Stokesian dynamic simulations and analyses of interfacial and bulk colloidal fluids
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Understanding dynamics of colloidal dispersions is important for several applications ranging from coatings such as paints to growing colloidal crystals for photonic bandgap materials. The research outlined in this dissertation describes the use of Monte Carlo and Stokesian Dynamic simulations to model colloidal dispersions, and the development of theoretical expressions to quantify and predict dynamics of colloidal dispersions. The emphasis is on accurately modeling conservative, Brownian, and hydrodynamic forces to model dynamics of colloidal dispersions. In addition, we develop theoretical expressions for quantifying self-diffusion in colloids interacting via different particle-particle and particle-wall potentials. Specifically, we have used simulations to quantitatively explain the observation of anomalous attraction between like-charged colloids, develop a new criterion for percolation in attractive colloidal fluids, and validate the use of analytical expressions for quantifying diffusion in interfacial colloidal fluids. The results of this work contribute to understanding dynamics in interfacial and bulk colloidal fluids.
Anekal, Samartha Guha (2003). Stokesian dynamic simulations and analyses of interfacial and bulk colloidal fluids. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from