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Water filling in carbon nanotubes with different wettability and implications on nanotube/water heat transfer via atomistic simulations

Alessandro Casto
Michele Diego
Natalia Del Fatti
Francesco Banfi
Paolo Maioli

Abstract

The peculiar heat and mass transfer properties of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) envision promising applications in nanoengineering and nanofluidic devices, such as heat sinks and desalination membranes. However, a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined effects of mass transfer (entrance and exit of liquid molecules inside CNTs) and heat transfer mechanisms (thermal exchange at the CNT/solvent interface) as a function of the properties of CNT surface is currently incomplete. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to study heat and mass transfer in single wall CNTs with (5,5) and (10,10) chirality immersed in water. We present a sensitivity analysis where, starting from different choices of interaction potentials between CNTs and water molecules, we deduce the corresponding CNT/water wetting parameters, we model fill-in and fill-out water dynamics and arrangement of water molecules at the equilibrium. Spontaneous water entrance into CNTs is examined and a single energy parameter to model water filling is introduced. Secondly, we compute the CNT/water thermal boundary resistance for the different wetting properties. In perspective, this work supports a more rational design of CNT-based devices operating in nanothermal and nanobiological environments.
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hal-04115039 , version 1 (21-11-2023)

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Alessandro Casto, Francesco Maria Bellussi, Michele Diego, Natalia Del Fatti, Francesco Banfi, et al.. Water filling in carbon nanotubes with different wettability and implications on nanotube/water heat transfer via atomistic simulations. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2023, 205, pp.123868. ⟨10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.123868⟩. ⟨hal-04115039⟩
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