The role of particle shape in active depletion

J Harder and SA Mallory and C Tung and C Valeriani and A Cacciuto, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 141, 194901 (2014).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4900720

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. (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

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