Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol.120, No.22, 10728-10735, 2004
Density inhomogeneity and diffusion behavior of fluids in micropores by molecular-dynamics simulation
The density profiles and the diffusion behavior of fluid argon confined in micropores were studied by molecular-dynamics simulations. The effects of pore size (width), temperature and number density on the density profiles and the self-diffusion coefficients in micropores were simulated with pore widths from 0.6 to 4.0 nm. The density profiles are greatly affected by the pore size. Strong inhomogeneities in the channel direction and vapor-liquid phase separation in the micropores were observed when initial conditions were chosen in the coexistence region of the fluid. The self-diffusion coefficient in the channel direction in the pores was found to be much lower than in the bulk, and decreasing with decreasing pore size, decreasing temperature, and increasing density. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.