Ion specific effects on the structure of molten AF-ZrF4 systems (A+ = Li+, Na+, and K+).


The structure of AF-ZrF(4) system (A(+) = Li(+), Na(+), K(+)) compounds in the liquid state is studied using an approach combining EXAFS spectroscopy with molecular dynamics simulations. A very good agreement is observed between the two techniques, which allows us to propose a quantitative description of the liquids. From the Zr(4+) solvation shell point of view, we observe a progressive stabilization of the 7-fold and then of the 6-fold coordinated complexes when passing from Li(+) to Na(+) and K(+) as a "counterion". Particular attention is given to the systems consisting of 35 mol % of ZrF(4). At that particular composition, the ZrF(6)(2-) complex predominates largely whatever the nature of the alkali. The calculated vibrational properties of this complex are in excellent agreement with a previous Raman spectroscopy experiment on molten KF-ZrF(4). The most important differences are observed for the lifetime of these octahedral units, which increases importantly with the size of the monovalent cation. On a larger scale, an intense first sharp diffraction peak is observed for the Zr(4+)-Zr(4+) partial structure factor, which can be attributed to the correlations between the octahedral units formed.

DOI: 10.1021/jp203137h

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@article{Pauvert2011IonSE, title={Ion specific effects on the structure of molten AF-ZrF4 systems (A+ = Li+, Na+, and K+).}, author={Olivier Pauvert and Mathieu Salanne and Didier Zanghi and Christian Simon and Solenn R{\'e}guer and Dominique Thiaudi{\`e}re and Yoshihiro Okamoto and Haruaki Matsuura and Catherine Bessada}, journal={The journal of physical chemistry. B}, year={2011}, volume={115 29}, pages={9160-7} }