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Issue 14, 2019
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Super-resolution microscopy on single particles at fluid interfaces reveals their wetting properties and interfacial deformations

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Abstract

Solid particles adsorbed at fluid interfaces are crucial for the mechanical stability of Pickering emulsions. The key parameter which determines the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of these colloids is the particle contact angle, θ. Several methods have recently been developed to measure the contact angle of individual particles adsorbed at liquid–liquid interfaces, as morphological and chemical heterogeneities at the particle surface can significantly affect θ. However, none of these techniques enables the simultaneous visualization of the nanoparticles and the reconstruction of the fluid interface to which they are adsorbed, in situ. To tackle this challenge, we utilize a newly developed super-resolution microscopy method, called iPAINT, which exploits non-covalent and continuous labelling of interfaces with photo-activatable fluorescent probes. Herewith, we resolve with nanometer accuracy both the position of individual nanoparticles at a water–octanol interface and the location of the interface itself. First, we determine single particle contact angles for both hydrophobic and hydrophilic spherical colloids. These experiments reveal a non-negligible dependence of θ on particle size, from which we infer an effective line tension, τ. Next, we image elliptical particles at a water–decane interface, showing that the corresponding interfacial deformations can be clearly captured by iPAINT microscopy.

Graphical abstract: Super-resolution microscopy on single particles at fluid interfaces reveals their wetting properties and interfacial deformations

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Submitted
25 Oct 2018
Accepted
11 Mar 2019
First published
13 Mar 2019

This article is Open Access

Nanoscale, 2019,11, 6654-6661
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Super-resolution microscopy on single particles at fluid interfaces reveals their wetting properties and interfacial deformations

A. Aloi, N. Vilanova, L. Isa, A. M. de Jong and I. K. Voets, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 6654
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR08633H

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