Complex molecules at liquid interfaces: insights from molecular simulation

David L. Cheung

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The behaviour of complex molecules, such as nanoparticles, polymers, and proteins, at liquid interfaces is of increasing importance in a number of areas of science and technology. It has long been recognised that solid particles adhere to liquid interfaces, which provides a convenient method for the preparation of nanoparticle structures or to modify interfacial properties. The adhesion of proteins at liquid interfaces is important in many biological processes and in a number of materials applications of biomolecules. While the reduced dimensions of these particles make experimental investigation challenging, molecular simulations provide a natural means for the study of these systems. In this paper I will give an overview of some recent work using molecular simulation to investigate the behaviour of complex molecules at liquid interfaces, focusing on the relationship between interfacial adsorption and molecular structure, and outline some avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number567180
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014


  • complex molecules
  • liquid interfaces
  • interfacial adsorption
  • molecular structure

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