Calculation of the force between surfaces coated with grafted molecules by molecular simulation

Daniel Duque, Lourdes F. Vega

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Abstract

We discuss the calculation of the force between surfaces coated with anchored molecules. This force is related to the pressure and can therefore be calculated by the usual means: either by summing over all surface-particle forces or from the virial. However, we argue that the grafting of the molecule must be included by means of a restraining potential-otherwise, nonphysical results can be obtained, such as the appearance of a net force even when the particles are spaced very far away. Bond-stretching potentials are also required if the virial is employed.

Original languageBritish English
Article number034703
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume124
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

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