Crystal engineering the clathrate hydrate lattice with NH4F

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Journal titleCrystEngComm
Pages72097217; # of pages: 9
AbstractThere have been very few attempts to apply crystal engineering approaches to modify the clathrate lattice with the aim of modifying structure and properties. To this end, solutions of ammonium fluoride in water were used to prepare clathrate hydrates with ammonium fluoride replacing water molecules in the hydrate lattice. Both modified structure I Xe and structure II tetrahydrofuran/Xe hydrates were prepared, with the hydrate lattices consisting of NH4F-water solid solutions containing up to ~19 and 25 mole% NH4F, respectively. The lattice constants for both hydrates decreased with increase of the amount of NH4F incorporated, and guest positions and cage occupancies were determined from the PXRD patterns with direct space methods and Rietveld analysis. The 129Xe NMR spectra for Xe in the small cavities of each hydrate showed NH4F concentration-dependent fine structure, not evident in the pure water clathrates, and characteristic of the presence of cage configurations with different distributions of ions. Analysis of the spectra along with density functional theory calculations of the chemical shifts allowed reasonable assignments to be made of the ion distribution. As a test of the altered function of the clathrate upon modification, a clathrate of methanol was prepared, something which has not been possible to do with a pure water clathrate. Structural analysis of the PXRD pattern by direct space methods showed that the methanol OH was hydrogen-bonded to one or both of the NH 4 + and F- ions in the lattice, a conclusion corroborated by the absence of molecular motion (except for methyl group rotation) of the methanol guest in the clathrate cages, as determined by static 2H NMR and molecular dynamics simulations. The stability of the modified methanol clathrate can be attributed to the strong methanol CH 3OH⋯F- or CH3OH⋯NH 4 + hydrogen bonding which leaves the water-water hydrogen bonding network intact, as opposed to the situation in a pure water clathrate where the methanol-water hydrogen bonding disrupts the lattice and a stable clathrate cannot be made.
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AffiliationMeasurement Science and Standards; Security and Disruptive Technologies; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number21272782
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