Since the alkyl chain was not constant, an HPLC method (this was 1980) was difficult. I suggested a titration with SLS in an ion pair reaction. And the crowd went wild! Was this a proprietary assay? Not at all. It was in the literature for decades. So, what was the problem? Pharma scientists wouldnt lower themselves to read surfactant or, for that matter, any other journals except pharmaceutical journals. There is a prevailing idea that drug chemistry is different from all the other chemistry on the planet. And I thought that synthetic urea showed that there was no life force behind chemicals in the body¦ guess they didnt read that one either; it probably isnt on the internet...".
What do you think? Is it a question of "feeling superior" or simply not having a minute to spare for these other journals?-AMS