This work focuses on the growth of nanometre-sized Ag clusters in solution. Molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to gain the necessary detail on the dynamics of solute species and to study the mechanistic features of the processes governing the association of solute atoms in aggregates. Supersaturated liquid solutions of Ag in tetrachloromethane have been considered. A systematic variation of the concentration of Ag atoms in solution permitted us to show the different mechanistic scenarios responsible for the growth processes of solid Ag clusters. It is shown that such processes are limited by the thermal diffusion of solute in the solution bulk at relatively low supersaturation degrees, whereas the growth is limited by interfacial effects at relatively high supersaturation degrees.
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|Titolo:||Growth of Ag nanometre-sized particles in solution: molecular dynamics simulations|
|Autori interni:||MULAS, Gabriele Raimondo Celestino Ettore|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|