Titration of fatty acids solubilized in catonic, nonionic and anionic micelles: Theory and experiment.

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The titration properties of a fatty acid solubilized in different types of micelles, cationic, anionic and nonionic, have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. The solution containing micelles, counterions, and added salt was treated as a dielectric continuum in the Monte Carlo simulations. The dielectric permittivity of the interior of the micelle can have a profound effect on the calculated pK shifts depending on how the dielectric discontinuity is chosen in the model. The simulated results are compared to data from Poisson-Boltzmann calculations and from experiments. The experimentally observed apparent pKa value changes from 7.6 to 4.9 when solubilizing lauric acid in anionic (SDS) and cationic (DoTAC) micelles, respectively. For the nonionic micelle it is found to be approximately 6.6. A significant ion specificity in the pKa value is observed for the DoTAC and DoTAB systems and surprisingly enough both systems show an upward pK shift.


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  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3515-3522
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Theoretical Chemistry (S) (011001039), Physical Chemistry 1 (S) (011001006)