Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 383–393 | Cite as

Electrostatic field and charge distribution in small charged dielectric droplets

  • V.B. Storozhev


The charge distribution in small dielectric droplets is calculated on the basis of continuum medium approximation. There are considered charged liquid spherical droplets of methanol in the range of nanometer sizes. The problem is solved by the following way. We find the free energy of some ion in dielectric droplet, which is a function of distribution of other ions in the droplet. The probability of location of the ion in some element of volume in the droplet is a function of its free energy in this element of volume. The same approach can be applied to other ions in the droplet. The obtained charge distribution differs considerably from the surface distribution. The curve of the charge distribution in the droplet as a function of radius has maximum near the surface. Relative concentration of charges in the vicinity of the center of the droplet does not equal to zero, and it is the higher, the less is the total charge of the droplet. According to the estimates the model is applicable if the droplet radius is larger than 10 nm.

electrospray nanometer-sized liquid droplets dielectric charge distribution modeling and simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V.B. Storozhev
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  1. 1.Institute of Energy Problems of chemical physicsRussian Academy of SciencesRussia )

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