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Electrohydrodynamic Structuring of Colloidal Particles on Leaky Dielectric Drops
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Department of Physics.
2013 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This Master's thesis shows experimentally how colloidal particles in leaky dielectric liquid drops are actively structured by applying a DC electric eld. Colloidal particles in small droplets with a diameter of 100 m show similar structuring to what has previously been observed on bigger drops (1 mm), showing ribbon formation, spinning domains and pupil eects. It is shown how electrohydrodynamic assembly of colloidal particles on a drop surface depends on the electric eld strength, and how this enables fast assembly of the particles. The particles used in the experiments are clay particles, layered double hydroxides and insulating beads. The layered double hydroxides show similar structuring to the clay particles. The results suggest that active con- trol of colloidal particles on leaky-dielectric drops by an electric eld can lead to new ways of producing Janus shells and other 'smart armoured' droplets.

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Institutt for fysikk , 2013. , 93 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-23482Local ID: ntnudaim:10198OAI: diva2:664687
Available from: 2013-11-15 Created: 2013-11-15 Last updated: 2013-11-15Bibliographically approved

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