Electrostatic Fields: Their Effect on the Surface Tension of Aqueous Salt Solutions

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Science  09 Mar 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3506, pp. 791-792
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3506.791


Electrostatic fields of up to 7000 volt/cm have been applied across air/solution interfaces by means of parallel-plate electrodes, and the resulting surface tension changes were obtained by measuring, through a balance linkage, the deflection of mica plates floating on the surface. Surface tension changes (always negative) of up to 0.5 dyne/cm have been observed in both distilled water and dilute sodium chloride solutions.