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Structuring of colloidal silica nanoparticle suspensions near water–silica interfaces probed by specular neutron reflectivity

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Structuring of aqueous suspensions of colloidal silica nanoparticles near an isolated planar silica–water interface is studied by specular neutron reflectivity. The reflectivity data clearly show that the suspensions develop a damped, oscillatory concentration profile in the normal direction to the interface. The wavelengths of these oscillations agree well with those independently determined by direct force measurements in the slit-geometry. The reflectivity data further demonstrate that the oscillatory structure persists over several layers and that the first particle layer is separated from the interface by a particle-free region.

Graphical abstract: Structuring of colloidal silica nanoparticle suspensions near water–silica interfaces probed by specular neutron reflectivity

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Submitted
28 Jan 2020
Accepted
25 Feb 2020
First published
26 Feb 2020

This article is Open Access

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020,22, 6449-6456
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Structuring of colloidal silica nanoparticle suspensions near water–silica interfaces probed by specular neutron reflectivity

P. Maroni, M. Gvaramia, D. Kosior, K. Kubiak, L. Scarratt, A. M. Smith, D. G. Merkel, L. Bottyán and M. Borkovec, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020, 22, 6449
DOI: 10.1039/D0CP00465K

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