Theory of kinetic arrest, elasticity, and yielding in dense binary mixtures of rods and spheres

Ryan Jadrich, Kenneth S. Schweizer

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We extend the quiescent and stressed versions of naïve mode coupling theory to treat the dynamical arrest, shear modulus, and absolute yielding of particle mixtures where one or more species is a nonrotating nonspherical object. The theory is applied in detail to dense isotropic "chemically matched" mixtures of variable aspect ratio rods and spheres that interact via repulsive and short range attractive site-site pair potentials. A remarkably rich ideal kinetic arrest behavior is predicted with up to eight "dynamical phases" emerging: an ergodic fluid, partially localized states where the spheres remain fluid but the rods can be a gel, repulsive glass or attractive glass, doubly localized glasses and gels, a porous rod gel plus sphere glass, and a narrow window where a type of rod glass and gel localization coexist. Dynamical complexity increases with rod length and the introduction of attractive forces between all species which both enhance gel network formation. Multiple dynamic reentrant features and triple points are predicted, and each dynamic phase has unique particle localization characteristics and mechanical properties. Orders of magnitude variation of the linear shear modulus and absolute yield stress are found as rod length, mixture composition and the detailed nature of interparticle attractions are varied. The interplay of total (high) mixture packing fraction and composition at fixed temperature is also briefly studied. The present work provides a foundation to study more complex rod-sphere mixtures of both biological and synthetic interest that include physical features such as interaction site size asymmetry, rod-sphere specific attractions, and/or Coulomb repulsion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061503
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 14 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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