Evolution from Surface-Influenced to Bulk-Like Dynamics in Nanoscopically Confined Water

Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillon, Nicolás Giovambattista, Ilhan A. Aksay, Pablo G. Debenedetti

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We use molecular dynamics simulations to study the influence of confinement on the dynamics of a nanoscopic water film at T = 300 K and ρ = 1.0 g cm−3. We consider two infinite hydrophilic (β-cristobalite) silica surfaces separated by distances between 0.6 and 5.0 nm. The width of the region characterized by surface-dominated slowing down of water rotational dynamics is ∼0.5 nm, while the corresponding width for translational dynamics is ∼1.0 nm. The different extent of perturbation undergone by the in-plane dynamic properties is evidence of rotational−translational decoupling. The local in-plane rotational relaxation time and translational diffusion coefficient collapse onto confinement-independent “master” profiles as long as the separation d ≥ 1.0 nm. Long-time tails in the perpendicular component of the dipole moment autocorrelation function are indicative of anisotropic behavior in the rotational relaxation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7973-7976
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B (Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysical Chemistry)
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2009


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