Fractal colloidal aggregates with finite interparticle interactions: Energy dependence of the fractal dimension

Jun Liu, Wan Y. Shih, Mehmet Sarikaya, Ilhan A. Aksay

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Abstract

We have studied the aggregation of colloidal gold particles with finite interparticle attraction energies with static light scattering and the combination of conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM. The finite interparticle attraction energies are achieved by adding a surfactant in the suspension via adsorption. The interparticle interaction can be changed by changing the amount of the surfactant. Using a modified Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory to describe the interparticle interaction, we show that (i) the aggregates of colloidal particles can still be fractal objects with a finite interparticle attraction and (ii) the fractal dimension changes with the interparticle attraction energy, in agreement with the computer simulations of Shih, Aksay, and Kikuchi [Phys. Rev. A 36, 5015 (1987)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3206-3213
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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