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Structural and dynamical evolution of colloid-polymer mixtures on crossing glass and gel transition as seen by optical microrheology and mechanical bulk rheology

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Abstract

We present a study of the evolution of structural properties and dynamical behaviour of colloidal complex systems, as seen by two techniques working on two different length scales. Our system consists of a binary mixture at high volume fraction of internally crosslinked polystyrene microgels dispersed in an organic solvent. In this colloidal binary mixture the total polydispersity of the system has been artificially increased in order to “tentatively” suppress crystallization. We have studied concentrated repulsive and attractive systems. In the first case, the colloidal particles have a ‘nearly’ hard sphere interaction. In latter case, we have introduced an attractive interaction via Asakura-Oosawa potential using free linear polymer added to this system. We characterize the mechanical properties applying dynamic light scattering based optical microrheology at the microscopic level, and mechanical bulk rheology at the macroscopic level. We compare the results obtained by both techniques finding, under certain conditions, discrepancies attributed to existing heterogeneities. Analyzing the observed discrepancies, we propose a qualitative model of structural and dynamical evolution of the studied systems.

Graphical abstract: Structural and dynamical evolution of colloid-polymer mixtures on crossing glass and gel transition as seen by optical microrheology and mechanical bulk rheology

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The article was received on 07 Jul 2011, accepted on 19 Oct 2011 and first published on 18 Nov 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06285A
Soft Matter, 2012,8, 1033-1046

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    Structural and dynamical evolution of colloid-polymer mixtures on crossing glass and gel transition as seen by optical microrheology and mechanical bulk rheology

    A. Kozina, P. Díaz-Leyva, C. Friedrich and E. Bartsch, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 1033
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06285A

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