275176 Colloidal Hydrodynamics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Monday, October 29, 2012: 12:30 PM
409 (Convention Center )
John F. Brady, California Institute of Technology / Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Pasadena, CA; Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

What do corn starch, swimming spermatozoa, DNA and self-assembling nanoparticles have in common?   They are all (or can be modeled as) ‘particles’ dispersed in a continuum suspending fluid where hydrodynamic interactions compete with thermal (Brownian) and interparticle forces to set structure and determine properties.  These systems are ‘soft’ as compared to molecular systems largely because their number density is much less and their time scales much longer than atomic or molecular systems (both scaling with the colloidal to atomic size cubed).  In this talk I will describe the common framework for modeling these diverse systems and the essential features that any hydrodynamic modeling must incorporate in order to capture the correct behavior (the Good).  Actually computing the hydrodynamics in an accurate and efficient manner is the real challenge (the Bad) and I will describe past successes and current efforts.  The Ugly?  Well, that may be in the eye of the beholder.

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