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Dynamics of pickering emulsions in the presence of an interfacial reaction: a simulation study

Zhao, Shuangliang, Zhan, Bicai, Hu, Yaofeng, Fan, Zhaoyu, Pera-Titus, Marc and Liu, Honglai 2016. Dynamics of pickering emulsions in the presence of an interfacial reaction: a simulation study. Langmuir 32 (49) , pp. 12975-12985. 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b03046

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Pickering emulsions combining surface-active and catalytic properties offer a promising platform for conducting interfacial reactions between immiscible reagents. Despite the significant progress in the design of Pickering interfacial catalysts for a broad panel of reactions, the dynamics of Pickering emulsions under reaction conditions is still poorly understood. Herein, using benzene hydroxylation with aqueous H2O2 as a model system, we explored the dynamics of benzene/water Pickering emulsions during reaction by dissipative particle dynamics. Our study points out that the surface wettability of the silica nanoparticles is affected to a higher extent by the degree of polymer grafting rather than an increase of the chain length of hydrophobic polymer moieties. A remarkable decline of the oil-in-water (O/W) interfacial tension was observed when increasing the yield of the reaction product (phenol), affecting the emulsion stability. However, phenol did not alter to an important extent the distribution of immiscible reagents around the nanoparticles sitting at the benzene/water interface. A synergistic effect between phenol and silica nanoparticles on the O/W interfacial tension of the biphasic system could be ascertained.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 0743-7463
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 16:30

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