Bulk and Surface Interaction Between Macromolecules and Surfactants

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semesters 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

Interaction between polymers and amphiphile molecules.

Description of surfactant self assemblies. Thermodynamic models of polymer/surfactant complexes. The effect of different parameters (such as the surfactant concentration as well as the structure, size and chemistry of macromolecules) on the nature of the polymer/surfactant complexes.

Polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures.

The mechanism of polyelectrolyte/surfactant interaction and the cooperativity of surfactant binding. Biomacromolecule/surfactant interaction and its physiological effects. Phase diagrams of the aqueous mixtures of oppositely charged macromolecules and amphiphiles and their correct representation. Nonequilibrium effects.

Interfacial layers of macromolecules and surfactants.

Adsorbed layers formed from the solutions of polymers and surfactants. Surface modification of polymer coated solid surfaces in the presence of surfactant solutions.

  • Claesson P.M, Dedinaite A., Mészáros R., VargaI.: Association between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged surfactants in bulk and at solid/liquid interfaces, Colloid Stability and Application in Pharmacy: Volume 3, Editor Tharwat Tadros, Wiley, 2007 ISBN: 978-3-527-31463-8 

  • K, Holmberg, B. Jönsson, B. Kronberg, Lindman B.: Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solution John Wiley & Sons; 2.ed., 2002

  • Mészáros R., Thompson L., Bos M., Varga I., Gilányi T.: Interaction of sodium dodecyl sulfate with polyethyleneimine: Surfactant induced polymer solution colloid dispersion transition Langmuir 19, 609-615, 2003 

  • Bain, C. D.; Claesson, P. M.; Langevin, D.; Mészáros, R.; Nylander, T.; Stubenrauch, C.; Titmuss, S.; von Klitzing, R. Complexes of Surfactants with Oppositely Charged Polymers at Surfaces and in Bulk Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 2010, 155, 32-49.