Nanobubbles do not sit alone at the solid-liquid interface

Peng, Hong, Hampton, Marc A. and Nguyen, Anh V. (2013) Nanobubbles do not sit alone at the solid-liquid interface. Langmuir, 29 20: 6123-6130. doi:10.1021/la305138v

Author Peng, Hong
Hampton, Marc A.
Nguyen, Anh V.
Title Nanobubbles do not sit alone at the solid-liquid interface
Journal name Langmuir   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-7463
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/la305138v
Volume 29
Issue 20
Start page 6123
End page 6130
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The unexpected stability and anomalous contact angle of gaseous nanobubbles at the hydrophobic solid-liquid interface has been an issue of debate for almost two decades. In this work silicon-nitride tipped AFM cantilevers are used to probe the highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG)-water interface with and without solvent-exchange (a common nanobubble production method). Without solvent-exchange the force obtained by the single force and force mapping techniques is consistent over the HOPG atomic layers and described by DLVO theory (strong EDL repulsion). With solvent-exchange the force is non-DLVO (no EDL repulsion) and the range of the attractive jump-in (>10 nm) over the surface is grouped into circular areas of longer range, consistent with nanobubbles, and the area of shorter range. The non-DLVO nature of the area between nanobubbles suggests that the interaction is no longer between a silicon-nitride tip and HOPG. Interfacial gas enrichment (IGE) covering the entire area between nanobubbles is suggested to be responsible for the non-DLVO forces. The absence of EDL repulsion suggests that both IGE and nanobubbles are not charged. The coexistence of nanobubbles and IGE provides further evidence of nanobubble stability by dynamic equilibrium. The IGE cannot be removed by contact mode scanning of a cantilever tip in pure water, but in a surfactant (SDS) solution the mechanical action of the tip and the chemical action of the surfactant molecules can successfully remove the enrichment. Strong EDL repulsion between the tip and nanobubbles/IGE in surfactant solutions is due to the polar heads of the adsorbed surfactant molecules.
Keyword Atomic Force Microscopy
Particle Bubble Interactions
Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
Hydrophobic Surfaces
Aqueous solutions
Water Interface
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Chemical Engineering Publications
Official 2014 Collection
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 40 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 38 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 14 Jul 2013, 10:15:58 EST by System User on behalf of School of Chemical Engineering