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Fluctuations and micro-heterogeneity in aqueous mixtures

Perera, Aurelien; Mazighi, Redha; Kežić, Bernarda
Fluctuations and micro-heterogeneity in aqueous mixtures // The Journal of chemical physics, 136 (2012), 174516-1 doi:10.1063/1.4707745 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)

Fluctuations and micro-heterogeneity in aqueous mixtures

Perera, Aurelien ; Mazighi, Redha ; Kežić, Bernarda

The Journal of chemical physics (0021-9606) 136 (2012); 174516-1

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Molecular dynamics simulation; aqueous mixtures; micro-heterogeneity

The problem as to why water-water density correlations are systematically overestimated in computer simulation of aqueous mixtures is examined through an extensive molecular dynamics study of mixtures of the extended single point charge water model with a fully miscible weaker version of it, obtained by scaling down the site partial charges by a factor 2/3, thereby eliminating solute-solvent size differences. The study reveals that enhanced water correlations is a genuine physical effect, and are not an artifact of the simulations or the models, as previously suggested in the context of realistic aqueous mixtures. Rather, they correspond to the existence of strongly correlated water domains, for “weak-water” mole fraction x > 0.4, that modulate the spatial decay of the density correlations. These domains produce a prepeak in the structure factor, suggesting that simple aque- ous mixture might behave just like micro-emulsions. The overestimated long range water correlations result from incorrect predictions of the asymptote of these correlations, which themselves arise from size limitations of the simulation box. However, by requiring consistency between thermodynamical and structural expressions of the concentration fluctuations, a method to predict the proper decay of the correlation function is obtained herein, inspired by the formal analogy with micro-emulsions. This study provides a new insight for the large values of the experimental Kirkwood-Buff integrals for many aqueous mixtures: these mixtures are in a Lifshitz-type regime, where concentration fluctuations compete with water domain formation.

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Projekt / tema
177-1770508-0480 - Struktura, međudjelovanja i prijenos u vodenim otopinama s primjenama (Franjo Sokolić, )

Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Split

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Bernarda Lovrinčević, (317322)

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  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus