by Javen Weston, Nicholas Briggs, Rolf Jentoft, Jeffrey Harwell, and Daniel Resasco.
Work was performed at: The University of Oklahoma
The surfaces of simple, spherical silica nanoparticles were modified with a variety of hydrophobic and hydrophilic modifiers and the resulting particles were characterized and used to stabilize emulsions. The resulting emulsions were then analyzed in an attempt to understand how the particle properties (type of surface modification, degree of modification, etc) affected the emulsion properties (droplet size, emulsion type, etc.)
Determining how particle properties and procedural techniques affect the properties of solid-stabilized emulsions is instrumental in gaining a fundamental understanding of how and why these emulsions form in a variety of industrial situations.