PhD project: Controlling the production of bijels by direct mixing.

Project description

Some years ago we showed that it was possible to create bicontinuous emulsions (bijels) stabilized by colloidal particles [1]. More recently ourselves and others have shown that a similar structure can be made using much simpler approaches [2]. These alternative approaches should make it easier to produce bijels using a diverse range of ingredients – hence a spectrum of experiments and applications would become possible. In this project you will attempt to take the approaches demonstrated in [2] and show that they can work with other combinations of liquids and particles. As well as showing that other combinations are possible, this will reveal what is fundamental about these new routes.

[1] Stratford et al. Science 309, 2198 (2005); Herzig et al. Nat. Mater. 6, 966 (2007).

[2] Cai et al. Soft Matter 133, 4824 (2017); Huang et al. Nat. Nanotech. (in press) DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2017.182

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  • (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

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