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Title: Tumbling of Quantum Dots: Rheo-optics
Authors: Li, Run
Ripoll, Marisol
REDDY, Naveen 
Dhont, Jan
Dierick, Ruben
Hens, Zeger
Clasen, Christian
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Langmuir, 34 (48), pag. 14633-14642
Abstract: Linear flow dichroism is shown to be a powerful tool to characterize the hydrody- namic dimensions of extremely small non-spherical colloids in solution. Dispersions of prolate and oblate quantum dots (QD) are employed to investigate the validity of flow dichroism as a characterization tool. Shape-anisotropic QD are important from an application perspective, where it is necessary to have good knowledge of their hydro- dynamic dimensions in order to predict and control their orientation during solution processing. Flow dichroism quantifies the tumbling motion of QD in shear flow by optical means, which provides a characteristic signature of the particle shape, hydro- dynamic friction, and size distribution. The effects of particle size and shape, size polydispersity, and shear rate on the temporal evolution of the flow-induced alignment is discussed in detail on the basis of numerical solutions of the Smoluchowski equation that describes the motion for the probability of the orientation of colloids in shear flow. It is shown that the combination of flow-dichroism experiments and the theoret- ical approach on the basis of the Smoluchowski equation provides a means to measure hydrodynamic aspect ratios and polydispersity, which for such small particles is not feasible with standard methods like light scattering. Flow dichroism will be useful not only for shape-anisotropic colloidal QD, but also for other nanoscale systems.
Notes: Ripoll, M (reprint author), Forschungszentrum Julich, Inst Complex Syst, Theoret Soft Matter & Biophys, D-52425 Julich, Germany.;
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ISSN: 0743-7463
e-ISSN: ****-****
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02498
ISI #: 000452693100019
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2019
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