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Direct measurement of the nanobubble-induced weak depletion attraction between a spherical particle and a flat surface in an aqueous solution

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Abstract

Previously, it has been shown that stable nanobubbles (∼150 nm) free in an alkaline α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) solution can be removed by repeated filtration and regenerated by air injection. Recently, we found that the existence of nanobubbles can induce attraction between a spherical latex particle (radius ∼3.2 μm) and a flat hydrophilic surface. Using total internal reflection microscopy (TIRM), we are able to directly measure such a weak interaction (down to ∼0.1 μN m−1 within a range up to 200 nm). The weak attraction disappears as soon as the nanobubbles are removed. Our results suggest that the origin of such weak attraction comes from the exclusion or depletion of the charged nanobubbles from the gap between the particle and surface; namely, an imbalance between the osmotic pressures inside and outside the gap.

Graphical abstract: Direct measurement of the nanobubble-induced weak depletion attraction between a spherical particle and a flat surface in an aqueous solution

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The article was received on 11 Feb 2008, accepted on 27 Feb 2008 and first published on 14 Mar 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B802326C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 968-971
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    Direct measurement of the nanobubble-induced weak depletion attraction between a spherical particle and a flat surface in an aqueous solution

    F. Jin, X. Gong, J. Ye and T. Ngai, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 968
    DOI: 10.1039/B802326C

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