Microfluidics: Polymer Microparticles with Controllable Surface Textures Generated through Interfacial Instabilities of Emulsion Droplets (Adv. Funct. Mater. 8/2012)

Authors

  • Shanqin Liu,

    1. Hubei Key Lab of Materials Chemistry and Service Failure School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 27875-43632
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  • Renhua Deng,

    1. Hubei Key Lab of Materials Chemistry and Service Failure School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 27875-43632
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  • Weikun Li,

    1. Hubei Key Lab of Materials Chemistry and Service Failure School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 27875-43632
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  • Jintao Zhu

    Corresponding author
    1. Hubei Key Lab of Materials Chemistry and Service Failure School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 27875-43632
    • Hubei Key Lab of Materials Chemistry and Service Failure School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China, Fax: (+86) 27875-43632.
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Abstract

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The topographies of particles can significantly affect their chemical and physical properties. On page 1692, Jintao Zhu and co-workers present a facile, yet versatile approach to generate convoluted polymer microparticles through interfacial instabilities of emulsion droplets. Due to the adsorption of surfactant and co-surfactant to the interface, the organic/water interfacial area can spontaneously increase by folding or deforming of the interface, ultimately yielding highly variegated particles.

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