Comportamiento de agregación de noveles surfactantes de par iónico

Aggregation behavior of novel ion pair surfactants

  • Bélgica Bravo Universidad del Zulia
  • Gerson Chávez Universidad del Zulia
  • Nelson Márquez Universidad del Zulia
  • Nacarid Delgado Universidad del Zulia
  • Ana Cáceres Universidad del Zulia
  • Milangel Luzardo Universidad del Zulia
  • Iran Parra Universidad del Zulia
  • Mariana Collins Universidad del Zulia
  • Azeneth Borja Universidad del Zulia


Los ácidos alquilcarboxílicos pueden dar origen a la formación de una especie iónica con características anfifílicas que disminuye la tensión superficial de un sistema agua/aire. El tipo de contraión de estas especies juega un papel fundamental en las propiedades superficiales del compuesto. Se preparó una novedosa clase de surfactantes de par iónico (SPI) por neutralización de cantidades equimolares del ácido carboxílico con una base de tipo ciclohexilamina (cHACn) bajo condiciones suaves de reacción. Se estudió el comportamiento de agregación por tensión superficial. Los compuestos obtenidos disminuyeron la tensión superficial presentando baja concentración micelar crítica (CMC) y por tanto una mayor actividad superficial. La CMC de todos los compuestos estudiados disminuyó con la longitud de la cadena alquílica aniónica (n). 

Palabras clave: ácidos alquilcarboxílicos, surfactantes de par iónico, comportamiento de agregación, tensión superficial.


The alkylcarboxylic acids can give origin to the formation of ionic species with amphiphilic characteristics that decreases the surface tension of a water/air system. The type of counterion of these species plays a fundamental paper in the surface properties of the compound. Novel class ion pair surfactants (IPS) were prepared by neutralization of equimolar amounts of carboxylic acid with a base of type cyclohexylamine (cHACn) though mild reaction conditions. The aggregation behavior through surface tension was studied. The compounds obtained reduced the surface tension presenting low critical micelar concentration (CMC) and therefore a greater surface activity. The CMC of all compounds studied decreased with the length of the anionic alkyl chain (n). 

Key words: Alkylcarboxylic acids, ion pair surfactant, aggregation behavior, surface tension.




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