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Self-Assembly of Monolayers of Micron Sized Particles on Thin Liquid Films

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M. Hossain, K. Shah, D. Ju, S. K. Gurupatham, N. Musunuri, I. S. Fischer, P. Singh

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Paper No. FEDSM2013-16271, pp. V01CT27A002; 5 pages
  • ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1C, Symposia: Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows; Industrial and Environmental Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Issues and Perspectives in Automotive Flows; Liquid-Solids Flows; Multiscale Methods for Multiphase Flow; Noninvasive Measurements in Single and Multiphase Flows; Numerical Methods for Multiphase Flow; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion From Clean and Sustainable Resources; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes; Transport Phenomena in Mixing; Turbulent Flows: Issues and Perspectives
  • Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 7–11, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5556-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


We have recently shown that the capillarity-based process for self-assembling particle monolayers on fluid-liquid interfaces can be improved by applying an electric field in the direction normal to the interface. In this paper, we present a technique for freezing monolayers of micron-sized particles onto the surface of a flexible thin film. Micron sized particles do not self-assemble under the action of lateral capillary forces alone since capillary forces among them are small compared to Brownian forces. The technique involves assembling the monolayer on the interface between a UV-curable resin and a fluid which can be air or another fluid by applying an electric field, and then curing the resin by applying UV light. The monolayer becomes embedded on the surface of the solidified resin film.

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