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Ion hydration and association in an aqueous calcium chloride solution in the GPa range

Yamaguchi, Toshio*; Nishino, Masaaki*; Yoshida, Koji*; Takumi, Masaharu*; Nagata, Kiyofumi*; Hattori, Takanori

Neutron diffraction measurements of an aqueous 2 mol dm$$^{-3}$$ CaCl$$_2$$ solutions in D$$_{2}$$O have been made at 1 GPa, 298 K as well as 0.1 MPa, 298 K. The experimental structure factors are subjected to Empirical Potential Structure Refinement (EPSR) modeling to reveal the ion hydration and association and solvent water at the atomic level. About seven water molecules surround Ca$$^{2+}$$ at the Ca-O and Ca-D distances of 2.44 ${AA}$ and 3.70 ${AA}$, respectively, at both pressures, suggesting no significant pressure effect on the cation hydration. On the other hand, the Cl$$^{-}$$ ion shows a drastic change in water oxygen coordination from 7 at 0.1 MPa to 14 at 1 GPa, accompanied by shortening of Cl-O distance from 3.18 ${AA}$ to 3.15 ${AA}$. However, the number of water hydrogen atoms around Cl$$^{-}$$ does not change significantly as 6.0 $$sim$$ 6.7 with shortening Cl-D distance from 2.22 to 2.18 ${AA}$ on compression. The pressure effect on the solvent water structure is also drastic as an increase in water oxygen atoms of 4.7 at the O-O distance of 2.79 ${AA}$ at 0.1 MPa to 10.3 at 2.85 ${AA}$ at 1 GPa. The number of water hydrogen atoms, however, does not change as 1.2 at the O-D distance of 1.74 ${AA}$ for both pressures, demonstrating the presence of the O$$cdots$$D hydrogen bonds which are significantly bent at 1 GPa at 298 K. This change of hydrogen bonds in water with pressure probably causes the drastic increase in water oxygen atoms around Cl$$^{-}$$.

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