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Open Access Self-replicating Reverse Micelles

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Conditions are described, under which the hydrolysis of octyl octanoate (O-OA) takes place at the interface of reverse micelles fanned by sodium octanoate (OA) in isooctane. Since the micelle-mediated hydrolysis affords fresh OA, which spontaneously assemble into new micelles, the reaction can be seen as a self-replicating process. The kinetics and the spectroscopy of this self-replication process are presented.

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Publication date: September 1, 1991

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