Tenside molecules and their interaction with dirt particles © Siemens Stiftung 2016 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Tenside molecules and their interaction with dirt particles

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Schematic diagram:
Tensides make it possible to dissolve water-insoluble substances in water.

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2017-07-11
Tensides have a water-receptive (hydrophilic) and a water-repellent (hydrophobic) component. The graphic shows how tensides make it possible to dissolve dirt particles in water.

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Tensides play a role in the production of emulsions. For this reason, they can also be referred to as emulsifiers. They can reduce the tension at the boundary surface between two liquids that do not readily mix, such as oil and water, so that the two substances mix.
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