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Nanotech 2001 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2001 Vol. 2
Technical Proceedings of the 2001 International Conference on Computational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Chapter 4: Molecules and Molecular Materials

Atomistic Simulations of Wetting and Spreading in Metal Systems

Authors:E.B. Webb III and G.S. Grest
Affilation:Sandia National Laboratories, US
Pages:89 - 92
Keywords:metals, reactive wetting, simulation, EAM
Abstract:Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we examine wetting and spreading in metallic systems as described by the embedded atom method (EAM). We first discuss a common shortcoming of EAM potentials for describing metal surfaces and a theoretical correction to this problem. This correction has the ability to bring model predictions for surface properties into agreement with experiment with little or no effect on most material property predictions used in the original potential fitting procedure. We wish to examine wetting and spreading in a case where alloying is expected and one where the metals are considered relatively bulk immiscible. We choose Ag(l) on Cu for the former case and Pb(l) on Cu for the latter. We briefly describe our efforts to parameterize the Pb/Cu EAM interaction using relevant experimental data and ab initio calculations. We then present preliminary results for the case of Ag(l) on Cu, focusing on the shape of the reaction zone and its dependence on temperature.
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