Vesicles And Vesicle Gels – Structure And Solubilisation Properties
Vesicles are self-aggregating systems that exhibit a rich structural variety and are able to encapsulate active molecules. Once their effective volume fraction exceeds a certain value the formation of vesicle gels will occur. The details of the vesicular structure and also the rheological properties of vesicle gels are controlled to a large extent by the molecular composition of the amphiphilic system. Some particular examples of such vesicle gels are discussed in this article which were characterised by phase studies, measurements of their rheological behaviour, and comprehensive scattering experiments in order to obtain a detailed structural picture which can be correlated with the macroscopic properties.