Carbon nanotube arrays are presently being examined as a unique sensor technology that will enable a new class of innovative micro/nano-instruments for biological applications. Two such examples involve
the development of artificial stereocillia devices that will be used to identify acoustic signals in a fluid environment.
the development of DNA sequencing sieves by exploiting the phenomenon of electrophoresis.
A key aspect of these devices is the interaction of the surrounding fluid with the carbon nanotube arrays.
We are currently conducting molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous and mono-atomic fluids around or inside arrays of carbon nanotubes. The interaction potentials are a Morse and harmonic cosine angle potential between the carbon atoms, and a Lennard-Jones potential between the carbon and fluid atoms. The water is modelled by the flexible SPC model by Teleman, Jonsson and Engstrom (1987), which includes a harmonic bond and angle potential in addition to the Coulombic potential. The latter is computed applying a simple truncation or via a novel particle-particle-particle-mesh matrix-influence technique.
The final paper will present our findings on:
thermodynamic properties of mono-atomic fluids and water confined in carbon nanotubes.
stiffness properties of carbon nanotubes in aqueous solutions.