Nonequilibrium phase diagram of sticky nanotube suspensions.

  title={Nonequilibrium phase diagram of sticky nanotube suspensions.},
  author={Erik K Hobbie and Dan Fry},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={97 3},
We report a universal phase diagram describing the evolution from solidlike networks to flowing nematics for "sticky" nanotube suspensions under an applied shear stress. Although the nanotubes are strongly non-Brownian, we find features characteristic of first-order phase transitions, including a discontinuity in the nematic order parameter at the isotropic-(para)nematic phase boundary. Using simple physical arguments, we account for the shape of the coexistence curves, as well as the… CONTINUE READING