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Particle-resolved instabilities in colloidal dispersions

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Abstract

For colloidal dispersions, recent progress in observing, understanding and describing instabilities resolved on the length scale of the individual particles is summarized. The instabilities are induced and triggered by external driving fields. Various kinds of instabilities are discussed, including the buckling transition of a colloidal monolayer, lane and band formation in oppositely driven binary mixtures, the classic Rayleigh–Taylor instability and clustering in rod-like systems under nonequilibrium. Particularly, the role of complementary approaches, like real-space experiments, computer simulations and theory is emphasized.

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Submitted
11 Nov 2009
Accepted
22 Feb 2010
First published
31 Mar 2010

Soft Matter, 2010,6, 3133-3142
Article type
Review Article

Particle-resolved instabilities in colloidal dispersions

H. Löwen, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 3133
DOI: 10.1039/B923685F

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