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Phase behavior of hard spheres mixed with supramolecular polymers


  • Peters, Vincent F.D.
  • Tuinier, Remco


We present a theory that predicts the phase behavior of hard spheres (HS) mixed with non-adsorbing supramolecular polymers in a common solvent. It combines Generalized Free Volume Theory with a mean-field model for equilibrium polymers in solution extended with scaling theory to incorporate excluded volume effects in a good solvent. The system displays similar phase stability as conventional HS-polymer mixtures, although there is a small preference for gas–liquid coexistence with respect to fluid–crystal equilibrium in the case of a HS-supramolecular polymer mixture. Phase transitions can be induced by external stimuli such as temperature or light due to the stimuli-responsive nature of the supramolecular polymer size.

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  • Peters, Vincent F.D. & Tuinier, Remco, 2018. "Phase behavior of hard spheres mixed with supramolecular polymers," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 510(C), pages 233-242.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:510:y:2018:i:c:p:233-242
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2018.06.108

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