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Superposition of translational and rotational motions under self-propulsion of liquid marbles filled by aqueous solutions of camphor (2017)
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Bormashenko, E. Y., Frenkel, M., Bormashenko, Y., Chaniel, G., Valtsifer, V. A., & Binks, B. P. (2017). Superposition of translational and rotational motions under self-propulsion of liquid marbles filled by aqueous solutions of camphor. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(46), 13234-13241. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03356

Self-locomotion of liquid marbles, coated with lycopodium or fumed fluorosilica powder, filled with a saturated aqueous solution of camphor and placed on a water/vapor interface is reported. Self-propelled marbles demonstrated a complicated motion, r... Read More

Converting metal-organic framework particles from hydrophilic to hydrophobic by an interfacial assembling route (2017)
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Zhang, F., Sang, X., Tan, X., Liu, C., Zhang, J., Luo, T., …Binks, B. P. (2017). Converting metal-organic framework particles from hydrophilic to hydrophobic by an interfacial assembling route. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(43), 12427-12433. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02365

Here we propose to modify the hydrophilicity of metal-organic framework (MOF) particles by an interfacial assembling route, which is based on the surface-active nature of MOF particles. It was found that hydrophilic UiO-66-NH₂ particles can be conver... Read More

Modeling the interfacial energy of surfactant-free amphiphilic Janus nanoparticles from phase inversion in Pickering emulsions (2017)
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Wu, D., Binks, B. P., & Honciuc, A. (2018). Modeling the interfacial energy of surfactant-free amphiphilic Janus nanoparticles from phase inversion in Pickering emulsions. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 34(3), 1225-1233. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02331

Determining the interfacial energy of nanoparticles is very challenging via traditional methods that first require measuring the contact angle of several liquids of a sessile drop on pellets or capillary rise in powder beds. In this work, we propose... Read More

Fabrication of hierarchical macroporous biocompatible scaffolds by combining Pickering high internal phase emulsion templates with three-dimensional printing (2017)
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Yang, T., Hu, Y., Wang, C., & Binks, B. P. (2017). Fabrication of hierarchical macroporous biocompatible scaffolds by combining Pickering high internal phase emulsion templates with three-dimensional printing. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 9(27), 22950-22958. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b05012

Biocompatible and biodegradable porous scaffolds with adjustable pore structure have aroused increasing interest in bone tissue engineering. Here, we report a facile method to fabricate hierarchical macroporous biocompatible (HmPB) scaffolds by combi... Read More

Polymer-protein conjugate particles with biocatalytic activity for stabilization of water-in-water emulsions (2017)
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Xue, L., Xie, C., Meng, S., Bai, R., Yang, X., Wang, Y., …Meng, T. (2017). Polymer-protein conjugate particles with biocatalytic activity for stabilization of water-in-water emulsions. ACS Macro Letters, 6(7), 679-683. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00294

Water-in-water (w/w) emulsions are attractive micro-compartmentalized platforms due to their outstanding biocom-patibility. To address the main disadvantage of poor stability that hampers their practical application, here we report a novel type of po... Read More

CO₂/N₂ triggered switchable Pickering emulsions stabilized by alumina nanoparticles in combination with a conventional anionic surfactant (2017)
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Xu, M., Zhang, W., Pei, X., Jiang, J., Cui, Z., & Binks, B. P. (2017). CO₂/N₂ triggered switchable Pickering emulsions stabilized by alumina nanoparticles in combination with a conventional anionic surfactant. RSC advances, 7(47), 29742-29751. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra03722h

Stable n-decane-in-water Pickering emulsions were prepared using positively charged alumina nanoparticles in combination with a trace amount of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as stabilizer. Particles were hydrophobized in situ by... Read More

Thermoresponsive Pickering emulsions stabilized by silica nanoparticles in combination with alkyl polyoxyethylene ether nonionic surfactant (2017)
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Zhu, Y., Fu, T., Liu, K., Lin, Q., Pei, X., Jiang, J., …Binks, B. P. (2017). Thermoresponsive Pickering emulsions stabilized by silica nanoparticles in combination with alkyl polyoxyethylene ether nonionic surfactant. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(23), 5724-5733. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00273

We put forward a simple protocol to prepare thermo-responsive Pickering emulsions. Using hydrophilic silica nanoparticles in combination with a low concentration of alkyl polyoxyethylene monododecyl ether (C12En) nonionic surfactant as emulsifier, oi... Read More

Collodial particles at a range of fluid-fluid particles (2017)
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Binks, B. P. (2017). Collodial particles at a range of fluid-fluid particles. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(28), (6947-6963). doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00860. ISSN 0743-7463

The study of solid particles residing at fluid-fluid interfaces has become an established area in surface and colloid science recently experiencing a renaissance since around 2000. Particles at interfaces arise in many industrial products and process... Read More

Stability of clay particle-coated microbubbles in alkanes against dissolution induced by heating (2017)
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Achakulwisut, K., Tam, C., Huerre, A., Sammouti, R., Binks, B. P., & Garbin, V. (2017). Stability of clay particle-coated microbubbles in alkanes against dissolution induced by heating. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(15), 3809-3817. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00429

We investigated the dissolution and morphological dynamics of air bubbles in alkanes stabilized by fluorinated colloidal clay particles when subjected to temperature changes. A quasi-steady model for bubble dissolution with time-dependent temperature... Read More

Spectrophotometry of thin films of light absorbing particles (2017)
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Binks, B. P., Fletcher, P. D., Johnson, A. J., Marinopoulos, I., Crowther, J. M., & Thompson, M. A. (2017). Spectrophotometry of thin films of light absorbing particles. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(15), 3720-3730. doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b04443

Thin films of dispersions of light absorbing solid particles or emulsions containing a light absorbing solute all have a non-uniform distribution of light absorbing species throughout the sample volume. This results in non-uniform light absorption ov... Read More

Ultra-stable self-foaming oils (2017)
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Binks, B. P., & Marinopoulos, I. (2017). Ultra-stable self-foaming oils. Food Research International, 95, 28-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2017.02.020

This paper is concerned with the foaming of a range of fats in the absence of added foaming agent/emulsifier. By controlling the temperature on warming from the solid or cooling from the melt, crystals of high melting triglycerides form in a continuo... Read More

Smart worm-like micelles responsive to CO₂/N₂ and light dual stimuli (2017)
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Jiang, J., Wang, G., Ma, Y., Cui, Z., & Binks, B. P. (2017). Smart worm-like micelles responsive to CO₂/N₂ and light dual stimuli. Soft matter, 13(15), 2727-2732. doi:10.1039/C7SM00185A

CO₂/N₂ and light dual stimuli-reponsive worm-like micelles (WLMs) were obtained by addition of a relatively small amount of a switchable surfactant, 4-butyl-4´-(4-N,N-dimethylhexyloxy-amine) azobenzene bicarbonate (AZO-B6-CO₂), sensitive to the same... Read More

pH-responsive Pickering emulsions stabilized by silica nanoparticles in combination with a conventional zwitterionic surfactant (2017)
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Liu, K., Jiang, J., Cui, Z., & Binks, B. P. (2017). pH-responsive Pickering emulsions stabilized by silica nanoparticles in combination with a conventional zwitterionic surfactant. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 33(9), 2296-2305. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b04459

pH-responsive oil-in-water Pickering emulsions were prepared simply by using negatively charged silica nanoparticles in combination with a trace amount of a zwitterionic carboxyl betaine surfactant as stabilizer. Emulsions are stable to coalescence a... Read More

Particles adsorbed at various non-aqueous liquid-liquid interfaces (2017)
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Fernandez-Rodriguez, M. A., Binks, B. P., Rodriguez-Valverde, M. A., Cabrerizo-Vilchez, M. A., & Hidalgo-Álvarez, R. (2017). Particles adsorbed at various non-aqueous liquid-liquid interfaces. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 247, 208-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2017.02.001

Particles adsorbed at liquid interfaces are commonly used to stabilise water-oil Pickering emulsions and water-air foams. The fundamental understanding of the physics of particles adsorbed at water-air and water-oil interfaces is improving significan... Read More

Coalescence of electrically charged liquid marbles (2017)
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Binks, B. P., Fu, X., Liu, Z., & Shum, H. C. (2017). Coalescence of electrically charged liquid marbles. Soft matter, 13(1), 119-124. doi:10.1039/c6sm00883f

© The Royal Society of Chemistry. In this work, we investigated the coalescence of liquid water marbles driven by a DC electric field. We have found that two contacting liquid marbles can be forced to coalesce when they are charged by a sufficiently... Read More

How the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen films change during solar irradiation (2016)
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Binks, B. P., Fletcher, P. D., Johnson, A. J., Marinopoulos, I., Crowther, J., & Thompson, M. A. (2017). How the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen films change during solar irradiation. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 333, 186-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotochem.2016.10.027

We have investigated how the sun protection factor (SPF) of different types of sunscreen film varies with “standard” solar irradiation due to photochemical processes. We have used a combination of chemical actinometry, measurement and modelling to es... Read More

Food-grade Pickering stabilisation of foams by in situ hydrophobisation of calcium carbonate particles (2016)
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Binks, B. P., Muijlwijk, K., Koman, H., & Poortinga, A. T. (2017). Food-grade Pickering stabilisation of foams by in situ hydrophobisation of calcium carbonate particles. Food Hydrocolloids, 63, 585-592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodhyd.2016.10.002

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of stabilising foam bubbles in water by adsorption of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ) particles. Because CaCO 3 is hydrophilic and not surface-active, particles were hydrophobis... Read More

Combinatorial microfluidic droplet engineering for biomimetic material synthesis (2016)
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Bawazer, L. A., McNally, C. S., Empson, C. J., Marchant, W. J., Comyn, T. P., Niu, X., …Meldrum, F. C. (2016). Combinatorial microfluidic droplet engineering for biomimetic material synthesis. Science Advances, 2(10), e1600567-e1600567. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1600567

Although droplet-based systems are used in a wide range of technologies, opportunities for systematically customizing their interface chemistries remain relatively unexplored. This article describes a new microfluidic strategy for rapidly tailoring e... Read More

ABC triblock copolymer worms : synthesis, characterization and evaluation as Pickering emulsifiers for millimeter-sized droplets (2016)
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Mable, C. J., Thompson, K. L., Derry, M. J., Mykhaylyk, O. O., Binks, B. P., & Armes, S. P. (2016). ABC triblock copolymer worms : synthesis, characterization and evaluation as Pickering emulsifiers for millimeter-sized droplets. Macromolecules, 49(20), (7897-7907). doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01729. ISSN 0024-9297

Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is used to prepare linear poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) [PGMA-PHPMA-PBzMA] triblock copolymer worms or spheres in the form of a concentrated aq... Read More

Pickering emulsions stabilized by coloured organic pigment particles (2016)
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Binks, B. P., & Olusanya, S. (2017). Pickering emulsions stabilized by coloured organic pigment particles. Chemical science, 8(1), 708-723. doi:10.1039/C6SC03085H

The possibility of stabilizing emulsions of water and non-polar alkane with pure, coloured organic pigment particles is explored. Seven pigment types each possessing a primary colour of the rainbow were selected. Their solubility in water or heptane... Read More