We use molecular dynamics simulations to study the influence of confinement on the dynamics of a nanoscopic water film at T = 300 K and p = 1.0 g cm -3. We consider two infinite hydrophilic (β-cristobalite) silica surfaces separated by distances between 0.6 and 5.0 nm. The width of the region characterized by surfacedominated slowing down of water rotational dynamics is ̃0.5 nm, while the corresponding width for translational dynamics is ̃1.0 nm. The different extent of perturbation undergone by the in-plane dynamic properties is evidence of rotational-translational decoupling. The local in-plane rotational relaxation time and translational diffusion coefficient collapse onto confinement-independent "master" profiles as long as the separation d > 1.0 nm. Long-time tails in the perpendicular component of the dipóle moment autocorrelation function are indicative of anisotropic behavior in the rotational relaxation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry