Micelle or molecular colloid?
The Swiss botanist Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli (1817-1891) coined the term “micelle” (from the Latin word micella = crumb) in the 19th century. His studies about starch, cellulose and various types of protein led him to assume that “organised bodies”, i.e. substances extracted from biological systems, consisted of aggregates that were in turn made up of molecules. Nägeli named these aggregates, the size of which was between molecules and visible crystals, micelles. Staudinger 1938, 8-9 writes: “[...] numerous small molecules are held together by weak inter-molecular forces in a micelle; an increase in temperature or a change in solvent can already cause them to disintegrate as a result.”