Nanoparticle dispersions

Krisztián Kordás, Jarmo Kukkola, Géza Tóth, Heli Jantunen, Mária Szabó, András Sápi, Ákos Kukovecz, Zoltán Kónya, Pekka Jyri Mikkola

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This chapter aims to provide an insight into the physics and chemistry of nanoparticle–liquid systems. The first part of the chapter discusses parameters and effects that influence dispersion stability (Sect. 20.1), including particle size and shape as well as the interactions at the interface between the solid and liquid phases. Section 20.2 summarizes the practical aspects of making a dispersion, collecting and listing hundreds of examples from contemporary literature. Because of the broad spectrum of materials in question, the survey is limited to dispersions of inorganic nanoparticles including metals, their oxides/sulfides, some (compound) semiconductors, as well as nanostructured carbon particles such as fullerenes, nanotubes, and graphene/graphite (Sect. 20.3). Dispersions of polymers of either synthetic or biological origin lie beyond the scope of this work. Since a very large fraction of applications are related to various surface coatings using dispersions as the source of nanoparticles, Sect. 20.4 is devoted to drying phenomena and particle self-ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Handbook of Nanomaterials
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages47
ISBN (Electronic)9783642205958
ISBN (Print)9783642205941
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Kordás, K., Kukkola, J., Tóth, G., Jantunen, H., Szabó, M., Sápi, A., Kukovecz, Á., Kónya, Z., & Mikkola, P. J. (2013). Nanoparticle dispersions. In Springer Handbook of Nanomaterials (pp. 729-775). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.