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Liquid crystal phases of charged colloidal platelets.
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PMID:  15379478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The liquid crystal phase behavior of a suspension of charged gibbsite [Al(OH)3] platelets is investigated. By variation of the ionic strength, we are able to tune the effective thickness-to-diameter ratio of the platelets in suspension. This enables us to experimentally test the liquid crystal phase transition scenario that was first predicted a decade ago by computer simulations for hard platelets (Veerman, J. A. C.; Frenkel, D. Phys. Rev. A 1992, 45, 5632), that is, the isotropic (I) to nematic (N) and isotropic to columnar (C) phase transitions in one colloidal suspension. In addition to the shape-dependent thermodynamic driving force, the effect of gravity is important. For example, a biphasic (I-N) suspension becomes triphasic (I-N-C) on prolonged standing. This effect is described by a simple osmotic compression model.
David van der Beek; Henk N W Lekkerkerker
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0743-7463     ISO Abbreviation:  Langmuir     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-21     Completed Date:  2006-08-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882736     Medline TA:  Langmuir     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8582-6     Citation Subset:  -    
Van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Debye Institute, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH, The Netherlands.
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