Dumbbells and onions in ternary nucleation

Ricky B. Nellas, Bin Chen, J. Ilja Siepmann

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Molecular simulations for a ternary nucleation system (water/n-nonane/1- butanol) demonstrate a more complex nucleation mechanism than previously thought, where critical nuclei with different compositions are present even for a given vapour-phase composition; the spatial distribution in these critical nuclei is heterogeneous and dumbbell and onion motifs are found; in the former, water and nonane nano-droplets are connected through a butanol handle, while in the latter a water core is surrounded by a nonane corona with an interfacial butanol shell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2779-2781
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2007


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