Synthesis and Assembly of Gold and Iron Oxide Particles Within an Emulsion Droplet; Facile Production of Core@Shell Particles

Suchanuch Sachdev, Rhushabh Maugi, Caroline Kirk, Zhaoxia Zhou, Steven D. R. Christie, Mark Platt*

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Abstract

Here we report amethod for synthesising and assembling nanomaterials at the liquid-liquid interface of an emulsion droplet, resulting in a simple strategy for producing hollow Au shells, or Fe3O4@Au core@shell particles. Mercaptododecanoic acid stabilised Au nanoparticles were added to the aqueous continuous phase, in order to stabilise hexane emulsion droplets formed within a microfluidic chip. The diameters of Au Pickering emulsions could be controlled by varying the flowrates, this produce hollow particles. The addition of a second nanoparticle, Fe3O4 (average diameter of 12 nm), into the organic phase produced core@shell particles. The diameter of the resultant material was determined by the concentration of the Fe3O4. This report is the first to demonstrate Pickering emulsions within a microfluidics chip for the production of Fe3O4@Au particles, and it is believed that this could be a versatile platform for the large scale production of core@shell particles. (C) 2016 Elsevier B. V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalColloid and Interface Science Communications
Volume16
Early online date27 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Microfluidic
  • Emulsion
  • Liquid-liquid
  • Pickering emulsion
  • Core@shell
  • LIQUID-LIQUID INTERFACE
  • LIQUID/LIQUID INTERFACE
  • PICKERING EMULSIONS
  • NANOPARTICLES
  • POLYMERIZATION
  • NANOSHELLS
  • DEPOSITION

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