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Surface activity and collective behaviour of colloidally stable Janus-like particles at the air–water interface

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In this work we report an experimental study on the surface activity and the collective behaviour of colloidally stable Janus-like silver particles at the air–water interface. The colloidal stability of silver nanoparticles has been enhanced using different capping ligands. Two polymers coated the silver particles: 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid and 1-undecanthiol. These capping ligands adsorbed onto the particle surface are spontaneously rearranged at the air–water interface. This feature leads to Janus behaviour in the silver particles with amphiphilic character. The surface activity of the silver particles at the air–water interface has been measured using pendant drop tensiometry. The Janus-like silver particles revealed a surface activity similar to that shown by conventional amphiphilic molecules but with much larger area per particle. The variation of the surface pressure with the area per particle was described properly using the Frumkin isotherm up to the collapse state. Furthermore, oscillating pendant drop tensiometry provided very useful data on the rheological properties of Janus particle monolayers; these properties depended on the lateral interactions between particles and were closely related to the monolayer microstructure. We revealed the close relationship between the collective behavior and the surface activity of Janus-like silver particles.

Graphical abstract: Surface activity and collective behaviour of colloidally stable Janus-like particles at the air–water interface

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The article was received on 11 Oct 2013, accepted on 10 Feb 2014 and first published on 10 Feb 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52624K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2014,10, 3471-3476
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    Surface activity and collective behaviour of colloidally stable Janus-like particles at the air–water interface

    M. A. Fernández-Rodríguez, M. A. Rodríguez-Valverde, M. Cabrerizo-Vílchez and R. Hidalgo-Alvarez, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 3471
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52624K

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