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The escalating level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our age. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) from large point sources such as power plants is one option for reducing anthropogenic CO(2) emissions; however, currently the capture alone will increase the energy requirements of a plant by 25-40%. This Review(More)
Biological membranes are complex and highly cooperative structures. To relate biomembrane structure to their biological function it is often necessary to consider simpler systems. Lipid bilayers composed of one or two lipid species, and with embedded proteins, provide a model system for biological membranes. Here we present a mesoscopic model for lipid(More)
We investigated the phase behavior of double-tail lipids, as a function of temperature, headgroup interaction and tail length. At low values of the head-head repulsion parameter a(hh), the bilayer undergoes with increasing temperature the transitions from the subgel phase L(c) via the flat gel phase L(beta) to the fluid phase L(alpha). For higher values of(More)
Molecular simulations corroborate the existence of the disputed window effect, i.e., an increase in diffusion rate by orders of magnitude when the alkane chain length increases so that the shape of the alkane is no longer commensurate with that of a zeolite cage. This window effect is shown to be characteristic for molecular sieves with pore openings that(More)
In this study we introduce a mesoscopic lipid-water-alcohol model. Dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations have been used to investigate the induced interdigitation of bilayers consisting of double-tail lipids by adding alcohol molecules to the bilayer. Our simulations nicely reproduce the experimental phase diagrams. We find that alcohol can induce(More)
We present a method to determine potential parameters in molecular simulations of confined systems through fitting on experimental isotherms with inflection points. The procedure uniquely determines the adsorbent-adsorbate interaction parameters and is very sensitive to the size parameter. The inflection points in the isotherms are often related to a subtle(More)
In the waste recycling Monte Carlo (WRMC) algorithm, (1) multiple trial states may be simultaneously generated and utilized during Monte Carlo moves to improve the statistical accuracy of the simulations, suggesting that such an algorithm may be well posed for implementation in parallel on graphics processing units (GPUs). In this paper, we implement two(More)
In order to reduce the current costs associated with carbon capture technologies, novel materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks that are based on microporous networks are being studied. We have developed a GPU code that can characterize and screen a large database of zeolite structures and help identify the most e cient structures for carbon(More)
Recent experimental results revealed that lipid-mediated interactions due to hydrophobic forces may be important in determining the protein topology after insertion in the membrane, in regulating the protein activity, in protein aggregation and in signal transduction. To gain insight into the lipid-mediated interactions between two intrinsic membrane(More)