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New Nanoparticles Study Findings Reported from Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission

June 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- New research on Nanoparticles is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Bagnols sur Ceze, France, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Hybrid tri(dodecyldimethylammonium) phosphotungstate ([C-12](3)[PW12O40] amphiphilic nanoparticles self-assemble in situ at the water/toluene interface to form stable water-in-oil (W/O) Pickering emulsions (droplet size approximate to 20 mu m). These emulsions are used as a template for the preparation of colloidosomes (phi approximate to 5 mu m), which are produced solely through the self-assembly properties of the [C-12](3)[PW12O40] nanoparticles into a 'fused' phase on the water-drop surface in contact with toluene."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, "The structure of the emulsions has been determined using optical and cross-polarized light microscopy, while the colloidosomes have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The structure as well as the aggregation behavior of these nanoparticles has been investigated. Small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments have revealed a lamellar organization of the inorganic polyoxometalate anions because of the van der Waals interactions between the alkyl chains of the organic cations."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "According to the solvent, the internal molecular arrangement inside the nanopartides can be modified: in water, the nanoparticles tend to aggregate in a lamellar structure, whereas in toluene, the nanoparticles are 'fused' or coagulated."

For more information on this research see: Supramolecular Colloidosomes Based on Tri(dodecyltrimethylammonium) Phosphotungstate: A Bottom-Up Approach. Langmuir, 2014;30(19):5386-5393. Langmuir can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; Langmuir - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/langd5)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from L. Leclercq, CEA Marcoule, CNRS, Inst Chim Separat Marcoule, UMR 5257CEAUM2ENSCM, F-30207 Bagnols Sur Ceze, France. Additional authors for this research include A. Mouret, P. Bauduin and V. Nardello-Rataj (see also Nanoparticles).

Keywords for this news article include: France, Europe, Nanotechnology, Supramolecular, Bagnols sur Ceze, Emerging Technologies

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Source: Science Letter