Diffusion of fructose in water: a molecular dynamics study

Authors

  • Santosh Bhusal GoldenGate International College, Tribhuvan University, Battisputali, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nurapati Pantha Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hp.v9i01.40153

Abstract

Present work carries the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation to study the self-diffusion coefficients of fructose (C6H12O6) and SPC/E (Extended Simple Point Charge) water (H2O) along with their binary diffusion coefficients at different temperature (298.15 K, 303.15 K, 308.15 K and 312.15 K). A dilute solution of 3 molecules of fructose (solute, mole fraction 0.0018) and 1624 molecules of water (solvent, mole fraction 0.9982) has been taken for making it relevant to the previously reported experiment. The structural analysis of the mixture has been estimated by using the radial distribution function (RDF) of its constituents. Mean square displacement (MSD) and Einstein’s relation have been used to find the self-diffusion coefficients of both the solute and solvent. Furthermore, Darken’s relation finds the binary diffusion coefficients. The temperature dependence of diffusion coefficients follows the Arrhenius behavior which further calculates activation energy of diffusion. The results from the present work agree well with the previously reported experimental values.

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Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Bhusal, S., & Pantha, N. (2020). Diffusion of fructose in water: a molecular dynamics study. Himalayan Physics, 9(01), 30–44. https://doi.org/10.3126/hp.v9i01.40153

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