Ostwald ripening of aqueous microbubble solutions

Sota Inoue, Yasuyuki Kimura, Yuki Uematsu

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Bubble solutions are of growing interest because of their various technological applications in surface cleaning, water treatment, and agriculture. However, their physicochemical properties, such as the stability and interfacial charge of bubbles, are not fully understood yet. In this study, the kinetics of radii in aqueous microbubble solutions are experimentally investigated, and the results are discussed in the context of Ostwald ripening. The obtained distributions of bubble radii scaled by mean radius and total number were found to be time-independent during the observation period. Image analysis of radii kinetics revealed that the average growth and shrinkage speed of each bubble is governed by diffusion-limited Ostwald ripening, and the kinetic coefficient calculated using the available physicochemical constants in the literature quantitatively agrees with the experimental data. Furthermore, the cube of mean radius and mean volume exhibit a linear time evolution in agreement with the Lifshitz-Slezov-Wagner (LSW) theory. The coefficients are slightly larger than those predicted using the LSW theory, which can be qualitatively explained by the effect of finite volume fraction. Finally, the slowdown and pinning of radius in the shrinkage dynamics of small microbubbles are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Article number244704
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 28 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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