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Special Issue "Fluid Interfaces: From Colloids, Surfactants, Polymers and Nanoparticles to Their Mixtures"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard A Campbell

Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, United Kingdom
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Interests: fluid interfaces; air/water interface; interaction mechanisms; polyelectrolytes; surfactants; proteins; nanoparticles; drugs; colloidal mixtures; neutron reflectometry; optical reflectometry; ellipsometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fluid interfaces such as air/water and oil/water interfaces, and the self-assembly and spreading of amphiphilic materials at these phase boundaries, have attracted profound fundamental interest over the years. The materials that make these systems so interesting include macromolecules such as polymers, polyelectrolytes and proteins, smaller molecules such as drugs, phospholipids and surfactants, nanoparticles, and their mixtures. The practical importance of interfacial properties affects foodstuffs, detergency, foaming, and cosmetics from a synthetic point-of-view as well as lung surfactant and tear films in biology. The behavior of such systems under equilibrium conditions is known usually to be rather different from their behavior in practical applications, where the kinetics of adsorption or changing surface area can be key, especially with systems such as bubbles and droplets. Although surface tension isotherms were a traditional way to study these systems, nowadays often various complementary techniques are applied such as neutron and X-ray reflectometry, ellipsometry, Brewster angle microscopy and spectroscopic techniques. Core areas of research include soft matter, drug delivery, healthcare, atmospheric chemistry, ion extraction and fluid dynamics. Although in research studies systems are often broken down into simplified models, the bridge to increasing complexity represents a huge challenge for scientists in the years to come. This Special Issue aims to highlight recent examples in this subject area, and in particular ones that are technically sophisticated, are developing our understanding of dynamic properties and/or are pushing current limits of studying complex systems.

Dr. Richard A Campbell
Guest Editor

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  • Fluid interfaces
  • Air/water interface
  • Oil/water interface
  • Surfactants
  • Colloids
  • Polymers
  • Mixtures
  • Adsorbed layers
  • Spread films
  • Interaction dynamics

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