Structure of CF4 multilayers on (0001) surfaces of graphite and hydroxylated $alpha$-quartz: A molecular dynamics study
We present findings from a recent molecular dynamics study of multilayer adsorption of tetrafluoromethane (CF(4)) onto two atomically flat but chemically and structurally different substrates: graphite (hydrophobic) and hydroxylated alpha-quartz (hydrophilic). Simulations in this study were carried out at temperatures in the range of 60-120 K. Subsequent analysis shows that the structure and character of the substrate surface play a large role in whether adsorbed films exhibit packing arrangements that are highly ordered or are subject to a high degree of temperature dependence. Additionally, flexible hydroxyl groups on the surface of hydroxylated alpha-quartz are shown to arrange themselves in a zig-zag pattern that creates an array of hexagonal domains which determine the allowed CF(4) adsorption sites.
Tsige, Mesfin, "Structure of CF4 multilayers on (0001) surfaces of graphite and hydroxylated $alpha$-quartz: A molecular dynamics study" (2009). Polymer Science Faculty Research. 354.