Phase stability of dispersions of hollow silica nanocubes mediated by non-adsorbing polymers

Abstract.

Although there are theoretical predictions (Eur. Phys. J. E 41, 110 (2018)) for the rich-phase behaviour of colloidal cubes mixed with non-adsorbing polymers, a thorough verification of this phase behaviour is still underway; experimental studies on mixtures of cubes and non-adsorbing polymers in bulk are scarce. In this paper, mixtures of hollow silica nanocubes and linear polystyrene in N,-N-dimethylformamide are used to measure the structure factor of the colloidal cubes as a function of non-adsorbing polymer concentration. Together with visual observations these structure factors enabled us to assess the depletion-mediated phase stability of cube-polymer mixtures. The theoretical and experimental phase boundaries for cube-depletant mixtures are in remarkable agreement, despite the simplifications underlying the theory employed.

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Dekker, F., González García, Á., Philipse, A.P. et al. Phase stability of dispersions of hollow silica nanocubes mediated by non-adsorbing polymers. Eur. Phys. J. E 43, 38 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1140/epje/i2020-11962-y

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