Charlie Wand

Charlie Wand
University of Exeter | UoE

PhD

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Introduction
My background is in computational soft matter chemistry including polymers, surfactants, and liquid crystals. Molecular and mesoscale simulations can provide an insight into material properties that cannot otherwise be investigated and can be used to compliment experimental techniques in explaining and predicting material properties.

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Publications (17)
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Understanding interactions at the polymer / metal oxide interface is central to improving the performance lifetime of corrosion resistant coatings, where network polymers commonly form via step growth mechanisms in the presence of pigments. Here we employ a holistic analytical approach encompassing ATR-FTIR, DSC and molecular dynamics simulations t...
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Epoxy resins coatings are commonly found in corrosion protection coatings but the presence of water can affect their adhesion to the substrate, often weakening the adhesion of the coating to the solid, reducing its efficiency. Nevertheless, small amounts of water can enhance the epoxy/substrate interactions. In this work, the interphase region of a...
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Hypothesis Interphase properties in composites, adhesives and protective coatings can be predicted on the basis of interfacial interactions between polymeric precursor molecules and the inorganic surface during network formation. The strength of molecular interactions is expected to determine local segmental mobility (polymer glass transition tempe...
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Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) is a powerful mesoscopic modelling technique that is routinely used to predict complex fluid morphology and structural properties. While its ability to quickly scan the conformational space is well known, it is unclear if DPD can correctly calculate the viscosity of complex fluids. In this work, we estimate the v...
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The scission energy is the difference in free energy between two hemispherical caps and the cylindrical region of a wormlike micelle. This energy difference determines the logarithm of the average micelle length, which affects several macroscopic properties such as the viscosity of viscoelastic fluids. Here we use a recently published method by Wan...
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The scission energy is the difference in energy between two hemispherical caps and the cylindrical region of a wormlike micelle. This energy difference determines the logarithm of the average micelle length, which affects several macroscopic properties such as the viscosity of viscoelastic fluids. Here we use a recently published method by Wang et...
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We present a Monte Carlo simulation study of chiral nematic liquid crystals confined in torus-shaped and cylindrical cavities. For an achiral nematic with planar degenerate anchoring confined to a toroidal or cylindrical cavity, the ground state is defect free, with an untwisted director field. As chirality is introduced, the ground state remains d...
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Hypothesis: Sodium Laurylethoxysulfate (SLES) is a fundamental ingredient in a wide range of surfactant products and the mapping of its various mesophases is pivotal in predicting the liquid viscosity. Here we want to show that the use of properly parameterised coarse-grained molecular models can provide structural information of the surfactant so...
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We present a numerical study of the relative solubility of cholesterol in octanol and water. Our calculations allow us to compare the accuracy of the computed values of the excess chemical potential of cholesterol for several widely used water models (SPC, TIP3P, and TIP4P). We compute the excess solvation free energies by means of a cavity-based m...
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In this paper, we benchmark a cavity-based simulation method for calculating the relative solubility of large molecules in explicit solvents. The essence of the procedure is the accounting of the Gibbs energy change associated with an alchemical thermodynamic cycle where, in sequence, a cavity is created in a solvent, a solute is inserted in the ca...
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In this paper, we explore the strengths and weaknesses of a cavity-based method to calculate the excess chemical potential of a large molecular solute in a dense liquid solvent. Use of the cavity alleviates some technical problems associated with the appearance of (integrable) divergences in the integrand during alchemical particle growth. The exce...
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The mechanism of thermal actuation for poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene (PE) tie molecules has been investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. Tie molecules are found in semicrystalline polymers and are polymer chains that link two (or more) crystalline lamellae, allowing for the transfer of force between these regions. A n...
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We present a systematic Monte Carlo simulation study of thin nematic and cholesteric shells with planar anchoring using an off-lattice model. The results obtained using the simple model correspond with previously published results for lattice-based systems, with the number, type, and position of defects observed dependent on the shell thickness wit...

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