Experimental measurements of water molecule binding energies for the second and third solvation shells of [Ca(H₂O)n]2+ complexes

Bruzzi, E. and Stace, Anthony J. (2017) Experimental measurements of water molecule binding energies for the second and third solvation shells of [Ca(H₂O)n]2+ complexes. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

Further understanding of the biological role of the Ca2+ ion in an aqueous environment requires quantitative measurements of both the short and long range interactions experienced by the ion in an aqueous medium. Here we present experimental measurements of binding energies for water molecules occupying the second and, quite possibly, the third solvation shell surrounding a central Ca2+ ion in [Ca(H2O)n]2+ complexes. Results for these large, previously inaccessible, complexes have come from the application of finite heat bath theory to kinetic energy measurements following unimolecular decay. Even at n = 20 the results show water molecules to be more strongly bound to Ca2+ than would be expected just from the presence of an extended network of hydrogen bonds. For n > 10, there is very good agreement between the experimental binding energies and recently published DFT calculations. Comparisons are made with similar data recorded for [Ca(NH3)n]2+ and [Ca(CH3OH)n]2+ complexes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Calcium, Water, Binding energy, Solvation shell
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160671
Depositing User: Bramwell, Roseanna
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 01:33
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39773

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