A continuum state variable theory to model the size-dependent surface energy of nanostructures

Mostafa Jamshidian, Prakash Thamburaja, Timon Rabczuk

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We propose a continuum-based state variable theory to quantify the excess surface free energy density throughout a nanostructure. The size-dependent effect exhibited by nanoplates and spherical nanoparticles i.e. the reduction of surface energy with reducing nanostructure size is well-captured by our continuum state variable theory. Our constitutive theory is also able to predict the reducing energetic difference between the surface and interior (bulk) portions of a nanostructure with decreasing nanostructure size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25494-25498
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 7
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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