The Crucial Role of Solvation Forces in the Steric Stabilization of Nanoplatelets

01 November 2022, Version 3
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The steric stability of inorganic colloidal particles in an apolar solvent is usually described in terms of the balance between three contributions: the van der Waals attraction, the free energy of mixing, and the ligand compression. However, in the case of nanoparticles, the discrete nature of the ligand shell and the solvent has to be taken into account. Cadmium selenide nanoplatelets are a special case. They combine a weak van der Waals attraction and a large facet to particle size ratio. We use coarse grained molecular dynamics simulations of nanoplatelets in octane to demonstrate that solvation forces are strong enough to induce the formation of nanoplatelet stacks, and by that have a crucial impact on the steric stability. In particular, we demonstrate that for sufficiently large nanoplatelets, solvation forces are proportional to the interacting facet area, and their strength is intrinsically tied to the softness of the ligand shell.


quantum wells
interaction forces
solvation forces
molecular dynamics simulations

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