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Teoret. i eksperim. khimiya. 2006. Vol.42 No. 2. p. 87-91

Surface Energy of Hydrophobic Adsorbents


Yu. I. Tarasevich

A. V. Dumansky Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Chemistry of Water, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Bulvar Akademika Vernadskogo 42, 03680 Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail: yuitaras@thomascat.kiev.ua

The adsorption and wetting heats of water on hydrophilic hydromica and hydrophobised samples of kaolinite and silochrom were studied. The contact angles of wetting of the studied substances by water were found. The thermodynamic characteristics of the sorbents surface and interfacial area at the bound- ary with water are calculated from the obtained data. It was shown that the boundary water layers near the hydrophilic surface of hydromica are more ordered, while the layers near the hydrophobic surfaces of modified kaolinite and silochrom samples and of the reference object, the extremely hydrophobised Tef- lon, are less ordered as compared with liquid water.

Key word kaolinite, hydromica, silica, wetting heat, contact angle of wetting, surface and interface energy, enthalpy,