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Study Of Water Dynamics Inside Carbon Nanotubes Using NMR Spectroscopy | 105149
ISSN: 2169-0022

Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering
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Study of water dynamics inside carbon nanotubes using NMR spectroscopy

17th International Conference on Emerging Materials and Nanotechnolgy

J Hassan, L Gkoura and G Papavassiliou

Khalifa University, United Arab EmiratesNational Center for Scientific Research, Athens, Greece

ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng

DOI: 10.4172/2169-0022-C1-125

Several theoretical studies using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations showed an enchantment of water dynamics inside hydrophobic channels and reported a peak of the liquid self-diffusion coefficient at certain carbon nanotube sizes. However, experimental confirmation of this size-dependent liquid-dynamics was so far lacking. Here, we report two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy diffusion???relaxation 2D D-T2, relaxation-relaxation 2D T1-T2 measurements as well as MD simulations of water in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) of different diameters (1.1 nm to 6 nm) in the temperature range of 305-265 K. These NMR methods provide unique ways to distinguish water in the interior of CNTs from bulk water and water adsorbed on the external surface of the CNTs. Experiments show that water inside CNTs is further resolved into two components with different diffusion coefficient (D) values; water in proximity with the CNT walls, and water along the CNT axis. We were able to confirm experimentally, for the first time, a favorable diameter range in which maximum water dynamics occur as predicted by MD simulation works.

J Hassan is an Assistant Professor of Physics in Physcis Department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He obtained his PhD degree in NMR from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2007. His research interest is studying water dynamics and behavior in nano-confinements. He uses different NMR techniques to study water behavior inside hydrophioc (silica-based) and hydrophobic (carbon-based) materials.

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