Proton dynamics at the water-silica interface via dissociative molecular dynamics

Glenn K. Lockwood, Steve Garofalini

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Abstract

A robust and accurate dissociative potential that reproduces the structural and dynamic properties of bulk and nanoconfined water, and proton transport similar to ab initio calculations in bulk water, is used for reactive molecular dynamics simulations of the proton dynamics at the silica/water interface. The simulations are used to evaluate the lifetimes of protonated sites at the interfaces of water with planar amorphous silica surfaces and cylindrical pores in amorphous silica with different densities of water confined in the pores. In addition to lifetimes, the donor/acceptor sites are evaluated and discussed in terms of local atomistic structure. The results of the lifetimes of the protonated sites, including H3O+, SiOH, SiOH2 +, and Si-(OH+)-Si sites, are considered. The lifetime of the hydronium ion, H3O+, is considerably shorter near the interface than in bulk water, as are the lifetimes of the other protonated sites. The results indicate the beneficial effect of the amorphous silica surface in enhancing proton transport in wet silica as seen in electrochemical studies and provide the specific molecular mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29750-29759
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume118
Issue number51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 26 2014

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Silicon Dioxide
Molecular dynamics
Protons
Silica
molecular dynamics
silicon dioxide
protons
Water
life (durability)
water
hydronium ions
porosity
dynamic characteristics
simulation
Computer simulation
Ions

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Energy(all)

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Proton dynamics at the water-silica interface via dissociative molecular dynamics. / Lockwood, Glenn K.; Garofalini, Steve.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 118, No. 51, 26.12.2014, p. 29750-29759.

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