Aqueous foams stabilized solely by particles

  • Stocco A
  • Rio E
  • Binks B
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Abstract

Foams are dispersions of bubbles in liquids, often water. They are frequently stabilized by surfactant or polymer, but like Pickering emulsions, they can be also stabilized solely by particles. If the particles have a moderate hydrophobicity, the foams can be extremely stable (lifetimes of the order of years). Due to technical preparation difficulties, very few studies can be found in the literature to date. We will discuss the origin of these difficulties. We will also describe experiments using partially hydrophobic fumed silica particles, in which the foam properties were correlated with the properties of spread and adsorbed layers of these particles at the air–water interface. These combined experiments allowed us to define the conditions necessary to stop bubble disproportionation.

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