Thickett, SC and Zetterlund, PB, Graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets as oil-in-water emulsion stabilizers: influence of oil phase polarity, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 442 pp. 67-74. ISSN 0021-9797 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Modelling and experiments: The stabilization energy associated with adsorption of GO sheets at an o/w interface was modelled as a function of the polarity of the oil phase using surface tension contributions terms and Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs). Oil-in-water (o/w) miniemulsions were prepared via ultrasonication in the presence of GO for a variety of different oil phases, and were studied using dynamic light scattering (DLS).
Findings: The stabilization energy associated with GO adsorption was greater for non-polar oil phases compared to more polar oils. This behaviour is driven by the significant reduction in the oil–water interfacial tension as the polarity of the oil increases, to the point where GO adsorption is no longer thermodynamically favourable. This was verified by DLS measurements experiments, as GO-stabilized emulsion were successfully prepared for hydrophobic and aromatic oil phases (e.g. styrene), but not for polar oil phases such as methyl methacrylate.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||graphene oxide, pickering emulsion, colloidal stability, nanocomposites, two-dimensional stabilizers, surfactants, interfacial tension|
|Research Division:||Chemical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Physical chemistry|
|Research Field:||Colloid and surface chemistry|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences|
|UTAS Author:||Thickett, SC (Associate Professor Stuart Thickett)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||85|
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