Ion-Specific and pH-Dependent Hydration of Mica-Electrolyte Interfaces

Simone R. Van Lin, Kara K. Grotz, Igor Siretanu, Nadine Schwierz, Frieder Mugele

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Abstract

Hydration forces play a crucial role in a wide range of phenomena in physics, chemistry, and biology. Here, we study the hydration of mica surfaces in contact with various alkali chloride solutions over a wide range of concentrations and pH values. Using atomic force microscopy and molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that hydration forces consist of a superposition of a monotonically decaying and an oscillatory part, each with a unique dependence on the specific type of cation. The monotonic hydration force gradually decreases in strength with decreasing bulk hydration energy, leading to a transition from an overall repulsive (Li + , Na + ) to an attractive (Rb + , Cs + ) force. The oscillatory part, in contrast, displays a binary character, being hardly affected by the presence of strongly hydrated cations (Li + , Na + ), but it becomes completely suppressed in the presence of weakly hydrated cations (Rb + , Cs + ), in agreement with a less pronounced water structure in simulations. For both aspects, K + plays an intermediate role, and decreasing pH follows the trend of increasing Rb + and Cs + concentrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5737-5745
Number of pages9
JournalLangmuir
Volume35
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019

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Van Lin, Simone R. ; Grotz, Kara K. ; Siretanu, Igor ; Schwierz, Nadine ; Mugele, Frieder. / Ion-Specific and pH-Dependent Hydration of Mica-Electrolyte Interfaces. In: Langmuir. 2019 ; Vol. 35, No. 17. pp. 5737-5745.
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In: Langmuir, Vol. 35, No. 17, 30.04.2019, p. 5737-5745.

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