Anisotropic colloids through non-trivial buckling

C. Quilliet, C. Zoldesi, C. Riera, A. van Blaaderen, A. Imhof

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We present a study on buckling of colloidal particles, including experimental, theoretical and numerical developments. Oil-filled thin shells prepared by emulsion templating show buckling in mixtures of water and ethanol, due to dissolution of the core in the external medium. This leads to conformations with a single depression, either axisymmetric or polygonal depending on the geometrical features of the shells. These conformations could be theoretically and/or numerically reproduced in a model of homogeneous spherical thin shells with bending and stretching elasticity, submitted to an isotropic external pressure.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean physical journal. E, Soft Matter
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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