Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2013, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (03): 449-459.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201212283

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Research Progress on the Interactions between Polysaccharides and Surfactants

YUAN Zai-Wu1, YUAN Jing1, LÜ Xin2, ZHANG Jian2, XU Gui-Ying1   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (Shandong University), Ministry of Education, Jinan 250100, P. R. China;
    2 Technology Research China National Offshore Oil Corporation Research Center, State Key Laboratory of Offshore Oil Exploitation, Beijing 100027, P. R. China
  • Received:2012-10-15 Revised:2012-12-26 Published:2013-02-25
  • Supported by:

    The project was supported by the Special Program for Major Research of the Science and Technology, China (2011ZX05024-004-08) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2012M511491).


Polysaccharides are naturally occurring, nontoxic, safe, and abundant. However, the properties and functions of polysaccharides can be improved by mixing them with surfactants because of synergistic effects between them. The association of surfactants with polysaccharide chains can be regulated in aqueous systems through electrostatic, hydrophobic, dipolar, and hydrogen bonding interactions and steric hindrance effects, resulting in changes in the critical aggregation concentration (cac), critical micelle concentration (cmc), binding amount, surface adsorption, and interfacial rheology of aqueous systems. In this paper, recent progress of research on mixed systems of polysaccharides and surfactants, including measurement methods, are summarized. The physicochemical properties and interaction mechanisms of these mixed systems are explored.

Key words: Polysaccharide, Surfactant, Mixed system, Synergistic effect, Physicochemical property


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