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Wed February 18, 2009 By:

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Thu February 19, 2009

When micelles form in water, their tails form a core that can encapsulate an oil droplet, and their (ionic/polar) heads form an outer shell that maintains favorable contact with water. When soaps/detergents assemble in oil, the aggregate is referred to as a reverse micelle. In a reverse micelle, the heads are in the core and the tails maintain favorable contact with oil. When agitated the oil gets removed with the detergent/soap.

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