Freezing point and solid-liquid interfacial free energy of stockmayer dipolar fluids: A molecular dynamics simulation study

Jun Wang, Pankaj A. Apte, James R. Morris, Xiao Cheng Zeng

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Abstract

Stockmayer fluids are a prototype model system for dipolar fluids. We have computed the freezing temperatures of Stockmayer fluids at zero pressure using three different molecular-dynamics simulation methods, namely, the superheating-undercooling method, the constant-pressure and constanttemperature two-phase coexistence method, and the constant-pressure and constant-enthalpy twophase coexistence method. The best estimate of the freezing temperature (in reduced unit) for the Stockmayer (SM) fluid with the dimensionless dipole moment μ *= 1, √ 2, √ 3 is 0.656 ± 0.001, 0.726 ± 0.002, and 0.835 ± 0.005, respectively. The freezing temperature increases with the dipolar strength. Moreover, for the first time, the solid-liquid interfacial free energies γ of the fcc (111), (110), and (100) interfaces are computed using two independent methods, namely, the cleavingwall method and the interfacial fluctuation method. Both methods predict that the interfacial free energy increases with the dipole moment. Although the interfacial fluctuation method suggests a weaker interfacial anisotropy, particularly for strongly dipolar SM fluids, both methods predicted the same trend of interfacial anisotropy, i.e., γ 100 > γ110 > γ111.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114705
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume139
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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