Decreasing temperature enhances the formation of sixfold hydrogen bonded rings in water-rich water-methanol mixtures

I. Bakó, L. Pusztai, László Temleitner

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Abstract

The evolution of the structure of liquid water-methanol mixtures as a function of temperature has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations, with a focus on hydrogen bonding. The combination of the OPLS-AA (all atom) potential model of methanol and the widely used SPC/E water model has provided excellent agreement with measured X-ray diffraction data over the temperature range between 298 and 213 K, for mixtures with methanol molar fractions of 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4. Hydrogen bonds (HB-s) have been identified via a combined geometric/energetic, as well as via a purely geometric definition. The number of recognizable hydrogen bonded ring structures in some cases doubles while lowering the temperature from 298 to 213 K; the number of sixfold rings increases most significantly. An evolution towards the structure of hexagonal ice, that contains only sixfold hydrogen bonded rings, has thus been detected on cooling water-methanol mixtures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1073
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - dec. 1 2017

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Methanol
Hydrogen
Water
Hydrogen bonds
Temperature
Ice
Cooling water
Molecular dynamics
X ray diffraction
Atoms
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