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Thermophoresis: moving particles with thermal gradients

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Abstract

Thermophoresis is particle motion induced by thermal gradients. Akin to other nonequilibrium transport processes such as thermal diffusion in fluid mixtures, it is both experimentally and theoretically a challenging subject. New insights stemming from careful experimental surveys and strict theoretical models have however shed light on the underlying physical mechanisms, enabling depiction of thermophoresis as a subtle interfacial effect. These recent advancements open up alluring perspectives to exploit thermophoresis as a novel tool in macromolecular fractionation, microfluidic manipulation, and selective tuning of colloidal structures.

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The article was first published on 24 Jul 2008


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B805888C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 1740-1744

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    Thermophoresis: moving particles with thermal gradients

    R. Piazza, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1740
    DOI: 10.1039/B805888C

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