Dynamical simulation of dipolar Janus colloids: Dynamical properties

MC Hagy and R Hernandez, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138, 184903 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4803864

The dynamical properties of dipolar Janus particles are studied through simulation using our previously-developed detailed pointwise (PW) model and an isotropically coarse-grained (CG) model M. C. Hagy and R. Hernandez, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 044505 (2012). The CG model is found to have accelerated dynamics relative to the PW model over a range of conditions for which both models have near identical static equilibrium properties. Physically, this suggests dipolar Janus particles have slower transport properties (such as diffusion) in comparison to isotropically attractive particles. Time rescaling and damping with Langevin friction are explored to map the dynamics of the CG model to that of the PW model. Both methods map the diffusion constant successfully and improve the velocity autocorrelation function and the mean squared displacement of the CG model. Neither method improves the distribution of reversible bond durations f(t(b)) observed in the CG model, which is found to lack the longer duration reversible bonds observed in the PW model. We attribute these differences in f(t(b)) to changes in the energetics of multiple rearrangement mechanisms. This suggests a need for new methods that map the coarse-grained dynamics of such systems to the true time scale. (C) 2013 AIP

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