B.S. Chemistry (2016)
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Chemistry at the oil/water interface is of much interest amongst the surface chemistry community due to its applications in environmental, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical use. The behavior of surfactants at the oil/water interface has been well studied, however, polymers are also present in the vast majority of their applications. The interactions between polymers and surfactants at the oil/water interface can significantly affect the system’s overall surface activity. Thus, my work uses sum frequency spectroscopy to explore the effects of polymers and surfactants at the oil/water interface.
Additionally, I am using computational methods to develop a means of creating interfacial vibrational spectra of surfactants. This computational data will help elucidate underlying information in our experimental spectra.