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Adhesion of Oil to Kaolinite in Water

Lebedeva, Evgenia; Fogden, Andrew


Uniform coats of kaolinite particles on a flat glass substrate were prepared to be sufficiently smooth and thin to allow reliable measurement of contact angles of captive crude oil drops in a range of salt solutions, without any particle removal. The contact angle hysteresis was used to infer the extent of oil adhesion via rupture of the intervening water film and anchoring of charged groups to kaolinite. For sodium chloride solutions, adhesion decreases monotonically with pH and/or salinity,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental Science and Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es102041b


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