Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 291, Issue 4, pp 855–866 | Cite as

Synthesis and surface active properties of a gemini-type surfactant linked by a quaternary ammonium group

Original Contribution


In this study, cationic surfactants having multi-hydroxyl groups were synthesized by the condensation reaction of octadec-9-enyl glycidyl ether and methyl amine followed by the quaternization with dimethyl sulfate. The structure of the product was elucidated by 1H-NMR and FT-IR. The minimum critical micelle concentration (CMC) and surface tension achieved using C18:1-BHDM surfactant were 1.24 × 10−4 mol/L and 43.36 mN/m, respectively. The interfacial tensions measured between 1 wt% surfactant solution and n-decane were found to be in the same order of magnitude as those exhibited between micellar solutions and nonpolar hydrocarbon oils. The contact angle measurement result suggests that C18:1-BADM is the best wetting agent among the surfactants tested during this study. It has been observed that the results for foam stability measurement are consistent with those of CMC and contact angle. That is, the percentage of foam volume decrease has been observed to increase with an increase in number of hydroxyl group.


Cationic surfactant Hydroxyl group Critical micelle concentration (CMC) Surface tension Interfacial tension Contact angle 



This study was supported by a grant of the Korea Healthcare technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant no. A103017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringDongguk University-SeoulSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Environment and Resources Research Center, Green Chemistry DivisionKorea Research Institute of Chemical TechnologyDaeJeonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Center for Chemical AnalysisKorea Research Institute of Chemical TechnologyDaeJeonSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Green Chemistry and Environmental BiotechnologyUniversity of Science and TechnologyDaeJeonSouth Korea

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