Solubilization of hydrocarbon emulsion droplets suspended in nonionic surfactant micelle solutions

Jochen Weiss, John Neil Coupland, D. Julian McClements

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The mass transport of nonpolar molecules from emulsion droplets to surfactant micelles was studied using a static light scattering technique. A series of n-hexadecane oil-in-water emulsions were prepared with varying droplet concentrations (0-0.05 wt %) and mean droplet diameters (0.17-0.73 μm). Emulsion droplets were suspended in either pure water or water containing nonionic surfactant micelles (2 wt % polyoxyethylenesorbitan monolaurate). The time dependence of the droplet concentration and size distribution were monitored using light scattering. In the absence of surfactant micelles the size and concentration of oil droplets remained constant, but in their presence the droplet concentration decreased with time and the mean droplet diameter increased. The kinetics of the solubilization process depended strongly on the initial droplet size and concentration. Our experimental observations can be explained in terms of two opposing physical mechanisms: solubilization (which tends to decrease the mean droplet size) and Ostwald ripening (which tends to increase the mean droplet size).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1071
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Volume100
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 1996

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Nonionic surfactants
Micelles
Hydrocarbons
Emulsions
emulsions
micelles
hydrocarbons
surfactants
light scattering
oils
water
Ostwald ripening
time dependence
Surface-Active Agents
Light scattering
Water
Oils
Surface active agents
kinetics
molecules

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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In: Journal of Physical Chemistry, Vol. 100, No. 3, 18.01.1996, p. 1066-1071.

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