## Abstract

An analytic theory for the structure and thermodynamics of the Speedy-Debenedetti-Baxter valence-limited model of colloidal fluids is developed. It is based on the solution of the multidensity version of the Ornstein–Zernike equation supplemented by a Percus–Yevick-like closure relation, which are formulated for systems with a central-force type of associating potential. Our solution is reduced to the solution of a set of two algebraic equations for the fractions of free and singly bonded particles. We derive analytic expressions for the correlation functions, structure factor and excess internal energy of the model. The accuracy of the theoretical predictions is assessed through their comparison against existing and newly generated computer simulation results for the model with the valency n
_{s}=2,3,4. Very good agreement between theoretical and computer simulation results is observed for the structural properties. Predictions for the fractions of i-times (i⩽n
_{s}) bonded particles and for excess internal energy for the model with n
_{s}=3,4 are slightly less accurate.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 121073 |

Journal | Journal of Molecular Liquids |

Volume | 371 |

Early online date | 16 Dec 2022 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Feb 2023 |

## Keywords

- Association
- Colloids
- Integral equation theory
- Limited valence
- Multi-density
- Percus–Yevick

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Spectroscopy
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry