We use non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to study the heat transfer around intensely heated solid nanoparticles immersed in a model Lennard-Jones fluid. We focus our studies on the role of the nanoparticle curvature on the liquid phase stability under steady-state heating. For small nanoparticles we observe a stable liquid phase near the nanoparticle surface, which can be at a temperature well above the boiling point. Furthermore, for particles with radius smaller than a critical radius of 2 nm we do not observe formation of vapor even above the critical temperature. Instead, we report the existence of a stable fluid region with a density much larger than that of the vapor phase. We explain the stability in terms of the Laplace pressure associated with the formation of a vapor nanocavity and the associated effect on the Gibbs free energy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry