Solubilization in Micellar Separations
518When the surfactant concentration increases to a point called the critical micelle concentration, extensive aggregation of the surfactant monomers occurs. These aggregates, called micelles, cause many of the bulk physical properties of the solution to change. Micelles provide a nonhomogeneous environment for the solubilization of solutes and are used to alter the selectivity in many separation techniques. In this work, the structure and properties of micelles, solubilization theory, and applications in various separation techniques were examined.