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i want to know the structure of a micelle when soap is dissolved in a hydrocarbon. my guess is that a micelle is formed such that the hydrophilic portion is inside the micelle and hydrophobic tail is outside.

9 years ago

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SAGAR SINGH - IIT DELHI
879 Points
							

Dear student,

A micelle is formed when a variety of molecules including soaps and detergents are added to water. The molecule may be a fatty acid, a salt of a fatty acid (soap), phospholipids, or other similar molecules.

The molecule must have a strongly polar "head" and a non-polar hydrocarbon chain "tail". When this type of molecule is added to water, the non-polar tails of the molecules clump into the center of a ball like structure, called a micelle, because they are hydrophobic or "water hating". The polar head of the molecule presents itself for interaction with the water molecules on the outside of the micelle.

 

9 years ago
anushka banga
18 Points
							

is micelle formed in alcohol?

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