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D. Lipids in Water: Thermodynamics

Skills to Develop

  • guess initial estimates for relative enthalpic and entropic contributions to formation of micelles from single chain amphiphiles based on their understanding from earlier chemistry classes.
  • describe and differentiate the thermodynamic parameters ΔG, ΔH, ΔS, Δμ, and the standard counterparts,ΔG0, ΔH0, ΔS0, Δμ0
  • describe the contributions of ΔH0, ΔS0, Δμ0 for transfer of nonpolar molecules from water to more nonpolar environments.
  • define the hydrophobic effect based on experiments studying the transfer of nonpolar molecules from water to more nonpolar environments.