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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

EPJ E Colloquium: nanoparticles, nanorods and nanosheets at fluid interfaces

pH-induced, SWCNT segregation transition

In this EPJ E Review, Toor, Feng and Russel present many examples of self-assembly of nanoscale materials (both synthetic and biological) such as nanoparticles, nanorods and nanosheets at liquid/liquid interfaces. For biological nanoparticles, the nanoparticle assembly at fluid interfaces provide a simple route for directing nanoparticles into 2-D or 3-D constructs with hierarchical ordering.

The interfacial assembly of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) at liquid interfaces would play a key role in applications such as nanotube fractionation, flexible electronic thin-film fabrication and synthesis of porous SWCNT/polymer composites foams. Liquids can be structured by the jamming of nanoparticle surfactants at fluid interfaces. By controlling the interfacial packing of nanoparticle surfactants using external triggers, a new class of materials can be generated that combines the desirable characteristics of fluids such as rapid transport of energy carriers with the structural stability of a solid.

Among the many areas that remain to be explored the authors identify as the most exciting in-situ characterization and control of thin-film morphology and studies of thin-films mechanical properties through cutting-edge techniques in interfacial rheology.

Editors-in-Chief
F. Graner and F. Sciortino
Thanks so much for all the corrections. I am again very grateful to the EPJE production office for the great cooperation and look forward to publishing more in EPJ. Thanks a lot.

Rohit Jain, MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

ISSN (Print Edition): 1292-8941
ISSN (Electronic Edition): 1292-895X

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