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Adverse Effects of Polymer Coating on Heat Transport at Solid-Liquid Interface

Published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Chttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b02123

The ability of metallic nanoparticles to supply heat to a liquid environment under exposure to an external optical field has attracted growing interest for biomedical applications. Controlling the thermal transport properties at a solid-liquid interface then appears to be particularly relevant. In this work, we address the thermal transport between water and a gold surface coated by a polymer layer. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that increasing the polymer density displaces the domain resisting to the heat flow, while it doesn’t affect the final amount of thermal energy released in the liquid. This unexpected behavior results from a trade-off established by the increasing polymer density which couples more efficiently with the solid but initiates a counterbalancing resistance with the liquid.

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