October 28, 2021

Hosein Eslami

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Faculty: Faculty of Nano and Biotechnology

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Title Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Polyamide-66/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite
Type Article
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Journal Journal of Physical Chemistry C
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Researchers Hosein Eslami (First researcher) ,

Abstract

Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations are performed on oligomeric polyamide-6,6 chains, composed of 10 chemical repeat units, at a carbon nanotube (CNT) interface. The effect of surface curvature on the structure and dynamics of polymer is studied by simulating systems containing CNTs of various diameters. It is shown that polymer at the CNT interface organizes into layered structures. The hydrogen bonding in the polymer is influenced by the CNT surface. In proximity to the CNT surface, the hydrogen bonds (HBs) are weaker than the corresponding unperturbed bonds and their density is lower than that of the bulk sample. On the other hand, over the region where organized layered structures are formed, stronger HBs with a higher density than that of the bulk sample are found. An analysis of chain orientation at the interface shows that the monomers (repeat units) very close to the CNT surface wrap around the tube. However, at distances corresponding to higher densities than the bulk density, the segments orient parallel to the CNT axis (along the CNT). The wrapping costs higher energies in the case of smaller diameter CNTs (more curved surfaces). It is shown that while the CNT surface perturbs the local chain properties up to a distance of ?2 nm from the surface, perturbation in the global chain properties, such as the radius of gyration, extends to farther distances (a few times the radius of gyration of the unperturbed chain, R0 g). The chain translation at the interface is found to be anisotropic, depending on the surface proximity and surface curvature. This is due to the formation of extended conformations (along the CNT), facilitating smoother chain translation parallel to the CNT surface, compared to that in the radial direction. The magnitude of dynamics deceleration caused by the CNT surface depends on the surface proximity, surface curvature, and the time scale of the unperturbed dynamical property of interest. The dynamics decelerates more in the case of l