Well defined colloidal model systems are of upmost importance in the study of colloidal dispersions. Using colloid chemistry the chemical and physical properties of the colloidal model system can be precisely adjusted to the physical experiments in mind. Therefore, the synthesis and characterization of colloidal model systems plays a central role in our research. A wide variety of chemical techniques is available to synthesize many different colloidal particles with very specific properties. For example, very monodisperse silica or latex spheres can be made, bit also rods, magnetic and fluorescent colloids can be prepared. Also the specific interactions between colloids can be controlled using surface chemistry. To characterize the particles several techniques such as light scattering, optical (confocal) microscopy and electron microscopy will be used.
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