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Infrared spectroscopy of salt-water complexes

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posted on 2016-04-05, 10:13 authored by Andrew M. Ellis, Jon Tandy, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Gautam Sarma, Ahmed M. Sadoon, Andrew Shirley, Natercia Das Neves Rodrigues, Ethan Cunningham, Shengfu Yang
To explore how the ion-pair in a single salt molecule evolves with the addition of water, infrared (IR) spectra of complexes composed of NaCl and multiple water molecules have been recorded for the first time. The NaCl(H2O)n complexes were formed and probed in liquid helium nanodroplets, and IR spectra were recorded for n = 1 → 4. The spectra for n = 1, 2, and 3 are consistent with formation of the lowest energy contact-ion pair structures in which each water molecule forms a single ionic hydrogen bond to an intact Na+Cl− ion-pair. Alternative structures with hydrogen bonding between water molecules become energetically competitive for n = 4, and the IR spectrum indicates likely the coexistence of at least two isomers.

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Citation

Journal of Chemical Physics, 2016, 144, 121103

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Chemistry

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Chemical Physics

Publisher

American Institute of Physics

issn

0021-9606

eissn

1089-7690

Acceptance date

2016-03-22

Copyright date

2016

Available date

2016-04-05

Publisher version

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jcp/144/12/10.1063/1.4945342

Language

en

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