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Issue 36, 2014
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In situ assessment of the contact angles of nanoparticles adsorbed at fluid interfaces by multiple angle of incidence ellipsometry

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Abstract

Here multiple angle of incidence ellipsometry was successfully applied to in situ assess the contact angle and surface coverage of gold nanoparticles as small as 18 nm, coated with stimuli-responsive polymers, at water–oil and water–air interfaces in the presence of NaCl and NaOH, respectively. The interfacial adsorption of the nanoparticles was found to be very slow and took days to reach a fairly low surface coverage. For water–oil interfaces, in situ nanoparticle contact angles agree with the macroscopic equilibrium contact angles of planar gold surfaces with the same polymer coatings, whilst for water–air interfaces, significant differences have been observed.

Graphical abstract: In situ assessment of the contact angles of nanoparticles adsorbed at fluid interfaces by multiple angle of incidence ellipsometry

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Submitted
03 Mar 2014
Accepted
29 Apr 2014
First published
01 May 2014

Soft Matter, 2014,10, 6999-7007
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Paper
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In situ assessment of the contact angles of nanoparticles adsorbed at fluid interfaces by multiple angle of incidence ellipsometry

A. Stocco, G. Su, M. Nobili, M. In and D. Wang, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 6999
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM00482E

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