In this study new theoretical method of calculations of effective properties of porous and
dispersed materials is suggested. The new method takes into account cluster formation in
colloidal suspensions/emulsions. This method is applied to calculations of dependence of
effective properties of porous and dispersed materials on volume fraction of dispersed phase.
Theoretical predictions are compared with available experimental data. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Royal Society (grant no.: ESEP/JP/JEB/11159). Royal Society of Chemistry (Sir Eric Rideal travel bursaries).