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Homework Help: Which of these molecules will form a micelle?

  1. Dec 5, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Which of the following will form a micelle?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know for sure that A, B and C are going to be micelles, since both are amphipathic molecules. They have a clear hydrophilic and hydrophobic part.

    As for D, I'm really unsure. I have a feeling that having the benzene ring somehow changes the properties of the molecule in a way that does not make it suitable to be a micelle?

    Is this the correct answer? I have to hand this in 6 hours and this is the VERY LAST QUESTION on my report! Thanks to anybody who helps! =D
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  3. Dec 6, 2011 #2


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    LONG tails are a virtue when making micelles. Recheck your answers.
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