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Molecular dynamics simulation of nanocolloidal amorphous silica particles: Part I.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4288-7653
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Science and Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0462-6962
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, Vol. 127, no 22, 224711- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Explicit molecular dynamics simulations were applied to a pair of amorphous silica nanoparticles in aqueous solution, with diameter of 4.4 nm and with four different background electrolyte concentrations, to extract the mean force acting between the two silica nanoparticles. Dependences of the interparticle forces on the separation and the background electrolyte concentration were demonstrated. The nature of the interaction of the counterions with charged silica surface sites (deprotonated silanols) was investigated. A "patchy" double layer of adsorbed sodium counterions was observed. Dependences of the interparticle potential of mean force on the separation and the background electrolyte concentration were demonstrated. Direct evidence of the solvation forces is presented in terms of changes of the water ordering at the surfaces of the isolated and double nanoparticles. The nature of the interaction of the counterions with charged silica surface sites (deprotonated silanols) was investigated in terms of quantifying the effects of the number of water molecules separately inside each pair of nanoparticles by defining an impermeability measure. A direct correlation was found between the impermeability (related to the silica surface "hairiness") and the disruption of water ordering. Differences in the impermeability between the two nanoparticles are attributed to differences in the calculated electric dipole moment.

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2007. Vol. 127, no 22, 224711- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-1737DOI: 10.1063/1.2803897PubMedID: 18081418OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-1737DiVA: diva2:241230
Available from: 2009-10-01 Created: 2009-10-01 Last updated: 2014-08-20Bibliographically approved

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