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Surfactants are compounds
that lower the surface tension
of a liquid, allowing easier
spreading, and lowering of the
interfacial tension between two
liquids, or between a liquid and
a solid. Surfactants may act as:
detergents, wetting agents,
emulsifiers, foaming agents,
and dispersants. Surfactants
reduce the surface tension of
water by adsorbing at the
liquid-gas interface. They also
reduce the interfacial tension
between oil and water by
adsorbing at the liquid-liquid
interface. Many surfactants can
also assemble in the bulk
solution into aggregates.
Examples of such aggregates
are vesicles and micelles. The
concentration at which
surfactants begin to form
micelles is known as the critical
micelle concentration (CMC).
When micelles form in water,
their tails form a core that can
encapsulate an oil droplet, and
their (ionic/polar) heads form
an outer shell that maintains
favorable contact with water.
When surfactants assemble in
oil, the aggregate is referred to
as a reverse micelle.

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