Micelle-like behaviour in a pure fluid of spherical particles with competing interactions

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Micelle-like behaviour in a pure fluid of spherical particles with competing interactions

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 4th November 2013
  • Speaker: Martin Sweatman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Using a thermodynamic model and Monte Carlo simulations I will show that a pure fluid of spherical particles interacting via an SALR (short-range attraction and long-range repulsion) pair-potential has micelle-like behaviour. A non-classical crystal nucleation pathway is proposed to operate via these precursor liquid-like clusters. These findings could have implications for our understanding of mesostructure and crystal nucleation in a wide range of liquid mixtures, potentially including many biologically relevant ones, normally thought to be completely miscible and uniform at the mesoscale.

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