Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors
Adrian Del Maestro
critical wetting, nitrogen, graphene, 2D materials, thin films, wetting
When depositing a substance onto a surface, it follows that as one adds more of the substance, the thickness of the film formed on the surface will grow. However, a particle's ability to adsorb onto the surface is dependent on the interaction potential and geometry. For atomically flat two-dimensional materials such as graphene, it is predicted that the interactions between the graphene sheet and light atoms in a nearby gas are so weak that film growth may become arrested at a critical thickness. We report on molecular dynamics simulations of nitrogen near graphene to explore the existence and properties of the predicted critical film.
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Beneeski, Renee; Del Maestro, Adrian; Vanegas, Juan; and Kotov, Valeri, "Critical Films on Graphene Substrates" (2018). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 235.