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A salt or ester of sulfonic acid.
tr.v. sul·fo·nat·ed, sul·fo·nat·ing, sul·fo·nates
1. To introduce into (an organic compound) one or more sulfonic acid groups.
2. To treat with sulfonic acid.

sul′fo·na′tion n.


vb, n
(Elements & Compounds) the US preferred spelling of sulphonate


(ˈsʌl fəˌneɪt)

n., v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing. n.
1. an ester or salt of sulfonic acid.
2. to make into a sulfonic acid.
3. to introduce the sulfonic group into (an organic compound).
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Noun1.sulfonate - a salt of sulphonic acid
alkylbenzenesulfonate - sulfonate of alkyl benzene
salt - a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal)
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In this regard, sulfonic groups have been introduced either by treating an existing polymer with sulfonating agent (post sulfonation) or by preparation of polymer with monomers containing sulfonated moieties.
LAS is produced from benzene and linear paraffin feedstock, and requires the sulfonating of LAB with sulfur trioxide, with subsequent sodium hydroxide neutralization.
Noshay and Robeson (13) have studied the sulfonated polysulfones using sulfur trioxide-triethyl phosphate complex as sulfonating agent and discussed the effects of sulfonation on the glass transition temperature, water absorption, and gas permeability.
4] as the sulfonating agent in the presence of [Ag.