Chemistry definition needed please.
doing an essay on molecular dynamics and ive come across a term that even google cant seem to help me on.
and if you feeling really smart
is octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) a monomeric fluid?Posted 12 years ago
a fluid made from monomers (eg ethene gas?)
a solution of monomers
those are my two guesses, i’d dig out my chem textbooks but suspect that you have as easier access as me.Posted 12 years ago
*I’m no chemist, but I did do chemistry A level a while ago!
Well polymeric is having multiple “mer”s, or repeating units. So monomeric will be a fluid consisting of molecules that are not made up of repeating units. I would guess.Posted 12 years ago
Wikipedia helps if you twig to break it down from monomeric to monomer…and apparently it’s a polydimethylsiloxane which suggests to my (probably wrong) head that its a polymeric molecule (consisting of many dimethylsiloxanes)?Posted 12 years ago
I would guess the same, a liquid made up of individual molecules, not a mixture of carbon chain lengths (like a fraction). I would guess the sperical shape of the cyclo, 8 methly group molecule would help with lubricity.Posted 12 years ago
bravo!Posted 12 years ago
yeah that all makes sense!
and well done it is about a simulation about a lubricant
let the blagging continue!
I would guess the sperical shape of the cyclo, 8 methly group molecule would help with lubricity.
Now THAT’s the sound of a chemist!Posted 12 years ago
bottom line is then that octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane is a monomeric fluid?Posted 12 years ago
yes or no?
I would say yes is the answer.
I think (Chemistry degree modules over a decade ago!) that a monomeric fluid is NOTHING to do with the molecules being made of monomers, rather to do with the homogeneity of the liquid.
I would say that a monomeric liquid is composed of a consistent uniform molecule.
The molecule would have the same formula, but would also have the same branch structure and configuration. Also I think it would have the same number of double bonds etc and arrangement of CIS/TRANS components.
Please let us know the the proper answer when you find it.Posted 12 years ago
Fluid Dynamics book explaining monomeric and polymeric fluids as being based on monomers and polymers as mentioned earlier?
OP- Shouldn’t you have attended lectures explaining this?Posted 12 years ago
I’d go with option 1, consisting of the same component. If it was option 2 consisting of monomers then it would be a simple yes/no answer on the structure of the molecule rather than the molecular dynamics.Posted 12 years ago
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