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Tuning the properties of confined water in standard andhybrid nanotubes: An infrared spectroscopic study

Yuanyuan Liao 1 Pierre Picot 1 Maxime Laine 1 Jean-Blaise Brubach 2 Pascale Roy 2 Antoine Thill 1 Sophie Le Caër 1 
1 LIONS - Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire sur l'Organisation Nanométrique et Supramoléculaire
NIMBE UMR 3685 - Nanosciences et Innovation pour les Matériaux, la Biomédecine et l'Energie (ex SIS2M)
Abstract : Imogolite is a natural nanotubular aluminum silicate clay mineral found involcanic soils. Its well-defined, tunable structure makes it a good candidate forstudying water confinement in a one-dimensional (1D)structure. Water confinement in self-sustaining imogolite thin films was studied using infrared spectroscopy.Two types of synthetic imogolites were investigated: pristine imogolite (IMO-OH) with a hydrophilic inner surface covered with Si–OH groups and hybrid imogolite(IMO-CH3) with a hydrophobic inner surface covered with Si–CH3 groups. Both imogolites have an outer surface that is covered with Al–OH groups. Infrared spectra were recorded in the 20–4,000 cm−1 spectral range as a function of relative humidity. Analysis of the O–H stretching band provides information on the H bonding of confined water molecules inside and outside the IMO-OH tubes. The scenario for water filling as a function of relative humidity is determined for both systems. Adsorption begins in the IMO-OH tubes at the lowest relative humidity (< 10%). The inner surface of the tubes is first covered with watermolecules; then, the central part of the tubes is filled, leading to very strong Hbonds and a structured spectrum. In contrast, the H bonds of water adsorbedon the outer surfaces of these tubes are weaker. A different scenario is observedfor water inside IMO-CH3: Weakly H-bonded water molecules are present, similarto that observed incarbon nanotubes. Water confinement in imogolites is governedby the hydrophilicity of the inner walls. At similar partial pressures, the degree ofH bonding depends on the interactions between water and the nanotube wall.
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Yuanyuan Liao, Pierre Picot, Maxime Laine, Jean-Blaise Brubach, Pascale Roy, et al.. Tuning the properties of confined water in standard andhybrid nanotubes: An infrared spectroscopic study. Nano Research, 2018, ⟨10.1007/s12274-018-2060-6⟩. ⟨cea-01781289⟩



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