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Transient Behavior of the Hydrophobic Surface/Water Interface:  From Nanobubbles to Organic Layer

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posted on 27.12.2007, 00:00 authored by Julio Martinez, Pieter Stroeve
We report the formation and subsequent change of the water-depleted layer at a hydrophobic surface/water interface. With water as the solvent, surface plasmon resonance measurements indicate time dependent evolution of two separate states. The first state is the water-depleted layer, and it is characterized by a layer of nanobubbles on the surface and is short-lived in time (order of 10 min). The second state is a final equilibrium state, which occurs in approximately 30 h, where a layer is formed with organic characteristics. If, instead of water, an aqueous solution is exposed to the hydrophobic surface, the evolution from nanobubbles to an organic like layer shows dependency on the surface energy of the liquid media.