Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 266, Issue 12, pp 1174–1180 | Cite as

Quantitative aspects of the growth of (charged) silica spheres

  • A. P. Philipse
Colloid Science


It is shown that the growth of monodisperse, charged silica spheres in ethanolammonia upon addition of tetraethoxysilane can be adequately studied with static light scattering. The resulting growth curves (radius vs time) are analyzed in terms of a model for diffusion-controlled growth of (charged) spheres in a solution of reactive (charged) monomers, the bulk concentration of which decreases due to this growth. This decrease is sufficient to account for the essential shape of the curves. A coulombic sphere-monomer repulsion is theoretically shown to modify the growth rate only with a constant factor.

Key words

Silica spheres growth kinetics growth curves light scattering 


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© Steinkopff 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Philipse
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  1. 1.Van't Hoff LaboratoryUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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