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Complex emulsions for shape control based on mass transfer and phase separation

Zhang, Feng; Jiang, Leilei; Zeng, Changfeng; Wang, Chongqing; Wang, Jun; Ke, Xuebin; Zhang, Lixiong


Feng Zhang

Leilei Jiang

Changfeng Zeng

Chongqing Wang

Jun Wang

Lixiong Zhang


Complex emulsions are used to fabricate new morphologies of multiple Janus droplets, evolving from non-engulfing to complete engulfing core/shell configuration. The produced droplets contain an aqueous phase of dextran (DEX) solution and an oil phase, which is mixed with ethoxylated trimethylolpropane triacrylate (ETPTA) and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA). The PEGDA in the oil phase is transferred into the aqueous phase to form complex morphologies due to the phase separation of PEGDA and DEX. The effects are investigated including the ratio of oil to aqueous phase, the content of initial PEGDA, DEX and surfactants, and the type of surfactants. DEX/PEGDA-ETPTA core/shell-single phase Janus droplets are formed with an increasing engulfed oil droplet into the aqueous droplet while the ratio of oil to aqueous phase increases or the initial PEGDA content increases. The high DEX content leads to the DEX-PEGDA-ETPTA doublet Janus. The use of surfactants polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR) and Span 80 results in the formation of DEX/PEGDA/ETPTA single core/double shell and DEX/PEGDA-ETPTA core/shell-single phase Janus droplets, respectively. These complex emulsions are utilized to fabricate solid particles of complex shapes. This method contributes to new material design underpinned by mass transfer and phase separation, which can be extended to other complex emulsion systems.


Zhang, F., Jiang, L., Zeng, C., Wang, C., Wang, J., Ke, X., & Zhang, L. (2020). Complex emulsions for shape control based on mass transfer and phase separation. Soft matter, 16(25), 5981-5989.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 9, 2020
Publication Date Jul 7, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Soft Matter
Print ISSN 1744-683X
Electronic ISSN 1744-6848
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 25
Pages 5981-5989
Keywords General Chemistry; Condensed Matter Physics
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Additional Information : This document is Similarity Check deposited; : Supplementary Information; : Jun Wang (ORCID); : Xuebin Ke (ORCID); : Lixiong Zhang (ORCID); : Single-blind; : Received 12 May 2020; Accepted 8 June 2020; Accepted Manuscript published 9 June 2020; Advance Article published 16 June 2020


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