Structure of charged colloid-polymer mixtures
Departamento de Física Aplicada, Grupo de Física de Fluidos y Biocoloides, Universidad de Granada E-18071 Granada, Spain, EU
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Accepted: 2 June 2010
We use a light scattering technique to investigate the effect of adding non-adsorbing charged polymers to a very dilute electrostatically stabilized colloidal suspension at low electrolyte concentration. The experimental results show that, as the polymer concentration increases, the main peak of the colloid-colloid structure factor moves to higher q-values, which cannot be only due to the screening of the direct colloid-colloid electrostatic repulsion. We show that the colloid-polymer electrostatic repulsions lead to enhanced depletion forces that have a strong influence on the colloid structure, even for diluted suspensions. The experimental results are interpreted using the off-lattice Polymer Reference Interaction Site Model (PRISM), and very good agreement is found for all polymer concentrations.
PACS: 61.20.-p – Structure of liquids / 82.70.Dd – Colloids
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