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Classical molecular dynamics study of [60]fullerene interactions with silica and polyester surfaces

Henry, D.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-9629-4423, Evans, E. and Yarovsky, I. (2006) Classical molecular dynamics study of [60]fullerene interactions with silica and polyester surfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (32). pp. 15963-15972.

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This study examines the interaction of neutral and charged fullerenes with model silica and polyester surfaces. Molecular dynamics simulations at 298 K indicate that van der Waals forces are sufficiently strong in most cases to cause physisorption of the neutral fullerene particle onto the surfaces. The fullerenes are unable to penetrate the rigid silica surface but are generally able to at least partially infiltrate the flexible polymer surface by opening surface cavities. The introduction of charge to the fullerene generally leads to an increase in both the separation distance and Work of Separation with silica. However, the charged fullerenes generally exhibit significantly closer and stronger interactions with polyester films, with a distinct tendency to absorb into the "bulk" of the polymer. The separation distance and Work of Separation of C60 with each of the surfaces also depend greatly on the sign, magnitude, and localization of the charge on the particle. Cross-linking of the polyester can improve resistance to the neutral fullerene. Functionalization of the polyester surface (F and OH substituents) has been shown to prevent the C60 from approaching as close to the polyester surface. Fluorination leads to improved resistance to positively charged fullerenes, compared to the unmodified polyester. However, hydroxylation generally enables greater adhesion of charged fullerenes to the surface due to H-bonding and electrostatic attraction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Copyright: © 2006 American Chemical Society
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