Study the Effect of Imposing Surfactants Toward The Evaporation of Low Molecular Weight Alcohol
International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 4, No. 4, August 2013
5 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014
Date Written: August 1, 2013
In this paper, Reversed-Flow Gas Chromatography (RF-GC) is utilized to investigate the evaporation of low molecular weight alcohol. Evaporation rates as well as the diffusion rates of methanol are determined with a surfactant monolayer on the surface of the liquid; while nitrogen acts as carrier gas, at 313 K. The precision (>99.9%) and accuracy of this investigation demonstrates the potential of current methodologies for environmental impact studies; this is further verified when the results are compared with the available literature. The varying evaporation rates of methanol in the presence of varying amounts of Triton X-100 reflects that application of surfactants do damper the evaporation rates of liquid pollutants; without interference with the former’s diffusion coefficients. High amounts of Triton X-100 are required for retardation of evaporation rates, suggesting the formation of a densely packed surface monolayer or the formation of an insoluble monolayer.
Keywords: flow gas-chromatography, low-solubility contaminants, mass-transfer coefficients, diffusion-coefficients, water bodies, pure liquids, interface
JEL Classification: Q53, Q54, A00, C00, I00, Q25
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