TITLE

Infrared spectroscopy of aqueous ionic salt mixtures at low concentrations: Ion pairing in water

AUTHOR(S)
Max, Jean-Joseph; Chapados, Camille
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;9/21/2007, Vol. 127 Issue 11, p114509
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The analysis by infrared spectroscopy of aqueous mixtures of NaI and CsCl was made in order to obtain information at the molecular level of the mixing of these two salts taken as model systems of strong electrolytes in water. In previous papers [J.-J. Max and C. Chapados, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 2664 (2001) and J.-J. Max et al., ibid. 126, 184507 (2007)] it was reported that a pure salt in water forms pairs of monoions to which are attached a fixed number of water molecules, giving solvated water species. Due to their interaction with the ion pairs, the solvated water molecules are strongly perturbed, modifying the IR water spectrum being monitored. After taking the IR spectrum of pure water, a small volume of NaI 2M was added and the IR spectrum taken. Then a small volume of CsCl 2M was added and a new IR spectrum taken. This procedure was repeated to obtain a series of 38 spectra in the 0.05M–0.83M concentration range. Factor analysis made on the series revealed the presence of three types of water: pure water and two salt solvated waters. The number of solvated water molecules on the two salts taken together is ten. Since NaI and CsCl have, respectively, 3.5 and 3.0 solvated water molecules, it was concluded that a reaction occurred in the solutions forming NaCl and CsI that have, respectively, five water molecules each for a total of ten. The analysis of the spectra of the orthogonal factors supports this attribution. These results provide additional proof of ion pairing in water. Furthermore, comparing the band displacements and intensity variations observed on the solvated water species to that of pure water indicates that the dielectric milieu surrounding the ion pairs is not constant. These results do not support the classical view of Debye-Hückel that considers that the ions are independent and the dielectric milieu constant. The present results give some in situ information on the reaction that goes on in “simple” electrolyte systems whose reactivity and molecular organization are still not completely mastered.
ACCESSION #
26773797

 

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