En DE ES

Glossary

Hydrophobic

Literally, the term “hydrophobic” originating from ancient Greek means “avoiding water”. IUPAC (an international association for the standardization of chemical terms) understands hydrophobicity to be the combination of nonpolar groups or molecules in an aqueous environment. The reason for this phenomenon is the tendency of water to exclude nonpolar groups or molecules, as in the separation of water and oil.