Projects per year
In this thesis, we study the structure-function relation of colloidal gels, a class of soft materials. We combine simulations and experiments to obtain insights into the microstructural response of colloidal gels in the presence or absence of external stress. Specifically, we take a closer look at processes such as fatigue, shear and gravitational collapse and study how deformation or gravity affect the microstructure and network topology of these particle gels. We employ a recently developed particle system, which can be index- and density matched using non-hazardous polar solvents, to image large volumes of colloidal gels. This confocal microscopy data allows us to determine the network topology of these particle gels using a topology mapping algorithm described in this thesis. Simultaneously, we perform simulations to obtain a better understanding of changes in the network topology of colloidal gels during deformation.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||16 Sep 2020|
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
FingerprintDive into the research topics of 'Microstructural dynamics of colloidal gels'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
- 1 Finished
Modelling the complex rheology of hybrid networks
van der Meer-Verweij, J., Leermakers, F., Sprakel, J. & van der Gucht, J.
16/06/15 → 16/09/20