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Using a system of modified silica particles and mixtures of water and 2,6-lutidine to form particle-stabilized emulsions, we show that subtle alterations to the hydration of the particle surface can cause major shifts in emulsion structure. We use fluorescence confocal microscopy, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) to explore this sensitivity, along with other shifts caused by modifications to the silica surface chemistry. The silica particles are prepared by a variant of the Stober procedure and are modified by the inclusion of 3-(aminopropyl)triethoxysilane and the dye fluorescein isothiocyanate. Treatment prior to emulsification consists of gently drying the particles under carefully controlled conditions. In mixtures of water and 2,6-lutidine of critical composition, the particles stabilize droplet emulsions and bijels. Decreasing particle hydration yields an inversion of the emulsions from lutidine-in-water (L/W) to water-in-lutidine (W/L), with bijels forming around inversion. So dependent is the emulsion behavior on particle hydration that microscopic differences in drying within a particle sample can cause differences in the wetting behavior of that sample, which helps to stabilize multiple emulsions. The formation of bijels at emulsion inversion is also crucially dependent on the surface modification of the silica. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Colloid and Interface Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2011|
- Pickering emulsion
- Transitional inversion
- Binary fluid
- Stober silica
- Colloidal particles
- TRANSITIONAL PHASE INVERSION
- COLLOIDAL PARTICLES
- GEL SURFACE
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- 2 Finished
The Bijel: A Versatile Micro Membrane Contractor
UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities
1/10/07 → 30/06/10
Edinbugrh Soft Matter and Statistical Physics Programme Grant Renewal
Cates, M., Poon, W., Ackland, G., Clegg, P., Evans, M., MacPhee, C. & Marenduzzo, D.
1/10/07 → 31/03/12
- 1 Article
Quantitative Morphological Characterization of Bicontinuous Pickering Emulsions via Interfacial CurvaturesReeves, M., Stratford, K. & Thijssen, J., 4 May 2016, In: Soft Matter. 12, p. 4082-4092
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