Volume 83, Number 3, August 2008
Article Number 34004
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 21 July 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 34004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/34004

Dispersion of charged tracers in charged porous media

B. Rotenberg1, 2, I. Pagonabarraga3 and D. Frenkel1, 4

1  FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics - Kruislaan 407, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, EU
2  ANDRA - Parc de la Croix Blanche, 1/7 rue Jean Monnet 92298 Châtenay Malabry cedex, France, EU
3  Departament de Fisica Fonamental, Universitat de Barcelona - Carrer Martí i Franqués 1, 08028-Barcelona, Spain, EU
4  Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge - Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK, EU

received 17 April 2008; accepted in final form 16 June 2008; published August 2008
published online 21 July 2008

We report a lattice-Boltzmann scheme to compute the dispersion of charged tracers in charged porous media under the combined effect of advection, diffusion and electro-migration. To this end, we extend the moment propagation approach, introduced to study the dispersion of neutral tracers (LOWE C. and FRENKEL D., Phys. Rev. Lett., 77 (1996) 4552), to include the effect of electrostatic forces. This method allows us to compute the velocity autocorrelation function of the charged tracers with high accuracy. The algorithm is validated studying the dispersion coefficient in the case of electro-osmotic flow in a slit without added salt. We find excellent agreement between the numerical and analytical results. This method also provides the full time dependence of the diffusion coefficient, including for charged tracers. We illustrate on the slit case how D(t), which is measured by NMR to probe the geometry of porous media, reflects how the porosity explored by tracers depends on their charge.

47.11.-j - Computational methods in fluid dynamics.
47.56.+r - Flows through porous media.
47.57.jb - Microemulsions.

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