General Introduction

Chapter
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

Amphiphilicity is a key structure forming element in many biological and synthetic systems. In the most general definition, it describes any chemical or structural contrast within a molecule, such as polar/non-polar, hydrocarbon/fluorocarbon, oligosiloxane/hydrocarbon or rigid/flexible. In this thesis, the amphiphilicity in its original definition is studied, namely the chimeric affinity of molecules for water due to hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups. In particular, amphiphiles have a tendency to self-assemble into larger structures due to partly non-favorable interactions with a solvent.

Keywords

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Human Serum Albumin Cholic Acid Spin Probe Dynamic Nuclear Polarization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Polymer ResearchMainzGermany

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