Clouding observed for surface active, mPEG-grafted silica nanoparticles
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019
Temperature-dependent phase-separation, clouding, has been observed in suspensions of silica nanoparticles surface-functionalized with methyl-poly(ethylene glycol) silane. Interparticle interactions and conformational changes of the grafted poly(ethylene glycol) chains influence the observed cloud points, and can be controlled by electrolyte concentration and pH. These findings open new routes to tailoring properties of Pickering emulsions.