Theoretical calculation of the phase behavior of colloidal membranes.

Abstract

We formulate a density functional theory that describes the phase behavior of hard rods and depleting polymers, as realized in recent experiments on suspensions of fd virus and nonadsorbing polymer. The theory predicts the relative stability of nematic droplets, stacked smectic columns, and a recently discovered phase of isolated monolayers of rods, or… (More)

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