Molecular dynamics simulation of the behaviour of water in nano-confined ionic liquid-water mixtures.
J Phys Condens Matter
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Docampo-Álvarez, B., Gómez-González, V., Montes-Campos, H., Otero-Mato, J., Méndez-Morales, T., Cabeza, O., Gallego, L., et al. (2016). Molecular dynamics simulation of the behaviour of water in nano-confined ionic liquid-water mixtures.. J Phys Condens Matter, 28 (46), 464001-464001. https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/28/46/464001
This work describes the behaviour of water molecules in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ionic liquid under nanoconfinement, between graphene sheets. By means of molecular dynamics simulations, the adsorption of water molecules at the graphene surface is studied. A depletion of water molecules in the vicinity of the neutral and negatively charged graphene surfaces, and their adsorption at the positively charged surface are observed in line with the preferential hydration of the ionic liquid anions. The findings are appropriately described using a two-level statistical model. The confinement effect on the structure and dynamics of the mixtures is thoroughly analyzed using the density and the potential of mean force profiles, as well as by the vibrational densities of the states of water molecules near the graphene surface. The orientation of water molecules and the water-induced structural transitions in the layer closest to the graphene surface are also discussed.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/28/46/464001
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/254981