Robust liquid marbles stabilized with surface-modified halloysite nanotubes

Hui Wu, Hirohmi Watanabe, Wei Ma, Aya Fujimoto, Takeshi Higuchi, Kentaro Uesugi, Akihisa Takeuchi, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiroshi Jinnai, Atsushi Takahara

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We have demonstrated the fabrication of fluorine-free liquid marbles from halloysite nanotube. Halloysite is a naturally occurring inorganic nanotube that has a high aspect ratio, and the surface was modified with octadecyltrimethoxysilane. The surface-modified halloysite formed pincushion agglomerates on the surface of the liquid droplets, which create superhydrophobic surface similar to that of the plant gall surface prepared by aphids. As a result, the liquid marbles showed high mechanical strength upon impact without the use of low surface energy fluoroalkyl or fluorine-modified materials. Our results suggest a new strategy for designing novel materials for liquid marbles inspired by nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14971-14975
Number of pages5
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - Dec 3 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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