A review of the structure and dynamics of nanoconfined water and ionic liquids via molecular dynamics simulation

  • Masumeh Foroutan
  • S. Mahmood Fatemi
  • Farshad Esmaeilian
Topical Review

DOI: 10.1140/epje/i2017-11507-7

Cite this article as:
Foroutan, M., Fatemi, S.M. & Esmaeilian, F. Eur. Phys. J. E (2017) 40: 19. doi:10.1140/epje/i2017-11507-7

Abstract.

During the past decade, the research on fluids in nanoconfined geometries has received considerable attention as a consequence of their wide applications in different fields. Several nanoconfined systems such as water and ionic liquids, together with an equally impressive array of nanoconfining media such as carbon nanotube, graphene and graphene oxide have received increasingly growing interest in the past years. Water is the first system that has been reviewed in this article, due to its important role in transport phenomena in environmental sciences. Water is often considered as a highly nanoconfined system, due to its reduction to a few layers of water molecules between the extended surface of large macromolecules. The second system discussed here is ionic liquids, which have been widely studied in the modern green chemistry movement. Considering the great importance of ionic liquids in industry, and also their oil/water counterpart, nanoconfined ionic liquid system has become an important area of research with many fascinating applications. Furthermore, the method of molecular dynamics simulation is one of the major tools in the theoretical study of water and ionic liquids in nanoconfinement, which increasingly has been joined with experimental procedures. In this way, the choice of water and ionic liquids in nanoconfinement is justified by applying molecular dynamics simulation approaches in this review article.

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Keywords

Soft Matter: Interfacial Phenomena and Nanostructured Surfaces 

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© EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masumeh Foroutan
    • 1
  • S. Mahmood Fatemi
    • 1
  • Farshad Esmaeilian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, College of ScienceUniversity of TehranTehranIran

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