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October 2017

Nanoparticle Surfactants for Structured Liquid Processing

Scientific Achievement

Produced the first sub-micron, shape-persistent, all-liquid bicontinuous structures using interfacial formation, assembly and jamming of nanoparticles surfactants (NPSs)

Significance and Impact

Such tortuous, kinetically-trapped, interconnected structures, termed “bijels”, can be realized with any two immiscible liquids by a simple homogenization, rather than thermally-induced spinodal decomposition.

Research Details

C. Huang, J. Forth, W. Wang, K. Hong, G. Smith, B.A. Helms and T. P. Russell, Nature Nanotechnology (2017) DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.182