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Stephanie Wallace

Intentionally Breaking Emulsions

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Does anyone know of a compound or technique that is capable of fully breaking lecithin-bound emulsions? Heating/centrifuge is probably an option, but I don't have easy access at the moment--unless someone in NYC is feeling charitable with their time. :)


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I'm sorry nobody has addressed this so far, because I'm curious to know the answer and don't have any idea. Meanwhile, I'm also curious about why you'd want to do this. What am I missing?


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Adding enough oil should break the emulsion, I would think.

I probably should have clarified, "without significantly changing the volume of any of the emulsion's constituents."


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You ought to be able to heat it and let it separate on its own without using a centrifuge. After heating put it the thinnest cylindrical vessel that you have...if you could rip off a burette or a separatory funnel from a high school chemistry lab it would work great.

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You ought to be able to heat it and let it separate on its own without using a centrifuge. After heating put it the thinnest cylindrical vessel that you have...if you could rip off a burette or a separatory funnel from a high school chemistry lab it would work great.

Erm, they CAN be bought on Ebay, etc. %)


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