The interaction between colloids in polar mixtures above T c Academic Article uri icon


  • We calculate the interaction potential between two charged colloids immersed in an aqueous mixture containing salt near or above the critical temperature. We find an attractive interaction far from the coexistence curve due to the combination of preferential solvent adsorption at the colloids' surface and preferential ion solvation. We show that the ion- specific interaction strongly depends on the amount of salt added as well as on the mixture composition. The calculations are in good agreement with recent experiments. For a …

publication date

  • April 21, 2012