Faculty Publications

Title

Predicted anomalous behavior of C 60 fullerenes on graphite at low temperature: A new hindered cooperative rotational transition

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Fullerenes, Molecular Dynamics, Surface Thermodynamics

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience

Volume

8

Issue

4

First Page

795

Last Page

799

Abstract

All-atom molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations of C 60 fullerene patches adsorbed onto graphite are conducted at various coverages for very low temperatures. There appears to be a hindered tumbling rotational transition through T = 20 K seen in the simulations that accompanies dramatic lattice expansion and configurational energy change with temperature in the adlayer. Moreover, the transition is unique in that it appears to be continuous and understandable on the basis of very simple dynamical arguments. The results suggest that such behavior could be present and influential in a wide range of molecules whose dynamical (time averaged) shapes are very close to their static symmetry, in contrast to surface systems with lower symmetry constituents and sharp rotational transitions. The transition is also observed in annealed, percolating adlayers and its dependence on lattice topology is discussed. Copyright © 2011 American Scientific Publishers.

Original Publication Date

4-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1166/jctn.2011.1754

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