Arghya Majee

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We study the temperature field and the resulting flow pattern in the vicinity of a heated metal-capped Janus particle. If its thickness exceeds about 10 nm, the cap forms an isotherm and the flow pattern comprises a quadrupolar term that decays with the square of the inverse distance ~r(-2). For much thinner caps the velocity varies as ~r(-3). These(More)
We study the Soret effect of charged polystyrene particles as a function of temperature and electrolyte composition. As a main result we find that the Soret coefficient is determined by charge effects, and that non-ionic contributions are small. In view of the well-known electric-double layer interactions, our thermal field-flow fractionation data lead us(More)
We propose a novel actuation mechanism for colloids, which is based on the Seebeck effect of the electrolyte solution: Laser heating of a nonionic particle accumulates in its vicinity a net charge Q, which is proportional to the excess temperature at the particle surface. The corresponding long-range thermoelectric field E is proportional to 1/r(2) provides(More)
Thermally driven colloidal transport is, to a large extent, due to the thermoelectric or Seebeck effect of the charged solution. We show that, contrary to the generally adopted single-particle picture, the transport coefficient depends on the colloidal concentration. For solutions that are dilute in the hydrodynamic sense, collective effects may(More)
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