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Molecular dynamics simulations in the NPT ensemble have been carried out to investigate the effect of two room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), on stacks of phospholipid bilayers in water. We consider RTIL compounds consisting of chloride ([bmim][Cl]) and hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]) salts of the 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium ([bmim](+)) cation, while(More)
Neutron reflectometry (NR) measurements were carried out to probe the structure and stability of two model biomembranes consisting of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) phospholipid bilayers hydrated by water solutions of two prototypical room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs),(More)
The combination of amino acids in their deprotonated and thus anionic form with a choline cation gives origin to a new and potentially important class of organic ionic compounds. A series of such neutral ion pairs has been investigated by first principle methods. The results reveal intriguing structural motives as well as regular patterns in the charge(More)
Water solutions of representative ([C4mim][Cl] and [C4mim][Tf2N]) room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) in contact with a neutral lipid bilayer made of cholesterol molecules has been investigated by molecular dynamics simulations based on an empirical force field model. The results show that both ILs display selective adsorption at the water-cholesterol(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations based on an empirical force field have been carried out to investigate the properties of a zwitter-ionic phospholipid (POPC) bilayer in contact with a water solution of [bmim][Cl], [bmim][PF(6)] and [bmim][Tf(2)N] at concentration c = 0.5 M. The results reveal important and specific interactions of cations and anions with the(More)
A force field model of phosphorus has been developed based on density functional (DF) computations and experimental results, covering low energy forms of local tetrahedral symmetry and more compact (simple cubic) structures that arise with increasing pressure. Rules tailored to DF data for the addition, deletion, and exchange of covalent bonds allow the(More)
Atomic force microscopy images for [bmim][Tf(2)N] films deposited at ambient conditions by drop-casting show a population of terraced islands of mesoscopic area (1-100 μ(2)) and ∼50 nm height. The regularity of terraces and steps, stiff mechanical properties and a fragile fracture mode all suggest that the islands are solid-like, even though bulk(More)
The melting behavior of an idealized model giving rise to two-dimensional (2D) structures at low temperature and low density is investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. The system is made of particles carrying a spin of constant length and variable orientation, whose potential energy is the sum of a repulsive spherical pair interaction, and of a spin-spin(More)