Unraveling the properties of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane under nanoscale confinement: Atomistic view of the liquidlike state from molecular dynamics simulation

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Abstract

We developed an atomistic model of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) liquid confined within the nanospace between two flat mica surfaces. Molecular dynamics simulation was carried out for the liquidlike state where OMCTS liquid is not frozen, while forming molecular layers parallel to the surface. With the aid of a layer by layer analysis of the intra- and interlayer microscopic structures and the dynamics, it is found that the difference in the properties of the inner layers and the bulk liquid are relatively small in spite of the clear differences in the structure. This leads to the conclusion that the layered structure itself is an appearance of the microscopic structure that already exists in the bulk liquid. The most striking difference from the bulk liquid is mainly seen in the contact layer, where characteristic molecular orientations that are not seen in the crystalline phase appeared, and the dynamics of the liquid becomes 2-3 orders of magnitude slower than that of the bulk.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044536
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume134
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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