Study shows alkyl-aromatic hybrid micelles can form from emergent umbrella-shaped molecules

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed new alkyl-aromatic hybrid micelles from umbrella-shaped molecules. These micelles feature a compact alkyl core surrounded by an aromatic shell, exhibiting high stability and efficient encapsulation of both alkyl and aromatic compounds. This hybrid design outperforms traditional micelles in stability and uptake efficiency, potentially useful for solubilization, stabilization, and targeted delivery applications. The findings suggest further exploration of various amphiphile combinations for advanced micelle structures.

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