Computer simulations and thermodynamics of anisotropic nanoparticles at fluid interfaces
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, SW7 2AZ, London, UK
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Revised: 9 November 2007
Published online: 23 January 2008
We investigate the applicability of thermodynamic models to investigate the physical behavior of nanoscale objects at liquid-liquid interfaces. The applicability of such models to these small scales is not obvious, since they ignore the molecular nature of the solvent, as well as the finite width and fluctuations of the interface. We focus our study on anisotropic nanoparticles that can interact with an external field through an embedded dipole moment. Using Monte Carlo simulations we show that thermodynamic models defined in terms of a few material properties very accurately describe the behavior of nanoparticles in a wide range of conditions; field strength, nanoparticle-fluid interactions and nanoparticle size and anisotropy. Our results show that thermodynamics offers a powerful approach to investigate the physical behavior of nanoscale objects.
PACS: 68.05.-n – Liquid-liquid interfaces / 68.43.-h – Chemisorption/physisorption: adsorbates on surfaces
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