Andrei Fluerasu

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In this joint experimental-theoretical work we study hydrodynamic interaction effects in dense suspensions of charged colloidal spheres. Using x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy we have determined the hydrodynamic function H(q), for a varying range of electrosteric repulsion. We show that H(q) can be quantitatively described by means of a novel Stokesian(More)
We demonstrate the technique of XPCS microrheology on opaque polymeric solutions (1-20% w/w) using colloidal silica probes. The short time decay of the intensity correlation function provides the mean square displacement (MSD) of the colloidal probes. The MSDs of the probes are subsequently transformed using the generalized Stokes-Einstein equation,(More)
Slow, nonequilibrium dynamics during delayed sedimentation in a colloidal depletion gel was studied by x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. The intermediate scattering functions change during the process from stretched to compressed exponential decays, indicating a jamming transition toward full aging. A complex aging behavior follows this process; it is(More)
Colloidal suspensions are characterized by a variety of microscopic interactions, which generate unconventional phase diagrams encompassing fluid, gel and glassy states and offer the possibility to study new phase and/or state transitions. Among these, glass-glass transitions are rare to be found, especially at ambient conditions. Here, through a(More)
The order-disorder phase transition in Cu3Au has been studied by x-ray intensity fluctuation spectroscopy. Following a quench from the high-temperature, disordered phase, the ordering kinetics is well described by a universal scaling form that can be measured by time-resolved (incoherent) x-ray scattering. By using coherent scattering, we have measured the(More)
Above the lower critical solution temperature T(c) (ca. 34 degrees C), poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels become weakly hydrophobic and undergo microphase separation. Macroscopic deswelling, however, is extraordinarily slow, the out-of equilibrium state of the gel being conserved for many days. In this article the structure of the microphase-separated(More)
A set of new data analysis software tools have been developed for the study of structural dynamics of materials using coherent scattering and photon correlation techniques. The new software tools can readily process high-throughput, multidimensional data, enabling studies of slow and fast dynamics of materials using X-ray Speckle Visibility Spectroscopy and(More)
X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy was used to probe the diffusive dynamics of colloidal particles in a shear flow. Combining X-ray techniques with microfluidics is an experimental strategy that reduces the risk of X-ray-induced beam damage and also allows time-resolved studies of processes taking place in flow cells. The experimental results and(More)
X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy was used to measure the diffusive dynamics of colloidal particles in a shear flow. The results presented here show how the intensity autocorrelation functions measure both the diffusive dynamics of the particles and their flow-induced, convective motion. However, in the limit of low flow/shear rates, it is possible to(More)
We report the results of x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) experiments on multilayers of a photosensitive azo-polymer which can be softened by photoisomerization. Time correlation functions have been measured at different temperatures and momentum transfers (q) and under different illumination conditions (dark, UV or visible). The correlation(More)