Vibrational Raman spectra of hydrogen clathrate hydrates from density functional theory

Ramya, K. R.; Venkatnathan, Arun
March 2013
Journal of Chemical Physics;Mar2013, Vol. 138 Issue 12, p124305
Academic Journal
Hydrogen clathrate hydrates are promising sources of clean energy and are known to exist in a sII hydrate lattice, which consists of H2 molecules in dodecahedron (512) and hexakaidecahedron (51264) water cages. The formation of these hydrates which occur in extreme thermodynamic conditions is known to be considerably reduced by an inclusion of tetrahydrofuran (THF) in cages of these hydrate lattice. In this present work, we employ the density functional theory with a dispersion corrected (B97-D) functional to characterize vibrational Raman modes in the cages of pure and THF doped hydrogen clathrate hydrates. Our calculations show that the symmetric stretch of the H2 molecule in the 51264H2·THF cage is blueshifted compared to the 51264H2 cage. However, all vibrational modes of water molecules are redshifted which suggest reduced interaction between the H2 molecule and water molecules in the 51264H2·THF cage. The symmetric and asymmetric O-H stretch of water molecules in 512H2, 51264H2, and 51264H2·THF cages are redshifted compared with the corresponding guest free cages due to interactions between encapsulated H2 molecules and water molecules of the cages. The low frequency modes contain contributions from contraction and expansion of water cages and vibration of water molecules due to hydrogen bonding and these modes could possibly play an important role in the formation of the hydrate lattice.


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