Dynamics of microparticles at oil-water interfaces

Sowmitri Tarimala, Chih Yuan Wu, Lenore Dai

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Particle mobility, aggregate structure, and the mechanism of aggregate growth at the two-dimensional level have been of long-standing interest. Here we use Pickering emulsions as a model system to investigate the mobility of charged microparticles at polydimethylsiloxane (oil)-water interfaces using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Remarkably, the rate of diffusion of the charged colloidal-sized polystyrene particles at the oil (5 cSt)-water interface is only moderately slower than in the bulk water phase. The ambient diffusion constant of solid particles is significantly reduced from 1.1×10-9 cm2/s to 2.1×10-11 cm2/s when the viscosity of the oil phase increases from 5 cSt to 350 cSt. In addition, we have investigated the influences of interfacial curvature and successfully observed the in-situ structural formation of solid particles at the oil-water interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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