General Methods of Preparation of Colloids

General Methods of Preparation of Colloids

Lyophilic and lyophobic colloidal solutions (or sols) are generally prepared by different types of methods. Some of the common methods are as follows.

(1) Preparation of Lyophilic colloids

(i) The lyophilic colloids have strong affinity between particles of dispersed phase and dispersion medium.

(ii) Simply mixing the dispersed phase and dispersion medium under ordinary conditions readily forms these colloidal solutions.

(iii) For example, the substance like gelatin, gum, starch, egg, albumin etc. pass readily into water to give colloidal solution.

(iv) They are reversible in nature become these can be precipitated and directly converted into colloidal state.

(2) Preparation of Lyophobic colloids : Lyophobic colloids can be prepared by mainly two types of methods.

(i) Condensation method : In these method, smaller particles of dispersed phase are condensed suitably to be of colloidal size. This is done by the following methods.

(a) By oxidation: A colloidal solution of sulphur can be obtained by bubbling oxygen (or any other oxidising agent like etc.) through a solution of hydrogen sulphide in water.

(b) By reduction : A number of metals such as silver, gold and platinum, have been obtained in colloidal state by treating the aqueous solution of their salts, with a suitable reducing agent such as formaldehyde, phenyl hydrazine, hydrogen peroxide, stannous chloride etc.

The gold sol, thus prepared, has a purple colour and is called purple of cassius.

(c) By hydrolysis: Many salt solutions are rapidly hydrolysed by boiling dilute solutions of their salts. For example, ferric hydroxide and aluminium hydroxide sols are obtained by boiling solutions of the corresponding chlorides.

Similarly silicic acid sol is obtained by the hydrolysis of sodium silicate.

(d) By double decomposition: A sol of arsenic sulphide is obtained by passing hydrogen sulphide through a cold solution of arsenious oxide in water.

(e) By excessive cooling : A colloidal solution of ice in an organic solvent like ether or chloroform can be prepared by freezing a solution of water in the solvent. The molecules of water which can no longer be held in solution, separately combine to form particles of colloidal size.

(f) By exchange of solvent : Colloidal solution of certain substances such as sulphur, phosphorus, which are soluble in alcohol but insoluble in water can be prepared by pouring their alcoholic solution in excess of water. For example, alcoholic solution of sulphur on pouring into water gives milky colloidal solution of sulphur.

(g) By change of physical state: Sols of substances like mercury and sulphur are prepared by passing their vapour’s through a cold water containing a suitable stabilizer such as ammonium salt or citrate.

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