Ferguson principle and the critical micelle concentration

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Abstract

The thermodynamic activity values of a series of quaternary ammonium salts were calculated through the use of critical micelle concentrations. The correlation of these thermodynamic activities to the published values of their bactericidal activities is shown through application of the Ferguson principle. The value of the Ferguson principle in helping to point out the possible presence of different mechanisms of activity within a series of similar compounds has been suggested.

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