The preparation of model, well-controlled colloidal assemblies has been a central approach to understanding and optimizing the characteristics and functionality of complex colloidal dispersion systems. This approach, which has created a significant literature and rather deep understanding for emulsions and foams, has yet to be established for the liquid marble (water-in-Air) motif. In this article we report the preparation of well-controlled liquid marbles using monodisperse micron-size particles of poly(methylsilsesquioxane) (PMSQ). The low cohesive nature of the stabilizing particles, their narrow size distribution, and their hydrophobicity permit the formation of liquid marbles containing a particulate monolayer with a hexagonally close-packed (HCP) structure. The "cleaning process" by rolling of liquid marbles under a flow of air on a hydrophobic substrate was useful to obtain the monolayer structure. Moreover, the monolayer structure was only obtained from liquids with high surface energy, whereas the others were not useful even though multilayered structure was formed from liquids that have intermediate surface energy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces