Phase behavior and far-from-equilibrium gelation in charged attractive colloids

P. Charbonneau, D. R. Reichman
2007 Physical Review E  
In this Rapid Communication we demonstrate the applicability of an augmented Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo approach for the phase behavior determination of model colloidal systems with short-ranged depletion attraction and long-ranged repulsion. This technique allows for a quantitative determination of the phase boundaries and ground states in such systems. We demonstrate that gelation may occur in systems of this type as the result of arrested microphase separation, even when the equilibrium
more » ... of the system is characterized by compact microphase structures.
doi:10.1103/physreve.75.050401 pmid:17677009 fatcat:qtcusucnzffubhyraxwby2uuzq