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Revision as of 22:44, 12 September 2009

Original entry: Xu Zhang, APPHY 225, Fall 2009

Reference

New Developments in Colloid Science D.A. Weitz and W.B. Russel, MRS Bull. Feb 2004 83 (2004)

Keywords

colloids, colloidal materials, "directed" assembly, rheology, suspensions

Summary

This article summarizes several new developments of colloid science in two aspects: "directed" assembly of colloidal particles and understanding in rheology of colloidal suspensions.

Directed Assembly

Various methods

1) Using depletion interaction

Controllable elements: 1.surface treatment 2.solvent choice 3.addition of other materials

2) Applying additional stresses ( Van Blaaderen ) Ex. a hard wall that restricts the states of the colloidal suspension, electric and magnetic fields, surface stresses induced by drying, oder imposed by patterned surfaces, gravitational effects,etc.

Main Obstacle

  The surface energy drives the interface of the particle to be spherical, which places fundamental limitations on the structures that can be built.