Linking self-assembly, rheology, and gel transition in attractive colloids

  title={Linking self-assembly, rheology, and gel transition in attractive colloids},
  author={Alessio Zaccone and H. Henning Winter and Miriam Siebenb{\"u}rger and Matthias Ballauff},
  journal={Journal of Rheology},
We propose a microscopic framework based on nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to connect the microscopic level of particle self-assembly with the macroscopic rheology of colloidal gelation. The method is based on the master kinetic equations for the time evolution of the colloidal cluster size distribution, from which the relaxation time spectrum during the gelation process can be extracted. The relaxation spectrum is a simple stretched-exponential for irreversible diffusion-limited… Expand

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