NanoConfine: Arrangement of particles in emulsion droplets

Nanoparticles that are trapped in emulsion droplets react to their confinement depending on the surfactant. Some of them form beautifully ordered “supraparticles”, fully defined structures that remind of noble gas condensates or small metal clusters. We study how nanoparticles interact with each other and liquid-liquid interfaces in this DFG-funded project. Tanja Schilling at the University of Luxembourg use simulations to predict and understand structure formation, we explore it experimentally.