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Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids

Hao-Fei Wang, David Wibowo, Zhengzhong Shao, Anton Peter J Middelberg, Chun-Xia Zhao
Designed peptide surfactants offer a number of advanced properties over conventional petrochemical surfactants, including biocompatibility, sustainability, and tailorability of the chemical and physical properties through peptide design. Their biocompatibility and degradability make them attractive for various applications, particularly for food and pharmaceutical applications. In this work, two new peptide surfactants derived from an amphiphilic peptide surfactant (AM1) were designed (AM-S and C8-AM) to better understand links between structure, interfacial activity and emulsification...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Ruocun Wang, Ching-Chang Chung, Yang Liu, Jacob L Jones, Veronica Augustyn
The reversible intercalation of multivalent cations, especially Mg(2+), into a solid-state electrode is an attractive mechanism for next-generation energy storage devices. These reactions typically exhibit poor kinetics due to a high activation energy for interfacial charge-transfer and slow solid-state diffusion. Interlayer water in V2O5 and MnO2 has been shown to improve Mg(2+) intercalation kinetics in non-aqueous electrolytes. Here, the effect of structural water on Mg(2+) intercalation in non-aqueous electrolytes is examined in crystalline WO3 and the related hydrated and layered WO3·nH2O (n = 1, 2)...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Nuno Am Araujo, Dmitry Zezyulin, Vladimir Konotop, Margarida M Telo da Gama
We study the collective dynamics of colloidal suspensions in the presence of a time-dependent potential, by means of dynamical density functional theory. We consider a non-linear diffusion equation for the density and show that spatial patterns emerge from a sinusoidal external potential with a time-dependent wavelength. These patterns are characterized by a sinusoidal density with the average wavelength and a Bessel-function envelope with an induced wavelength that depends only on the amplitude of the temporal oscillations...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Amir Landarani-Isfahani, Majid Moghadam, Shima Mohammadi, Maryam Royvaran, Naimeh Moshtael-Arani, Saghar Rezaei, Shahram Tangestaninejad, Valiollah Mirkhani, Iraj Mohammadpoor-Baltork
Owing to properties of magnetic nanoparticles and elegant three-dimensional macromolecule architectural features, dendrimeric structures have been investigated as nanoscale drug delivery systems. In this paper, a novel magnetic nanocarrier, generation two (G2) triazine dendrimer modified Fe3O4@SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles (MNP-G2), was designed, fabricated and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Qiang Fu, Alexander Sutherland, Emil Gustafsson, Md Monsur Ali, Leyla Soleymani, Robert H Pelton
The structure and electrochemical properties of adsorbed complexes based on mixtures of polyvinylamine-g-TEMPO (PVAm-T) and laccase were related to the ability of the adsorbed complexes to oxidize cellulose. PVAm-T10 with 10% of the amines bearing TEMPO moieties (i.e. DS= 10%), adsorbed onto gold-sulfonate EQCM-D sensor surfaces giving a hydrogel film, 7 nm thick, 89% water and encasing laccase (200 mM) and TEMPO moieties (33 mM). For DS values >10% all of the TEMPOs in the hydrogel film were redox-active, in that they could be oxidized by the electrode...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Michael P Schmidt, Carmen Enid Martinez
DNA fate in soil plays an important role in the cycling of genetic information in the environment. Adsorption onto mineral surfaces has great impact on this function. This study probes the kinetics, equilibrium behavior and bonding mechanisms associated with adsorption of DNA onto goethite, a common soil mineral. Surface sensitive ATR-FTIR and XPS approaches are applied to directly characterize the DNA-goethite interface. Adsorption kinetics follow a pseudo-first order model, suggesting adsorption rate is surface limited...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Casper van der Wel, Rohit K Bhan, Ruben W Verweij, Hans C Frijters, Zhe Gong, Andrew D Hollingsworth, Stefano Sacanna, Daniela J Kraft
Colloidal particles of controlled size are promising building blocks for self-assembly of functional materials. Here, we systematically study a method to synthesize monodisperse, micron-sized spheres from 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate (TPM) in a bench-top experiment. Their ease of preparation, smoothness, and physical properties provide distinct advantages over other widely employed materials such as silica, polystyrene, and poly(methyl methacrylate). We describe that the spontaneous emulsification of TPM droplets in water is caused by base-catalyzed hydrolysis, self-condensation, and deprotonation of TPM...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Finian J Allen, Lucy Griffin, Richard M Alloway, Philipp Gutfreund, Seung Yeon Lee, Chris Leslie Truscott, Rebecca J L Welbourn, Mary H Wood, Stuart Matthew Clarke
Neutron reflectometry has been used to study the adsorption of the anionic surfactant bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate cesium salt (CsAOT) on the anionic surface of mica. Evidence of significant adsorption is reported. The adsorption is reversible and changes little with pH. This somewhat unexpected adsorption behaviour of an anionic molecule on an anionic surface is discussed in terms of recent models for surfactant adsorption such as cation bridging, where adsorption has been reported with the divalent ion calcium but not previously observed with monovalent ions...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Christopher A Hartnett, Ivana Seric, Kyle Mahady, Lou Kondic, Shahriar Afkhami, Jason Fowlkes, Philip D Rack
The utilization of the Marangoni effect in a liquid metal is investigated, focusing on initiating instabilities to direct material assembly via the Rayleigh-Plateau instability. Thin (2 nm) copper (Cu) films are lithographically patterned onto thick (12 nm) nickel (Ni) strips to induce a surface energy gradient at the maximum wavelength of the filament instability predicted by Rayleigh-Plateau instability analysis. The pattern is irradiated with an 18 ns pulsed-laser such that the pattern melts and the resultant Ni-Cu surface tension gradient induces Marangoni flows due to the difference in surface energies...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Vikram Kestens, Victoria A Coleman, Pieter-Jan De Temmerman, Caterina Minelli, Holger Woehlecke, Gert Roebben
Line-start incremental centrifugal liquid sedimentation (disc-CLS) is a powerful method to determine particle size. It is based on Stokes' law and on the measurement of particle sedimentation rate through a liquid with a density gradient. Because several of the input quantities of the Stokes' equation cannot be easily determined for this case of a rotating disc, the usual disc-CLS approach relies on calibrating the sedimentation time scale with commercially available PVC reference particles. To use these calibrant particles for establishing metrological traceability, they must fulfil the same requirements as those imposed on a certified reference material, i...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xueming Liao, Zhinong Gao, Yan Xia, Fei Niu, Wenzhong Zhai
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July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xiaowei Liu, Jingwen Yao, Jiangjiang Luo, Xiaoshuang Duan, Yanbo Yao, Tao Liu
The influence of temperature on the gold nanorod synthesis process and its effect on tailoring the size and aspect ratio have not been fully investigated and understood. A comprehensive study, involving SEM and TEM microscopy, Vis-NIR spectroscopy, quantitative data analysis and theoretical simulation, is performed to understand the effect of growth temperature on size, aspect ratio, and shape uniformity of gold nanorods that are synthesized by a recently developed binary-surfactant seed-mediated AuNR synthesis method...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Matthew Andrew, Yahua Liu, Julia M Yeomans
Reducing the contact time between bouncing droplets and an underlying solid surface is relevant to a broad range of industrial applications, such as anti-icing and self-cleaning. Previous work has found that placing cylindrical obstacles on the substrate leads to a reduction in contact time. For obstacles large compared to the drop, this is a result of hydrodynamic coupling between the azimuthal and axial spreading directions. For obstacles small compared to the drop, the reduction in contact time is interpreted as being due to fast retraction along the cylindrical ridge, followed by drop breakup...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jongmin Kim, Chang-Hyung Choi, Su-Jin Yeom, Naye Eom, Kyoung-Ku Kang, Chang-Soo Lee
This study demonstrates the possibility of controlling the directed self-assembly of microsized Janus cylinders by changing the solvent polarity of the assembly media. Experimental results are analyzed and theoretical calculations of the free energy of adhesion (ΔG(ad)) are performed to elucidate the underlying basic principles and investigate the effects of the solvent on the self-assembled structures. This approach will pave a predictive route for controlling the structures of assembly depending on the solvent polarity...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Gyorgy Hantal, Laurent Brochard, Roland J-M Pellenq, Franz-Josef Ulm, Benoit Coasne
Synthetic organic-inorganic composites constitute a new class of engineering materials finding applications in an increasing range of fields. The interface between the constituting phases plays a pivotal role in the enhancement of mechanical properties. In exfoliated clay-organic nanocomposites, individual, high aspect ratio clay sheets are dispersed in the organic matrix providing large interfaces and hence efficient stress transfer. In this study, we aim at elucidating molecular-scale reinforcing mechanisms in a series of model clay-organic composite systems by means of reactive molecular simulations...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Victor N Morozov, Yuri M Shlyapnikov, Igor L Kanev, Elena Andreevna Shlyapnikova
To be used as a drug, inhaled nanoaerosol particles (NAPs) must first penetrate the lipid layer on top of the lung fluid before they will be able to reach the lung epithelium. We investigated how the penetration of NAPs through a model lipid monolayer (LM) depends upon their charging level and size. It was shown that deposition of NAPs 20-200 nm in diameter and charged to the Rayleigh limit gradually increased the surface tension of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine monolayer (DPPC), indicating a loss of lipid molecules from the monolayer...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Bindu Y Srinivasu, Beena Bose, Gopa Mitra, Anura V Kurpad, Amit Kumar Mandal
In general, proteins in the biological system interact with nanoparticles (NPs) via adsorption on the particle surface. Understanding the adsorption at molecular level is crucial to explore NP-protein interactions. The increasing concerns about the risk to human health on NP exposure have been explored through the discovery of a handful protein biomarkers and biochemical analysis. However, detailed information on structural perturbation and associated functional changes of proteins on interaction with NPs is limited...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Taylor P Allred, Justin A Weibel, Suresh V Garimella
Surface wettability is typically characterized by measuring the static contact angle of a sessile droplet placed on the surface. For extremely wetting surfaces on which liquid spontaneously spreads into a thin liquid film, the near-zero static contact angle is not amenable to measurement and does not fully describe the wetting behavior. There are unmet needs in microfluidics, boiling heat transfer enhancement, and anti-fogging applications for a metric to characterize highly wetting (i.e., superhydrophilic) textured surfaces based on their capillary-driven liquid pumping performance, as a supplement to the contact angle for this highly wetting regime...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yann Battie, Michel Stchakovsky, Aotmane En Naciri, Suzanna Akil, Nouari Chaoui, Laurent Broch
An ellipsometric cell is developed to simultaneously determine the shape distribution, the volume fraction, and the complex refractive index of gold and silver colloids. Simulation reveals that this cell drastically improves the detection limit of ellipsometry. Indeed, Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are detected at the ppmv level. We demonstrate that the NPs shape distribution can be estimated from ellipsometric measurements by analyzing them with a shape distributed effective medium theory (SDEMT). The obtained distributions from ellipsometry are in agreement with those deduced from transmission electron microcopy (TEM)...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hennie Valkenier, Volodymyr Malytskyi, Pascale Blond, Maurice Retout, Alice Mattiuzzi, Jonathan Goole, Vincent Raussens, Ivan Jabin, Gilles Bruylants
Labile ligands such as thiols and carboxylates are commonly used to functionalise AuNPs, though little control over the composition is possible when mixtures of ligands are used. It was shown recently that robustly functionalised AuNPs can be obtained through the reductive grafting of calix[4]arenes bearing diazonium groups on the large rim. Here, we report a calix[4]arene-tetra-diazonium decorated by four oligo(ethylene glycol) chains on the small rim, which upon grafting gave AuNPs with excellent stability thanks to the C-Au bonds...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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