The role of particle shape in active depletion

J. Harder, S. A. Mallory, C. Tung, C. Valeriani, A. Cacciuto

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Using numerical simulations, we study how a solution of small active disks, acting as depletants, induces effective interactions on large passive colloids. Specifically, we analyze how the range, strength, and sign of these interactions are crucially dependent on the shape of the colloids. Our findings indicate that while colloidal rods experience a long-ranged predominantly attractive interaction, colloidal disks feel a repulsive force that is short-ranged in nature and grows in strength with the size ratio between the colloids and active depletants. For colloidal rods, simple scaling arguments are proposed to characterize the strength of these induced interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number194901
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 21 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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