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Detachment dynamics of colloidal spheres with adhesive interactions

Journal article
Authors Johan Bergenholtz
Published in Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume 97
Issue 4
ISSN 1539-3755
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Language en
Keywords desorption, detachment, Brownian motion, diffusion
Subject categories Surface and colloid chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Statistical mechanics


Escape of colloidal-size particles from various kinds of solids, such as aggregates and surfaces, occurs in a wide variety of settings of both fundamental and applied scientific interest. In this paper an exact solution for the detachment of adhesive spheres from each other by means of diffusion is presented. The solution takes into account repeated detachment and reattachment events in the course of time on the way toward the permanently separated state. For strongly adhesive spheres this state is approached in an exponential manner essentially regardless of how the bound state is specified. The analytical solution is shown to capture semiquantitatively the escape from more realistic potential wells using a mapping procedure whereby equality of second virial coefficients is imposed.

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