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Effect of controlled corrugation on capillary condensation of colloid–polymer mixtures

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Abstract

We investigate with Monte Carlo computer simulations the capillary phase behaviour of model colloid–polymer mixtures confined between a flat wall and a corrugated wall. The corrugation is modelled via a sine wave as a function of one of the in-plane coordinates leading to a depletion attraction between colloids and the corrugated wall that is curvature dependent. We find that for an increased amplitude of corrugation the region of the phase diagram where capillary condensation occurs becomes larger. We derive a Kelvin equation for this system and compare its predictions to the simulation results. We find good agreement between the theory and simulation indicating that the primary reason for the stronger capillary condensation is an increased contact area between the fluid and the corrugated substrate. On the other hand, the colloid adsorption curves at colloid gas–liquid coexistence show that the increased area is not solely responsible for the stronger capillary condensation. Additionally, we analyse the dimensional crossover from a quasi-2D to a quasi-1D system and find that the transition is characterised by the appearance of a metastable phase.

Graphical abstract: Effect of controlled corrugation on capillary condensation of colloid–polymer mixtures

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Submitted
18 Nov 2012
Accepted
06 Feb 2013
First published
01 Mar 2013

Soft Matter, 2013,9, 3994-4002
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Paper

Effect of controlled corrugation on capillary condensation of colloid–polymer mixtures

A. Fortini and M. Schmidt, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 3994 DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27659G

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