Polymer-Mediated Phase Stability of Colloids

  • Álvaro González García

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Álvaro González García
    Pages 1-18
  3. Spherical Colloids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Álvaro González García
      Pages 21-31
    3. Álvaro González García
      Pages 45-60
  4. Anisotropic Hard Colloids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Álvaro González García
      Pages 85-109
  5. Spherical Association Colloids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Álvaro González García
      Pages 113-129
    3. Álvaro González García
      Pages 131-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-151

About this book


Colloid–polymer mixtures are subject of intensive research due to their wide range of applicability, for instance in coatings and food-stuffs. This thesis constitutes a fundamental investigation towards a better control over the stability of such suspensions. Through the chapters, different key parameters governing the stability of colloid–polymer mixtures are explored. How the colloid (pigment) shape and the effective polymer-colloid affinity modulate the stability of the suspension are examples of these key parameters. Despise the mostly theoretical results presented, the thesis is written in a format accessible to a broad scientific audience. Some of the equations of state presented might of direct use to experimentalists.  Furthermore, new theoretical insights about colloid–polymer mixtures are put forward. These include four-phase coexistences in effective two-component, quantification of depletant partitioning at high colloidal concentrations, multiple re-entrant phase behaviour of the colloidal fluid–solid coexistence, and a condition where polymers are neither depleted nor adsorbed from/to the colloidal surface.


Re-entrant Phase Behaviour Colloid-polymer systems Four-phase coexistence colloid-polymer phase stability Stability control of suspension Depletion interaction Discotics Superballs Micelles

Authors and affiliations

  • Álvaro González García
    • 1
  1. 1.Van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Debye InstituteUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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