I investigate the possibility that electrically neutral porous spheres electrophorese in electrolyte solutions with asymmetric affinity of ions to spheres on the basis of electrohydrodynamics and the Poisson-Boltzmann and Debye-Bueche-Brinkman theories. Assuming a weak electric field and ignoring the double-layer polarization, I obtain analytical expressions for electrostatic potential, electrophoretic mobility, and flow field. In the equilibrium state, the Galvani potential forms across the interface of the spheres. Under a weak electric field, the spheres show finite mobility with the same sign as the Galvani potential. When the radius of the spheres is significantly larger than the Debye and hydrodynamic screening length, the mobility monotonically increases with increasing salinity.
|Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
|Published - Feb 9 2015
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics