(409a) Nanoparticle Adsorption Dynamics at Fluid Interfaces
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 3:45pm
Understanding the dynamic adsorption of nanoparticles (NPs) at fluid interfaces is important for stabilizing emulsions and for the preparation of 2D NPs-based materials. Here we show that the Ward-Tordai equations commonly employed to describe the dynamic of surfactant adsorption at a fluid interface combined with a Frumkin adsorption isotherm can be employed to model the diffusion-limited adsorption of NPs onto a fluid interface. In contrast to surfactants, an additional wetting equation of state (EOS) must be incorporated to characterize the dynamic interfacial tension during the adsorption of NPs to the oil-water interface. Our results show agreement between the model and experiments at NP area fraction < 0.3. Slower dynamics are observed at larger area fractions, which are speculated to arise from polydispersity or re-organization at the interface. We show the model can be extended to the competitive adsorption between the NPs and a surface active species.