A density-functional theory study of the confined soft ellipsoid fluid

David Cheung, Friederike Schmid

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A system of soft ellipsoid molecules confined between two planar walls is studied using classical density-functional theory. Both the isotropic and nematic phases are considered. The excess free energy is evaluated using two different Ansätze and the intermolecular interaction is incorporated using two different direct correlation functions (DCF’s). The first is a numerical DCF obtained from simulations of bulk soft ellipsoid fluids and the second is taken from the Parsons–Lee theory. In both the isotropic and nematic phases the numerical DCF gives density and order parameter profiles in reasonable agreement with simulation. The Parsons–Lee DCF also gives reasonable agreement in the isotropic phase but poor agreement in the nematic phase.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9185
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2004


  • density functional theory
  • correlation theory
  • free energy
  • nematic liquid crystals

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