Particle-Stabilized Water Droplets that Sprout Millimeter-Scale Tubes

Migle Grauzinyte, Joe Forth, Katherine A. Rumble, Paul S. Clegg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Millimeter-scale tubes are observed to sprout from water droplets injected into a bath of toluene containing ethanol and silica colloids. This phenomenon requires that first a membrane is formed by the colloids which self-assemble at the droplet interface, and second, that the ethanol preferentially partitions into the aqueous phase leading to an internal over-pressure. Tube growth, eruption, and shuffling droplets are subsequently observed, depending on the concentration of ethanol and colloids selected. This work opens many possibilities in the field of biomimetic droplets for fundamental studies of artificial growth at the microscale and for emulsion-related applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1460
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • colloids
  • droplet growth
  • interfaces
  • rheology
  • self-assembly


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