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Themed collection Surface chemistry and interface science

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Surface chemistry and interface science

Surface chemistry and interface science is about phenomena at interfaces and the self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules.

Graphical abstract: Surface chemistry and interface science
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

SAXS on a chip: from dynamics of phase transitions to alignment phenomena at interfaces studied with microfluidic devices

Microfluidic devices allow actuation on the microscale, while in situ SAXS allows visualization of these effects in relevant systems.

Graphical abstract: SAXS on a chip: from dynamics of phase transitions to alignment phenomena at interfaces studied with microfluidic devices
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Perspective

Synergies in lubrication

In living organisms the aqueous medium is used for providing low friction forces. This is achieved by synergistic actions of different biomolecules that together accomplish a high load bearing capacity and sustain an easily sheared water layer.

Graphical abstract: Synergies in lubrication
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Electrosorption at functional interfaces: from molecular-level interactions to electrochemical cell design

This perspective discusses the fundamental processes behind electrosorption at charged interfaces, and highlights advances in electrode design for sustainable technologies in water purification and ion-selective separations.

Graphical abstract: Electrosorption at functional interfaces: from molecular-level interactions to electrochemical cell design
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Solid surface vs. liquid surface: nanoarchitectonics, molecular machines, and DNA origami

Comparisons of science and technology between these solid and liquid surfaces would be a good navigation for current-to-future developments.

Graphical abstract: Solid surface vs. liquid surface: nanoarchitectonics, molecular machines, and DNA origami
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Perspective

The relevance of structural features of cellulose and its interactions to dissolution, regeneration, gelation and plasticization phenomena

The interactions and structural properties of cellulose influence different phenomena.

Graphical abstract: The relevance of structural features of cellulose and its interactions to dissolution, regeneration, gelation and plasticization phenomena
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Self-thermophoretic motion of controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors

Controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors are driven in fluid by near infrared light. The behaviour and mechanism of self-thermophoretic motion are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Self-thermophoretic motion of controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

From force curves to surface nanomechanical properties

Surface science, which spans the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, requires information to be obtained on the local properties and property variations across a surface.

Graphical abstract: From force curves to surface nanomechanical properties
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries

Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries is analysed at the level of anisotropic pair densities.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Unifying hydrotropy under Gibbs phase rule

A rational approach, aiming at constructing a unified theory of hydrotropy, will be presented based upon the first principles of statistical thermodynamics.

Graphical abstract: Unifying hydrotropy under Gibbs phase rule
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Perspective

Multiscale simulations for understanding the evolution and mechanism of hierarchical peptide self-assembly

Multiscale molecular simulations that combine and systematically link several hierarchies can provide insights into the evolution and dynamics of hierarchical peptide self-assembly from the molecular level to the mesoscale.

Graphical abstract: Multiscale simulations for understanding the evolution and mechanism of hierarchical peptide self-assembly
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Perspective

Near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles

We review near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles, highlight its potential applications, and discuss the challenges.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Communication

One-step assembly of multi-layered structures with orthogonally oriented stripe-like patterns on the surface of a capillary tube

Highly-ordered, large-scale stripe patterns could be formed simultaneously on both the inner and outer surfaces of capillary tubes with orthogonal orientations.

Graphical abstract: One-step assembly of multi-layered structures with orthogonally oriented stripe-like patterns on the surface of a capillary tube
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Wormlike micelles versus water-soluble polymers as rheology-modifiers: similarities and differences

Rheological behaviors and aqueous solution microstructures of wormlike micelles and a water-soluble polymer are compared.

Graphical abstract: Wormlike micelles versus water-soluble polymers as rheology-modifiers: similarities and differences
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Langmuir–Blodgett films of perylene bisimide derivatives and fluorescent recognition of diamines

A fluorescent film was constructed with the well-known Langmuir–Blodgett technique, and it showed exceptional sensing performances for some diamine vapors.

Graphical abstract: Langmuir–Blodgett films of perylene bisimide derivatives and fluorescent recognition of diamines
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Coating agent-induced mechanical behavior of 3D self-assembled nanocrystals

The Young's modulus of three-dimensional self-assembled Ag nanocrystals, as so-called supracrystals, is correlated with the type of coating agent as well as the nanocrystal morphology.

Graphical abstract: Coating agent-induced mechanical behavior of 3D self-assembled nanocrystals
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Paper

Formation of titanium dioxide core–shell microcapsules through a binary-phase spray technique

Fast and single-step formation of metal oxide core–shell particles with a loading of 50 wt% active substance.

Graphical abstract: Formation of titanium dioxide core–shell microcapsules through a binary-phase spray technique
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Enhanced interfacial activity of multi-arm poly(ethylene oxide) star polymers relative to linear poly(ethylene oxide) at fluid interfaces

Interfacial tension reduction, dynamic dilatational elasticity and extent of adsorption were investigated for linear poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains of varying molecular weight and for PEO star polymers with an average of 64 arms per star at air/water, xylene/water, and cyclohexane/water interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Enhanced interfacial activity of multi-arm poly(ethylene oxide) star polymers relative to linear poly(ethylene oxide) at fluid interfaces
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Trimethylsilyl hedgehogs – a novel class of super-efficient hydrocarbon surfactants

Presented here are the results for a novel class of hydrocarbon surfactants, termed trimethylsilyl hedgehogs (TMS-hedgehogs), due to the presence of silicon in the tails.

Graphical abstract: Trimethylsilyl hedgehogs – a novel class of super-efficient hydrocarbon surfactants
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Membrane interactions and antimicrobial effects of layered double hydroxide nanoparticles

Membrane interactions are critical for the successful use of inorganic nanoparticles as antimicrobial agents and as carriers of, or co-actives with, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs).

Graphical abstract: Membrane interactions and antimicrobial effects of layered double hydroxide nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Paper

Using a chitosan nanolayer as an efficient pH buffer to protect pH-sensitive supramolecular assemblies

We propose that chitosan can be used as an efficient pH-responsive protective layer for pH sensitive soft materials.

Graphical abstract: Using a chitosan nanolayer as an efficient pH buffer to protect pH-sensitive supramolecular assemblies
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Electrostatic interactions in concentrated colloidal dispersions

An explicit expression, free from adjustable parameters, is derived for the effective pair interaction between charged colloidal spheres at high concentration in a medium containing an electrolyte.

Graphical abstract: Electrostatic interactions in concentrated colloidal dispersions
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

The influence of polyanion molecular weight on polyelectrolyte multilayers at surfaces: protein adsorption and protein–polysaccharide complexation/stripping on natural polysaccharide films on solid supports

Two different fucoidan polymers have been used to create substrates for protein adsorption studies.

Graphical abstract: The influence of polyanion molecular weight on polyelectrolyte multilayers at surfaces: protein adsorption and protein–polysaccharide complexation/stripping on natural polysaccharide films on solid supports
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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The influence of polyanion molecular weight on polyelectrolyte multilayers at surfaces: elasticity and susceptibility to saloplasticity of strongly dissociated synthetic polymers at fluid–fluid interfaces

Decreasing polyanion chain length increases the elastic modulus and saloplasticity threshold in freestanding polyelectrolyte multilayers.

Graphical abstract: The influence of polyanion molecular weight on polyelectrolyte multilayers at surfaces: elasticity and susceptibility to saloplasticity of strongly dissociated synthetic polymers at fluid–fluid interfaces
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

A systematic study of the influence of mesoscale structuring on the kinetics of a chemical reaction

In this contribution, we link the mesoscopic structuring of the binary structured solvent mixture H2O/tert-butanol (TBA) to the kinetics and efficacy of the oxidation of benzyl alcohol (BA) to the corresponding aldehyde catalyzed by H5PMo10V2O40.

Graphical abstract: A systematic study of the influence of mesoscale structuring on the kinetics of a chemical reaction
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Tuning interfacial complexation in aqueous two phase systems with polyelectrolytes and nanoparticles for compound all water emulsion bodies (AWE-somes)

Compound AWE-somes with tunable shells generated by aqueous interfacial complexation of a polycation with a polyanion and anionic nanoparticle mixture.

Graphical abstract: Tuning interfacial complexation in aqueous two phase systems with polyelectrolytes and nanoparticles for compound all water emulsion bodies (AWE-somes)
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Pattern transitions in a compressible floating elastic sheet

Compressible thin layers floating on a liquid surface develop wrinkled and folded patterns under lateral pressure.

Graphical abstract: Pattern transitions in a compressible floating elastic sheet
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

A novel combined chemical kinetic and trapping method for probing the relationships between chemical reactivity and interfacial H2O, Br and H+ ion molarities in CTAB/C12E6 mixed micelles

Reaction of TBHQ and 16-ArN2+ in CTAB/C12E6 mixed micellar interfaces is strongly affected by the interfacial hydrogen ion concentration and not micelle size.

Graphical abstract: A novel combined chemical kinetic and trapping method for probing the relationships between chemical reactivity and interfacial H2O, Br− and H+ ion molarities in CTAB/C12E6 mixed micelles
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Open Access Paper

Swelling of micro-hydrogels with a crosslinker gradient

The swollen structure of microgels with a crosslinked-polymer backbone is recovered by considering the crosslinker gradient inside the particles.

Graphical abstract: Swelling of micro-hydrogels with a crosslinker gradient
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
Paper

Surface cleaning of artworks: structure and dynamics of nanostructured fluids confined in polymeric hydrogel networks

o/w Microemulsion embedded in hydrogels are efficient and safe solvent confinement tools for the cleaning of artworks. The structure of PVA networks and the diffusion properties of a microemulsion are investigated to get fundamental insights on the cleaning processes.

Graphical abstract: Surface cleaning of artworks: structure and dynamics of nanostructured fluids confined in polymeric hydrogel networks
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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Self-assembled mesoscopic surface domains of fluorocarbon–hydrocarbon diblocks can form at zero surface pressure: tilting of solid-like hydrocarbon moieties compensates for cross-section mismatch with fluorocarbon moieties

Surface domains of C8F17C16H33 exist at zero surface pressure with solid-like alkyl chains stretched in an all-trans configuration, shown using IRRAS.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled mesoscopic surface domains of fluorocarbon–hydrocarbon diblocks can form at zero surface pressure: tilting of solid-like hydrocarbon moieties compensates for cross-section mismatch with fluorocarbon moieties
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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Covalent-reaction-induced interfacial assembly to transform doxorubicin into nanophotomedicine with highly enhanced anticancer efficiency

By one-pot covalent-reaction-induced interfacial assembly, doxorubicin is facilely transformed into nanophotomedicine with remarkable ability of singlet oxygen generation and greatly improved anticancer efficiency.

Graphical abstract: Covalent-reaction-induced interfacial assembly to transform doxorubicin into nanophotomedicine with highly enhanced anticancer efficiency
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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Dewetting acrylic polymer films with water/propylene carbonate/surfactant mixtures – implications for cultural heritage conservation

The surfactant lowers the interfacial energy between the phases, favoring polymer dewetting.

Graphical abstract: Dewetting acrylic polymer films with water/propylene carbonate/surfactant mixtures – implications for cultural heritage conservation
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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One-step formulation of nonionic surfactant bicelles (NSBs) by a double-tailed polyglycerol-type nonionic surfactant

Bicelles can be formulated by a simple one-step process using a polyglyceryl dialkyl ether that has asymmetric tails.

Graphical abstract: One-step formulation of nonionic surfactant bicelles (NSBs) by a double-tailed polyglycerol-type nonionic surfactant
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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Adsorption of C14EO8 at the interface between its aqueous solution drop and air saturated by different alkanes vapor

The dynamic and equilibrium surface tension for drops of aqueous C14EO8 solutions at the interface to pure air or pentane, hexane, heptane and toluene saturated air, and the dynamic surface tension of pure water at these interfaces are presented.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption of C14EO8 at the interface between its aqueous solution drop and air saturated by different alkanes vapor
From the themed collection: Surface chemistry and interface science
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About this collection

Guest Editors, Krister Holmberg (Chalmers University of Technology) and Junbai Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences) are delighted to introduce this Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) themed collection dedicated to surface chemistry and interface science. The special issue includes a collection of high quality Communications, Perspectives and full papers to showcase the cutting edge research being undertaken in the subject and illustrate the current state of the art in the field.

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