Transportation, dispersion and ordering of dense colloidal assemblies by magnetic interfacial rotaphoresis

A. Reenen, van, A.M. Jong, de, M.W.J. Prins

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Colloidal systems exhibit intriguing assembly phenomena with impact in a wide variety of technological fields. The use of magnetically responsive colloids allows one to exploit interactions with an anisotropic dipolar nature. Here, we reveal magnetic interfacial rotaphoresis – a magnetically-induced rotational excitation that imposes a translational motion to colloids by strong interaction with a solid-liquid interface – as a means to transport, disperse, and order dense colloidal assemblies. By balancing magnetic dipolar and hydrodynamic interactions at a symmetry-breaking interface, rotaphoresis effectuates a translational dispersive motion of the colloids and surprisingly transforms large and dense multilayer assemblies into single-particle layers with quasi-hexagonal ordering, within seconds and with velocities of mm/s. We demonstrate the application of interfacial rotaphoresis to enhance molecular target capture, showing an increase of the molecular capture rate by more than an order of magnitude.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)2864-2871
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftLab on a Chip
StatusGepubliceerd - 2015

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