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Electrophoretic properties of highly charged colloids: a hybrid molecular dynamics/lattice Boltzmann simulation study.
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PMID:  17313244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Using computer simulations, the electrophoretic motion of a positively charged colloid (macroion) in an electrolyte solution is studied in the framework of the primitive model. In this model, the electrolyte is considered as a system of negatively and positively charged microions (counterions and coions, respectively) that are immersed into a structureless medium. Hydrodynamic interactions are fully taken into account by applying a hybrid simulation scheme, where the charged ions (i.e., macroion and electrolyte), propagated via molecular dynamics, are coupled to a lattice Boltzmann (LB) fluid. In a recent electrophoretic experiment by Martin-Molina et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 6881 (2002)], it was shown that, for multivalent salt ions, the mobility mu initially increases with charge density sigma, reaches a maximum, and then decreases with further increase of sigma. The aim of the present work is to elucidate the behavior of mu at high values of sigma. Even for the case of monovalent microions, a decrease of mu with sigma is found. A dynamic Stern layer is defined that includes all the counterions that move with the macroion while subjected to an external electrical field. The number of counterions in the Stern layer, q(0), is a crucial parameter for the behavior of mu at high values of sigma. In this case, the mobility mu depends primarily on the ratio q(0)/Q (with Q the valency of the macroion). The previous contention that the increase in the distortion of the electric double layer (EDL) with increasing sigma leads to the lowering of mu does not hold for high sigma. In fact, it is shown that the deformation of the EDL decreases with the increase of sigma. The role of hydrodynamic interactions is inferred from direct comparisons to Langevin simulations where the coupling to the LB fluid is switched off. Moreover, systems with divalent counterions are considered. In this case, at high values of sigma the phenomenon of charge inversion is found.
Apratim Chatterji; Jürgen Horbach
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of chemical physics     Volume:  126     ISSN:  0021-9606     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-22     Completed Date:  2007-04-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375360     Medline TA:  J Chem Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  064907     Citation Subset:  -    
Institut für Physik, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz, Germany.
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