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ID: 20101.0, MPI für Kohlenforschung / Publikationen MPI für Kohlenforschung
Structural investigation of Silicalite-I loaded with n-hexane by X-ray diffraction, Si-29 MAS NMR, and molecular modeling
Authors:Morell, H.; Angermund, K.; Lewis, A. R.; Brouwer, D. H.; Fyfe, C. A.; Gies, H.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-05
Title of Journal:Chemistry of Materials
Journal Abbrev.:Chem. Mat.
Issue / Number:5
Start Page:2192
End Page:2198
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:The room temperature (298 K) structure of zeolite Silicalite-I loaded with approximately eight n-hexane molecules per unit cell was solved from twinned single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) data in the monoclinic space group P12(1)/n1 with a = 19.8247(2) Angstrom, b = 20.1292(2) Angstrom, c = 13.4510(2) Angstrom, and beta = 90.29(8)degrees. At this temperature, the guest molecules are dynamically disordered and distributed throughout the entire channel system. The structure determined from a Rietveld refinement of room-temperature powder XRD data, which is not affected by the twinning, confirmed this. A twinned crystal refinement was also carried out for data collected at 180 K (P12(1)/n1, a = 19.9310(2) Angstrom, b = 20.1730(3) degrees, c = 13.4191(3) Angstrom, = 90.20(5)degrees). At 180 K, the sorption sites of the n-hexane molecules are well-defined within the channel system, being located only in the straight and sinusoidal channels, leaving the intersections unoccupied. This ordering is commensurate with the framework structure of Silicalite-I. Si-29 HPDEC MAS NMR shows that the loading of n-hexane induces a phase transition to an orthorhombic space group (most likely Pnma) only above 340 K. Force field simulations confirm that the absorption of n-hexane molecules occurs only inside the straight and sinusoidal channels and leads to an energetically minimized host-guest structure. By optimizing the van der Waals interactions between the n-hexane molecules and the silica host framework, the nonbonding energy is minimized, leading to a general minimization of the total potential energy, and the energetically most favorable structure is obtained.
Comment of the Author/Creator:Date: 2002, MAY
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Kohlenforschung
External Affiliations:Ruhr Univ Bochum, Inst Mineral, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Univ British Columbia, Dept Chem, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Canada
Identifiers:ISI:000175790100041 [ID No:1]
ISSN:0897-4756 [ID No:2]
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