Nanoscale hydrophobic interaction and nanobubble nucleation

T. Koishi, S. Yoo, K. Yasuoka, X. C. Zeng, T. Narumi, R. Susukita, A. Kawai, H. Furusawa, A. Suenaga, N. Okimoto, N. Futatsugi, T. Ebisuzaki

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Large-scale atomistic simulation of midrange nanoscale hydrophobic interaction, was investigated. The interaction was manifested by the nucleation of nanobubble between nanometer-sized hydrophobes at constrained equilibrium. It was observed that when the length scale of the hydrophobes was greater than 2 nm, the nanobubble formation shows hysteresis behavior resembling the first-order transition. The results show that molecular hydrphobic interaction between two methane molecules becomes slightly stronger with increasing temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number185701
Pages (from-to)185701-1-185701-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Oct 29 2004

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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