Grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo computer simulations have been used to study monolayer octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) and cyclohexane films confined between mica-like surfaces to determine the effect of the mica surfaces on the orientation and distortion of the films at different surface alignments. The film molecules are packed as a highly ordered lattice. The orientation of the lattice is fixed relative to the mica surfaces and depends on the size of the film molecule. Registry shifts distort the film lattice by effectively stretching it along a particular direction that depends on the size of the film molecule. For a particular registry, OMCTS and cyclohexane monolayers are stretched in perpendicular directions. Coupling between the monolayers and the mica surfaces generates a nonzero shear stress when the surfaces are out of alignment, but the film does not become disordered or melt. It is possible that precisely controlled solid surfaces could be used to create packed arrays of film molecules with desired orientation and degree of distortion that may be useful in nanotechnological applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry