Adsorption of Organic Molecules on Onion-Like-Carbons: Insights on the Formation of Interstellar Hydrocarbons

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018

H. Qi, S. Picaud, M. Devel, E. liang, Z. Wang

(Submitted on 25 Oct 2018)

Using atomistic simulations, we characterize the adsorption process of organic molecules on carbon nanoparticles, both of which have been reported to be abundant in the interstellar medium (ISM). It is found that the aromatic organics are adsorbed more readily than the aliphatic ones. This selectivity would favor the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or fullerene-like structures in the ISM due to structural similarity. It is also observed in our simulations that the molecules form a monolayer over the nanoparticle surface before stacking up in aggregates. This suggests a possible layer-by-layer formation process of onion-like nanostructures in the ISM. These findings reveal the possible role of carbon nanoparticles as selective catalysts that could provide reaction substrates for the formation of interstellar PAHs, high-fullerenes and soots from gas-phase molecules.

Comments: 18 pages, 9 figures

Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Cite as: arXiv:1810.11018 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1810.11018v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)

Submission history

From: Zhao Wang  

[v1] Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:55:16 UTC (2,286 KB)

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