Adsorption of hexane at the water/vapor interface

Anjing Lou, Brian A. Pethica

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The interaction of hydrocarbon chains at aqueous interfaces is a major factor in defining the interfacial structures of monolayers and membranes formed by surfactants. The intermolecular pair potentials which can be expressed in the two-dimensional second virial coefficients (B2(T)) are basic to understanding these structures. In this report, measurements of the adsorption of hexane vapor on water as a function of the partial vapor pressure are reported for a static system in which the vapor pressure is controlled by mixing liquid hexane with either hexadecane or squalane. The B2(T) for hexane at the water/vapor interface is approximately estimated at one temperature. The results confirm that the extensive published data on the adsorption of alkanes on water obtained in a vapor flow system are incorrect, presumably due to inadequate vapor saturation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4933-4934
Number of pages2
Issue number19
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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