ZETA POTENTIAL OF THF HYDRATES IN SDS AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS Lo, C.; Zhang, J.; Couzis, A.; Lee, J.W.; Somasundaran, P.
In this study, Tetrahydrofuran (THF) hydrates were formed in-situ in the Zetasizer Nano ZS90. With various concentrations of SDS, we attempted to characterize the SDS adsorption on the surface of the hydrate particles. In doing so, we tried to correlate the adsorption of SDS to THF hydrate induction times with respect to SDS concentration (0 – 3.47 mM), to determine whether the fast nucleation of THF hydrates is due to the adsorption of SDS. The measured ζ-potential for pure THF hydrates was -100 ± 10 mV, indicating anion adsorption. An adsorption curve was observed where there is saturation leveling. Correlating this data to the hydrate induction times, we see that when the saturation level is reached, a significant reduction in induction time can be seen.
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