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Amphiphiles

We are using these building blocks as such since they are having excellent amphiphilic properties. The "two shells" are freely moving around in the solution and are forming ,based on the solvent, different micelles. Micelles are and have since along time been used for the transportation of substances either from your t-shirts into the water phase, a deep penetration of your skin to bring good compounds to the skin layer where it is needed or even to use it for drug formulation or drug delivery.

Amphiphiles and micelles

The figure above is showing a cartoon of these amphiphiles and the two building blocks, which is the only thing needed to form the highly efficient micelles, range from alkane C12 to C18 chains (providing the hydrophobic part) with a mPEG chain of 7 to 24 units (creating a highly hydrophilic part).

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