Molecular dynamics simulation study of gas transport through chiral liquid crystalline monolayer

M. Yoneya, Y. Tabe, H. Yokoyama

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Abstract

Molecular dynamics simulations were done for a chiral liquid crystalline (LC) monolayer with and without transmonolayer H2 gas flow. The rotational dynamics of the monolayer LC molecule (MHPOBC) along its long-molecular axis was analyzed by tracing the orientations of the C = O bond close to the chiral part. We found that the reorientational motion along the molecular long-axis within the simulated time scale (10ns) was mostly not rotation but libration. We also found that the transmonolayer H2 gas flow renders no apparent effects on the rotational motions of the MHPOBC molecules. Dependency of the MHPOBC rotational directions under the gas flow on the molecular chirality was not seen either. In contrast, marked chirality dependency was found in the asymmetry of the C = O orientational distributions that are oppositely biased each other between (S)- and (R)-MHPOBC. Resultant net polarization directions from these biased C = O distributions correspond to the experimentally reported spontaneous polarization (Ps) directions. It suggests that in our simulations, Ps and its direction were determineded as the biased distribution within much shorter time scale than that for the hindered rotation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalFerroelectrics
Volume365
Issue number1 PART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event11th International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals, FLC 2007 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2007 Sep 32007 Sep 8

Keywords

  • Chiral monolayer
  • Gas transport
  • Molecular motor
  • Molecular simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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