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Modelling Nucleation and Growth of ZnO Nanoparticles in a Low Temperature Plasma by Reactive Dynamics.

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Summary of "Modelling Nucleation and Growth of ZnO Nanoparticles in a Low Temperature Plasma by Reactive Dynamics."

The very first stages of nucleation and growth of ZnO nanoparticles in a plasma reactor are studied by means of a multi-scale computational paradigm where the DFT-GGA approach is used to evaluate structure and electronic energy of small (ZnO)N clusters (N ≤ 24) that are employed as a training set (TS) for the optimization of a Reactive Force Field (RFF). Reactive Molecular Dynamics (RMD) simulations based on this tuned RFF are carried out to reproduce nucleation and growth in a realistic environment. Inside the reaction chamber the temperature is around 1200 K and the zinc atoms are oxidized in an oxygen-rich atmosphere at high pressure (about 20 atm), whereas in the quenching chamber where the temperature is lower (about 800 K) the ZnO embryo-nanoclusters are grown. The main processes ruling gas-phase nucleation and growth of ZnO nanoclusters are identified and discussed together with the dependence of the inception time and average stoichiometry of nanoclusters of different size on the composition of precursor material and physical parameters.

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Name: Journal of chemical theory and computation
ISSN: 1549-9626
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