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Improving DI Water Wettability

Q. We are looking for a low concentration surfactant to improve DI water wetting to polycarbonate and stainless steel during an aerated flushing operation for removal of sub-micron surface particles. Our parts are cleaned before assembly – we need to improve a DI-water flushing operation that is meant to remove sub-micron sized surface particulate from inside an assembled gas path (tube). How can we improve wettability of DI water?

A. You should speak with a surfactant manufacturer about finding a low surface tension, low critical micelle concentration surfactant.

Likely such a surfactant will be a nonionic surfactant. Add the surfactant at or a little above the critical micelle concentration. In principle you could use Liquinox® detergent at a 0.25% concentration and you would improve DI water wettability.

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