Chemical Physics
Volume 178, Issues 1-3 , 15 December 1993, Pages 83-92

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Density dependent structural properties of dilute mixtures of OCS with argon. A molecular dynamics investigation

J. SamiosCorresponding Author Contact Information, D. Dellis and H. Stassen1

Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis 157-71, Athens, Greece

Received 21 April 1993.  Available online 12 November 2001.


Molecular dynamics simulation was used to study the intermolecular structure of carbonyl sulphide (OCS) diluted in argon at different densities and at room temperature. The intermolecular interactions between argon and OCS were investigated and an accurate effective atom-atom pairwise additive Lennard-Jones potential was proposed. The interaction model predicts a non-linear, T-shaped dimer structure in excellent agreement with experiment. The center of mass and the relevant site-site pair correlation functions, self-diffusion coefficients, and thermodynamic properties of the molecular system were calculated and analyzed. At low densities we found the nearest configuration to be maximal 1 argon with a nearly T-shaped (1:1) structure located on the C---O bond. At higher densities this configuration is extended to maximal 2 or 3 argon atoms. The local structure has been discussed in the sense of its estimated duration (0.4–0.6 ps). This reflects the existence of transient "molecular clusters".

1 Fakultät für Chemie, Physikalische Chemie, Universität Bielefeld, 4800 Bielefeld, Germany.

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