Oligomerization in silica sols

B. P. Feuston, S. H. Garofalini

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An empirical potential containing two- and three-body terms for silica-water interactions is proposed, with the oxygen-oxygen interaction treated identically in both the water and vitreous silica subsystems. The structures of water, H2O dimers, H2O trimers, and the H4SiO4-H2O complex obtained by molecular dynamics simulations are in reasonable agreement with X-ray diffraction of water and ab initio calculations of molecules. Simulations of monomeric silicic acid sols provide a microscopic description of water producing oligomerization. The intermediate activation complexes are found to involve ionized monomers and pentacoordinate silicon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5351-5356
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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