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Molecular dynamics simulations of nanocolloidal amorphous silica particles: Part II

Författare och institution:
S. Jenkins (-); S. R Kirk (-); M Persson (-); J Carlen (-); Zareen Abbas (Institutionen för kemi)
Publicerad i:
The Journal of Chemical Physics, 128 ( 16 ) s. 164711
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Explicit molecular dynamics simulations were applied to a pair of amorphous silica nanoparticles with diameter of 3.2 nm immersed in a background electrolyte. Mean forces acting between the pair of silica nanoparticles were extracted at four different background electrolyte concentrations. The dependence of the interparticle potential of mean force on the separation and the silicon to sodium ratio, as well as on the background electrolyte concentration, are demonstrated. The pH was indirectly accounted for via the ratio of silicon to sodium used in the simulations. The nature of the interaction of the counterions with charged silica surface sites (deprotonated silanols) was also investigated. The effect of the sodium double layer on the water ordering was investigated for three Si:Na+ ratios. The number of water molecules trapped inside the nanoparticles was investigated as the Si:Na+ ratio was varied. Differences in this number between the two nanoparticles in the simulations are attributed to differences in the calculated electric dipole moment. The implications of the form of the potentials for aggregation are also discussed.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
amorphous state, colloids, electrolytes, molecular dynamics method, nanoparticles, silicon compounds, sodium
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2008-11-04 17:30

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