John F . Scamehorn

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Microemulsification of triglyceride-based oil is challenging due to the formation of undesirable phases such as macroemulsions, liquid crystals, or sponge phases. This research evaluates the formation of artificial sebum microemulsions using linker molecules, with the addition of co-oil to help enhance sebum solubilization. The microemulsion consists of a(More)
The sal inity tolerance (precipitation phase boundary) is measured for a mixed anionic/nonionic surfactant sy s t em above the CMC. For any total surfactant concentration, the salinity tolerance is shown to increase as the percentage of nonionic surfactant in the s y s t e m is increased. A model is developed which can predict the phase houndaries for the(More)
The adsorption of sodium dodecyl sulfate and a polyethoxylated nonylphenol, and well defined mixtures thereof, was measured on gamma-alumina. A pseudo-phase separation model to describe mixed anionic/nonionic admicelle (adsorbed surfactant aggregate) formation was developed, analogous to the pseudo-phase separation model frequently used to describe mixed(More)
A novel separation technique known as an aqueous surfactant two-phase (ASTP) extraction is a promising method to remove organic contaminants from wastewater. When cationic and anionic surfactants are mixed at certain surfactant concentrations and compositions, the solution separates into two immiscible aqueous phases. One is the surfactant-rich and the(More)
One of the most challenges for hard surface cleaning product is to get rid of soap scum, a filmy sticky layer in the bathroom. The deposits of soap scum can be removed by using a proper surfactant solution with chelating agent. Unfortunately, the conventional chelating agent, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), has low biodegradability, which can be(More)
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