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Temperature dependence of positron annihilation lifetime in near-surface and bulk of room-temperature ionic liquid observed by a slow positron beam

Hirade, Tetsuya; Michishio, Koji*; Kobayashi, Yoshinori*; Oshima, Nagayasu*

Chemical Physics Letters, 795, p.139507_1 - 139507_4, 2022/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

We obtained the temperature dependence up to 150$$^{circ}$$C of the triplet positronium ($$ortho$$-Ps) lifetime in N,N,N-Trimethyl-N-propylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TMPA-TFSI) by the vertical slow positron beamline installed at AIST. Positrons penetrate into the liquid surface of TMPA-TFSI with the positron energies of 2 keV and 12 keV to investigate at the near-surface and the balk. The surface structure was visible at 150$$^{circ}$$C, 120$$^{circ}$$C above the melting temperature. The $$ortho$$-Ps lifetime became shorter at higher temperatures for both positron energies. Similar temperature dependence had appeared just in water as the result of the reaction of $$ortho$$-Ps and radiolysis products such as the OH radicals. The temperature dependence observed for TMPA-TFSI suggested that the chemical reaction of $$ortho$$-Ps occurred.

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Structures of liquid and aqueous water isotopologues at ambient temperature from ${it ab initio}$ path integral simulations

Thomsen, B.; Shiga, Motoyuki

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 24(18), p.10851 - 10859, 2022/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

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X-ray absorption spectra of aqueous cellobiose; Experiment and theory

Akazawa, Daisuke; Sasaki, Takehiko*; Nagasaka, Masanari*; Shiga, Motoyuki

Journal of Chemical Physics, 156(4), p.044202_1 - 044202_7, 2022/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

The hydration structure of cellulose is very important for understanding the hydrolysis of cellulose at the molecular level. In this paper, we report a joint experimental and theoretical study on the X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) of aqueous cellobiose, a disaccharide unit of cellulose. In the experimental part, high resolution measurements of the carbon K-edge XAS spectra were performed. It was found that the peak heights in the spectrum change considerably over the temperature range of 25 $$^{circ}$$C to 60 $$^{circ}$$C, which is a reflection of the number of hydrogen bonds between cellobiose and water. We suggest that this spectral change could be useful information for identifying the hydration of cellulose in various environments.

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${it Ab initio}$ study of nuclear quantum effects on sub- and supercritical water

Thomsen, B.; Shiga, Motoyuki

Journal of Chemical Physics, 155(19), p.194107_1 - 194107_11, 2021/11

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:56.49(Chemistry, Physical)

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Hydration structures of barium ions; ${it Ab initio}$ molecular dynamics simulations using the SCAN meta-GGA density functional and EXAFS spectroscopy studies

Yamaguchi, Akiko; Kobayashi, Keita; Takahashi, Yoshio*; Machida, Masahiko; Okumura, Masahiko

Chemical Physics Letters, 780, p.138945_1 - 138945_5, 2021/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

no abstracts in English

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Phase transition and chemical reactivity of 1H-tetrazole under high pressure up to 100 GPa

Gao, D.*; Tang, X.*; Wang, X.*; Yang, X.*; Zhang, P.*; Che, G.*; Han, J.*; Hattori, Takanori; Wang, Y.*; Dong, X.*; et al.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 23(35), p.19503 - 19510, 2021/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:56.49(Chemistry, Physical)

Pressure-induced phase transition and polymerization of nitrogen-rich molecules are widely focused due to its extreme importance for the development of green high energy density materials. Here, we present a study of the phase transition and chemical reaction of 1H-tetrazole up to 100 GPa by using ${it in situ}$ Raman, IR, X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction techniques and theoretical calculation. A phase transition above 2.6 GPa was identified and the high-pressure structure was determined with one molecule in a unit cell. The 1H-tetrazole polymerizes reversibly below 100 GPa, probably through a carbon-nitrogen bonding instead of nitrogen-nitrogen bonding. Our studies updated the structure model of the high pressure phase of 1H-tetrazole, and presented the possible intermolecular bonding route for the first time, which gives new insights to understand the phase transition and chemical reaction of nitrogen-rich compounds, and benefit for designing new high energy density materials.

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Self-learning hybrid Monte Carlo method for isothermal-isobaric ensemble; Application to liquid silica

Kobayashi, Keita; Nagai, Yuki; Itakura, Mitsuhiro; Shiga, Motoyuki

Journal of Chemical Physics, 155(3), p.034106_1 - 034106_9, 2021/07

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:33.13(Chemistry, Physical)

no abstracts in English

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Relevance of hydrogen bonded associates to the transport properties and nanoscale dynamics of liquid and supercooled 2-propanol

Zhai, Y.*; Luo, P.*; Nagao, Michihiro*; Nakajima, Kenji; Kikuchi, Tatsuya*; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Kienzle, P. A.*; Z, Y.*; Faraone, A.*

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 23(12), p.7220 - 7232, 2021/03

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:56.49(Chemistry, Physical)

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Nuclear quantum effects on autoionization of water isotopologs studied by ${it ab initio}$ path integral molecular dynamics

Thomsen, B.; Shiga, Motoyuki

Journal of Chemical Physics, 154(8), p.084117_1 - 084117_10, 2021/02

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:71(Chemistry, Physical)

In this study we investigate the nuclear quantum effects on the acidity constant of liquid water isotopologues at the ambient condition by ${it ab initio}$ path integral molecular dynamics simulations. This technique not only reproduces the acidity constants of liquid D$$_{2}$$O experimentally measured but also allows for a theoretical prediction of the acidity constants of liquid T$$_{2}$$O, aqueous HDO and HTO, which are unknown due to its scarcity. The results indicate that the nuclear quantum effects play an indispensable role in the absolute determination of acidity constants.

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Radiation-induced effects on the extraction properties of hexa-$$n$$-octylnitrilo-triacetamide (HONTA) complexes of americium and europium

Toigawa, Tomohiro; Peterman, D. R.*; Meeker, D. S.*; Grimes, T. S.*; Zalupski, P. R.*; Mezyk, S. P.*; Cook, A. R.*; Yamashita, Shinichi*; Kumagai, Yuta; Matsumura, Tatsuro; et al.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 23(2), p.1343 - 1351, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:71(Chemistry, Physical)

The candidate An(III)/Ln(III) separation ligand hexa-$$n$$-octylnitrilo-triacetamide (HONTA) was irradiated under envisioned SELECT (Solvent Extraction from Liquid waste using Extractants of CHON-type for Transmutation) process conditions using a solvent test loop in conjunction with cobalt-60 gamma irradiation. We demonstrate that HONTA undergoes exponential decay with increasing gamma dose to produce a range of degradation products which have been identified and quantified by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS techniques. The combination of HONTA destruction and degradation product ingrowth, particularly dioctylamine, negatively impacts the extraction and back-extraction of both americium and europium ions. The loss of HONTA was attributed to its reaction with the solvent (${it n}$-dodecane) radical cation of ${it k}$(HONTA + R$$^{.+}$$) = (7.61 $$pm$$ 0.82) $$times$$ 10$$^{9}$$ M$$^{-1}$$ s$$^{-1}$$ obtained by pulse radiolysis techniques. However, when this ligand is bound to either americium or europium ions, the observed ${it n}$-dodecane radical cation kinetics increase by over an order of magnitude. This large reactivity increase to additional reaction pathways occurring upon metal-ion binding. Lastly nanosecond time-resolved measurements showed that both direct and indirect HONTA radiolysis yielded the short-lived ($$<$$100 ns) HONTA radical cation as well as a longer-lived ($$mu$$s) HONTA triplet excited state. These HONTA species are important precursors to the suite of HONTA degradation products observed.

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Quantum-mechanical hydration plays critical role in the stability of firefly oxyluciferin isomers; State-of-the-art calculations of the excited states

Noguchi, Yoshifumi*; Hiyama, Miyabi*; Shiga, Motoyuki; Akiyama, Hidefumi*; Sugino, Osamu*

Journal of Chemical Physics, 153(20), p.201103_1 - 201103_6, 2020/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

Stabilizing mechanisms of three isomers of the aqueous oxyluciferin in the first excited state were investigated using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. Only the phenolate-keto isomer became attracted to the water molecules in its excited state and was stabilized by increasing the number of hydrogen bonds with nearby water molecules. The most stable isomer in the excited state was the phenolate-keto, and the phenolate-enol and phenol-enolate isomers were higher in energy by 0.38 eV and 0.57 eV, respectively, than the phenolate-keto. This was in contrast to the case of ground state in which the phenolate-enol was the most stable isomer.

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Structure refinement of black phosphorus under high pressure

Akahama, Yuichi*; Miyakawa, Masashi*; Taniguchi, Takashi*; Sano, Asami; Machida, Shinichi*; Hattori, Takanori

Journal of Chemical Physics, 153(1), p.014704_1 - 014704_5, 2020/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:24(Chemistry, Physical)

The structure refinement of black phosphorus was performed at pressures of up to 3.2 GPa at room temperature by powder neutron diffraction techniques. The bond lengths and bond angles between the phosphorus atoms at pressures were precisely determined and confirmed to be consistent with those of the previous single crystal X-ray analysis [Brown and Randqvist, Acta Cryst. 19, 684 (1965)]. Although lattice parameters exhibited an anisotropic compressibility, the covalent P1-P2 and P1-P3 bond lengths were almost independent of pressure and only the P3-P1-P2 bond angle was reduced significantly. On the basis of our results, the significant discrepancy in the bond length reported by Cartz et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 71, 1718 (1979)] has been solved. Our structural data will contribute to the elucidation of the Dirac semimetal state of black phosphorus under high pressure.

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Understanding water-mediated DNA damage production by molecular dynamics calculation of solvent accessibility

Yonetani, Yoshiteru*; Nakagawa, Hiroshi

Chemical Physics Letters, 749, p.137441_1 - 137441_5, 2020/06

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

We calculated solvent accessibility of DNA backbone hydrogen sites, H1'-H5' by using molecular dynamics simulation of DNA. The result of accessibility is well correlated with the site-dependent reactivity with OH radicals experimentally reported, indicating that the different DNA-radical reactivity is mainly caused by the difference in the solvent accessibility of each hydrogen site. Compared with the previous calculation with solvent-accessible surface area, the present MD-based counting of molecular access provided a slightly improved result, which suggests importance of more realistic molecular components such as electrostatic interactions and DNA conformational fluctuation.

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Terahertz and mid-infrared spectroscopy of matrix-isolated clusters and matrix-sublimation ice of D$$_2$$O

Yamakawa, Koichiro; Nasu, Hirokazu*; Suzuki, Natsumi*; Shimizu, Genki*; Arakawa, Ichiro*

Journal of Chemical Physics, 152(17), p.174310_1 - 174310_13, 2020/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

We have established an apparatus for terahertz and mid-infrared spectroscopy in an ultrahigh vacuum and have measured absorption spectra of D$$_2$$O clusters trapped in solid Ar. To assign terahertz absorption peaks due to the D$$_2$$O dimer, trimer, and tetramer, the dependence of the spectrum on the annealing temperature and D$$_2$$O dilution was analyzed. The assignment was also examined by ab initio calculations with use of the ONIOM method, where flexibility of surrounding Ar atoms was systematically incorporated. We identified all of the intermolecular fundamentals of the dimer and those with significant intensities of the trimer and tetramer, whose structural symmetries were revealed to be broken down. After isolating the D$$_2$$O clusters in solid Ar, we sublimated only Ar atoms to leave behind matrix-sublimation ice, which was found to be amorphous- or crystal-like depending on the formation conditions: the dilution and sublimation-temperature. Since the crystallinity got higher with raising the dilution and sublimation-temperature, the diffusion of the D$$_2$$O monomer on the surface of sublimating solid Ar was found to be crucial to the crystallization of the sublimation ice.

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Changes in electronic structure of carbon supports for Pt catalysts induced by vacancy formation due to Ar$$^{+}$$ irradiation

Okazaki, Hiroyuki*; Kakitani, Kenta*; Kimata, Tetsuya*; Idesaki, Akira*; Koshikawa, Hiroshi*; Matsumura, Daiju; Yamamoto, Shunya*; Yamaki, Tetsuya*

Journal of Chemical Physics, 152(12), p.124708_1 - 124708_5, 2020/03

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:10.84(Chemistry, Physical)

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Quantum chemical calculations for the norbadione A complexes with Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ in gas and aqueous phases

Suno, Hiroya; Machida, Masahiko

Chemical Physics Letters, 730, p.26 - 31, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Physical)

We perform quantum chemical calculations for the Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ complexes of norbadione A (NBA), a pigment molecule in mushrooms known to accumulate Cs$$^+$$. A numerical two-step approach, by Ota $textit{et al.}$, is employed to examine its alkali-metal-cation complexation selectivity in aqueous solutions. Applying it to the neutral, di- and tetra-deprotonated NBAs, we confirm that the complexation selectivity on Cs$$^+$$ emerges only in high pHs, in which the di-protonated NBA dominates, in agreement with experimental results. This is the first demonstration of the approach for a biological molecule whose selectivity is known to be anomalous.

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Controlled deuterium labelling of imidazolium ionic liquids to probe the fine structure of the electrical double layer using neutron reflectometry

Akutsu, Kazuhiro*; Cagnes, M.*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Kanaya, Toshiji*; Darwish, T. A.*

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 21(32), p.17512 - 17516, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:47.93(Chemistry, Physical)

We combined the deuterium labeling and neutron reflectivity techniques to determine the fine structure of the electric double layer structure in an imidazolium ionic liquid (IL). For this, a simple and large scale deuteration method for imidazolium ILs was developed, where the deuteration level can be systematically controlled.

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Mechanism of phase transfer of uranyl ions; A Vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy study on solvent extraction in nuclear reprocessing

Kusaka, Ryoji; Watanabe, Masayuki

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(47), p.29588 - 29590, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:71.41(Chemistry, Physical)

Mechanistic understanding of solvent extraction of uranyl ions (UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$) by tributyl phosphate (TBP) will help improve the technology for the treatment and disposal of spent nuclear fuels. So far, it has been believed that uranyl ions in the aqueous phase are adsorbed to a TBP-enriched organic/aqueous interface, form complexes with TBP at the interface, and are extracted into the organic phase. Here we show that uranyl-TBP complex formation does not take place at the interface using vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy and propose an alternative extraction mechanism that uranyl nitrate, UO$$_{2}$$(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$, passes through the interface and forms the uranyl-TBP complex, UO$$_{2}$$(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$(TBP)$$_{2}$$, in the organic phase.

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Nuclear quantum effects in the direct ionization process of pure helium clusters; Path-integral and ring-polymer molecular dynamics simulations on the diatomics-in-molecule potential energy surfaces

Suzuki, Kento*; Miyazaki, Takaaki*; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki*; Shiga, Motoyuki

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(41), p.26489 - 26499, 2018/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:10.87(Chemistry, Physical)

The direct photoionization of pure helium clusters and its subsequent short-time process have been studied by path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) and ring-polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD) simulations. The PIMD simulations reproduced the experimental ionization spectra with a broad and asymmetric nature, which can be ascribed to the inhomogeneity of the energy levels of He atoms. From the RPMD simulations, it is found that the ionized helium cluster in the highly excited state brings about fast electronic state relaxation via nonadiabatic charge transfer and subsequently slow structural relaxation.

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Thermal behavior, structure, dynamic properties of aqueous glycine solutions confined in mesoporous silica MCM-41 investigated by X-ray diffraction and quasi-elastic neutron scattering

Yoshida, Koji*; Inoue, Takuya*; Torigoe, Motokatsu*; Yamada, Takeshi*; Shibata, Kaoru; Yamaguchi, Toshio*

Journal of Chemical Physics, 149(12), p.124502_1 - 124502_10, 2018/09

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:17.63(Chemistry, Physical)

Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) measurements of aqueous glycine solutions confined in mesoporous silica (MCM-41) were performed at different glycine concentrations, pH, and loading ratio (= mass of glycine solution / mass of dry MCM-41) in the temperature range from 305 to 180 K to discuss the confinement effect on the thermal behavior, the structure, and the dynamic properties of the solutions.

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