Dynamic surface tension behavior of aqueous solutions of N-dodecyl-N,N dimethyl aminobetaine chlorohydrate

A. Pinazo, C. H. Chang, E. I. Franses

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The adsorption behavior of N-dodecyl-N,N dimethyl aminobetaine chlorohydrate (DDAB·HCl) at the air/aqueous interface was studied for solutions in pure water and phosphate buffer (pH=7.4). The equilibrium surface tension versus concentration curves were used to estimate the equilibrium adsorption parameters and CMCs. The buffer solution has a lower CMC and shows higher surface activity below the CMC than the pure water solution. Data and calculations of the dynamic tension behavior at constant-area conditions showed that the adsorption processes of DDAB·HCl solutions are about 10 to 300 times slower than those predicted by a diffusion-controlled model. A mixed kinetics adsorption model with a modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic equation, which considers an activation energy barrier for adsorption, was applied to find the kinetic adsorption parameters. The dynamic tension behavior at pulsating-area conditions with large amplitude was also examined for frequencies up to 90 cycles/min. The tension amplitude responses depended strongly on the concentration and frequency. Comparisons of diffusion-controlled model predictions and pulsating area tension data confirmed the need to use a mixed kinetics model. The latter model can improve the fit over the diffusion-controlled model, but it does not quantitatively match the observed tensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-455
Number of pages9
JournalColloid & Polymer Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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