Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Wetting Agents

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_12809

n (1927) A compound that causes a liquid to penetrate more easily into, or to spread over the surface of, another material, usually by reducing the liquid's surface tension. Common wetting agents are soaps, detergents, and surfactants. They are widely used in polymerization reactions and in preparing emulsions of plastics. (Solomon, D. H., and Hawthorne, D. G., Chemistry of Pigments and Fillers, Krieger Publishing Co., New York, 1991; Parfitt, G. D., Dispersion of Powders in Liquids, Elsevier Publishing Co., New York, 1969).

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA