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Single-File Diffusion of Water Inside Narrow Carbon Nanorings

Mukherjee, B and Maiti, PK and Dasgupta, C and Sood, AK (2010) Single-File Diffusion of Water Inside Narrow Carbon Nanorings. In: ACS Nano, 4 (2). pp. 985-991.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn900858a


We use atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the diffusion of water molecules confined inside narrow (6,6) carbon nanorings. The water molecules form two oppositely polarized chains. It is shown that the effective interaction between these two chains is repulsive in nature. The computed mean-squared displacement (MSD) clearly shows a scaling with time <Delta theta(2)(t)> similar to t(1/2), which is consistent with single-file diffusion (SFD). The time up to which the water molecules undergo SFD is shown to be the lifetime of the water molecules inside these chains. Simulations of "uncharged" water molecules inside the nanoring show the formation of several water chains and yield SFD. These observations conclusively prove that the diffusion is Fickian when there is a single chain of water and SFD is observed only when two or more chains are present.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Keywords: water ·carbon ·nanotube ·nanoring ·single-file diffusion · hydrophobicity ·transport ·hydrogen bond
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Ms TV Yashodha
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 07:10
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/29117

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