Article | March 26, 2008

Article: Understanding Surfactants And New Methods Of Dispersing Them

Surface-active agents, or surfactants for short, are compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid and lower the interfacial tension between two liquids. Surfactants are amphiphilic in nature, possessing both hydrophilic and lipophilic properties. The unique combination of these opposing properties in the same molecule is what enables a surfactant to reduce surface and interfacial tensions. Submitted by Charles Ross and Son Company