The interfacial tension of aqueous dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DTAC) solution/hexane interface has been measured as a function of pressure at concentrations around the critical micelle concentration (CMC). The derivative of the interfacial tension with respect to pressure has been observed to change abruptly at the CMC as in the case of aqueous dodecylammonium chloride (DAC) solution-hexane system studied already. The volume changes associated with the adsorption of DTAC from its monomeric and micellar states have been calculated. The results have indicated that the micelle formation of surfactant is treated like the appearance of a new macroscopic phase in the system. It has also been concluded that the micelle solubilizing hexane bears resemblance to the adsorbed film in terms of the volume. The difference in the pressure dependence of the volume of micelle formation ΔνMW between DTAC and DAC has been attributed to a larger polar group of DTAC. The fact that the value of ΔνMW is larger than that estimated from the conductivity data has been explained by the solubilization of hexane into the micelle.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry