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Influence of Nanobubbles on the Adsorption of Nanoparticles

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posted on 13.02.2007, 00:00 by Hyejung Seo, Myungsun Yoo, Sangmin Jeon
A quartz crystal microbalance was used to study the influence of nanobubbles on the adsorption of polystyrene nanoparticles onto surfaces coated with gold, or coated with dodecanethiol or mercaptoundecanoic acid self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). Adsorption of the nanoparticles onto the surface causes the resonant frequency of the quartz crystal to decrease. We found that particles were adsorbed onto the gold-coated quartz crystal in air-rich water, but not in degassed water. This finding supports the long-standing hypothesis that nanobubbles play a key role in the long-range attractive force between hydrophobic surfaces in aqueous solutions. When the experiments were conducted using quartz crystals coated with a hydrophobic dodecanethiol SAM, the nanoparticles were adsorbed onto the surface even in degassed water due to the short-range hydrophobic interactions between the nanoparticles and the dodecanethiol molecules. In contrast, the nanoparticles were adsorbed to a lesser degree onto the hydrophilic mercaptoundecanoic acid-coated crystals due to electrostatic repulsive forces.