Hydrophobicity, specific ion adsorption and reactivity

B. W. Ninham, K. Kurihara, O. I. Vinogradova

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Long-range hydrophobic interactions and ion co-ion and counterion adsorption specificity in interactions and in self-assembly have posed a real puzzle for theories of colloid science. Also, a role for dissolved gas has hardly been considered. A variety of observations apparently in conflict with established theories are discussed and analyzed. These point to defects in the present theoretical framework and to ways in which a reconciliation can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Publication statusPublished - 1997 May 15


  • Hydrophobicity
  • Reactivity
  • Specific ion absorption


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