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Maher S. Amer (Advisor), Hong Huang (Committee Member), Daniel Young (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


As the interest in fluid evaporation kinetics keeps increasing, it's inevitably noticed that fullerene nanospheres play an important role on it. In this study, we investigate the C60 nanospheres' effect on the evaporation kinetics and thermal transitions of different solvents (water, chlorobenzene) over the entire range of solubility. According to distinct polarity of different solvent, fullerene solution would behave differently, the trend of increasing in evaporation rate as the concentration increased was observed in aromatic solvents while the rate kept decreasing in water. The result of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Raman spectroscopy provided an evidence about structuring in water explaining the above phenomena. Our results are in agreement with molecular dynamic simulations and strongly support the notion of molecule structure inside the solution resulting in the observed changes in evaporation rates and thermal transitions.

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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