Harmonic analysis of surface instability patterns on colloidal particles

Tero Kämäräinen, Mariko Ago, Jani Seitsonen, Janne Raula, Esko I. Kauppinen, Janne Ruokolainen, Orlando J. Rojas*

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Wrinkling of colloidal particles alter a wide variety of interfacial properties but quantitative topographical descriptions have been explored experimentally to a very limited extent. In this study, we present a harmonic analysis of surface wrinkles and folds on submicron colloidal particles, obtained using an aerosol flow route, with small radius (<300 nm) and high crust thickness-to-radius ratio (>0.1). The particle surface coordinates were mapped in their entirety using cryo-electron tomography and subsequently reconstructed using spherical harmonics, allowing a spectral topographical description of the instability patterns and the identification of their surface modes by lateral wavelength. Wrinkled and crumpled particles showed a similar surface roughness spectrum, wherein differences were found most noticeable in the large wavelength region. The analysis of preferred directions of harmonic frequencies indicated a possible axial or planar alignment attributed to the directionality of the surface corrugations. The employed characterization methodology can further the study of topographical influences on colloidal interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3387-3396
Number of pages10
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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