Liquid Marbles in Liquid

Zhao, Zhijian, Ling, Chen, Wang, Dan, Wang, Jie-Xin, Saczek, Joshua, Pramana, Stevin, Sridhar, Sreepathy, Shang, Jin, Xu, Bin, Chen, Jian-Feng and Wang, Steven (2020) Liquid Marbles in Liquid. Small. ISSN 1613-6810 (In Press)

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Traditional liquid marbles (LMs), liquid droplets encapsulated by hydrophobic particles at the liquid-gas interface, are restricted by their short lifetime and low heat transfer efficiency. For the first time, we designed a new paradigm for LMs immersed in various liquid mediums with massive enhanced heat transfer and spatial recognition, while without compromising the structural integrity; the lifetime of the liquid marbles in liquid (LMIL) was extended by ~1000 times compared to classical LMs in air or naked droplets in organic reagents. The LMIL showed promising reverse structural re-configurability while under external stimuli and maintaining their functionality for a very long period of time (~ weeks). These superior behaviors were further exploited as a miniature reactor with prolonged lifetimes and excellent temperature control, combined with its feasible operation, will open up new opportunities in the advanced chemical and biomedical engineering fields. Here, we also showed that LMIL can be applied in methylene blue degradation and three dimensional (3D) in-vitro yeast cell cultures. Our findings have important implications for real-world use of liquid marbles, with a number of applications in cell culture technology, lab-in-a-drop, polymerization, encapsulation, formulation and drug delivery.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 08:45

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