Using molecular dynamics simulations a systematic study of the binding energy per cross sectional area for the water/n-alkane (hexane, octane, decane, dodecane and tetradecane) interfaces was performed. The effect of the Sodium p-(1-heptylnonyl) benzene sulfonate surfactant, on the adhesion forces of the water/n-hydrocarbon (decane, undecane, dodecane, and tetradecane) interfaces was studied. Scanning of the binding energy per area against n-alkanes shows that the magnitude of this parameter for the surfactant tail-alkane interactions at the interface systematically increases with the chain length of the alkane, whereas it shows a maximum at undecane for the water-surfactant head interactions at the interface. This maximum of head adhesion forces thus agrees with the reported minimum value of the interfacial tension at undecane for the p-(1-heptylnonyl) benzene sulfonate, suggests that for the water/alkane interface it is this trend in surfactant head adhesion at the interface that defines that interfacial tension minimum value.
|Número de páginas
|Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering
|Publicada - 2017
|Publicado de forma externa