All-Aqueous Liquid Crystal Nanocellulose Emulsions with Permeable Interfacial Assembly

Long Bai, Siqi Huan, Bin Zhao, Ya Zhu, Jordi Esquena, Feng Chen, Guang Gao, Eyal Zussman, Guang Chu*, Orlando J. Rojas*

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Abstrakti

We report on the formation of water-in-water liquid crystal emulsions with permeable colloidal assemblies. Rodlike cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) spontaneously self-assemble into a helical arrangement with the coexistence of nonionic, hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) and dextran, whereas the two polymer solutions are thermodynamically incompatible. Stable water-in-water emulsions are easily prepared by mixing the respective CNC/polymer solutions, showing micrometric CNC/PEG dispersed droplets and a continuous CNC/dextran phase. With time, the resulting emulsion demixes into an upper, droplet-lean isotropic phase and a bottom, droplet-rich cholesteric phase. Owing to the osmotic pressure gradient between PEG and dextran phases, target transfer of cellulose nanoparticles occurs across the water/water interface to reassemble into a liquid crystal-in-liquid crystal emulsion with global cholesteric organization. The observed structural, optical, and temporal evolution confirm that the colloidal particles in the two immiscible phases experience short-range interactions and form long-range assemblies across the interface.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut13380-13390
Sivumäärä11
JulkaisuACS Nano
Vuosikerta14
Numero10
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 27 lokakuuta 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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