Depletion interactions in suspensions of spheres and rod-polymers

Y. L. Chen, K. S. Schweizer

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The thermodynamic and structural properties of ideal and repelling rigid rod-polymers were studied by using liquid-state integral equations. The function of the rod aspect ratio and sphere/rod size asymmetry was analyzed over a wide range of system parameters encompassing the colloid, nanoparticle and crossover regimes. The results showed that the liquid-state theory underestimates depletion attractions effects in the colloidal regime of short rods and large spheres due to nonlocal entropic repulsion effects between polymers and particles not captured by the classic Percus-Yevick approximations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1351-1362
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 15 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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