2016-2020 Mechanical properties, specific release and motility of patchy colloidosomes.

Funder: Polish National Science Centre (OPUS10, 2015/19/B/ST3/03055), PLN 1 162 000

Within the project, we studied patchy particle capsules initially made on a surface of liquid droplets. The investigation concerned the mechanical properties; specific direction and targeted release of encapsulated species; and the motility of such heterogeneous colloidal capsules (patchy colloidosomes). The main objectives of the project were: to further develop fabrication methods of patchy colloidosomes and hybrid patchy colloidal capsules on the bases of my recent pioneering work in this field; to understand the mechanism of complex deformation of patchy colloidal capsules; to develop routes for specific and targeted release of encapsulated species from patchy colloidosomes; and research on the guided-motion, self-propulsion and collective behaviour of patchy colloidosomes.

2017-2019 Electric field driven propulsion and collective dynamics of homogeneous and patchy capsules.

Funder: European Commission (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016), EUR 134 462

Particle capsules, and especially patchy particle capsules are challenging to fabricate. To realize the potential applications of these capsules, it is also important to consistently produce capsules with tailored physical and mechanical properties. One of the objectives of this action was to combine microfluidic devices and electric fields for high-throughput fabrication of patchy capsules. Realizing this objective was also necessary to study the collective dynamics of multiple propelling capsules which was the last objective of this research project.

2015-2017 Mechanical properties and instability of Pickering films and emulsions.

Funder: Polish National Science Centre (FUGA, 2015/16/S/ST3/00470), PLN 286 000

This is a research project in experimental soft matter physics focused on understanding the mechanics and rheology of monolayered colloidal capsules and instabilities of Pickering droplets probed by electrically induced stress. Within the project, we study colloidal capsules (composed of jammed particles) made on a surface of oil droplets. The investigation concerns the viscoelastic deformation, crumbling, rotation or tank-treading of a single capsule due to applied external E-fields. We also monitor changes of mechanical properties of droplets as the Pickering emulsion is being produced. This work is conducted in collaboration with group at NTNU, Trondheim.

2013-2015 A new approach to fabricating various colloidal shells and Pickering emulsions.

Funder: Foundation for Polish Science (HOMING PLUS, 2013-7/13), PLN 309 000

This project focuses on new methods of fabrication of Colloidosomes/Janus/Patchy/Arrested shells. We also produce an active colloidal armour, i.e. a pupil-like shell that contracts and expands in presence of E-fields. We study silicone oil droplets, containing different particles (including clay, PE. PS or conductive beads), that are submerged in immiscible organic oil, and we observe particle movement, oil circulation and drop deformation when an electric field is applied. Results show how electric field strength, electrohydrodynamics, dielectric and conductive properties determine the fluid flow, particle organization and drop deformation. Adsorption and assembly of colloidal particles at the surface of liquid droplets is the basis for particle-stabilized Pickering emulsions and colloidosome capsules.