Date of Award

Summer 1946

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Within the last two decades, extensive research has been carried on in the field of surface chemistry. One phase of this work has been directed toward the preparation of a class of materials called "surface-active agents." These substances have the ability to lower the surface tension and interfacial tension to the extent that their presence is effective in bringing about intimate contact between immiscible substances. Surface-active agents have been prepared from a variety of organic compounds, and since the fundamental governing factor in them all seems to be the balance of the polar and non-polar groups in the molecule, it was hoped that such a balance would be found in the glyceride structure of the fat molecule. In view of this fact, a select oil 200 linseed has been oxidized in the attempt to prepare certain azelac-glycerides, whose properties are such as to class them among surface-active substances.