Hydrophilic

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Hydrophilic

Describing any substance that absorbs or attracts water. This is important in the petroleum industry.
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1-4% by weight of an emulsifier having a hydrophile to lipophile balance of from 1.
The onset of CAC and CMC are highly dependent on the actual structure of the surfactant molecule, size of hydrophobe and hydrophile, as well as molecular weight.
Attached to the organic hydrophobe is the hydrophile, which is a water-soluble segment and often a polyether or acid salt.
Surfactants with higher ratios of hydrophile (bulky hydrophilic group and relatively smaller hydrophobe) such as xylene sulfonates will also reduce the viscosity.