3 years ago

Field-driven dynamical demixing of binary mixtures.

André S. Nunes, Akshat Gupta, Margarida M. Telo da Gama, Nuno A. M. Araújo

We consider mixtures of two species of spherical colloidal particles that differ in their hydrodynamic radii, but are otherwise identical, in the presence of an external field. Since the particle-particle and particle-field interactions are the same for both species, they are completely mixed in the thermodynamic limit in the presence of any static field. Here, we combine Brownian Dynamics and Dynamic Density Functional theory of fluids to show that for sufficiently large differences in the hydrodynamic radius of the particles (and corresponding differences in their electrophoretic mobilities) dynamical demixing is observed. These demixed states are transient but, under certain conditions, packing effects compromise the relaxation towards the thermodynamic states and the lifetime of the demixed phases increases significantly.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.10205

DOI: arXiv:1801.10205v1

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