Date Published:SEP 19
A mean field theory of chain packing in amphiphilic aggregates is used to calculate conformational and thermodynamic properties of the inverse hexagonal phase. These properties are compared with those for planar bilayers and curved monolayers. Calculated bond order parameters reveal that chains packed in the hexagonal arrangement have more conformational freedom than chains packed in a bilayer. The calculated order parameters are in good agreement with recent experimental results. Free energy calculations are also presented. It is found that for small areas per head group the packing free energy of amphiphiles in a bilayer is considerably higher than in the hexagonal phase.