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Surface tension

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The surface tension of  (Z)-octadec-9-enol is 66.5 mN/m at 25°C and ca. 90% saturated aqueous solution. A preliminary assessment by calculated Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance suggests that no surface tension lowering property would be expected on the basis of structure alone.

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The main purpose of determining surface tension is to assess whether a substance is a surfactant and not able to have a log Kow test done. The close structural analogue n-octanol is regularly used with water in the classic two-phase partitioning experiment (e.g. OECD Guideline 107). Octanol and all alcohols do phase-separate which suggests that emulsification is not so strong as to create issues with measurement of partitioning or other fate or effects studies.

The reported measurement, for a highly pure sample, is at ca. 90% aqueous solution based on the limit of solubility of the highly pure alcohol as reported in the literature.

Discussion of trends in the Category of C6-24 linear and essentially-linear aliphatic alcohols:

Chemical derivatives of many of the alcohols in this group are products which have commercial uses relating to their properties as surface active agents. The alcohols themselves are not surface active. Whilst the preliminary assessment by Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance (HLB) suggests that the shortest chain members of the Category (C6 - C8) could be water/oil emulsifiers, this should not be over-interpreted. They are co-surfactants used to modify the properties of other surfactants.

Above C8 there is no alert based on HLB for any surface tension lowering property.