(764b) Self-Assembly and Phase Behavior of Mixed Patchy Colloids with Any Bonding Site Geometry: Theory and Simulation

Zhu, Y., Rice University
Chapman, W. G., Rice University
Bansal, A., Rice University
Patchy colloids and associating fluids have attracted continued interest due to the interesting phase behavior and self-assembly in solution. The ability to fabricate patchy colloids with multiple attractive surface patches of different number, size, shape, and relative location makes patchy colloids a good candidate as building blocks to form complex advanced materials. However, a theory that clearly relates the self-assembled structures that form based on the anisotropic interactions has been missing. Although Wertheim’s theory in the form of the SAFT model is widely used to predict self-assembly and phase behavior in solution, SAFT does not include multibody correlations necessary to model any geometry of association site or sites that can form multiple bonds. We have recently developed a new theory for associating colloids that naturally incorporates multibody correlations based on a cluster distribution approach due to Bansal, Asthagiri, Marshall, and Chapman (BAMC). In this presentation, we demonstrate that the cluster distribution theory can accurately predict the thermodynamic properties and phase behavior of binary system consisting of anisotropic particles with any geometry of bonding site. In particular, we consider self-assembly of Janus particles, Saturn rings, and Ternary particles mixed with solvent colloids that have two directional patchy sites. Good agreement between theoretical predictions and molecular simulation is shown for self-assembly, thermodynamic properties and phase behavior in this system. Such interesting behavior as low density gels or empty liquids is predicted.