Molecular dynamics simulations with a dissociative interatomic potential were used to examine the interaction forces between quartz and sodium chloride crystals in the presence of pure water and a supersaturated (7 m NaCl) solution at crystal separations between 7 and 24.5 Å. The force between the crystals was found to be attractive for all separations at both ion concentrations. The structuring of interfacial water molecules, leading to ordering of the dipole moments at both interfaces, is primarily responsible for the attraction. Modifications of the interfacial water structure by the decreasing crystal separation are more prevalent at the quartz/liquid interface than at the sodium chloride/water interface.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films