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```Course NE.05 – Lecture 7
7/3/2006
Course NE.05 – Lecture 7
7/3/2006
Computational modelling of
nanomaterials
Introduction to techniques,
and application to mechanical
properties of CNTs
Dr James Elliott
1.1.1 Introduction
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Computational modelling increasingly used as a tool to
study the physical properties of nanoscale systems
Often have poor control over experimental conditions,
and huge ‘space’ of possible solutions to search
Analytical theories of statistical mechanics and quantum
mechanics lead to equations too complicated to solve
MODELLING
The “Desirable Triangle”
THEORY
EXPT.
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1.1.2 Introduction
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In past 30 years, computational power (driven by Moore’s
Law) has increased by over 5 orders of magnitude
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Computational modelling now ‘auto-catalyses’ its own
progress → exponential growth in progress!
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1.1.3 Introduction
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In this lecture, will briefly review range of modelling techniques that
are available, then look at applications to some specific examples
(CNT synthesis and electrically conductive composites)
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1.2.1 Quantum mechanical modelling
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The Schr&ouml;dinger equation governs the temporal and spatial
evolution of the quantum mechanical wave function:
⎛ −= 2 2
⎞
∂Ψ (r , t )
∇ + V (r , t ) ⎟ Ψ ( r , t ) = i=
⎜
∂t
⎝ 2m
⎠
Time-dependent form
⎛ −= 2 2
⎞
∇ + V (r ) ⎟ Ψ (r ) = E Ψ (r )
⎜
⎝ 2m
⎠
Time-independent form
However, a rigorous solution is possible only for a very few
special cases (e.g. simple potential wells, hydrogen atom,
dihydrogen ion H2+, simple harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor)
Born-Oppenheimer approximation separates nuclear and
electronic degrees of freedom
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1.2.2 Quantum mechanical modelling
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For poly-electronic atoms and molecules, effects of
electron correlation and exchange interactions render an
exact solution impossible
To address this problem, there are two popular theories
that are amenable to computational treatment:
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MOLECULAR ORBITAL THEORY
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DENSITY FUNCTIONAL THEORY
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Both ab initio or semi-empirical approaches
John Pople: Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1998 “for his development of
computational methods in quantum chemistry&quot;
An ab initio treatment using approximate functionals
Walter Kohn: Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1998 &quot;for his development of
the density-functional theory“
Often, we must resort to a classical approximation
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1.3 Classical molecular mechanics modelling
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So-called force field methods ignore electronic motions
and consider potential energy as function of only nuclear
co-ordinates
Can be applied to systems with hundreds of thousands of
atoms, and yield answers as accurate as even the
highest level of QM calculations
However, cannot be used in situations where properties
depend on electron distribution (e.g. bond dissociation,
electrical or magnetic properties)
Force fields constructed by parameterising potential
function using experimental data (X-ray and electron
diffraction, NMR and IR spectroscopy) or ab initio and
semi-empirical quantum mechanical calculations
Replace the true potential function with a simplified
model valid in the region being simulated
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1.4 The Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm
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The Metropolis algorithm can be summarised as follows:
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Start with a system in (an arbitrarily chosen) state &micro; and evaluate
the energy E&micro;
Generate a new state ν by a perturbation to &micro;, and evaluate Eν
If Eν – Eσ &lt; 0 then accept the new state. If Eν – Eσ &gt; 0 then accept
the new state with probability exp[–β(Eν – Eσ )]
The Metropolis algorithm is characterised by having a
transition probability of unity if the new state has a lower
energy than the initial state
However, sequences of sampled states are uncorrelated
in time → no direct information about dynamics
MC methods compute thermodynamic averages
[1] Leach
R. “Molecular
modelling:
applications”
2nd ed., Prentice-Hall (2001) pp. 414
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1.5 Continuous time molecular dynamics
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By calculating the derivative of a macromolecular force
field, we find the forces on each atom as a function of its
position
Require a method of evolving the positions of the particles
in space and time to produce a ‘true’ dynamical trajectory
Standard technique is to solve Newton’s equations of
motion numerically, using some finite difference scheme,
which is known as integration.
This means that we advance the system by some small
time step ∆t, recalculate the forces and velocities, and then
repeat the process iteratively
Provided ∆t is small enough, this produces an acceptable
approximate solution to the continuous equations of motion
[1] Leach
R. “Molecular
modelling:
applications”
2nd ed., Prentice-Hall (2001) sec. 7.3
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of Cambridge.
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without permission.
Part 2 : Mesoscale modelling of CNT synthesis
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2.1.1 CNT synthesis by MO-CVD method
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Experimental set-up:
Flow meter
1st Furnace
2nd Furnace
Substrate
Outlet
Ar
Flow meter
Ferrocene-Toluene
syringe pump
H2
Calcium
Chloride
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Activated Paraffin
Carbon Bubbler
T = 550–940&deg;C, ~10 wt.% of ferrocene in toluene
[1] Singh,
ShafferofM.S.P.,
Kinloch
Windle
A.H. without
Physicapermission.
B 323, 339-340 (2002).
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Cambridge.
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or copied
[2] Li Y., Kinloch I.A. et al., Chem. Mat. 26, 5637-5643 (2004).
2.1.2 CNT synthesis by MO-CVD method
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Length (microns)
Silica
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20
0
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150
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350
400
Time (minutes)
Graphite
Mica
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2.2.2 MC model for CNT growth on substrate
carbon
sheet
contact angle, θ
carbon
substrate
10&deg;
carbon
catalyst
particle
h
30&deg;
r
50&deg;
70&deg;
90&deg;
Catalyst-Substrate Contact Angle
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2.4 MC model for CNT growth on substrate
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Graphene sheet represented by a triangular mesh
Mesh evolved by two-stage MMC process:
–
–
Nodes (carbon) added to mesh at base of catalyst particle
Relaxation
Mesh relaxed via potential energy function with terms involving:
Ec =
6
1
1
K c AJ 2 + ∑ K c A j J 2j
2
j =1 2
•
surface curvature
•
bond stretching Eb = K b (l − l0 )2
•
carbon-carbon interactions
•
carbon-catalyst interactions
1
2
acceptance probability = exp ⎡⎣ −β ( Enew − Eold ) ⎤⎦
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2.5 Link between MC, classical MD, ab initio
bottom up
MC
MD (Classical)
Ab initio
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2.6 Potentials for classical MD modelling
{
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B * = 1 + b( N C − 1)
Eij = VR + V A
∑ f (r
N C = 1+
carbon k ( ≠ j )
)
VR: Repulsive term
NC: carbon coordinate number of metal atoms
VA: Attractive term
f(rij) : cut-off function
Co – C potential
Ni – C potential
Re(&Aring;)
1.7628
β(1/&Aring;)
1.8706
b
0.0688
δ
–0.5351
2
E(eV)
E(eV)
2
ab initio fitting
De(eV) 2.4673
CoC
CoC3
CoC4
ab initio fitting
De(eV) 3.7507
Re(&Aring;)
1.6978
2
β(1/&Aring;) 1.3513
b
0.0889
δ
–0.6256
E(eV)
ab initio fitting
NiC
NiC3
NiC4
Fe – C potential
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4
ik
δ
0
FeC
FeC3
FeC4
De(eV) 3.3249
Re(&Aring;)
β(1/&Aring;)
1.7304
1.5284
b
0.0656
δ
–0.4279
0
0
–2
–2
–2
2 r(&Aring;)
3 –4
2 r(&Aring;)
3
–4
2 r(&Aring;)
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[2] courtesy of Dr Y. Shibuta, analysis by B3LYP/LANL2DZ.
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2.7 Simulation of free-standing metal clusters
Fe
Co
Ni
[1] courtesy
Dr Y. Shibuta,
analysis
B3LYP/LANL2DZ.
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2.8 Defining carbon-catalyst interaction energy
Step1
cos θ =
γ SV − γ SL
γ LV
Step2
Step3
E of
Einteraction =
E of
-
E of
-
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Surface area
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2.9 Catalyst contact angle vs. deposition rate
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2500
5000 (slow)
30&ordm;
50&ordm;
70&ordm;
Number of MC relaxation steps per addition
500 (fast)
10&ordm;
90&ordm;
Catalyst-substrate contact angle
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2.10 Contact angle vs. carbon-catalyst energy
0.01
0.1
1 (large)
30&ordm;
50&ordm;
70&ordm;
Carbon-catalyst interaction energy
0 (small)
10&ordm;
90&ordm;
Catalyst particle contact angle
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Work in progress and the future…
Explore mechanism of bundle formation
MD
cf. Interaction for bundle
by MD calculation
(more than 1 month)
MC
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Part 3: Mesoscale modelling of nanocomposites
L
λ = L/d
d
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4.1 Percolation in nanofibre composites
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Can improve conductivity of thermoplastic polymer matrix
by filling with nanofibres made from MWCNT bundles
specific electrical resistivity [Ω cm]
percolation threshold
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0
10
205
40
carbon black content [wt
%]
[vol%]
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4.2 Possible uses of conductive textiles
Smart-Shirt
firefly dress
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permission.
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4.3 Classical percolation theory
MWCNT
Carbon
black
Carbon Black
CNT
Polymer-fibre interactions
Fibre-fibre interactions
Processing conditions
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4.4.1 Monte Carlo modelling of percolation
Apply electric field across network
Measure impedance to current
motion by examining flux of
‘electrons’ as a function of field
⎛ ε ∆x ⎞
⎛ D⎞
pt = exp ⎜ − ⎟ exp ⎜ −
⎟
⎝ γ⎠
⎝ kBT ⎠
D : closest contact distance
γ : dielectric tunnelling length
ε : electric field strength
∆x : motion in field direction
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4.4.2 Monte Carlo modelling of percolation
σ∝ J =
1.E-01
distance travelled
# MC steps
1.E-02
Flux, J
1.E-03
1.E-04
Percolation transition
1.E-05
σ ∝ (φ − φ c )t
1.E-06
1.E-07
0
0.05
0.1
0.15
0.2
0.25
0.3
Nanofibre volume fraction, φ
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4.4.3 Monte Carlo modelling of percolation
Log (Flux)
-2.5
-2.6
t = 0.42
-2.7
φc =0.049 vol%
-2.8
-2.9
-3
-3.1
-3.2
-3.3
-2
-1.8
-1.6
-1.4
-1.2
-1
-0 .8
-0 .6
-0 .4
log (φ − φc )
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4.4.4 Monte Carlo modelling of percolation
1.E+00
L/D = 1(t= 0.56)
1.E-01
L/D = 5 (t= 0.47)
L/D = 10 (t = 0.42)
1.E-02
Flux
L/D = 20 (t = 0.42)
L/D = 40 (t = 0.44)
1.E-03
L/D = 100 (t = 0.41)
L/D = 200 (t = 0.41)
1.E-04
1.E-05
1.E-06
1.E-07
0.001
0.01
0.1
1
Nanofibre volume fraction, φ
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4.4.5 Monte Carlo modelling of percolation
Critical volume fraction, φc
1
Celzard [3.15 ]
Current predictions
0.1
0.01
0.001
1
10
100
1000
Aspect Ratio
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4.5 Modelling effect of processing conditions
Temperature
Shear Stress
Viscosity
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4.6 Quantifying orientational order
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Order parameter &lt;P2&gt; is a measure of the quality of
alignment of the nanofibres
P2 =
3 cos 2 θ − 1
2
1.2
200 X 200 X 200
250 X 250 X 250
Order Parmeter
1
150 X 150 X 150
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2
0
0
2000
4000
6000
8000
10000
# Timesteps
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4.7 Effect of orientation on percolation threshold
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Φc
0.1
0.01
0.001
0.0001
1
10
100
1000
Aspect Ratio
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4.8 Conclusions from nanocomposites work
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Predictions of distribution and orientation of nanofibres as
a function of aspect ratio and interfibre/matrix interactions
Predictions of electrical conductivity and critical