Positively charged supramolecular aggregates formed in vacuo by n AOTNa (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate) molecules and nc additional sodium ions, i.e. [AOTnNan+nc]nc, have been investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for n = 1–20 and nc = 0–5. Statistical analysis of physical quantities like gyration radii, atomic B-factors and moment of inertia tensors provides detailed information on their structural and dynamical properties. Even for nc = 5, all stable aggregates show a reverse micelle-like structure with an internal solid-like core including sodium counterions and surfactant polar heads surrounded by an external layer consisting of the surfactant alkyl chains. Moreover, the aggregate shapes may be approximated by rather flat and elongated ellipsoids whose longer axis increases with n and nc. The fragmentation patterns of a number of these aggregates have also been examined and have been found to markedly depend on the aggregate charge state. In one particular case, for which experimental findings are available in the literature, a good agreement is found with the present fragmentation data.
A molecular dynamics study of structure, stability and fragmentation patterns of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate positively charged aggregates in vacuo / G. Longhi, S. Abbate, L. Ceraulo, A. Ceselli, S.L. Fornili, V. Turco Liveri. - In: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 1463-9076. - 13:48(2011), pp. 21423-21431.
|Titolo:||A molecular dynamics study of structure, stability and fragmentation patterns of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate positively charged aggregates in vacuo|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/01 - Fisica Sperimentale|
Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1cp21740b|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|