Sunday, April 11, 2010

Surfactants: Sulfonates

Sulfonates are very closely related, but not exactly the same as sulfates. In a sulfate, the sulfur is linked directly to the carbon chain via an oxygen atom. In a sulfonate, the sulfur is linked directly to a carbon atom (the R in the picture). What difference does this make? Tune into the posts to find out!

We'll be taking a look at alkyl sulfonates, alkyl-aryl sulfonates, and sulfosuccinates over the next few days!

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