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Is 1-butanol molecule a surfactant?

  1. Feb 28, 2014 #1
    Is 1-butanol molecule a surfactant?
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  3. Feb 28, 2014 #2


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    Yes, a relatively small amount (less than 3% by mass) of 1-butanol in water solution decreases the surface tension to about half of the surface tension of pure water. Butanol is a stronger surfactant than ethyl alcohol because of it's larger alkyl group.
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