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Author Kamal, C.; Gravelle, S.; Botto, L.
Title Hydrodynamic slip can align thin nanoplatelets in shear flow Type Journal Article
Year 2020 Publication Nature Communications Abbreviated Journal Nat. Commun.
Volume 11 Issue 1 Pages 10 pp
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Abstract The large-scale processing of nanomaterials such as graphene and MoS2 relies on understanding the flow behaviour of nanometrically-thin platelets suspended in liquids. Here we show, by combining non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and continuum simulations, that rigid nanoplatelets can attain a stable orientation for sufficiently strong flows. Such a stable orientation is in contradiction with the rotational motion predicted by classical colloidal hydrodynamics. This surprising effect is due to hydrodynamic slip at the liquid-solid interface and occurs when the slip length is larger than the platelet thickness; a slip length of a few nanometers may be sufficient to observe alignment. The predictions we developed by examining pure and surface-modified graphene is applicable to different solvent/2D material combinations. The emergence of a fixed orientation in a direction nearly parallel to the flow implies a slip-dependent change in several macroscopic transport properties, with potential impact on applications ranging from functional inks to nanocomposites. Current theories predict that a plate-like particle rotates continuously in a shear flow. Kamal et al. instead show that even nanometric hydrodynamic slip may induce a thin plate-like particle to adopt a stable orientation, and discuss implications of this effect for flow processing of 2D nanomaterials.
Address [Kamal, Catherine; Gravelle, Simon; Botto, Lorenzo] Queen Mary Univ London, Sch Engn & Mat Sci, London, England, Email: l.botto@tudelft.nl
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Language English Summary Language Original Title
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