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Monolayers of long-chain alcohols, fatty acid esters at the air/water interface: a comparison by external infrared reflection-absorption spectrometry
Author(s): Arne Gericke; Heinrich Huehnerfuss
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Paper Abstract

The properties of C15, C16, C18 and C20-alcohols, fatty acids and fatty acid esters are investigated by external infrared reflection-absorption spectrometry in the range 3000 - 1000 cm-1. Analysis of the methylene stretching vibration shows that an increasing space requirement of the hydrophilic headgroup (fatty acid ester > fatty acid >= alcohol) for the same chain length leads to higher chain disorder (i.e., more gauche conformers). However, for a given headgroup the prolongation of the alkyl-chain generally results in an increased hydrophobic interaction and thus in a higher chain-order, i.e., the molecules attain a more transconformation.

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Date Published: 31 January 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2089, 9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, (31 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166727
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Arne Gericke, Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)
Heinrich Huehnerfuss, Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2089:
9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
John E. Bertie; Hal Wieser, Editor(s)

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