Liquid marbles: topical context within soft matter and recent progress

McHale, G. and Newton, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0003-4231-1002, 2015. Liquid marbles: topical context within soft matter and recent progress. Soft Matter, 11 (13), pp. 2530-2546. ISSN 1744-683X


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The study of particle stabilized interfaces has a long history in terms of emulsions, foams and related dry powders. The same underlying interfacial energy principles also allow hydrophobic particles to encapsulate individual droplets into a stable form as individual macroscopic objects, which have recently been called "Liquid Marbles". Here we discuss conceptual similarities to superhydrophobic surfaces, capillary origami, slippery liquids-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) and Leidenfrost droplets. We provide a review of recent progress on liquid marbles, since our earlier Emerging Area article (Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5473–5481), and speculate on possible future directions from new liquid-infused liquid marbles to microarray applications. We highlight a range of properties of liquid marbles and describe applications including detecting changes in physical properties (e.g. pH, UV, NIR, temperature), use for gas sensing, synthesis of compounds/composites, blood typing and cell culture.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Soft Matter
Creators: McHale, G. and Newton, M.I.
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Date: 2015
Volume: 11
Number: 13
ISSN: 1744-683X
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:30

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