Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 15 Issue 3 June 1992 pp 257-272
Dielectric constant (DEC) of internal phase influenced the zeta potential (ZP) of o/w emulsion prepared with or without emulgent. In both systems ZP and DEC of internal phase exhibited an approximately linear relationship. Using homologous aliphatic hydrocarbons as internal phases, emulsions were prepared with polysorbate-80. Increase in carbon chain length brought about increase in interracial area and decrease in ZPs of emulsions. A fair inverse correlation between ZP and DEC of internal phase was revealed in this series. Increase in phase volume ratio from 0.05 to 0.3 brought about limited changes in ZPs whereas by further increasing phase volume ratio, ZP decreased steadily. Studies pertaining to the effect of phase volume ratio on DEC of o/w emulsions are in accordance with earlier observations. Increase in phase volume ratio causes a steady decrease in DEC of emulsion. Of the five equations employed, the Bruggeman equation appears to predict the observed values more accurately.
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