Coupling MD simulations and X-ray absorption spectroscopy to study ions in solution
|Author||Sánchez Marcos, Enrique
Corbacho Beret, Elizabeth
Martínez Fernández, José Manuel
Rodríguez Pappalardo, Rafael
Ayala Espinar, Regla
Muñoz Páez, Adela
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Química Física|
|Abstract||The structure of ionic solutions is a key-point in understanding physicochemical properties of electrolyte solutions. Among the reduced number of experimental techniques which can supply direct information on the ion ...
The structure of ionic solutions is a key-point in understanding physicochemical properties of electrolyte solutions. Among the reduced number of experimental techniques which can supply direct information on the ion environment, Xray Absorption techniques (XAS) have gained importance during the last decades although they are not free of difficulties associated to the data analysis leading to provide reliable structures. Computer simulations of ions in solution is a theoretical alternative to provide information on the solvation structure. Thus, the use of computational chemistry can increase the imderstanding of these systems although an accurate description of ionic solvation phenomena represents nowadays a significant challenge to theoretical chemistry. We present: (a) the assignment of features in the XANES spectrum to well defined structural motif in the ion environment, (b) MD-based evaluation of EXAFS parameters used in the fitting procedure to make easier the structural resolution, and (c) the use of the agreement between experimental and simulated XANES spectra to help in the choice of a given intermolecular potential for Computer Simulations. Chemical problems examined are: (a) the identification of the second hydration shell in dilute aqueous solutions of highly-charged cations, such as Cr +, Rli +, Ir^+, (b) the invisibility by XAS of certain structures characterized by Computer Simulations but exhibiting high dynamical behavior and (c) the solvation of Br^ in acetonitrile.
|Funding agencies||Gobierno de España
Junta de Andalucía
|Citation||Sánchez Marcos, E., Corbacho Beret, E., Martínez Fernández, J.M., Rodríguez Pappalardo, R., Ayala Espinar, R. y Muñoz Páez, A. (2007). Coupling MD simulations and X-ray absorption spectroscopy to study ions in solution. En International Conference on Computational Methods in Science and Engineering (621-626), Corfu, Grecia: American Institute of Physics.|