The numerical calculation of the properties of the interface between different materials or different phases of the same material has always been an important problem due to the insight it can bring into understanding the mechanisms underlying various interfacial phenomena, but also because of the challenges of measuring such properties experimentally. While the free energy of liquid-liquid and liquid-vapour interfaces is directly linked to the surface tension, which can be calculated from the anisotropy of the pressure tensor at the interface, the same approach cannot be used when a solid phase is present, since the interface introduces residual stresses in the nearby solid which, in turn, change the interfacial tension relative to the excess free energy (Di Pasquale & Davidchack, 2020). As a result, a direct calculation of the free energy change during the formation of an interface from two separate bulk phases is required. While free energy calculation methods in general, and Thermodynamic Integration (TI) in particular, have been widely available in various molecular simulation packages, their use in conjunction with the complex geometry of an interfacial system is quite challenging and therefore much less common. Here we present a package for the calculation of the Interfacial Free Energy (IFE) of solid-vapour, solid-liquid and solid-solid interfaces for the widely used MD package LAMMPS (Large-Scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) (Thompson et al., 2022)

CLEAVING: a LAMMPS package to compute surface free energies / Di Pasquale, Nicodemo; Davidchack, Ruslan; Rovigatti, Lorenzo. - In: JOURNAL OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. - ISSN 2475-9066. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:94(2024), pp. 5886.1-5886.5. [10.21105/joss.05886]

CLEAVING: a LAMMPS package to compute surface free energies

Di Pasquale, Nicodemo
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2024

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The numerical calculation of the properties of the interface between different materials or different phases of the same material has always been an important problem due to the insight it can bring into understanding the mechanisms underlying various interfacial phenomena, but also because of the challenges of measuring such properties experimentally. While the free energy of liquid-liquid and liquid-vapour interfaces is directly linked to the surface tension, which can be calculated from the anisotropy of the pressure tensor at the interface, the same approach cannot be used when a solid phase is present, since the interface introduces residual stresses in the nearby solid which, in turn, change the interfacial tension relative to the excess free energy (Di Pasquale & Davidchack, 2020). As a result, a direct calculation of the free energy change during the formation of an interface from two separate bulk phases is required. While free energy calculation methods in general, and Thermodynamic Integration (TI) in particular, have been widely available in various molecular simulation packages, their use in conjunction with the complex geometry of an interfacial system is quite challenging and therefore much less common. Here we present a package for the calculation of the Interfacial Free Energy (IFE) of solid-vapour, solid-liquid and solid-solid interfaces for the widely used MD package LAMMPS (Large-Scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) (Thompson et al., 2022)
2024
CLEAVING: a LAMMPS package to compute surface free energies / Di Pasquale, Nicodemo; Davidchack, Ruslan; Rovigatti, Lorenzo. - In: JOURNAL OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. - ISSN 2475-9066. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:94(2024), pp. 5886.1-5886.5. [10.21105/joss.05886]
Di Pasquale, Nicodemo; Davidchack, Ruslan; Rovigatti, Lorenzo
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