Structure and dynamics of water on muscovite mica surfaces

Hiroshi Sakuma, Katsuyuki Kawamura

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The structure and dynamics of water on muscovite mica (0 0 1) surfaces have been investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. X-ray reflectivity profiles highly reflecting the interfacial structure are directly calculated and compared with those of experiments. The direct comparison has validated the usefulness of MD simulations to understand the real interfacial structure of the mica-water system. We observed five distinguished peaks in the density profile of oxygen present in water, and these peaks are attributable to the water molecules directly adsorbed on mica, hydrated to the K+ ions on the mica surface, and ordered due to hydrogen bonds between hydrated K+ ions. The hydrated K+ ions make an inner-sphere complex and have an explicit first hydration shell with a radius of 3.6 Å and a hydration number of 2.9. The change of the viscosity of water located above 1 nm apart from the mica surface was not observed. This feature is in good agreement with a recent experimental study in which the shear measurement was conducted using a surface forces apparatus. The increase of the viscosity by a factor of ca. 2-3 relative to that of the bulk water was observed at water located within 1 nm from the isolated mica surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4100-4110
Number of pages11
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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