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Title: Molecular dynamics studies of the size and temperature dependence of the kinetics of freezing of Fe nanoparticles

Molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations have been carried out and a novel modified technique of Voronoi polyhedra has been performed to identify solid-like particles in a molten nanoparticle. This technique works quite well in analyzing the effects of particle size on nucleation rates of iron nanoparticles in the temperature range of 750–1160 K. Nanoparticles with 1436 and 2133 Fe atoms have been examined and the results are compared with those obtained earlier with Fe{sub 331} nanoparticles. Nucleation rates for freezing obtained from MD simulations for Fe{sub 2133} vary from 8.8×10{sup 34} m{sup 3}/s to 4.1×10{sup 35} m{sup 3}/s at over a temperature range from 1160 K to 900 K, Rates for. Fe{sub 1436} and Fe{sub 331} are somewhat higher. Nucleation rates increase as supercooling deepens until the viscosity of the liquid increases sharply enough to slow down the rate. Bt applying classical nucleation theory, the interfacial free energy between solid and liquid cab be estimated From this and other thermodynamic information can be derived a theoretical expression for the size-dependence of the heat of fusion of nanoparticles. Results agreed quite well with those observed in our MD observations. An earlier expression in the literature for this size-dependence was shown tomore » be incorrect. The size dependence of melting point is discussed. - Graphical abstract: Critical nuclei of crystallization. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Solid state material synthesis. • Material structure. • Experimental study of nucleation in condensed materials. • Computation study of nucleation in condensed materials.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22274142
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 207; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CRYSTALLIZATION; FREE ENERGY; FREEZING; FUSION HEAT; KINETICS; LIQUIDS; MELTING POINTS; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; NANOSTRUCTURES; NUCLEATION; PARTICLE SIZE; PARTICLES; SOLIDS; SYNTHESIS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TEMPERATURE RANGE; VISCOSITY