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Dynamic and apparent specific heats during transformation of water in partly filled nanopores during slow cooling to 110 K and heating

Year: 2009

Authors: Tombari E., Ferrari C., Salvetti G., Johari G.P.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, CNR, via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. L8S 4L7, Canada

Abstract: The specific heat of water in partially and completely filled 4nm pores of Vycor has been studied by static and dynamic calorimetry. Water was transferred to the pores in controlled amounts of 4.4-22 wt% (i.e., 20-100% filling of pores) isothermally via the vapour phase in a closed system, and measurements were made on cooling from 280 to 110 K at 12 K/h and thereafter on heating from 110 K at the same rate. On cooling, a marginally small exothermic peak appeared at similar to 233 K for 20% filling, and the peak grew in intensity with more water in the pores. But it vanished for 100% filling. For 46 and 100% filling of the pores, a sharp crystallization peak appeared at similar to 250 K. On heating from 110 K, a broad endothermic peak appeared for all samples, the peak became narrower with increase in the pore-filling and its onset temperature increased. The effect also appeared in the dynamic specific heat but was less pronounced. We envisage that in partially filled pores, H(2)O molecules form bulkier clusters attached to the silica wall. The crystallization peak is at similar to 233 K and the melting peak at 255 K. The H(2)O clusters grow with increase in filling, but vanish for 100% filling. For 46% filling some regions of the pores also contain closely packed H(2)O that crystallize at 248 K and melt at similar to 260 K (all references to peak). Water in 100% filled pores crystallizes at 250 K and the solid melts at 260 K. Crystallization of 46% filled sample over different T ranges showed broadened endotherm on heating, which was due to merging of two peaks from two-step melting. The rise in the onset temperature and the narrowing of the endotherm with increase in the pore water, are remarkably similar to those observed on increasing the size of 100% filled pores. It is necessary to use both cooling and heating to reveal the structural transformations in nanopores. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Journal/Review: THERMOCHIMICA ACTA

Volume: 492 (1-2)      Pages from: 37  to: 44

KeyWords: Water; Vycor; Nanoconfinement; Specific heat; Crystallization and melting
DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2009.05.001

Citations: 18
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