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Theoretical description of the thermomolecular orientation of anisotropic colloids

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Abstract

Thermal fields bring new opportunities to manipulate colloidal suspensions. Mass anisotropy inside the colloid leads to the thermal orientation effect and to a non-monotonic dependence of the thermophoretic force with the mass of the colloid. We show here that the thermal orientation of these anisotropic colloids can be described using the von Mises probability distribution. We derive equations that link the orientation to the internal degrees of freedom of the colloid, and test these equations using both atomistic and mesoscopic stochastic rotation dynamics simulations. Our approach can be used to describe the thermophoretic response of anisotropic colloids as a function of their size and composition.

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The article was received on 31 Oct 2018, accepted on 19 Dec 2018 and first published on 19 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP06780E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 1131-1140

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    Theoretical description of the thermomolecular orientation of anisotropic colloids

    J. D. Olarte-Plata and F. Bresme, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 1131
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP06780E

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