The control of the behavior of oil in water emulsions requires deeper investigations on the adsorption properties of the emulsion stabilizers at the interfaces, which are fundamental to explain the (de)stabilization mechanisms. In this work, we present an extensive study on oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) below its critical micellar concentration. Dynamic tensiometry, dilational rheology, and electrical conductivity measurements are used to investigate the adsorption properties at the droplet interface, whereas the aging of the respective emulsions was investigated by monitoring the macroscopic thickness of the emulsion layer, by microimaging and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis, to get information on the drop size distribution. In addition, the droplet coalescence is investigated by a microscopy setup. The results of this multitechnique study allow deriving a coherent scenario where the adsorption properties of this ionic surfactant relate to those of the emulsion, such as, for example, the prevention of droplet coalescence and the presence of other mechanisms, such as Ostwald ripening, responsible for the emulsion aging.
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