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Oxidation Dynamics of Nanophase Aluminum Clusters: A Molecular Dynamics Study

  • Shuji Ogata (a1), Timothy J. Campbell (a2), Kenji Tsuruta (a2), Aiichiro Nakano (a2), Rajiv K. Kalia (a2), Priya Vashishta (a2) and Chun-K. Loong (a3)...

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Oxidation of an aluminum nanocluster (252,158 atoms) of radius 100Å placed in gaseous oxygen (530,727 atoms) is investigated by performing molecular-dynamics simulations on parallel computers. The simulation takes into account the effect of charge transfer between Al and 0 based on the electronegativity equalization principles. We find that the oxidation starts at the surface of the cluster and the oxide layer grows to a thickness of ∼28Å. Evolutions of local temperature and densities of Al and 0 are investigated. The surface oxide melts because of the high temperature resulting from the release of energy associated with Al-O bondings. Amorphous surface-oxides are obtained by quenching the cluster. Vibrational density-of-states for the surface oxide is analyzed through comparisons with those for crystalline Al, Al nanocluster, and α-Al2O3

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Oxidation Dynamics of Nanophase Aluminum Clusters: A Molecular Dynamics Study

  • Shuji Ogata (a1), Timothy J. Campbell (a2), Kenji Tsuruta (a2), Aiichiro Nakano (a2), Rajiv K. Kalia (a2), Priya Vashishta (a2) and Chun-K. Loong (a3)...

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