Charge Stabilization in Nonpolar Solvents

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Original Entry by Michelle Borkin, AP225 Fall 2009


Charge Stabilization in Nonpolar Solvents.

M. F. Hsu, E. R. Dufresne, and D. A. Weitz, Langmuir 21, 4881-4887 (2005).


Colloidal Dispersion, interaction potential, Reverse Micelle, surface potential, Debye length


This paper investigates the use of surfactants to control charges is nonpolar solvents (<math>\epsilon \approx 2</math> versus for an aqueous solution <math>\epsilon \approx 80</math>) where the electrostatic charge barrier is much greater than kT. Understanding nonpolar solvents and colloid interactions are important for industrial and commercial applications such as electrophoretic ink or the stabilization of soot particles in oil. Surfactants play the key role in creating in such solutions the charge-stabilizing aggregates. The research presented in this paper focuses on reverse micelles in nonpolar solvents and investigates the electrokinetics and thermodynamic properties to explain on the micelles control charge.

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