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Title:Estimation of zeta potentials of titania nanoparticles by molecular simulation
Authors:N.J. English and W.F. Long, 2009
Abstract: Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations have been performed for static electric fields for a range of positively charged spherical rutile–titania nanoparticles with radii of 1.5 to 2.9 nm for two different salt concentrations in water, in order to simulate electrophoresis directly. Using the observed limiting drag velocities, Helmholtz–Smoluchowski (HS) theory was used to estimate their ζ potentials. These estimates were compared to values from numerical solution of the non-linear Poisson–Boltzmann (PB) equation for representative configurations of the nanoparticles, in addition to idealised analytic and Debye–Hückel (DH) solutions about spherical particles of the same geometry and charge state, for the given salt concentrations. It was found that reasonable agreement was obtained between the various approaches, with the NEMD-HS results some 15%–15% smaller than the numerical PB results for more highly charged nanoparticles.
ICHEC Project:Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Proteins
Publication:Physica A, 388, pp. 4091-4096
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2009.06.026
Keywords: Nanoparticles; Titania; Zeta potential; Electrostatic potential; Molecular dynamics; Poisson–Boltzmann; Electrophoresis; Electric field
Status: Published

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