Colloid Transport in Porous Media: A Review of Classical Mechanisms and Emerging Topics

Ian L. Molnar, Erica Pensini, Md Abdullah Asad, Chven A. Mitchell, Ludwig C. Nitsche, Laura J. Pyrak-nolte, Gastón L. Miño, Magdalena M. Krol

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of InterPore, we present an interdisciplinary review of colloid transport through porous media. This review aims to explore both classical colloid transport and topics that fall outside that purview and thus offer transformative insights into the physics governing transport behavior. First, we discuss the unique colloid characteristics relative to molecules and larger particles. Then, the classical advection–dispersion–filtration models (both conceptual and mathematical) of colloid transport are introduced as well as anomalous transport behaviors. Next, the forces of interaction between colloids and porous media surfaces are discussed. Fourth, applications that are interested in maximizing the transport of colloids through porous media are considered. Then the concept of motile, active biocolloids is introduced, and finally, colloid swarming as a newly recognized mode of transport is summarized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2019


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