This paper investigates numerically the shear-induced aggregation of mixed populations of colloidal particles leading to the formation of clusters. Suspensions with different amounts of positively and negatively charged colloidal particles are simulated. To resolve the aggregation kinetics and structural properties of the formed clusters, we resort to a mixed deterministic-stochastic simulation method. The method is built on a combination of a Monte Carlo algorithm to sample a statistically expected sequence of encounter events between the suspended particles and a discrete element method built in the framework of Stokesian dynamics to simulate the encounters in a fully predictive manner. Results reveal a strong influence of the composition of the population on both the aggregation kinetics and the aggregate structure. In particular, we observe a size-stabilization phenomenon taking place in the suspension when the relative concentration of the majority particles lies in the range 80-85%; i.e., starting from primary particles, after a short growth period, we observed a cessation of aggregation. Inspection of the aggregate morphology shows that the formed clusters are composed of few minority particles placed in the inner region, while the aggregate surface is covered by majority particles, acting to provide a shielding effect against further growth.
Shear-Induced Heteroaggregation of Oppositely Charged Colloidal Particles / Frungieri, Graziano; Babler, Matthaus U.; Vanni, Marco. - In: LANGMUIR. - ISSN 0743-7463. - STAMPA. - 36:36(2020), pp. 10739-10749.
|Titolo:||Shear-Induced Heteroaggregation of Oppositely Charged Colloidal Particles|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01536|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|