Journal article

The isoelectric point/point-of zero-charge of interfaces formed by aqueous solutions and nonpolar solids, liquids, and gases.

Thomas W Healy, Douglas W Fuerstenau

J Colloid Interface Sci | Elsevier BV | Published : 2007


From our previous work on the role of the electrostatic field strength in controlling the pH of the iso-electric point (iep)/point-of-zero-charge (pzc) of polar solids we have extended the analysis to predict that the pH of the iep/pzc of a nonpolar solid, liquid or gas-aqueous interface should occur at pH 1.0-3.0, dependent on the value assigned to water molecules or clusters at the interface. Consideration of a wide range of experimental results covering nonpolar solids such as molybdenite, stibnite, paraffin, etc. as well as hydrocarbon liquids such as xylene, decalin, and long chain (>C8) alkane oils, as well as nitrogen and hydrogen gases, all in various simple 1:1 electrolyte solutions..

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