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Bio-inspired Reliable Manipulation of Gas Bubbles on Interfaces by Regulating Their Microstructures and Chemical Components

Abstract

Manipulation of gas bubble behavior is crucial to gas bubble-related applications. In nature, many biological surfaces offer reliable and effective manipulation of gas bubbles in aqueous media via unusual micro/nano-hierarchical structures and chemical compositions. This inspired us to construct a series of interfaces with well-ordered microstructures and controllable chemical compositions. Reliable manipulation of CO2 gas bubble behavior can be achieved in CO2 supersaturated aqueous solutions. The CO2 bubbles generated on hydrophilic interfaces grew in situ and were then released with small diameters and spherical morphologies. The diameters of the CO2 bubbles on the hydrophilic interfaces decreased as a function of interfacial roughness. The FAS modification enhanced the adhesion force between the hydrophobic interfaces and the CO2 bubbles. The CO2 bubbles grew with a spherical crown shape and then coalesced with their neighbor. They finally detached and formed large diameter interfaces. As the interface hydrophobicity and roughness increased, CO2 pockets or continuous CO2 films can be created among the rough microstructures.

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The article was received on 08 Mar 2017, accepted on 12 May 2017 and first published on 16 May 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00145B
Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Bio-inspired Reliable Manipulation of Gas Bubbles on Interfaces by Regulating Their Microstructures and Chemical Components

    P. Zhang, J. Zhang, Z. Xue, J. Wang and L. Jiang, Mater. Horiz., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00145B

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