The potential for monolayers to reduce the evaporation of water from large water storages

Barnes, G. T. (2008) The potential for monolayers to reduce the evaporation of water from large water storages. Agricultural Water Management, 95 4: 339-353. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2007.12.003


Author Barnes, G. T.
Title The potential for monolayers to reduce the evaporation of water from large water storages
Journal name Agricultural Water Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-3774
1873-2283
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.agwat.2007.12.003
Open Access Status
Volume 95
Issue 4
Start page 339
End page 353
Total pages 15
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract In the laboratory, molecularly thick films of compounds such as hexadecanol and octadecanol have been shown to retard the evaporation of water. While such monolayers offer the prospect of an economical solution to the evaporative loss of water from storages there are practical difficulties arising mainly from the short lifetimes of these monolayers on the water surface. This review article describes the relevant laboratory experiments and results, and then discusses the problems that have arisen in field applications. It is clear that better monolayer materials are required and that better methods of monolayer distribution would also be helpful. Although no resolution of these difficulties is available at present it is hoped that a better understanding of the problems will stimulate further research.
Keyword Evaporation control
Evaporation reduction
Monolayers for evaporation reduction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
 
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