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Confined self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals in a shrinking droplet
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
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2015 (English)In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, Vol. 11, no 26, 5374-5380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We have studied how cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) self-assemble into liquid crystalline phases in shrinking, isolated droplets. By adjusting the water dissolution rate of an aqueous CNC droplet immersed in a binary toluene-ethanol mixture we can control the final morphology of the consolidated microbead. At low ethanol concentration in the surrounding fluid dense microbeads of spherical morphology are produced while collapsed core-shell particles are obtained at high ethanol concentration. Polarized light microscopy was used to follow the spatial evolution and coalescence of birefringent spheroids during droplet shrinkage. Electron microscopy reveals the resultant nematic microstructure. This method of confined CNC assembly provides thus the possibility to prepare ordered microbeads, which can be useful as templates or for their optical properties.

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RSC Publishing, 2015. Vol. 11, no 26, 5374-5380 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171182DOI: 10.1039/c5sm00886gISI: 000356806200021PubMedID: 26059700ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84935038750OAI: diva2:842363

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