Electrophoretic Motion of a Charged Particle in a Cavity


The electrophoretic motion of a charged spherical particle located at an arbitrary position within a charged spherical cavity along the line connecting their centers is studied theoretically for the case of thin electric double layers. To solve the electrostatic and hydrodynamic governing equations, the general solutions are constructed using the two spherical coordinate systems based on the particle and cavity, and the boundary conditions are satisfied by a collocation technique. Numerical results for the electrophoretic velocity of the particle are presented for various values of the zeta potential ratio, radius ratio, and relative center-to-center distance between the particle and cavity. In the particular case of a concentric cavity, these results agree excellently with the available exact solution. The contributions from the electroosmotic flow occurring along the cavity wall and from the wallcorrected electrophoretic driving force to the particle velocity are equivalently important and can be superimposed due to the linearity of the problem. The normalized migration velocity of the particle decreases with increases in the particle-to-cavity radius ratio and its relative distance from the cavity center and increases with an increase in the cavity-to-particle zeta potential ratio. The boundary effects on the electrokinetic migration of the particle are significant and interesting.

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@inproceedings{Lee2014ElectrophoreticMO, title={Electrophoretic Motion of a Charged Particle in a Cavity}, author={T. C. Lee and Huan J Keh}, year={2014} }