Colloid-polymer mixtures in the protein limit

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This review discusses the structure and phase behaviour of mixtures of colloidal particles and non-adsorbing polymers in the protein limit of large polymers and small colloids. The vast majority of work on colloid-polymer mixtures has been concerned with the colloid limit of large colloidal particles and small polymer chains. In this regime, the diameter of the colloidal particles, sigma, is larger than the characteristic size of the polymer - taken as twice their radius of gyration, R-g. The opposite limit, of size ratios q = 2Rg/sigma > 1, is called the protein limit due to the common practice of adding polymer to protein solutions in order to aid protein crystallisation. Theoretical predictions for systems in the protein limit are considered briefly and then the main focus is on recent experimental studies of mixtures in the protein limit.

Translated title of the contributionColloid-protein mixtures in the protein limit
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


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