Dynamics of a thermo-responsive microgel colloid near to the glass transition

Xiaojun Di, Xiaoguang Peng, Gregory B. McKenna

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Abstract

In a previous study, we used diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) to investigate the aging signatures of a thermo-sensitive colloidal glass and compared them with those of molecular glasses from the perspective of the Kovacs temperature-jump, volume recovery experiments [X. Di, K. Z. Win, G. B. McKenna, T. Narita, F. Lequeux, S. R. Pullela, and Z. Cheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 095701 (2011)]. In order to further look into the glassy behavior of colloidal systems, we have synthesized a new core/shell particle with lower temperature sensitivity and studied the aging signatures of concentrated systems, again following Kovacs' protocol. Similar signatures of aging to those observed previously were seen in this new system. Moreover, a systematic study of the temperature dependence of the dynamics of the new system for different weight concentrations was performed and the dynamic fragility index m was determined. We have also explored the use of the properties determined from the DWS measurements to obtain macroscopic rheological parameters - storage modulus G′(ω) and loss modulus G″(ω) - using a generalized Stokes-Einstein approach. The micro-rheological and macro-rheological values are in reasonable agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054903
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume140
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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