Electrokinetic Effects

  • An important consequence of the existence of electrical charges on surfaces is that particles will be affected by an applied electric field
  • These are collectively defined as electrokinetic effects
There are distinct effects depending on the way in which the motion is induced
  • Electrophoresis: the movement of a charged particle relative to the liquid it it suspended in under the influence of an applied electric field
  • Electroosmosis: the movement of a liquid relative to a stationary charged surface under the influence of an electric field

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