Modulation of soft glassy dynamics in aqueous suspensions of an anisotropic charged swelling clay through pH adjustment. Academic Article uri icon


  • HYPOTHESIS: Sodium-montmorillonite (Na-Mt) particles are geometrically anisometric that carry a pH dependent anisotropic surface charge. Therefore, it should be possible to manipulate the particle-particle interaction of colloidal range Na-Mt suspensions through pH changes which in turn should alter the soft glassy dynamics of Na-Mt suspensions. EXPERIMENTS: Rheological experiments were used to probe the impact of pH mediated colloidal particle-particle interaction on the physical aging, linear viscoelastic response, and yield stress behavior of Na-Mt suspension. FINDINGS: The temporal evolution of the storage modulus (G') was stronger in the acid regime (pH<9.5) than the base (pH9.5) pH regime. Horizontal shifting of the aging curves in the acid and base regimes led to aging time-H+ concentration and aging time-OH- concentration superposition. An aging time-Na-Mt concentration superposition was also observed in both pH regimes. The critical stress associated with the viscosity bifurcation behavior increased linearly with G' but with different slopes for acid and base regime. We propose that positively charged patches on the Na-Mt particle edge merge with the characteristic surface as a function of H+ ions in the system. This leads to a strongly associated microstructure at low pH and a relatively weak but associated microstructure at natural pH, hence confirming the hypothesis.

published proceedings

  • J Colloid Interface Sci

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Shoaib, M., Khan, S., Wani, O. B., Abdala, A., Seiphoori, A., & Bobicki, E. R.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Shoaib, Mohammad||Khan, Shaihroz||Wani, Omar Bashir||Abdala, Ahmed||Seiphoori, Ali||Bobicki, Erin R

publication date

  • January 2022