Membrane emulsification: droplet formation and effects of interfacial tension

S. van der Graaf

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Membrane emulsification is a relatively new technique to produce emulsions. In this method the oil phase is pushed through a membrane, a sieve with very small holes, and forms droplets in the water phase at the other side of the membrane. The most important advantage of this technique is that all the formed droplets have the same size and the emulsion has therefore a better quality. In this research, the influence of surfactants on the droplet formation and detachment process has been studied with the help of experiments and computer simulations.The results showed that both the concentration surfactant and the velocity of the oil phase flowing through the membrane influence the droplet size.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Boom, Remko, Promotor
  • Schroen, Karin, Co-promotor
  • van der Sman, Ruud, Co-promotor
Award date10 Feb 2006
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789085043485
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • emulsification
  • emulsions
  • membranes
  • droplets
  • droplet studies
  • surface tension
  • simulation models
  • computer simulation
  • artificial membranes

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