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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Surface Tension Studies of Chemically Modified Oleochemical Glycerides

item Doll, Kenneth
item Holser, Ronald
item Erhan, Sevim

Submitted to: Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2006
Publication Date: April 30, 2006
Citation: Doll, K.M., Holser, R.A., Erhan, S.Z. 2006. Surface tension studies of chemically modified oleochemical glycerides. 97th American Oil Chemists' Society Annual Meeting and Expo. p. 72-73.

Technical Abstract: We have synthesized useful non-ionic surfactants from commercially available methyl oleate and glycerol using a simple epoxide route. The base catalyzed reaction of epoxidized methly oleate (EMO) with glycerol was shown to give a variety of product which displayed different surfactant properties. Aqueous final surface tensions of <35 nM/m were observed using either bubble pressure tensiometry or the Denouy ring method. Critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) in the .01% to .005% range were observed, and followed the expected trend of a lower critical micelle concentration with increasing hydrophobicity. Our findings are useful in the development of improved glycerol based oleochemical surfactants.

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