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Main Title: Silica supraparticles with self-oscillatory vertical propulsion: Mechanism & theoretical description
Author(s): Kim, Hyung-Ju
Sperling, Marcel
Velev, Orlin D.
Gradzielski, Michael
Type: Article
Abstract: A novel type of mm-sized silica-based self-propelling supraparticles displaying buoyancy-driven homogeneous vertical oscillatory motion using aqueous hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as chemical fuel is presented. The supraparticles are prepared via a robust droplet templating technique by drying colloidal suspension droplets containing silica microspheres and catalytic Fe3O4@Pt decorated nanoparticles on a superhydrophobic Cu–Ag surface. Oxygen gas originating from Pt catalyzed decomposition of H2O2 is released and gathered onto the hydrophobic supraparticle surface. This causes buoyancy and uplift of the particle to the surface, where the oxygen bubble is released and the particle descents again, leading to an oscillating process in a very regular fashion. The mechanism of this process is characterized and analyzed here quantitatively by a balance of the gravitational and buoyant forces. The theoretical model of particle movement describes how the particle oscillation period depends on the H2O2 concentration. This novel type of self-propelling particles could find potential applications in mixing and catalysis, especially due to the high regularity of their periodic movement.
Subject(s): droplet templating
oscillating movements
superhydrophobic surfaces
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2022
Date Available: 5-Aug-2022
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 660 Chemische Verfahrenstechnik
Sponsor/Funder: TU Berlin, Open-Access-Mittel – 2022
Journal Title: Particle and Particle Systems Characterization
Publisher: Wiley
Volume: 39
Issue: 7
Article Number: 2200021
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.202200021
EISSN: 1521-4117
ISSN: 0934-0866
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 2 Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften » Inst. Chemie » FG Physikalische Chemie / Molekulare Materialwissenschaften
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