).

M. Kakitani, T. Imae, M. Furusaka. Investigation of mixed micelles of dodecyldimethylamine oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate by SANS: Shape, size, charge, and interaction. J. Phys. Chem. 99, 16018 (1995).

W.R. Chen, P.D. Butler, L.J. Magid. Incorporating intermicellar interactions in the fitting of SANS data from cationic wormlike micelles. Langmuir 22, 6539 (2006).

O.P. Artykulnyi, A.V. Shibaev, M.M. Avdeev et al. Structural investigations of poly(ethylene glycol)-dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid complexes in aqueous solutions. J. Mol. Liq. 308, 113045 (2020).

O.P. Artykulnyi, V.I. Petrenko, L.A. Bulavin et al. Impact of poly (ethylene glycol) on the structure and interaction parameters of aqueous micellar solutions of anionic surfactants. J. Mol. Liq. 276, 806 (2019).

X.L. Zhou, S.H. Chen. Theoretical foundation of X-ray and neutron reflectometry. Phys. Rep. 257, 223 (1995).

M.V. Avdeev, V.I. Bodnarchuk, V.I. Petrenko et al. Neutron time-of-flight reflectometer GRAINS with horizontal sample plane at the IBR-2 reactor: Possibilities and prospects. Cryst. Rep. 62, 1002 (2017).

D.J.F. Taylor, R.K. Thomas, J. Penfold. Polymer/surfactant interactions at the air/water interface. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 132, 69 (2007).

M. Moglianetti, J.R.P. Webster, S. Edmondson et al. A neutron reflectivity study of surfactant self-assembly in weak polyelectrolyte brushes at the sapphire-water interface. Langmuir 27, 4489 (2011).

S. Jaksch, T. Gutberlet, P. M¨uller-Buschbaum. Grazingincidence scattering-status and perspectives in soft matter and biophysics. Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 42, 73 (2019).

How to Cite
Artykulnyi, O., Petrenko, V., Avdeev, M., & Bulavin, L. (2020). Complexes of Surfactant Micelles with Polymers in Aqueous Liquid Systems. Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 65(9), 784.
Physics of liquids and liquid systems, biophysics and medical physics

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 3 > >>