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Falenty A.,Universitaot Goottingen | Genov G.,Universitaot Goottingen | Hansen T.C.,Laue Langevin Institute | Kuhs W.F.,Universitaot Goottingen | Salamatin A.N.,Kazan Federal University
Journal of Physical Chemistry C | Year: 2011

The gas hydrate growth from frostlike powders composed of micrometer-sized ice particles does not start with hydrate shell formation, because the initial hydrate film thickness established in earlier work exceeds the ice particle dimensions. In this limiting case, the ice grains are directly consumed by a growing nucleus created on the particle surface. The conventional Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model,(1)which considers (re-) crystallization reactions phenomenologically in terms of the constituent nucleation and subsequent growth processes, cannot be directly applied to the hydrate formation from frost due to the assumption of an infinitely large domain of crystallization. We present here a modified approach to account for the small particle sizes of the starting material and extend the existing theory of gas hydrate formation from monodisperse ice powders(3-5)to the low-temperature and low-ice-particle-size limit. This approach may also prove to be very useful for applying chemical reactions starting on the surface of nanomaterials. In situ neutron scattering was used to obtain the experimental degree of transformation as a function of temperature between 185 and 195 K. The data were analyzed with the modified JMAK model constrained by information from cryo-SEM and BET measurements. Based on the obtained activation energies for hydrate nucleation and growth, an estimate is given for the probability of formation of CO2 hydrates at conditions relevant for Mars; a direct reaction of CO2 gas with water frost is considered to be very unlikely on the Martian surface under current conditions. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

Botschwina P.,Universitaot Goottingen | Oswald R.,Universitaot Goottingen
Journal of Physical Chemistry A | Year: 2012

The fulvenallenyl cation (C 7H 5 +) and its complex with an argon atom have been studied by explicitly correlated coupled cluster theory at the CCSD(T)-F12x(x = a, b) level and by the double-hybrid density functional B2PLYP-D. For the free cation, an accurate equilibrium structure has been established and ground-state rotational constants of A 0 = 8116.4 MHz, B 0 = 2004.3 MHz, and C 0 = 1606.9 MHz are predicted. The equilibrium dipole moment is calculated to be μ e = 1.305 D, with the positive end of the dipole at the acetylenic hydrogen site. Anharmonic wavenumbers of C 7H 5 + were obtained by combination of harmonic CCSD(T*)-F12a values and B2PLYP-D anharmonic contributions. The most intense vibration is the pseudoantisymmetric CC stretching vibration at 2083 cm -1. The potential energy surface of the complex C 7H 5 +̇Ar is characterized by two energy minima of C s symmetry which are separated by a very low energy barrier. The dissociation energy of the most stable structure is predicted to be D 0 = 530 ± 30 cm -1. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

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