Atomistic simulations of chemically heterogeneous metal interfaces

Brian Laird
University of Kansas

The structural, thermodynamic and dynamic properties of chemically heterogeneous solid-liquid interfaces are controlling parameters for a number of technologically relevant phenomena, such as hetergeneous nucleation, wetting and casting. However, our current understanding of such interfaces is far from complete. Because experimental studies. on such interfaces are difficult and rare, much of our current phenomenological understanding of solid-liquid interfaces has been guided by atomistic simulation studies. Using atomistic simulation, we examine in detail two solid-liquid interfaces: Cu(s)/Pb(l) and Al(s)/Pb(l). These systems are ideal for the study of chemically heterogeneous metal interfaces because of the near immiscibility of the solid and liquid components.

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