The understanding of nanoscale heat transfer across solid-liquid interfaces poses similar challenges as solid-solid interfaces; however, the higher mobility of liquid particles increases the complexity of this problem. It has been observed that liquid particles tend to form organized structures in the vicinity of solid surfaces; additionally, the formation of such structures has been reported to correlate with heat transfer across interfaces. Classical molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the behavior of liquid water in contact with crystalline and amorphous silicon. The in-plane and out-of-plane structure of interfacial water was characterized under different artificial wettability conditions, i.e., the silicon-water interaction potentials were calibrated to reproduce a wide range of wettability conditions. The change in the vibrational density of states was analyzed in order to quantify the mismatch between modes on both sides of the solid-liquid interfaces. Linear response theory was used to calculate the thermal boundary conductance at the different interfaces and a correlation was found between surface chemistry and heat transfer.

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