Perez-Blanco & Maginn Team Up For Most-Read Physical Chemistry Article In 2011

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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Fifth-year Notre Dame Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Marcos Perez-Blanco and his advisor, Prof. Edward Maginn, have authored an article that is the most-read article in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry B for the year 2011.


The article, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Carbon Dioxide and Water at an Ionic Liquid Interface,” published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115 (35), July 29, 2011, is a computational study that deals with the way in which water and carbon dioxide penetrate an ionic liquid interface. This work provides a fundamental understanding of the physical processes that take place when an ionic liquid is used to capture carbon dioxide from the exhaust stream of a combustion process.

Ionic liquids are one focus area of Prof. Maginn’s laboratory. They are a class of non-volatile liquids that show great promise as replacements for conventional volatile organic solvents and for other applications in the energy and environmental protection field.

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B (Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysical Chemistry) publishes studies on macromolecules, and soft matter, surfactants, and membranes, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and medium effects, and biophysical chemistry. Out of 127 journals in the Physical Chemistry category, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B ranks first in total citations with 113,180 total citations last year.

Perez-Blanco entered Notre Dame with a Lilly Presidential Fellowship, and is currently supported on a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-e program. He has published one other article so far and has given presentations at several conferences, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual conference.

For further information, visit the “American Chemical Society’s”: story on this article.