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One of the most important aspects in controlling colloidal deposition is manipulating the homogeneity of the deposit by avoiding the coffee-ring effect caused by capillary flow inside the droplet during drying. After our previous work where we achieved homogeneous deposition of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) from a colloidal suspension by reinforcing Marangoni flow over the internal capillary flow (Gençer et al. Langmuir 2017, 33 (1), 228–234), we now set out to reduce the importance of capillary flow inside a drying droplet by inducing gelation. In this paper, we discuss the effect of gelation on the deposition pattern and on the self-assembly of CNCs during droplet drying. CNC films were obtained by drop casting CNC suspensions containing NaCl and CaCl2 salts. A mixed methodology using rheological and depolarized dynamic light scattering was applied to understand the colloidal behavior of the CNCs. In …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
28 Jun 2018

Alican Gençer, Jonas Van Rie, Salvatore Lombardo, Kyongok Kang, Wim Thielemans

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Volume: 19 Issue: 8 Pages: 3233-3243