The proton transfer process mediated by water molecules adsorbed in an aluminosilicate framework has been studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. This investigation has been carried out using a quasi-one-dimensional model simulating the mesoporous aluminosilicate channel structures. The effects of both the water loading and temperature of the system have been considered. At low coverage (one water molecule per acid site), the hydroxonium ion (H 3O) + is found to be a transition state, in agreement with earlier studies on zeolites. At a higher water coverage (two water molecules per acid site), the (H 5O 2) + species and the hydrogen bonded "neutral complex" structure are both found to be stable complexes at finite temperatures. The vibrational frequency spectrum is simulated by performing a Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation function (VAF), and the peak positions in the VAF are compared with IR measurements and zero-temperature calculations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry