Untangling hair conditioners: The swelling of surfactant bilayer phases

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Untangling hair conditioners: The swelling of surfactant bilayer phases

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 13th September 2004
  • Speaker: David Fairhurst (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Hair conditioner is made of water, charged surfactant bilayers and 'benefit agent'. When you rub a blob onto your wet hair, it swells and releases the benefit agent hopefully depositing it on your hair. I have been trying to understand how and why these surfactant systems swell at all, and what controls this process.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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