A comparison of log Kow (n octanol–water partition coefficient) values for non ionic, anionic, cationic and amphoteric surfactants determined using predictions and experimental methods

A comparison of log Kow (n octanol–water partition coefficient) values for non ionic, anionic, cationic and amphoteric surfactants determined using predictions and experimental methods

Surfactants are widely used across the globe both in industrial and consumer products. The n‑octanol/ water partition ratio or coefficient (log Kow) and n‑octanol/water distribution coefficient (log D) are key parameters in environmental risk assessment of chemicals as they are often used to estimate the environmental fate and bioavailability and thus exposure and toxicity of a compound. Determining log Kow data for surfactants is a technical challenge due to their amphiphilic properties. Currently several existing experimental OECD methods (e.g. slow‑stirring, HPLC, solubility ratio) and QSPR models are available for log Kow/D measurement or prediction. However, there are concerns that these methods have not been fully validated for surfactants and may not be applicable due to the specific phase behaviour of surfactants.

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    Geoff Hodges, Charles Eadsforth et all
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