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|Title:||Hierarchical materials synthesis at soft all-aqueous interfaces|
|Authors:||Sophia Lee, S.H.|
Alan Hatton, T.
|Source:||Sophia Lee, S.H., Dawood, M.K., Choi, W.K., Alan Hatton, T., Khan, S.A. (2012-04-14). Hierarchical materials synthesis at soft all-aqueous interfaces. Soft Matter 8 (14) : 3924-3928. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2sm07373k|
|Abstract:||Fluid-fluid interfaces are known to function as templates for nanomaterial precipitation and subsequent assembly, both in biological and technological contexts. Here we present a method for hierarchical magnetic (iron oxide) materials synthesis at soft, all-aqueous liquid interfaces that act as templates for nanoparticle precipitation and macromolecule-assisted assembly. The method simply involves fusion of two reactant-loaded aqueous drops, with one drop containing a macromolecular polyelectrolyte. We elucidate the role played by macromolecule-metal complexes in presenting a soft interfacial 'scaffold' for controlled hierarchical materials synthesis. We also demonstrate the continuous fabrication of such hierarchically structured particles in microfluidic devices, and discuss the general applicability of this method. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.|
|Source Title:||Soft Matter|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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