The molecular structure of kaolinite–potassium acetate intercalation complexes: A combined experimental and molecular dynamic simulation study

Cheng, Hongfei, Zhang, Shuai, Liu, Qinfu, Li, Xiaoguang, & Frost, Ray L. (2015) The molecular structure of kaolinite–potassium acetate intercalation complexes: A combined experimental and molecular dynamic simulation study. Applied Clay Science, 116-117, pp. 273-280.

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The kaolinite (Kaol) intercalated with potassium acetate (Ac) was prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetry. Molecular dynamic simulation was performed to investigate the structure of Kaol–Ac intercalation complex and the hydrogen bonds between Kaol and intercalated Ac andwater using INTERFACE forcefield. The acetate anions andwater arranged in a bilayer structure in the interlayer space of Kaol. The potassium cations distributed in the interlayer space and strongly coordinated with acetate anions aswell aswater rather than keyed into the ditrigonal holes of tetrahedral surface of Kaol. Strong hydrogen bonds formed between the hydrogen atoms of hydroxyl on the octahedral surface and oxygen atoms of both acetate anions and water. The acetate anions andwater also weakly bonded hydrogen to the silica tetrahedral surface through their hydrogen atoms with the oxygen atoms of silica tetrahedral surface.

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ID Code: 84511
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Kaolinite, Intercalation, Potassium acetate, Molecular dynamics simulation
DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2015.04.008
ISSN: 0169-1317
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Deposited On: 27 May 2015 01:38
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 03:05

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