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Diverse morphologies in thin-film bijels by varying film thickness and composition

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Abstract

Thin-film bijels have many potential energy and environmental applications. In this work, the metastable bijel morphology space in thin-film confinement is explored with a Cahn–Hilliard/Brownian-Dynamics computational model. The key parameters varied are the bijel liquid phase blend ratio and the bijel film thickness. Simulations reveal a broad spectrum of structurally unique morphologies that have yet to be observed in experiments and which could have interesting applications in membrane science and other domains. Extensive analyses of surface-to-volume ratios, interfacial particle attachment statistics, and topological interfacial curvatures within the bijels are presented for a complete characterization of the morphological structure.

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2017, accepted on 03 Apr 2017 and first published on 03 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00317J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017,13, 4214-4223
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    Diverse morphologies in thin-film bijels by varying film thickness and composition

    J. M. Carmack and P. C. Millett, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 4214
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00317J

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