Nanobubbles at hydrophilic particle–water interfaces

Pan, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0920-3018, He, G., Zhang, M., Zhou, Q., Tyliszczak, T., Tai, R., Guo, J., Bi, L., Wang, L. and Zhang, H., 2016. Nanobubbles at hydrophilic particle–water interfaces. Langmuir, 32 (43), pp. 11133-11137. ISSN 0743-7463

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The puzzling persistence of nanobubbles breaks Laplace’s law for bubbles, which is of great interest for promising applications in surface processing, H2 and CO2 storage, water treatment, and drug delivery. So far, nanobubbles are mostly reported on the hydrophobic planar substrates with atom flatness. It remains a challenge to quantify nanobubbles on rough and irregular surfaces due to the lack of characterization technique that can detect both the nanobubble morphology and chemical composition inside individual nanobubble-like objects. Here, by using synchrotron-based scanning transmission soft X-ray microscopy (STXM) with nanometer resolution, we discern nanoscopic gas bubbles > 25 nm with direct in-situ proof of O2 inside the nanobubbles at a hydrophilic particle-water interface under ambient conditions. We find a stable cloud of O2 nanobubbles at the diatomite particle-water interface hours after oxygen aeration and temperature variation. The in situ technique may be useful for many surface nanobubble related studies such as material preparation and property manipulation, phase equilibrium, nucleation kinetics and their relationships with chemical composition within the confined nanoscale space. The oxygen nanobubble clouds may be important in modifying particle-water interfaces and offering breakthrough technologies for oxygen delivery in sediment and/or deep water environment.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Langmuir
Creators: Pan, G., He, G., Zhang, M., Zhou, Q., Tyliszczak, T., Tai, R., Guo, J., Bi, L., Wang, L. and Zhang, H.
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Date: 16 May 2016
Volume: 32
Number: 43
ISSN: 0743-7463
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 13 Jun 2016 15:05
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:01

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