Ram Devanathan

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Defect properties and phase transition in UO(2) have been studied from first principles by the all-electron projector-augmented-wave (PAW) method. The generalized gradient approximation with empirical self-interaction correction, (GGA)+U, formalism has been used to account for the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion among the localized U 5f electrons. The(More)
We present a comparative study of proton dissociation in various functional acidic units that are promising candidates as building blocks for polymeric electrolyte membranes. Minimum energy structures for four acidic moieties with clusters of 1-6 water molecules were determined using density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-311G** level starting from(More)
We have performed a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of water molecules and hydronium ions in hydrated Nafion using classical molecular dynamics simulations with the DREIDING force field. In addition to calculating diffusion coefficients as a function of hydration level, we have also determined mean residence time of H(2)O molecules and(More)
We have performed a detailed analysis of water clustering and percolation in hydrated Nafion configurations generated by classical molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show that at low hydration levels H(2)O molecules are isolated and a continuous hydrogen-bonded network forms as the hydration level is increased. Our quantitative analysis has(More)
We used classical molecular dynamics simulation with the DREIDING force field to characterize the changes in the nanostructure of Nafion membrane brought about by systematically changing the hydration level. We calculated the relative percentages of free, weakly bound, and bound water in hydrated Nafion membranes. At low hydration levels, coordination of(More)
This report presents the results of classical molecular dynamics simulations of the diffuse premelting transition, melting, and defect production by 1 keV U recoils in UO(2) using five different rigid ion potentials. The experimentally observed premelting transition occurred for all five cases. For all the potentials studied, dynamic defect annealing is(More)
Closed-form solutions are presented for blood flow in the microcirculation by taking into account the influence of slip velocity at the membrane surface. In this study, the convective inertia force is neglected in comparison with that of blood viscosity on the basis of the smallness of the Reynolds number of the flow in microcirculation. The permeability(More)
Solvated phenylated sulfonated poly ether ether ketone ketone (Ph-SPEEKK) membranes in the presence of hydronium ions were modeled by classical molecular dynamics simulations. The characterization of the nanophase structure and dynamics of such membranes was carried out as a function of the water content λ, where λ is the number of water molecules per(More)