Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MUMS)

Cummings Group: Molecular Simulation of Nanoconfined fluids

Simulation and free energy calculations of nanoconfined fluids

Nanoconfined fluids play a crucial role in many natural and man-made products and processes, including adsorption, lubrication, and more recently, ionic-liquid supercapacitors. Nanoconfinement can induce significant changes to the structural and dynamical behavior of systems, e.g., inducing the formation of solid phases when equivalent bulk systems would remain fluid. Given that a lubrication is a key application area of nanoconfinement fluids, understanding how the phase behavior is shifted as compared to bulk, is essential for designing next generation lubricants.

The Cummings group uses a multifaceted approach to examining nanoconfined systems, including molecular dynamics simulations with fully atomistic, reactive atomistic, and coarse-grained models.  In addition to standard molecular dynamics approaches, free energy methods are also employed to better understand the phase behavior, including the Einstein crystal method and, in conjunction with the McCabe group, the statistical temperature molecular dynamics (STMD) method.

The Cummings group uses molecular simulation to examine the behavior of nanoconfined fluids.

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