Diffusion through colloidal shells under stress

J. Guery, J. Baudry, D. A. Weitz, P. M. Chaikin, J. Bibette

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    Abstract

    The permeability of solids has long been associated with a diffusive process involving activated mechanism as originally envisioned by Eyring. Tensile stress can affect the activation energy but definitive experiments of the diffusion rate of species through a stressed solid are lacking. Here we use core-shell (liquid core-solid shell) colloidal particles that are sensitive to osmotic pressure to follow the permeation of encapsulated probes at various stresses. We unambiguously show that the tensile stress applied on colloidal shells linearly reduces the local energy barrier for diffusion.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number060402
    JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
    Volume79
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 29 2009

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
    • Statistics and Probability
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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