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Renormalization in charged colloids: non-monotonic behaviour with the surface charge

Haro-Pérez, C. ; Quesada-Pérez, M. ; Callejas-Fernández, J. ; Schurtenberger, Peter ; Hidalgo-Álvarez, R.

In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2006, vol. 18, p. L363-L369

The static structure factor S(q) is measured for a set of deionized latex dispersions with different numbers of ionizable surface groups per particle and similar diameters. For a given volume fraction, the height of the main peak of S(q), which is a direct measure of the spatial ordering of latex particles, does not increase monotonically with the number of ionizable... Di più

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    Summary
    The static structure factor S(q) is measured for a set of deionized latex dispersions with different numbers of ionizable surface groups per particle and similar diameters. For a given volume fraction, the height of the main peak of S(q), which is a direct measure of the spatial ordering of latex particles, does not increase monotonically with the number of ionizable groups. This behaviour cannot be described using the classical renormalization scheme based on the cell model. We analyse our experimental data using a renormalization model based on the jellium approximation, which predicts the weakening of the spatial order for moderate and large particle charges.