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Assessment and Application of Modified Cationic Polyvinyl Alcohol Emulsifiers in Bitumen Emulsions

Bewertung und Anwendung von modifizierten kationischen Polyvinylalkohol-Emulgatoren in Bitumenemulsionen
Linlin Wang, Xiaoxi Wang, Runhan Hou, Qian Zhang and Yuexin Wang


In this work, a series of emulsifiers were prepared by changing the molar ratio of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to the long chain quaternary ammonium salt (A0). The emulsifiers were characterised by FTIR and 1HNMR. The stability of the emulsions was checked and evaluated by determining the phase separation and by UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The emulsion stability increased with increasing emulsifier concentration, which was mainly due to the reduced droplet size and increased viscosity of the emulsions. Stability was also dependent on pH. At pH values between 5 to 3, stability was increased, but at further decreasing pH values, the emulsion became unstable or the emulsion separated. This could be mainly because the excess of positive ions compresses the double electron layer. The experimental results showed that PVA as a macromolecular matrix material has a great application potential for the emulsification process.


In dieser Arbeit wurde eine Reihe von Emulgatoren durch Veränderung des molaren Verhältnisses von Polyvinylalkohol (PVA) zum langkettigen quaternären Ammoniumsalz (A0) hergestellt. Die Emulgatoren wurden mittels FTIR und 1HNMR charakterisiert. Die Stabilität der Emulsionen wurde durch Bestimmung der Phasentrennung und mittels UV-Vis-Spektrophotometrie überprüft und bewertet. Die Emulsionsstabilität nahm mit steigender Emulgatorkonzentration zu, was hauptsächlich auf die verringerte Tröpfchengröße und die erhöhte Viskosität der Emulsionen zurückzuführen war. Die Stabilität war auch vom pH-Wert abhängig. Bei pH-Werten zwischen 5 bis 3 wurde die Stabilität erhöht, bei weiter sinkenden pH-Werten wurde die Emulsion jedoch instabil bzw. die Emulsion trennte sich. Dies könnte vor allem daran liegen, dass der Überschuss an positiven Ionen die Doppelelektronenschicht komprimieren. Die experimentellen Ergebnisse zeigten, dass PVA als makromolekulares Matrixmaterial ein großes Anwendungspotenzial für den Emulgiervorgang besitzt.

Prof. Yuexin Wang Hebei University of Technology Guangrong Road No. 8 Hongqiao District Tianjin 300130 Tel.: 86-02260200436


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The phenomena of bromophenol blue titration were shown in Fig. S1. The volumes of consumed titrant and the grafting rate of emulsifier were presented in Table S1. The results indicated that the grafting rate of emulsifier was increasing with decreasing molar ratios (PVA to A0).

Table S1

The test results of bromophenol blue titration

Emulsifier A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6
V1 (ml) 45.0 38.2 31.4 28.7 24.4 20.3
V2 (ml) 45.2 37.5 31.8 28.7 24.6 20.5
V3 (ml) 45.1 37.9 31.7 28.5 24.5 20.5
͞V (ml) 45.1 37.9 31.6 28.6 24.5 20.4
Grafting rate (%) 17.7 22.0 26.3 29.2 34.0 39.1
Received: 2021-03-16
Accepted: 2021-08-23
Published Online: 2021-11-30

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