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The relationships between molecular architecture, aggregation, and interfacial activity of a new class of CO 2-philic hybrid surfactants are investigated. The new hybrid surfactant CF2/AOT4 [sodium (4H,4H,5H,5H,5H-pentafluoropentyl-3,5,5-trimethyl-1-hexyl)-2-sulfosuccinate] was synthesized, having one hydrocarbon chain and one separate fluorocarbon chain. This hybrid H-F chain structure strikes a fine balance of properties, on one hand minimizing the fluorine content, while on the other maintaining a sufficient level of CO 2-philicity. The surfactant has been investigated by a range of techniques including high-pressure phase behavior, UV-visible spectroscopy, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and air-water (a/w) surface tension measurements. The results advance the understanding of structure-function relationships for generating CO 2-philic surfactants and are therefore beneficial for expanding applications of CO 2 to realize its potential using the most economic and efficient surfactants.
Reverse engineering and synthesis of self-assembling photo-responsive surfactants for CO2 solubilization
1/01/12 → 1/01/14