The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 8–9, pp 1643–1662 | Cite as

The raspberry model for protein-like particles: Ellipsoids and confinement in cylindrical pores

  • Vincent D. Ustach
  • Roland Faller
Regular Article Specific Models to Tackle Fundamental Questions
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Modern Simulation Approaches in Soft Matter Science: From Fundamental Understanding to Industrial Applications


The study of protein mass transport via atomistic simulation requires time and length scales beyond the computational capabilities of modern computer systems. The raspberry model for colloidal particles in combination with the mesoscopic hydrodynamic method of lattice Boltzmann facilitates coarse-grained simulations that are on the order of microseconds and hundreds of nanometers for the study of diffusive transport of protein-like colloid particles. The raspberry model reproduces linearity in resistance to motion versus particle size and correct enhanced drag within cylindrical pores at off-center coordinates for spherical particles. Owing to the high aspect ratio of many proteins, ellipsoidal raspberry colloid particles were constructed and reproduced the geometric resistance factors of Perrin and of Happel and Brenner in the laboratory-frame and in the moving body-frame. Accurate body-frame rotations during diffusive motion have been captured for the first time using projections of displacements. The spatial discretization of the fluid leads to a renormalization of the hydrodynamic radius, however, the data describes a self-consistent hydrodynamic frame within this renormalized system.


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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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