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Darshana Joshi

Darshana Joshi

PhD student in the Eiser Group

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 768146


Liquid-liquid interfaces are in ideal surfaces for studying controlled assembly of colloids. In my research I am exploiting the selective and thermally reversible binding of complementary DNA strands to anchor colloids to large oil-droplets (Figure below). We made two observations: Firstly the degree of colloidal adsorption can be tuned reversibly. Secondly, the surface-bound colloids are fully mobile, thus allowing the formation of well-equilibrated target structures. Interestingly, we were able to tune the aggregation behaviour of the surface-bound colloids.  At low bulk surfactant concentrations, the interface-bound colloids form a 2D fluid, but as the surfactant concentration approaches the critical micelle concentration, the surface-bound colloids organise into finite-sized crystalline domains due to micelle-induced depletion forces. Our experimental findings are supported by simulations studies. With the approach presented the creation of complex (multi-component) patterns of self-assembling, surface-bound colloids becomes possible.


Other Professional Activities

MRS fuels a Pan-India materials science education program led by early career scientists

V Venugopalan, S Sharma, D Joshi, A Sadhanala, LA Wilson
MRS Bulletin 42 (8), 608-609

Key Publications

  • D. Joshi, D. Bargteil, A. Caciagli, J. Burelbach, Z. Xing, A. S. Nunes,  D. E. P. Pinto,  N. A. M. Araujo,  J. Bruijc, Erika Eiser ‘Kinetic control of the coverage of oil droplets by DNA-functionalised colloids’, arXiv:1603.05931v1 (2016).
  • Z. Ruff, S. H. Nathan, R. R. Unwin, M. Zupkauskas, D. Joshi, G. P. C. Salmond, C. P. Grey, E. Eiser ‘Designing disordered materials using DNA-coated colloids of bacteriophage fd and gold’ Faraday Discussions, DOI: 10.1039/c5fd00136f (2015).

Facile Fabrication of Ultra-Stretchable Metallic Nano-cluster Films for Wearable Electronics

V Venugopalan, R Lamboll, D Joshi, KS Narayan
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Optical trapping of colloids at a liquid-liquid interface
A Caciagli, D Joshi, J Kotar, E Eiser
arXiv preprint arXiv:1703.08210
Optically Transparent Dense Colloidal Gels
M Zupkauskas, Y Lan, D Joshi, Z Ruff, E Eiser
Chemical Science