Formation Mechanism and Size Prediction Models for Double Emulsion CO2 Solvents

Seonggon Kim, Ronghuan Xu, Hwan Suk Lim, Yong Tae Kang

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Abstract

Double-layered emulsion is a structure that has one more layer over the droplet, which is developed to protect the core material and is applicable to various fields such as food, cosmetic and CO2 capture. However, the mechanism of double emulsion formation is not well established. In this study, the manufacturing process of hybrid double layered emulsion CO2 solvents is analyzed to clarify the mechanism of droplet formation and to control encapsulation of chemical absorbent. The droplet formation models are developed by considering dimensionless numbers, which can predict the size of inner and middle droplets of the double emulsion structure. The droplet formation models are verified experimentally. The number of encapsulated solvents can be precisely controlled according to optimum frequencies at which the inner and middle droplets are effectively formed. In particular, the middle phase, which is the ultraviolet curable material, protects inner cores and the thickness of middle phase (shell thickness) can be predicted. Optimum ratio of middle droplet diameter to inner droplet diameter is in the range of 0.7–0.93. The optimal conditions of droplet formation are proposed by the developed models, and it can be extended to other microfluidic devices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • double emulsion CO solvents
  • droplet size prediction model
  • formation mechanism
  • optimum formation frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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