George Yiapanis

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This study compares the performance of the all-atom molecular dynamics force fields OPLS-AA and COMPASS, and the united-atom GROMOS96 ff53a6 force field, for organic monolayers at aqueous interfaces, as a function of surface density, temperature, and system size. Where possible, comparison with experimental data was undertaken and used to scrutinize the(More)
This study examines the adhesion of graphite to functionalized polyester surfaces using a range of qualitative and quantitative measures of theoretical adhesion. Modifications to the polyester surfaces include the addition of hydroxyl, carboxyl, or fluorine substituents with coverages of 0.4 and 0.9 groups per nm(2). In each case, the introduction of(More)
The novel duolayer system, comprising a monolayer of ethylene glycol monooctadecyl ether (C18E1) and the water-soluble polymer poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), has been shown to resist forces such as wind stress to a greater degree than the C18E1 monolayer alone. This paper reports all-atom molecular dynamics simulations comparing the monolayer (C18E1 alone)(More)
In this study, by using X-ray powder diffraction profiles as blueprints, we successfully mapped the most probable molecular-level structural arrangement of the PMMA super-helix stereocomplexes through molecular dynamic simulations. Molecular-level resolution of the PMMA triple-helix supramolecule was not previously achievable by experimental methods. After(More)
A computational modeling methodology has been developed and employed to characterize the nanoscale wettability and antifouling properties of functionalized hard and deformable surfaces, with a specific focus on poly(ethylene glycol) grafted substrates and their resistance to graphitic carbons. Empirical evidence suggests that the antifouling behavior of(More)
All-atom molecular dynamics simulations and experimental characterization have been used to examine the structure and dynamics of novel evaporation-suppressing films where the addition of a water-soluble polymer to an ethylene glycol monooctadecyl ether monolayer leads to improved water evaporation resistance. Simulations and Langmuir trough experiments(More)
In this study, the stereocomplexation between a novel stereospecific cyclic vinyl polymer, that is, cyclic syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (st-PMMA), with the complementary linear isotactic (it-) PMMA was investigated. Surprising new insight into the effects of the topology (i.e., end groups), size, and tacticity of the assembling components on(More)
Mixed monolayers of 1-octadecanol (C18OH) and ethylene glycol monooctadecyl ether (C18E1) were studied to assess their evaporation suppressing performance. An unexpected increase in performance and stability was found around the 0.5:0.5 bicomponent mixture and has been ascribed to a synergistic effect of the monolayers. Molecular dynamics simulations have(More)
The free energy associated with transferring a set of fullerene particles through a finite water layer is calculated using explicit solvent molecular dynamic simulations. Each fullerene particle is a carbon network of one or more spheroidal shells of graphitic carbon, and include single-shell (single-wall) or nested multi-shelled (nano-onions) structures(More)
Responsive surfaces show potential for many applications; however, the molecular mechanisms of their responsive behavior are often dependent on the nature and properties of the substrate and this dependence is not fully understood. We present a molecular dynamics study on the mechanical response of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted on substrates of(More)