Mild-Temperature Supercritical Water Confined in Hydrophobic Metal–Organic Frameworks

Dr Yaroslav Grosu - CIC energiGUNE –Interfacial Phenomena and Porous Media

May 22 2024 at 14:00
Aula Videoconferenze, DIMA, Sapienza Università di Roma - Via Eudossiana 18, Roma

Fluids under extreme confinement show characteristics significantly different from those of their bulk counterpart. This work focuses on water confined within the complex cavities of highly hydrophobic metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) at high pressures. A combination of high-pressure intrusion–extrusion experiments with molecular dynamic simulations and synchrotron data reveals that supercritical transition for MOF-confined water takes place at a much lower temperature than in bulk water, ∼250 K below the reference values. This large shifting of the critical temperature (Tc) is attributed to the very large density of confined water vapor in the peculiar geometry and chemistry of the cavities of Cu2tebpz (tebpz = 3,3′,5,5′-tetraethyl-4,4′-bipyrazolate) hydrophobic MOF. This is the first time the shift of Tc is investigated for water confined within highly hydrophobic nanoporous materials, which explains why such a large reduction of the critical temperature was never reported before, neither experimentally nor computationally.

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