Molecular understanding of dynamical properties of the vapor/ethanol- aqueous-solution interface

Y. Andoh, K. Yasuoka

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The variation of dynamical properties of the vapor/ethanol-aqueous-solution interface with excess adsorption of ethanol is investigated by a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Five independent NVT (T=298.15K) constant MD runs were performed, where a slab of ethanol-aqueous-solution with ethanol mole fraction [image omitted] of 0.0052, 0.012, 0.024, 0.057 and 0.12, respectively, reached an equilibrium state of adsorption. The positional dependence of molecular self-diffusivity was evaluated by profiles of the self-diffusion coefficient of ethanol and water along the axis normal to the interface. The profile of the ethanol self-diffusion coefficient showed local extrema at the interface, the degree of which is weakened with increase of [image omitted]. Lateral self-diffusivity of an adsorbed ethanol molecule was also evaluated by the two-dimensional (2D) self-diffusion coefficient at the interface, which is a monotonically decreasing function of ethanol excess adsorption. Moreover, the desorption probability of an adsorbed ethanol molecule was estimated, which monotonically increases with ethanol excess adsorption. The molecular origin of the variation of these dynamical properties was explained by correlating them with the profile of the free energy change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Simulation
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan


  • Anisotropy
  • Desorption probability
  • Ethanol aqueous solution
  • Free energy profile
  • Monolayer
  • Self-diffusion coefficient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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