• Charusita Chakravarty

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    • Evaluation of collective transport properties of ionic melts from molecular dynamics simulations

      Manish Agarwal Charusita Chakravarty

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      Molecular dynamics simulations of beryllium fluoride (BeF2) have been carried out in the canonical (NVT) ensemble using a rigid-ion potential model. The Green-Kubo formalism has been applied to compute viscosities and ionic conductivities of BeF2 melt. The computational parameters critical for reliably estimating these collective transport properties are shown to differ significantly for viscosity and ionic conductivity. In addition to the equilibrium values of these transport properties, structural relaxation times as well as high-frequency IR-active modes are computed from the pressure and charge-flux auto correlation functions (ACFs) respectively. It is shown that a network-forming ionic melt, such as BeF2, will display persistent oscillatory behaviour of the integral of the charge-flux ACF. By suitable Fourier transformation, one can show that these persistent oscillations correspond to highfrequency, infra-red active vibrations associated with local modes of the network.

    • Interplay between multiple length and time scales in complex chemical systems

      Biman Bagchi Charusita Chakravarty

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      Processes in complex chemical systems, such as macromolecules, electrolytes, interfaces, micelles and enzymes, can span several orders of magnitude in length and time scales. The length and time scales of processes occurring over this broad time and space window are frequently coupled to give rise to the control necessary to ensure specificity and the uniqueness of the chemical phenomena. A combination of experimental, theoretical and computational techniques that can address a multiplicity of length and time scales is required in order to understand and predict structure and dynamics in such complex systems. This review highlights recent experimental developments that allow one to probe structure and dynamics at increasingly smaller length and time scales. The key theoretical approaches and computational strategies for integrating information across time-scales are discussed. The application of these ideas to understand phenomena in various areas, ranging from materials science to biology, is illustrated in the context of current developments in the areas of liquids and solvation, protein folding and aggregation and phase transitions, nucleation and self-assembly.

    • Structure and transport properties of LiF-BeF2 mixtures: Comparison of rigid and polarizable ion potentials

      B Shadrack Jabes Manish Agarwal Charusita Chakravarty

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      Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structure and dynamics of the LiF-BeF2 system over a range of compositions using the transferable rigid-ion model (TRIM). The densities obtained with the TRIM potential are approximately 17-20% lower than the experimental values while polarizable ion models (PIM) give densities within 5% of the experimental value. The TRIM and PIM potentials give essentially identical radial distribution functions (RDFs) for Li-F and Be-F ion pairs though the Be-Be pair correlations differ significantly and reflect the corresponding density differences. The variation in the radial distribution functions with concentration, particularly the anion-anion pair correlation function, reflects the reorganization of the fluoride ions as the addition of BeF2 in the mixture promotes the formation of the tetrahedral fluoroberyllate network. Along the 67 mol% LiF isopleth, diffusivities and Nernst-Einstein ionic conductivities from simulations using the PIM and TRIM potentials are in good agreement for temperatures up to 925 K. The viscosity data using the PIM model is also found to be in good agreement with the TRIM results presented here along the 873K isotherm for compositions ranging from 0 to 50 mol% BeF2. The main conclusion from this study is that the non-polarizable, TRIM provides reasonable results for the structural correlations and transport properties of the LiF-BeF2 system in comparison with first-principles-based, PIM.

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