Molecular dynamics research on geometric effect of nanostructured diamond-like carbon substrates on potassium stearate adsorption

T Sun and SS Guo and YZ Cao and JJ Zhang and ZQ Xu and L Gu and CW Zhang, APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 484, 1041-1051 (2019).

DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.04.072

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to investigate the geometric effect of nanostructured substrates on adsorptive behavior of potassium stearate monolayers. A typical protective coating, diamond- like carbon (DLC), was employed as adsorptive substrates. For the substrates with square grooves, complete penetration of molecules can only occur under large width and small depth. The occurrence of partial penetration would make monolayer atoms away from substrate surfaces and therefore induce weak substrate-molecules interactions. Compared with the square groove bottoms, monolayers are much more strongly adsorbed to the groove concave corners. For substrates with triangle and semi-circle grooves, complete penetrations are achieved in both cases and thus monolayer atoms can interact with the whole groove surface. The effect of substrate morphology on monolayer adsorption would be sufficiently weakened by the decrease of geometric size, and the surface adsorptivity of semi-circle grooves with large radius is similar to that of the smooth surface. The results indicate that the substrates with triangle grooves have better adsorptivity than other morphologies.

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