Optically probing nanoemulsion compositions

Xiaoming Zhu, Michael M. Fryd, Jung Ren Huang, Thomas G. Mason*


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Many types of colloids, including nanoemulsions, which contain sub-100 nm droplets, are dispersed in molecular and micellar solutions, especially surfactant solutions that confer stability. Since it would be desirable to measure the droplet volume fraction and surfactant concentration C of a nanoemulsion non-destructively, and since the droplet and surfactant structures are significantly smaller than the shortest wavelengths of visible light, optical refractometry could provide a simple and potentially useful approach. By diluting a silicone oil-in-water nanoemulsion having an unknown and C with pure water, measuring its refractive index n(,C) using an Abbé refractometer, and fitting the result using a prediction for n that treats the nanoemulsion as an effective medium, we show that and C can be deduced accurately over a relatively wide range of compositions. Moreover, we generalize this approach to other types of nanoemulsions in which a molecular constituent partitions in varying degrees between the dispersed and the continuous phases.

頁(從 - 到)2455-2461
期刊Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
出版狀態已發佈 - 2012 2月 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 物理與天文學 (全部)
  • 物理與理論化學


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