Graphitic carbon-water nonbonded interaction parameters

Yanbin Wu, N. R. Aluru

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In this study, we develop graphitic carbon-water nonbonded interaction parameters entirely from ab initio calculation data of interaction energies between graphene and a single water molecule. First, we employ the Møller-Plesset perturbation theory of the second order (MP2) method to compute the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-water interaction energies, with proper size of basis sets and energy component analysis to extrapolate to infinite-sized graphene limit. Then, we develop graphitic carbon-water interaction parameters based on the MP2 data from this work and the ab initio data available in the literature from other methods such as random-phase approximation (RPA), density functional theory-symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (DFT-SAPT), and coupled cluster treatment with single and double excitations and perturbative triples (CCSD(T)). The accuracy of the interaction parameters is evaluated by predicting water contact angle on graphite and carbon nanotube (CNT) radial breathing mode (RBM) frequency shift and comparing them with experimental data. The interaction parameters obtained from MP2 data predict the CNT RBM frequency shift that is in good agreement with experiments. The interaction parameters obtained from RPA and DFT-SAPT data predict the contact angles and the CNT RBM frequency shift that agree well with experiments. The interaction parameters obtained from CCSD(T) data underestimate the contact angles and overestimate the CNT RBM frequency shift probably due to the use of small basis sets in CCSD(T) calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8802-8813
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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