Johan Mattsson

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The rheological properties of soft materials often exhibit surprisingly universal linear and nonlinear features. Here we show that these properties can be unified by considering the effect of the strain-rate amplitude on the structural relaxation of the material. We present a new form of oscillatory rheology, strain-rate frequency superposition (SRFS),(More)
Glass formation in colloidal suspensions has many of the hallmarks of glass formation in molecular materials. For hard-sphere colloids, which interact only as a result of excluded volume, phase behaviour is controlled by volume fraction, phi; an increase in phi drives the system towards its glassy state, analogously to a decrease in temperature, T, in(More)
We use confocal microscopy to explore shear melting of colloidal glasses, which occurs at strains of approximately 0.08, coinciding with a strongly non-Gaussian step size distribution. For larger strains, the particle mean square displacement increases linearly with strain and the step size distribution becomes Gaussian. The effective diffusion coefficient(More)
We use 3D confocal microscopy combined with image analysis and particle tracking techniques to study the structure and dynamics of aqueous suspensions of fluorescently labelled p(NIPAm-co-AAc) microgel particles. By adjusting the pH we can tune the interactions between the microgel particles from purely repulsive near neutral pH, to weakly attractive at low(More)
We have used a quartz crystal microbalance to monitor the adhesion of small particles to the surface of polystyrene films. This technique is shown to provide a signature of viscoelastic relaxation processes at the polymer surface. For M(n) values less than 10(4) and greater than 10(5), this signature occurs at a temperature approximately 12.5 K above the(More)
The molecular dynamics of oligomeric poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) liquids (M(w)=1200, 2000 and 4000 g/mol) confined in a two-dimensional layer-structured Na-vermiculite clay has been studied by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. In addition to the alpha-relaxation, the normal mode relaxation process was studied for all samples both in bulk and confinement.(More)
A series of oligo(propylene glycol) dimethyl ethers has been investigated using dielectric spectroscopy in order to relate features of the glass transition dynamics to the number of monomer units N in the chain. The results show that (i) when scaled with the glass transition temperature, the beta relaxations systematically become faster for larger N whereas(More)
We have studied the relaxation dynamics of a homologous series of propylene glycol based dimethyl ethers in the supercooled regime by means of broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The system is chosen in order to minimize changes of the intermolecular interactions with varying molecular weight, M. A gradual transformation from a scenario of well-separated to(More)
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