Virtual Issue: Growth of Colloid and Interface Science

This Virtual Issue is dedicated to the scientific accomplishments of Helmuth Möhwald (1946-2018).  In addition to his own highly notable scientific achievements, Möhwald fostered the growth of a variety of research topics within interface science. Further, though his focus was on fundamental research, he never forgot the link to potential applications. Explored by Helmuth and coworkers, this includes new approaches in X-ray diffraction at liquid surfaces; introduction and advancement of LbL technique; functional colloids; development of nanocapsules; stimuli-sensitive microgels; and Pickering emulsions.

Accompanying this Virtual Issue is a Special Issue of the same name. The Langmuir issue is made up of Feature Articles contributed by a handful of Möhwald’s former coworkers, each article highlighting a current research direction that was initiated through prior collaboration with Möhwald, but the focus of this Virtual Issue is retrospective. In partnership with ACS Nano and Journal of Physical Chemistry B and C, Langmuir to highlight 11 previous publications that exemplify the development of the different research topics generated in collaboration with Helmuth Möhwald.


New approaches in X-ray Diffraction at Liquid Surfaces

Christiane Helm:

Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and reflection studies of arachidic acid monolayers at the air-water interface
J. Phys. Chem., 1989, 93, 8, 3200-3206
DOI: 10.1021/j100345a063


Gerald Brezesinki:

Polymorphism of a triple-chain lecithin in two- and three-dimensional systems
Langmuir, 1991, 7, 3, 539-546
DOI: 10.1021/la00051a021

Introduction and Advancement of LbL Technique

Dmitry Volodkin:

Control of Cell Adhesion by Mechanical Reinforcement of Soft Polyelectrolyte Films with Nanoparticles
Langmuir, 2012, 28, 18, 7249-7257
DOI: 10.1021/la300635z

Development of Nanocapsules

Gleb Sukhorukov:

Hollow Polyelectrolyte Shells: Exclusion of Polymers and Donnan Equilibrium
J. Phys. Chem. B, 1999, 103, 31, 6434-6440
DOI: 10.1021/jp990095v

Functional Colloids

Dmitry Shchukin:

Laser-Controllable Coatings for Corrosion Protection
ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 7, 1753-1760
DOI: 10.1021/nn900347x


Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles for Remote Opening of Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules
Langmuir, 2007, 23, 8, 4612-4617
DOI: 10.1021/la063420w


Andreas Fery:

Plasmon Resonance Tunable by Deaggregation of Gold Nanoparticles in Multilayers
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007, 111, 27, 10082-10087
DOI: 10.1021/jp072214+


André Skirtach:

Nanoplasmonic Modification of the Local Morphology, Shape, and Wetting Properties of Nanoflake Microparticles
Langmuir, 2013, 29, 24, 7464-7471
DOI: 10.1021/la304550n

Stimuli-Sensitive Microgels

Dayang Wang:

Langmuir and Gibbs Magnetite NP Layers at the Air/Water Interface
Langmuir, 2011, 27, 3, 1192-1199
DOI: 10.1021/la1039464

New Directions in Pickering Emulsions

Yuri Lvov:

Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Controlled Release of Protective Agents
ACS Nano, 2008, 2, 5, 814-820
DOI: 10.1021/nn800259q


Martin Haase:

Nanoparticle Modification by Weak Polyelectrolytes for pH-Sensitive Pickering Emulsions
Langmuir, 2011, 27, 1, 74-82
DOI: 10.1021/la1027724

Read the Growth of Colloids Special Issue

Preface to the Growth of Colloid and Interface Science Special Issue
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8517-8518
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01702

Amphiphilic Monolayers

X-ray and Neutron Reflectometry of Thin Films at Liquid Interfaces
Langmuir, 2019, 35-26, 8519-8530
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04315
Investigating Ions at Amphiphilic Monolayers with X-ray Fluorescence
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8531-8542
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00191

Layer-by-layer Technique and Nanocapsules

Hybrids of Polymer Multilayers, Lipids, and Nanoparticles: Mimicking the Cellular Microenvironment
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8565-8573
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04328
Multilayer Capsules Inside Biological Systems: State-of-the-Art and Open Challenges
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 13, 4747-4762
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04280

Functional Colloids

Nanocontainer-Based Active Systems: From Self-Healing Coatings to Thermal Energy Storage
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8603-8611
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00151

Coupling pH-Regulated Multilayers with Inorganic Surfaces for Bionic Devices and Infochemistry
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8543-8556
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00633

Tackling the Scalability Challenge in Plasmonics by Wrinkle-Assisted Colloidal Self-Assembly
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8629-8645
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04279

Hybrids of Polymeric Capsules, Lipids, and Nanoparticles: Thermodynamics and Temperature Rise at the Nanoscale and Emerging Applications
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8574-8583
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04331

Using Hydrogel to Diversify the Adaptability and Applicability of Functional Nanoparticles: From Nanotech-Flavored Jellies to Artificial Enzymes
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8612-8628
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00254

Templating Interfacial Nanoparticle Assemblies via in Situ Techniques
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8584-8602
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00130

Interfacial Self-Assembly in Halloysite Nanotube Composites
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 26, 8646-8657
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04313

Additional Reading

The Editors at ACS Nano have also written an excellent Perspective highlighting developments in the field of layer-by-layer assembly to which Möhwald made significant contributions: The Future of Layer-by-Layer Assembly: A Tribute to ACS Nano Associate Editor Helmuth Möhwald

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