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Title: Structure and thermodynamics of core-softened models for alcohols

The phase behavior and the fluid structure of coarse-grain models for alcohols are studied by means of reference interaction site model (RISM) theory and Monte Carlo simulations. Specifically, we model ethanol and 1-propanol as linear rigid chains constituted by three (trimers) and four (tetramers) partially fused spheres, respectively. Thermodynamic properties of these models are examined in the RISM context, by employing closed formulæ for the calculation of free energy and pressure. Gas-liquid coexistence curves for trimers and tetramers are reported and compared with already existing data for a dimer model of methanol. Critical temperatures slightly increase with the number of CH{sub 2} groups in the chain, while critical pressures and densities decrease. Such a behavior qualitatively reproduces the trend observed in experiments on methanol, ethanol, and 1-propanol and suggests that our coarse-grain models, despite their simplicity, can reproduce the essential features of the phase behavior of such alcohols. The fluid structure of these models is investigated by computing radial distribution function g{sub ij}(r) and static structure factor S{sub ij}(k); the latter shows the presence of a low−k peak at intermediate-high packing fractions and low temperatures, suggesting the presence of aggregates for both trimers and tetramers.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Dipartimento di Fisica e di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Messina, Viale F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina (Italy)
  2. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Chair of Physical Chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Večna pot 113, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415946
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CRITICAL PRESSURE; CRITICAL TEMPERATURE; DIMERS; ETHANOL; FREE ENERGY; LIQUIDS; METHANOL; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PROPANOLS; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; STRUCTURE FACTORS; THERMODYNAMICS