About this Research Topic
This Research Topic encompasses the processes and formulations that involve the stabilization of fluid interfaces by adsorbed particles. The prevalence of these multiphase materials underpins their use in a broad range of industries from personal care and food technology to oil and mineral processing. The stabilization conferred by the adsorbed particles can be transient, as found in froth flotation, or long-lived, as occurs within Pickering Emulsions. The particles can range in size from nanoparticles to millimeter-sized particles, and cover a spectrum from collapsed proteins, polymeric colloids of controlled size and shape, to high-dispersity mineral particles.
While particle-stabilized foams, Pickering emulsions, liquid marbles, and dry liquids have received much interest in recent years, the understanding of these complex interfaces is an ongoing field of interest in science and technology. More efficient processes and formulations with improved control of lifetime are two current goals in the pursuit of greater understanding. Furthermore, particle-stabilized soft dispersed systems are expected to function as a development platform for smart soft materials, and a wide range of academic and industrial future applications are anticipated. Interdisciplinary research is crucial to the continued improved utilization of particles at fluid interfaces for the development of soft dispersed system science and engineering.
As such, this Research Topic will focus on the latest research involving Particles at Fluid Interfaces, including fundamental theory and experiments together with more applied articles. Original research, perspective, and review articles that fit the scope of the collection are welcome.
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