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  1. Abstract

    Understanding the interactive behavior of Janus particles (JPs) is a growing field of research. The enhancement in binding energy, in comparison to homogenous particles, and the dual characteristic of JPs open up new possibilities for novel applications. In many such applications, interfacial materials become subjected to flows that produce dilational and shear stresses. Therefore, it is important to understand the impact that the Janus character brings to interfaces. In this work, we study the microstructure of two-dimensional (2D) JP monolayers formed at the air–water interface and examine the shear viscoelasticity with an interface rheometer that was adapted for in situ surface pressure control via a Langmuir trough. We extend concepts from bulk rheology to data obtained from interfacial rheology as a tool to understand and predict the monolayer’s viscoelastic behavior. Finally, by calculating the time relaxation spectrum from the measured 2D dynamic moduli, we conclude that a phenomenon similar to glass transition is taking place by analogy.

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  4. The use of the Janus motif in colloidal particles, i.e., anisotropic surface properties on opposite faces, has gained significant attention in the bottom-up assembly of novel functional structures, design of active nanomotors, biological sensing and imaging, and polymer blend compatibilization. This review is focused on the behavior of Janus particles in interfacial systems, such as particle-stabilized (i.e., Pickering) emulsions and foams, where stabilization is achieved through the binding of particles to fluid interfaces. In many such applications, the interface could be subjected to deformations, producing compression and shear stresses. Besides the physicochemical properties of the particle, their behavior under flow will also impact the performance of the resulting system. This review article provides a synopsis of interfacial stability and rheology in particle-laden interfaces to highlight the role of the Janus motif, and how particle anisotropy affects interfacial mechanics.
  5. About three years ago we invited contributions for a Fluids Special Issue on “Flow and Heat or Mass Transfer for the Chemical Process Industry [...]