Microstructural dynamics of colloidal gels

Joanne Verweij

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


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.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van der Gucht, Jasper, Promotor
  • Leermakers, Frans, Promotor
  • Sprakel, Joris, Promotor
Award date16 Sept 2020
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789463954280
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2020


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