Dynamics of charged microparticles at oil - Water interfaces

Chih Yuan Wu, Sowmitri Tarimala, Lenore L. Dai

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Solid-stabilized emulsions have been used as a model system to investigate the dynamics of charged microparticles with diameters of 1.1 μm at oil-water interfaces. Using confocal microscopy, we investigated the influences of interfacial curvature, cluster size, and temperature on the diffusion of solid particles. Our work suggests that a highly curved emulsion interface slows the motion of solid particles. This qualitatively supports the theoretical work by Danov et al. (Danov, K. D.; Dimova, R.; Pouligny, B. Phys. Fluids 2000, 12, 2711); however, the interfacial curvature effect decreases with increasing oil-phase viscosity. The diffusion of multiparticle clusters at oil-water interfaces is a strong function of cluster size and oil-phase viscosity and can be quantitatively related to fractal dimension. Finally, we report the influence of temperature and quantify the diffusion activation energy and friction factor of the particles at the investigated oil-water interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2112-2116
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 28 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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