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Title: Structure, thermodynamic properties, and phase diagrams of few colloids confined in a spherical pore

We study a system of few colloids confined in a small spherical cavity with event driven molecular dynamics simulations in the canonical ensemble. The colloidal particles interact through a short range square-well potential that takes into account the basic elements of attraction and excluded-volume repulsion of the interaction among colloids. We analyze the structural and thermodynamic properties of this few-body confined system in the framework of inhomogeneous fluids theory. Pair correlation function and density profile are used to determine the structure and the spatial characteristics of the system. Pressure on the walls, internal energy, and surface quantities such as surface tension and adsorption are also analyzed for a wide range of densities and temperatures. We have characterized systems from 2 to 6 confined particles, identifying distinctive qualitative behavior over the thermodynamic plane T − ρ, in a few-particle equivalent to phase diagrams of macroscopic systems. Applying the extended law of corresponding states, the square well interaction is mapped to the Asakura-Oosawa model for colloid-polymer mixtures. We link explicitly the temperature of the confined square-well fluid to the equivalent packing fraction of polymers in the Asakura-Oosawa model. Using this approach, we study the confined system of few colloids in a colloid-polymermore » mixture.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Centro Atómico Constituyentes, CNEA, Av.Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  2. (Argentina)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490854
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 97 MATHEMATICAL METHODS AND COMPUTING; ADSORPTION; COLLOIDS; CORRELATION FUNCTIONS; DENSITY; INTERACTIONS; MIXTURES; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; PARTICLES; PHASE DIAGRAMS; POLYMERS; SIMULATION; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION; SQUARE-WELL POTENTIAL; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES