Title: Finite ion-size effects dominate the interaction between charged colloidal particles at an oil-water interface
Authors: Masschaele, Kasper ×
Park, Bum Jun
Furst, Eric M.
Fransaer, Jan
Vermant, Jan #
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: American Physical Society
Series Title: Physical Review Letters vol:105 pages:1-4
Article number: 048303
Abstract: The electrostatic interaction of charged spherical colloids trapped at an interface between a nonpolar medium and water is analyzed. Complementary experiments provide consistent values for the dipoledipole interaction potential over a wide range of interparticle distances. After accounting for the contribution from the compact inner double layer arising from the finite size of the counterions, we demonstrate quantitative agreement between experiments and nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann theory. We find that the inner layer contribution dominates the electrostatic interaction in the far field for particles pinned at the interface. This result is fundamentally different from screened electrostatic interactions in the bulk and could contribute to the further understanding of the structure of the compact counterion layer in highly charged systems.
ISSN: 0031-9007
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Chemical and Extractive Metallurgy Section (-)
Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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