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Stability of bubbles in wax-based oleofoams: decoupling the effects of bulk oleogel rheology and interfacial rheology

Saha, S.; Saint-Michel, B.; Leynes, V.; Binks, B. P.; Garbin, Valeria


S. Saha

B. Saint-Michel

V. Leynes

Valeria Garbin


Oleofoams are dispersions of gas bubbles in a continuous oil phase and can be stabilized by crystals of fatty acids or waxes adsorbing at the oil-air interface. Because excess crystals in the continuous phase form an oleogel, an effect of the bulk rheology of the continuous phase is also expected. Here, we evaluate the contributions of bulk and interfacial rheology below and above the melting point of a wax forming an oleogel in sunflower oil. We study the dissolution behaviour of single bubbles using microscopy on a temperature-controlled stage. We compare the behaviour of a bubble embedded in an oleofoam, which owes its stability to both bulk and interfacial rheology, to that of a bubble extracted from the oleofoam and resuspended in oil, for which the interfacial dilatational rheology alone provides stability. We find that below the melting point of the wax, bubbles in the oleofoam are stable whereas bubbles that are only coated with wax crystals dissolve. Both systems dissolve when heated above the melting point of the wax. These findings are rationalized through independent bulk rheological measurements of the oleogel at different temperatures, as well as measurements of the dilatational rheological properties of a wax-coated oil-air interface.


Saha, S., Saint-Michel, B., Leynes, V., Binks, B. P., & Garbin, V. (2020). Stability of bubbles in wax-based oleofoams: decoupling the effects of bulk oleogel rheology and interfacial rheology. Rheologica Acta, 59(4), 255-266.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 9, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 15, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2020
Journal Rheologica Acta
Print ISSN 0035-4511
Electronic ISSN 1435-1528
Publisher Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Issue 4
Pages 255-266
Keywords Oleofoam; Oleogel; Bubble dissolution; Interfacial rheology
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