Educated in New Zealand and Australia, Kate is the chair of numerous start-up companies and national committees; she has taught extensively, developed curricula and new degrees, supervised students, published 80 research papers, and worked to help primary school and early childhood teachers in New Zealand introduce STEM into their classrooms.
Following a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury, Kate completed her PhD at ANU before taking up a postdoctoral position with the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She undertook two years as a research fellow at Princeton before returning to New Zealand, as a researcher and academic at the University of Otago. In 2004, Kate joined Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and was appointed Director of New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in 2011.
Kate was the Vice-Provost (Research) at the Victoria University of Wellington for the three years prior to joining UTS in 2018.
Kurian, M, Stevens, R & McGrath, KM 2019, 'Towards the Development of Artificial Bone Grafts: Combining Synthetic Biomineralisation with 3D Printing.', Journal of functional biomaterials, vol. 10, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A synthetic technique inspired by the biomineralisation process in nacre has been previously reported to be effective in replicating the nanostructural elements of nacre in 2D chitosan hydrogel films. Here we evaluate the applicability of this synthetic biomineralisation technique, herein called the McGrath method, in replicating the flat tabular morphology of calcium carbonate and other nanostructural elements obtained when 2D chitosan hydrogel films were used, on a 3D porous chitosan hydrogel-based scaffold, hence developing 3D chitosan-calcium carbonate composites. Nozzle extrusion-based 3D printing technology was used to develop 3D porous scaffolds using chitosan hydrogel as the printing ink in a custom-designed 3D printer. The rheology of the printing ink and print parameters were optimised in order to fabricate 3D cylindrical structures with a cubic lattice-based internal structure. The effects of various dehydration techniques, including air-drying, critical point-drying and freeze-drying, on the structural integrity of the as-printed scaffolds from the nano to macroscale, were evaluated. The final 3D composite materials were characterised using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The study has shown that McGrath method can be used to develop chitosan-calcium carbonate composites wherein the mineral and matrix are in intimate association with each other at the nanoscale. This process can be successfully integrated with 3D printing technology to develop 3D compartmentalised polymer-mineral composites.
Efthymiou, C, Williams, MAK & McGrath, KM 2017, 'Revealing the structure of high-water content biopolymer networks: Diminishing freezing artefacts in cryo-SEM images', Food Hydrocolloids, vol. 73, pp. 203-212.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd High-water content biopolymer gels are widely used in diverse areas of research and in many commercial processes, including a significant proportion of importance to the food and pharmaceutical industries. The internal structures of these hydrogels are complex and span many length scales, the specifics of which are important in determining functionality. Elucidating these structures is critically important in extending and tailoring their use. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) is a popular method for structural elucidation. A critical step in this imaging technique is cryo-fixation. However, consideration of the literature reveals that images of inefficiently cryo-fixed networks remain widely reported as being representative of the native structure of gels despite being significantly damaged by ice formation. Here, we show that the application of slow freezing methods, like the very commonly used slushy nitrogen method, indeed yield erroneous structures and produce s ingularly common structures for both protein and polysaccharide hydrogels. On the contrary, we demonstrate, by rapidly freezing thin samples of low concentration protein amyloid fibril hydrogels using a propane jet freezer, that cryo-SEM imaging of biopolymer hydrogels in their native state is feasible. In contrast, while the use of cryo-protectants is successful in reducing ice crystallisation, it can affect the bonding within hydrogels and hence, modify the structure under examination.
Van Den Kerkhof, LC, Allan, KM, McGrath, KM, Spencer, JL & Hodgkiss, JM 2017, 'Sidechain engineering in anthracene derivatives: Towards photofunctional liquid crystals', International Journal of Nanotechnology, vol. 14, no. 1-6, pp. 432-445.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. A series of anthracene derivatives were synthesised to explore how their sidechain configurations influenced their phase behaviour and thereby guiding the design of photofunctional liquid crystalline materials. In the case of 9,10-diphenylanthracene derivatives, longer and more alkyl sidechains resulted in lower melting temperatures, yet liquid crystallinity was not observed. A novel room-temperature molecular liquid was synthesised based on 9,10-diphenylanthracene, the optical properties of which may be exploited in photonic applications. Liquid crystallinity was observed in one of the derivatives of 9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene, forming a nematic phase at around 210°C. These results highlight the potential opportunities for photofunctional materials with enhanced properties if liquid crystalline anthracenes can be found with lower phase transition temperatures.
Griffiths, MR, Raudsepp, A, McGrath, KM & Williams, MAK 2016, 'Measuring the interaction between a pair of emulsion droplets using dual-trap optical tweezers', RSC Advances, vol. 6, no. 18, pp. 14538-14546.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016. Optical tweezers have been used to investigate the dependance of electrostatic inter-particle forces on separation, in systems consisting of pairs of either model silica beads or emulsion droplets. Measurements were carried out as a function of ionic strength and, at salt concentrations where the Debye length was larger than the standard deviation of Brownian fluctuations of the particles in the traps, results were found to agree reasonably well with the predictions of DLVO theory. Experiments were also carried out where the salt concentration of the environment was changed in real-time while interactions were continuously measured. Specifically, single pairs of particles or emulsion droplets were held in a microfluidic channel in close proximity to an interface created between milliQ water and a 5 mM NaCl solution. Changes in the force-separation curves were measured as a function of time and used to monitor changes in the Debye length, and thus the local salt concentration, as ions diffused away from the interface. The results were shown to be consistent with expectations based on a relevant diffusion equation.
Zare, D, Allison, JR & McGrath, KM 2016, 'Molecular Dynamics Simulation of beta-Lactoglobulin at Different Oil/Water Interfaces', BIOMACROMOLECULES, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 1572-1581.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGrath, KM 2015, 'Sustainable growth of New Zealand's economy from New Zealand's science sector', Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 114-117.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 The Royal Society of New Zealand. Internationally strong science education and research environments have been shown to be important components of a prosperous economy. New Zealand's National Government has recently been reinforcing these messages and prescribing changes to the sector-from wanting more science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates to greater research translation and end-user engagement. Are the messages enough to ensure changes? If not, what changes are required to our systems to deliver the vision of a prosperous New Zealand built on a vibrant science system? Possible changes will be briefly explored here, in particular, training for students and educators and support for practitioners and research, and development of engagement mechanisms between the research and business sectors.
Zare, D, MoGrath, KM & Allison, JR 2015, 'Deciphering beta-Lactoglobulin Interactions at an Oil-Water Interface: A Molecular Dynamics Study', BIOMACROMOLECULES, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 1855-1861.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Greenbank, WA & McGrath, KM 2014, 'Photophysical behaviour of 4-hexyloxysalicylaldimies and their copper(II) complexes', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, vol. 279, pp. 52-58.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Salicylaldimines are popular ligands used in the synthesis of anisotropic complexes which can form liquid crystal phases (metallomesogens). They tautomerise via exchange of the phenol proton, giving rise to solvent-dependent photophysical behaviour. In this study the photophysical behaviour of a family of 4-alkoxysalicylaldimine ligands and their corresponding copper(II) complexes were examined using electronic absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT). The solvent-dependent photophysical behaviour exhibited by the ligands is due to changes in the position of the tautomeric equilibrium as the degree of hydrogen-bonding character of the solvent is modified. Furthermore, the ligands bind in an intermediate state in the copper(II) complex, with the possible existence of a third tautomer. The electronic absorption properties of these compounds are strongly affected by changes in the environment around the molecule. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Malassagne-Bulgarelli, N & McGrath, KM 2013, 'Emulsion ageing: Effect on the dynamics of oil exchange in oil-in-water emulsions', Soft Matter, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 48-59.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Emulsions are highly dynamic entropically stabilised systems. In oil-in-water emulsions, it is generally believed that oil transfer from one droplet to another via a series of destabilisation processes (e.g. Ostwald ripening or coalescence) leads to droplet growth. Rapid oil exchange between oil droplets of toluene in toluene/Triton X-100/water emulsions was recently evidenced, without any measurable concomitant change in emulsion droplet size. This dynamic process is the result of oil permeation upon droplet collision through transient holes at the surface of the surfactant layer or via reversible partial coalescence of the oil droplets, i.e. a fusion/fission mechanism. The kinetics of the oil exchange can be monitored by pulsed field gradient-NMR. The time constant of the oil exchange equates to the critical NMR observation time, Δswitch. Here we probe this rapid oil exchange between droplets as a function of emulsion age. The timescale of emulsion ageing is determined from static light scattering and macroscopic phase separation data. The timescale of the dynamic oil exchange is extracted from the NMR data. The switching time Δswitch, is an increasing function of emulsion age. Three effects must be considered when explaining the kinetics of oil exchange as a function of emulsion age: (1) the increasing droplet size; larger droplets move more slowly and interact with one another less frequently leading to a decrease in both the collision frequency and the rate of oil exchange; (2) the increased droplet concentration that arises upon emulsion ageing, reducing the average distance between droplets and (3) the properties of the interfacial domain. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.
Munro, NH & McGrath, KM 2013, 'How important is polyelectrolyte complex formation in biomimetic mineralisation? Manipulation via alcohol addition', DALTON TRANSACTIONS, vol. 42, no. 23, pp. 8259-8269.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Munro, NH, Green, DW & McGrath, KM 2013, 'In situ continuous growth formation of synthetic biominerals.', Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), vol. 49, no. 33, pp. 3407-3409.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Continuous self-assembled growth of both the organic and inorganic components of materials with nacre-like structure is achieved upon mineralisation of chitin and chitosan scaffolds using a combined soaking method and the inclusion of poly(acrylic acid) and chitosan oligomers as additives.
Somerville, JA, Willmott, GR, Eldridge, J, Griffiths, M & McGrath, KM 2013, 'Size and charge characterisation of a submicrometre oil-in-water emulsion using resistive pulse sensing with tunable pores.', Journal of colloid and interface science, vol. 394, pp. 243-251.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Resistive pulse sensing (RPS) with tunable pores (TPs) has been used to investigate an oil-in-water emulsion stabilised with β-lactoglobulin (BLG). The mode of the droplet size distribution steadily increased over four months, from less than 150 nm to more than 200 nm. Results suggest that the dominant growth mechanism was migration of oil to relatively large droplets, as in Ostwald ripening. In contrast, the growth dynamics for salt-induced aggregation suggest flocculation and coalescence of droplets coming into contact. The charge measurement method recently developed by Vogel et al. was also applied to the emulsion. The two data analysis methods used yielded average droplet ζ-potentials of -18.9 mV and -21.8 mV, compared with -27.6 mV obtained using light scattering. Methods for measuring emulsion droplet deformation and the charge on individual droplets are under development. Tunable pores are a useful tool for improved characterisation of submicrometre emulsions, as well as other synthetic and biological particles, as they provide better precision than light scattering for particle number distributions.
Tan, HL & McGrath, KM 2013, 'How does oil type determine emulsion characteristics in concentrated Na-caseinate emulsions?', JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, vol. 403, pp. 7-15.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Fournier, AC & McGrath, KM 2012, 'Synthesis of porous oxide ceramics using a soft responsive scaffold', Journal of Materials Science, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 1217-1222.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Ceramic materials have significant utility. Developing synthetic protocols that are facile and provide low energy alternatives to traditional methods remains a major driver in materials synthesis. We present here the adaptation of a method recently developed in our group for the synthesis of porous silica using a non-ionic emulsion template. The silicate materials are porous on both the nanometre and micrometre length scales and surface-to-volume ratios may be readily modified by altering the volume fraction of the emulsion template. Switching the silica precursor for an alumina or titania precursor resulted in the formation of porous alumina and titania materials which were prepared as thin films or monoliths. The pores formed in the amorphous alumina materials were ∼0.8 μm and ∼50 nm, with a primary particle size of 50-100 nm. The titania materials had pores on one length scale only: ∼0.8 μm, with a smaller primary particle size of 20-60 nm. As-synthesized materials were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
The concentrated (dispersed phase 50-70 wt%) composition space of Na-caseinate, a family of milk proteins, stabilised emulsions was investigated for three different oils: soybean oil, palm olein and tetradecane with pH 6.8 phosphate buffer continuous phase. The variation of emulsion stability and microstructure were explored using static light scattering, diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance, cryo-scanning electron microscopy, rheology and the time varying macroscopic phase separation of the emulsions. For soybean oil and palm olein a rich diversity of emulsion microstructures and stabilities are realised. Five emulsion domains, each having a different microstructure and macroscopic stability have been identified within the composition space probed. For the lowest concentrations of emulsifier bridging flocculation is evident and emulsions are of low stability. Increasing Na-caseinate concentration leads to an increased stability and the existence of distinct individual oil droplets, visualised using cryo-scanning electron microscopy. Further increases in Na-caseinate concentration reduce emulsion stability due to depletion flocculation. Na-caseinate self-assembly is then initiated. At sufficiently high Na-caseinate and/or oil concentrations the continuous phase of the emulsion is a three-dimensional protein network and emulsion stability is again enhanced. At the limits of the emulsion composition space a gel-like paste is formed. The diversity of emulsion microstructure is reduced when tetradecane is the discrete phase. Na-caseinate self-assembly is limited and there is no evidence for formation of a protein network.
Fournier, AC & McGrath, KM 2011, 'Porous protein-silica composite formation: manipulation of silicate porosity and protein conformation', SOFT MATTER, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 4918-4927.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lendrum, CD, Ingham, B, Lin, B, Meron, M, Toney, MF & McGrath, KM 2011, 'Nonequilibrium 2-Hydroxyoctadecanoic Acid Monolayers: Effect of Electrolytes', LANGMUIR, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 4430-4438.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Munro, NH & McGrath, KM 2011, 'Biomimetic mineralisation of polymeric scaffolds using a combined soaking approach: adaptation with various mineral salts', DALTON TRANSACTIONS, vol. 40, no. 36, pp. 9269-9275.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Munro, NH, Green, DW, Dangerfield, A & McGrath, KM 2011, 'Biomimetic mineralisation of polymeric scaffolds using a combined soaking and Kitano approach', DALTON TRANSACTIONS, vol. 40, no. 36, pp. 9259-9268.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Fournier, AC, Cumming, H & McGrath, KM 2010, 'Assembly of two- and three-dimensionally patterned silicate materials using responsive soft templates', DALTON TRANSACTIONS, vol. 39, no. 28, pp. 6524-6531.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Tan, HL & McGrath, KM 2010, 'The microstructural and rheological properties of Na-caseinate dispersions.', Journal of colloid and interface science, vol. 342, no. 2, pp. 399-406.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The self-diffusion coefficients of water and casein aggregates in aqueous Na-caseinate dispersions were measured using a pulsed gradient stimulated echo nuclear magnetic resonance technique (PGSTE-NMR). The results for water self-diffusion are discussed in terms of the cell model. The influence of Na-caseinate concentration on water self-diffusion can be explained by obstruction and tortuosity effects arising due to the presence of casein aggregates. Unrestricted diffusion of casein aggregates was measured for all concentrations at short observation times ( approximately 20ms). Despite a near uniform size distribution on increasing Na-caseinate concentration the measured unrestricted diffusion coefficient was a decreasing function of Na-caseinate concentration. Enhanced packing interaction between the aggregates and the slight augmentation of the large tail in the size distribution is the main reason for this observed decrease. On increasing the experimental observation times restricted diffusion of the aggregates is measured. The rheological response of the dispersions was investigated. The stress evolution of the sample with time exhibits three distinct behaviours, irrespective of Na-caseinate concentration and applied shear rate: a spontaneous increase of stress at very short times (<1s), followed by a plateau with fine structure superposed and lastly a sharp increase in stress attributed to irreversible gelation. The latter occurs at significantly reduced times on increasing Na-caseinate concentration. Linear rheology measurements indicate that the dispersions are predominantly locally liquid-like while being macroscopically in a gelled state.
We report on the phase space and rheological behaviour of concentrated soybean oil/Na-caseinate/water emulsions. Four domains exist within the phase space spanned by 50-55 wt% soybean oil and 1-5 wt% Na-caseinate. These domains are distinguished by both their macroscopic stability and their microstructure. At low Na-caseinate concentration (<1.3 wt%) bridging between oil droplets occurs due to insufficient emulsifier coverage. Upon increasing protein concentration full coverage of the oil droplet surfaces is achieved, emulsion stability is enhanced and individual droplets can be visualised. Further incrementing protein concentration (>2.3 wt%) reduces emulsion stability to its lowest levels due to the inducement of depletion flocculation. The final emulsion domain occurring at the highest Na-caseinate and soybean oil concentrations is the most stable. Here the aqueous continuous phase is comprised of a three-dimensional self-assembled protein network. Upon increasing Na-caseinate and soybean oil concentrations the viscosity of the emulsions is increased. Despite the considerable variation of macroscopic stability and emulsion microstructure, mechanical rheometry measurements in a cone-and-plate geometry indicate that all emulsions within the phase space exhibit shear-thinning behaviour at low shear rates (∼5 × 10-3 s-1). At higher shear rates a stress plateau (between ∼0.02 and 1 s-1), indicative of shear banding, is reflected in the steady state flow curves before a Newtonian response is achieved. No dependence of the shear rates delineating these regions in the flow curve on varying either soybean oil or protein concentration is observed, however, the stress response of the plateau region increases monotonically with Na-caseinate concentration. Despite this dependence, no demarcation is observed corresponding to the occurrence of the underlying emulsion phase transitions. Switching soybean oil for either palm oil or tetradecane does not alter the form of the fl...
Lendrum, C & McGrath, KM 2009, 'The role of subphase chemistry in controlling monolayer behaviour.', Journal of colloid and interface science, vol. 331, no. 1, pp. 206-213.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Intermolecular interactions lie at the root of many fundamental processes in nature. For example, they define membrane formation and crystallisation processes. Here, using Langmuir monolayers, we have investigated the role of intermolecular interactions in defining non-equilibrium monolayer structure and response, specific to a nucleating subphase chemistry. In particular, the interactions in mixed alcohol/carboxylic acid systems have been explored on four different subphases: ultrapure water, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and a calcium carbonate crystallising subphase. Area per molecule, surface pressure and surface potential were analysed as a function of mol% ratio of acid to alcohol on each of the subphases. Comparison of the data across the subphases showed that three main interactions dictate the behaviour of the monolayer: (1) formation of a hydrogen-bonding network (predominantly dominating intramonolayer structure), (2) electrostatic interactions between the charged monolayer and strongly binding counterions and (3) the formation of a hydrogen-bonded soap network induced by the presence of bicarbonate coions. The latter provides a potential mechanism for defining directionality of interfacial interactions, and therefore face-selective nucleation.
Nucleation of calcium carbonate was achieved on mixed octadecanoic acid/octadecanol Langmuir monolayers. Two different nucleation regimes are distinguished based on monolayer alcohol content corresponding to the zone axes [01.0] (high alcohol content, weak or no interaction between the critical calcium carbonate nucleus and the monolayer) and [11.0] (low alcohol content, stronger face selective nucleation). The cation-mediated hydrogen-bonded soap network, is disrupted by the presence of the alcohol, resulting in a reduced interaction between, the monolayer and the subphase. This leads to little or no control over the nucleating crystal. The alcohol, concentration at which the transition between the two preferential, zone axes occurs is weakly dependent on growth pressure. No other variation with growth pressure was observed. ©2009 American Chemical Society.
Henderson, GE, Murray, BJ & McGrath, KM 2008, 'Controlled variation of calcite morphology using simple carboxylic acids', JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, vol. 310, no. 18, pp. 4190-4198.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Exocytosis is a key biological process that controls the neurotransmission and release of hormones from cells. In endocrine cells, hormones are packed into secretory vesicles and released into the extracellular environment via openings in the plasma membrane, a few hundred nanometers wide, which form as a result of fusion of the membranes of the granule and cell. The complex processes and dynamics that result in the formation of the fusion pore, as well as its structure, remain scantly understood. A number of different exocytosis mechanisms have been postulated. Furthermore, the possibility exists that several mechanisms occur simultaneously. We present here an investigation of the cell membrane dynamics during exocytosis in anterior pituitary cells, especially gonadotropes, which secrete LH, a hormone central to ovulation. Gonadotrope enrichment was achieved using immunolabeled magnetic nanobeads. Three complementary imaging techniques were used to realize a fine structure study of the dynamics of the exocytosis-like sites occurring during secretion. Living pituitary and gonadotrope-enriched cells were imaged with atomic force microscopy, as well as cells that had been fixed to obtain better resolution. Atomic force microscopy, along with scanning and transmission electron microscopy, studies of these cells revealed that there are at least two different site configurations: simple single fusion pores and a complex association of pores consisting of a simple primary site combined with secondary attachments.
Controlling stability and aging of emulsions is important from commercial and scientific perspectives. Achieving such control comes through gaining an understanding of the relationship between emulsion constituents and microstructure and how these influence the kinetics and mechanism of destabilisation. We present here an investigation determining the rate of destabilisation as a function of time for a series of water/n-alkane/Triton X-100 oil-in-water emulsions. The time dependence of the emulsions was investigated using static light scattering, PFG-NMR and measurement of gross phase separation. By changing the chain length of the oil from hexane to tetradecane, an almost five orders of magnitude variation in emulsion lifetime could be achieved, while maintaining most of the other chemical and physical characteristics of the emulsions. Further, we show that while Ostwald ripening is the dominant destabilisation mechanism, two distinct regimes are evident. Initially, we observed an enhanced Ostwald ripening regime due to the presence of oil-swollen micelles in the aqueous continuum, that is a depletion flocculation mechanism is followed. The presence of oil-swollen micelles was confirmed using PFG-NMR. The micelles aid the gross oil transport between the discrete oil domains. Upon phase separation the oil-swollen micelles are predominantly removed from the emulsion along with the excess water resulting in a concomitant reduction in the ripening rate, producing the more general Ostwald ripening cubic dependence of droplet radius as a function of time for the lower molecular weight oils. The oils with higher molecular weight (decane and above), however, were observed to switch over to destabilisation via creaming. PFG-NMR was shown to be a powerful technique to fully probe emulsion microstructure as a function of time with droplet size and spacing being directly obtained from the data.
Egger, H & McGrath, KM 2006, 'Estimating depletion layer thickness in colloidal systems: Correlation with oil-in-water emulsion composition', COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, vol. 275, no. 1-3, pp. 107-113.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hubbard, PL, McGrath, KM & Callaghan, PT 2006, 'Evolution of a lamellar domain structure for an equilibrating lyotropic liquid crystal', JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, vol. 110, no. 42, pp. 20781-20788.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hubbard, PL, McGrath, KM & Callaghan, PT 2006, 'Orientational anisotropy in the polydomain lamellar phase of a lyotropic liquid crystal', LANGMUIR, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 3999-4003.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hubbard, PL, McGrath, KM & Callaghan, PT 2005, 'A study of anisotropic water self-diffusion and defects in the lamellar mesophase', LANGMUIR, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 4340-4346.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Liu, EH & McGrath, KM 2005, 'Emulsion microstructure and energy input, roles in emulsion stability', COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, vol. 262, no. 1-3, pp. 101-112.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Liu, E-H, Egger, H & McGrath, KM 2005, 'Effect of oil on emulsion characteristics: manipulating the interfacial domain.', The journal of physical chemistry. B, vol. 109, no. 27, pp. 13332-13341.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In this paper, two ternary systems (water, Triton X-100, and octane or tetradecane) were investigated using freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy, rheology, laser diffraction particle sizing, and pulse field gradient NMR (PFG-NMR). Oil-in-water dispersed droplet emulsions were prepared for Triton X-100 concentrations of 8-12 wt % while maintaining a surfactant-to-oil weight ratio of 1:5. The stability of the emulsions significantly increased with both the surfactant concentration and the chain length of the oil component. The PFG-NMR results could be explained as a superposition of three different types of diffusion: restricted diffusion of the oil in the droplets and free and restricted diffusion of the droplets themselves. The PFG-NMR results were correlated with the electron microscopy images and the particle-sizing data. Moreover, to gain a greater understanding of the role of the oil-surfactant interactions, in particular, the present investigations were placed in context with an earlier publication where toluene was used as the oil with the same emulsifier. The change from the aromatic oil, which is a better solvent for the surfactant, to an alkane-based oil dramatically changed the characteristics of the interfacial domain. On one hand, the concentration range for the formation of emulsions and the variety of microstructures realized were severely restricted and reduced when using the alkanes as compared with toluene. On the other hand, the interfacial film was much more stable leading to an extremely reduced rate of droplet coalescence.
Nowostawska, U, Sander, SG, McGrath, KM & Hunter, KA 2005, 'Effect of trivalent metal sulfates on the coagulation and particle interactions of alumina colloids', COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, vol. 266, no. 1-3, pp. 200-206.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Nowostawska, U, Sander, SG, McGrath, KM & Hunter, KA 2005, 'Effects of coagulants on the surface forces of colloidal alumina under water treatment conditions', COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, vol. 266, no. 1-3, pp. 214-222.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Dickinson, SR & McGrath, KM 2004, 'Aqueous precipitation of calcium carbonate modified by hydroxyl-containing compounds', CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 1411-1418.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Enlow, JD, Enlow, RL, McGrath, KM & Tate, MW 2004, 'Modeling liquid crystal bilayer structures with minimal surfaces.', The Journal of chemical physics, vol. 120, no. 4, pp. 1981-1989.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This paper describes a new convenient and accurate method of calculating x-ray diffraction integrated intensities from detailed cubic bilayer structures. The method is employed to investigate the structure of a particular surfactant system (didodecyldimethylammonium bromide in a solution of oil and heavy water), for which single-crystal experimental data have recently been collected. The diffracted peak intensities correlate well with theoretical structures based on mathematical minimal surfaces. Optimized electron density profiles of the bilayer are presented, providing new insight into key features of the bilayer structure.
MacKenzie, CR, Wilbanks, SM & McGrath, KM 2004, 'Superimposed effect of kinetics and echinoderm glycoproteins on hierarchical growth of calcium carbonate', Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 1238-1244.View/Download from: Publisher's site
We present here the synthesis of hierarchical calcite, grown in the presence of acidic glycoproteins isolated from adult spines of the sea urchin Evechinus chloroticus. Hierarchical growth is only achieved when kinetic growth control (attained for high concentrations of calcium ion) is superimposed on the thermodynamic constraints imposed by crystal growth under limiting carbon dioxide in the presence of glycoproteins. Cleaved oligosaccharides produce analogous hierarchical structures, suggesting that they provide a similar growth environment for the calcium carbonate as the parent glycoproteins. Their effect is achieved at lower concentration as compared with the glycoproteins. Deglycosylated protein does not produce this effect and at high concentrations completely inhibits calcium carbonate growth.
Bokern, DG, Ducker, WA, Hunter, KA & McGrath, KM 2003, 'Surfactant self-assembly at the barite-solution interface', COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, vol. 229, no. 1-3, pp. 43-53.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bokern, DG, Hunter, KA & McGrath, KM 2003, 'Charged barite-aqueous solution interface: Surface potential and atomically resolved visualization', LANGMUIR, vol. 19, no. 24, pp. 10019-10027.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Dickinson, SR & McGrath, KM 2003, 'Switching between kinetic and thermodynamic control: calcium carbonate growth in the presence of a simple alcohol', JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 928-933.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Liu, EH, Callaghan, PT & McGrath, KM 2003, 'Bicontinuous and closed-cell foam emulsions as continuum structures in an oil in water emulsion system', LANGMUIR, vol. 19, no. 18, pp. 7249-7258.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bokern, DG, Ducker, WAC, Hunter, KA & McGrath, KM 2002, 'Surface imaging of a natural mineral surface using scanning-probe microscopy', JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, vol. 246, no. 1-2, pp. 139-149.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Dickinson, SR, Henderson, GE & McGrath, KM 2002, 'Controlling the kinetic versus thermodynamic crystallisation of calcium carbonate', JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, vol. 244, no. 3-4, pp. 369-378.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Badwal, SPS & Ciacchi, FT 2001, 'Ceramic membrane technologies for oxygen separation', ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol. 13, no. 12-13, pp. 993-+.View/Download from: 3.0.CO;2-#">Publisher's site
Dickinson, SR & Mcgrath, KM 2001, 'Quantitative determination of binary and tertiary calcium carbonate mixtures using powder X-ray diffraction', ANALYST, vol. 126, no. 7, pp. 1118-1121.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGrath, KM, Barker, MF, Dickinson, SR, Henderson, G, MacKenzie, CR & Wilbanks, SM 2001, 'Controlling calcium carbonate precipitation in the presence of biological and organic molecules', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 4590, pp. 14-25.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Biomineralisation arises due to a partnership between the biological and inorganic components of a living system. The final structure and form of the inorganic material is in some way controlled by the nature of the specific organic entities present. This manifests itself in the initiation of the growth, by providing the appropriate matrix in which the inorganic material forms and/or by providing a "defect" base such that the inorganic crystal packing may be appropriately perturbed. Working with proteins is not necessarily the best or easiest way to understand a physical process and over past years people have turned to simple organic molecules, surfactants, small biological moieties and organic substrates in order to determine, at least in part, the import of organic/inorganic interactions during the growth of the inorganic material. As one example of these additives, surfactants, which represent approximately 50% of the cell membrane, display a diverse and vast array of geometrical forms in aqueous solution, many of which bare striking resemblance to biominerals, albeit on considerably smaller length scales. They also have the ability to associate in solution with inorganic material precursors, such as calcium ions. Hence, while they may not be the main driving force in the formation of biominerals, they are certainly present during the process and may, when used as model systems, allow us some way into the world of nanomaterials. Surfactants, a series of simple alcohols and carboxylic acids, and proteins extracted from the spines of adult sea urchins, have been used by our group to study the formation of calcium carbonate based inorganic materials. The growth of the calcium carbonate is significantly affected by the inclusions, with deviations varying from simple stepped growth to the formation of curved surfaces.
McGrath, KM, Dabbs, DM, Yao, N, Edler, KJ, Aksay, IA & Gruner, SM 2000, 'Silica gels with tunable nanopores through templating of the L-3 phase', LANGMUIR, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 398-406.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yang, Y, Prudhomme, R, McGrath, KM, Richetti, P & Marques, CM 1998, 'Confinement of polysoaps in membrane lyotropic phases', Physical Review Letters, vol. 80, no. 12, pp. 2729-2732.View/Download from: Publisher's site
We study the confinement of polysoaps in lyotropic smectic (Lα) and sponge (L3) solutions of the nonionic surfactant pentaethylene glycol dodecyl ether (C12EO5). The polysoap is a hydrophobically modified polymer with n-tetradecyl sidegroups randomly grafted to a polyacrylate backbone. Without the hydrophobic side chains the backbone polymer cannot be embedded into the intermembrane space, but confinement is achieved for a polysoap with as low as 1% of grafted groups. We measure by small angle x-ray and neutron scattering an increase of the bending rigidity of the lamellar membranes as a function of polysoap concentration. © 1998 The American Physical Society.
McGrath, KM 1997, 'Formation of two lamellar phases in the dilute region of a quasiternary surfactant system', Langmuir, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1987-1995.
In the dilute region (between 65 and 95% solvent by weight) of the quasiternary system cetylpyridinium chloride/hexanol/1 wt % NaCl solution two distinct lamellar phases have been observed to exist. The two phases differ in several physical aspects including their inherent defect nature, turbidity, density, viscosity, and characteristic interlamellar distance. The existence of a region of coexistence between the two lamellar phases is masked by its extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, the formation of a mesoemulsion, and the often extremely long equilibration times. A neutral polymer, polyacrylamide, was added as a component of the solvent to the system and was taken up more readily by the more dilute lamellar phase.
McGrath, KM, Dabbs, DM, Yao, N, Aksay, IA & Gruner, SM 1997, 'Formation of a silicate L-3 phase with continuously adjustable pore sizes', SCIENCE, vol. 277, no. 5325, pp. 552-556.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Putnam, RL, Nakagawa, N, McGrath, KM, Yao, N, Aksay, IA, Gruner, SM & Navrotsky, A 1997, 'Titanium dioxide-surfactant mesophases and Ti-TMS1', CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, vol. 9, no. 12, pp. 2690-+.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Srisiri, W, Sisson, TM, OBrien, DF, McGrath, KM, Han, YQ & Gruner, SM 1997, 'Polymerization of the inverted hexagonal phase', JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 119, no. 21, pp. 4866-4873.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mahjoub, HF, McGrath, KM & Kléman, M 1996, 'Phase transition induced by shearing of a sponge phase', Langmuir, vol. 12, no. 13, pp. 3131-3138.
For the first time it has been shown that upon shearing of a sponge phase in a Couette cell a phase transition to a new highly birefringent phase with the same viscosity was induced. This transition is dependent upon the concentration of solvent, the length of time of shearing, and the history of the system.
McGrath, KM 1996, 'Polymerisation of liquid crystalline phases in binary surfactant/water systems .2. omega-undecenyltrimethylammonium bromide', COLLOID AND POLYMER SCIENCE, vol. 274, no. 5, pp. 399-409.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGrath, KM 1996, 'Polymerisation of liquid crystalline phases in binary surfactant/water systems .3. Sodium 10-undecenoate', COLLOID AND POLYMER SCIENCE, vol. 274, no. 6, pp. 499-512.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGrath, KM & Drummond, CJ 1996, 'Polymerisation of liquid crystalline phases in binary surfactant water systems .1. Allyldodecyldimethylammonium bromide and allyldidodecylmethylammonium bromide', COLLOID AND POLYMER SCIENCE, vol. 274, no. 4, pp. 316-333.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGrath, KM & Drummond, CJ 1996, 'Polymerisation of liquid crystalline phases in binary surfactant/water systems .4. Dodecyldimethylammoniumethylmethacrylate bromide', COLLOID AND POLYMER SCIENCE, vol. 274, no. 7, pp. 612-621.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Langmuir monolayers offer the possibility of a facile method for controlling crystal nucleation. Despite such promise, to date, while many studies have been reported, an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the monolayer in order to readily and reproducibly achieve controlled and defined facial nucleation has not been achieved. Six fatty acid monolayer systems, based on octadecanoic acid, have been investigated that differ by one functional group only, five at the α position, H, OH, Br, CH3, and COOH, and one at the β position (OH). The monolayer behavior of these six systems was investigated on each of pure water, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and calcium carbonate crystallizing subphases. Isotherm characteristics, modified on addition of subphase ions, are explained based on the strength of interaction of the surfactant headgroup with the calcium counterion: COOH and OH (α position) being strong binders of calcium ions, H and OH (β position) medium binders, and CH3 and Br weak binders. This coupled with the influence of the bicarbonate co-ion inducing the formation of a cation-mediate hydrogen bonded network and the monolayer fluidity reveal that the greatest degree of control over calcium carbonate nucleation events is afforded by disordered (predominantly in the hydrocarbon tail region) monolayers composed of weak counterion binding head groups. Collectively, these enable significant participation of the co-ion in generating a network pre-emptive of calcium carbonate nucleation. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Hodgkinson, IJ, Wu, Q & McGrath, KM 1999, 'Moisture adsorption effects in biaxial and chiral optical thin film coatings', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, pp. 184-194.
Thin film form birefringence depends on the shape or bunching of nanostructural columns and on the difference in the refractive indices of the columns and the surrounding voids. When moisture from the atmosphere enters the nanostructure the linear form birefringence may decrease by a large amount, of the order of 50%. However, current data refers to tilted-columnar films. We report here on moisture penetration effects in films fabricated by serial bideposition and engineered for large linear form birefringence or large circular form birefrigence. As well, we consider post-deposition processes that may retard the uptake of moisture. Vacuum deposition results in oxygen deficient surfaces which rapidly absorb oxygen from the atmosphere either in the form of O2 or H2O. In order to retard water uptake this deficiency must be reduced, possibly by annealing samples in an oxygen rich atmosphere subsequent to deposition. Alternatively, surface oxide and hydroxyl groups can be rendered hydrophobic via reaction with silane derivatives. Both methods have been tested for their effectiveness in retarding water uptake.
Mahjoub, HF, Bourgaux, C, McGrath, KM, Tassin, JF & Kleman, M 1997, 'Sponge phase under shear', Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings, pp. 145-150.
The L3 phase under shear transforms to a lamellar phase L*α above some critical shear rate. We study the sequence of successive states (rheothinning, flow birefringence, transition region, lamellar) with simultaneous rheooptical methods, in situ X-ray scattering, and light microscopy observations. The transition region is biphasic, and the two phases display epitaxial relationship immediately after shearing is ceased.