Competing chemical and hydrodynamic interactions in autophoretic colloidal suspensions.
The Journal of chemical physics
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Singh, R., Adhikari, R., & Cates, M. (2019). Competing chemical and hydrodynamic interactions in autophoretic colloidal suspensions.. The Journal of chemical physics, 151 (4), 044901. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5090179
At the surfaces of autophoretic colloids, slip velocities arise from local chemical gradients that are many-body functions of particle configuration and activity. For rapid chemical diffusion, coupled with slip-induced hydrodynamic interactions, we deduce the chemohydrodynamic forces and torques between colloids. For bottom-heavy particles above a no-slip wall, the forces can be expressed as gradients of a nonequilibrium potential which, by tuning the type of activity, can be varied from repulsive to attractive. When this potential has a barrier, we find arrested phase separation with a mean cluster size set by competing chemical and hydrodynamic interactions. These are controlled, in turn, by the monopolar and dipolar contributions to the active chemical surface fluxes.
Royal Society (NF170411)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (740269)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5090179
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/296034
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