Adsorption, Aggregation and Structure Formation in Systems of Charged Particles

From Colloidal to Supracolloidal Assembly

  • Bhuvnesh Bharti

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction and Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bhuvnesh Bharti
      Pages 3-14
    3. Bhuvnesh Bharti
      Pages 15-28
    4. Bhuvnesh Bharti
      Pages 29-43
  3. Curvature and Surface Energy Effects on the Interaction of Hydrophilic Silica with Nonionic Surfactant

  4. Adsorptive and Aggregative Effects of Proteins on Silica Nanoparticles

  5. Field Directed Assembly of Hetero-Aggregating Microparticles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
  6. Summary and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Bhuvnesh Bharti
      Pages 143-146
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


This thesis presents studies on the interaction of soft materials like surfactants and proteins with hard silica nanomaterials. Due to its interdisciplinary nature it combines concepts from the fields of physical chemistry, nanoscience and materials science, yielding to fundamental insights into the structure-directing forces operating at the nano-scale. It is shown that the morphology of surfactant micellar aggregates adsorbed at the surface of nanoparticles and inside tubular nanopores can be tuned on demand by the co-adsorption of a surface modifier. The interaction of globular proteins with silica nanoparticles is dominated by electrostatic interactions and can be controlled by pH and ionic strength, while the bridging of nanoparticles by adsorbed protein molecules leads to large-scale hybrid aggregates of protein with the nanoparticles. Concepts emerging from the role of electrostatic interactions in the hetero-aggregation of nanoparticles with protein molecules are used for the co-assembly of charged microbeads into linear clusters and chains of controllable length.


Colloidal Interactions Dielectriphoresis Directed Self-Assembly Interfacial Phenomenon Nanocurved Surfaces Nanoparticle-Protein Binding Nanoparticles and Nanoporous Materials Permanent Assembly Reversible Aggregation Small Angle Scattering

Authors and affiliations

  • Bhuvnesh Bharti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07736-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07737-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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