Journal article

Stability of Interfacial Nanobubbles

Xuehua Zhang, Derek YC Chan, Dayang Wang, Nobuo Maeda

LANGMUIR | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2013

Abstract

Interfacial nanobubbles (INBs) on a solid surface in contact with water have drawn widespread research interest. Although several theoretical models have been proposed to explain their apparent long lifetimes, the underlying mechanism still remains in dispute. In this work, the morphological evolution of INBs was examined in air-equilibrated and partially degassed water with the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Our results show that (1) INBs shrank in the partially degassed water while they grew slightly in the air-equilibrated water, (2) the three-phase boundary of the INBs was pinned during the morphological evolution of the INBs. Our analyses show that (1) the lifetime of INBs was se..

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