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Title: Molecular simulation study of dynamical properties of room temperature ionic liquids with carbon pieces

Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) with dispersed carbon pieces exhibit distinctive physiochemical properties. In order to explore the molecular mechanism, RTILs/carbon pieces mixture we investigated it by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation in this work. Rigid and flexible carbon pieces in the form of graphene with different thicknesses and carbon nanotubes in different sizes were dispersed in a representative RTIL 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium dicyanamide ([Bmim][DCA]). Our study demonstrated that the diffusion coefficients of RTILs in the presence of flexible carbons are similar to those of bulk RTILs at varying temperatures, which is in contrast to the decreased diffusion of RTILs in the presence of rigid carbons. In addition, interfacial ion number density at rigid carbon surfaces was higher than that at flexible ones, which is correlated with the accessible external surface area of carbon pieces. The life time of cation-anion pair in the presence of carbon pieces also exhibited a dependence on carbon flexibility. RTILs with dispersed rigid carbon pieces showed longer ion pair life time than those with flexible ones, in consistence with the observation in diffusion coefficients. Furthermore, this work highlights the necessity of including the carbon flexibility when performing MD simulation of RTILs in the presence of dispersed carbon piecesmore » in order to obtain the reliable dynamical and interfacial structural properties.« less
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  1. Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China). State Key Lab. of Coal Combustion
  2. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Science China Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 59; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 1674-7291
Science China Press and Springer
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY room temperature ionic liquids; carbon pieces; flexibility; dynamical property; ion pair stability; interfacial structure