Microemulsions are transparent thermodynamically stable colloidal dispersions containing high amounts of both water and hydrocarbons. The colloidal state is stabilized by a proper balance between a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic surfactant. Initially they were considered to be different from colloidal solutions, an opinion that is still brought forward although the proofs that the microemulsions belong to the micellar systems have now been generally accepted. A description is given of the liquid phases in some four-component systems, demonstrating the identity between colloidal solutions and microemulsions and giving information about the factors of importance for their stability.

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 731-740
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 4

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  • Accession Number: 00151975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM