- Ab initio molecular dynamics study of Fe-containing smectites
- Clays and clay minerals
- Volume | Issue number
- 58 | 1
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
In order to identify the influences imposed by Fe substitution, density functional theory-based Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations were employed to study both oxidized and reduced Fe-bearing smectites. The following basic properties were investigated: local structures in the clay layer, hydroxyl on and the vibration dynamicos of H and Si. Structural analyses indicated that the average Fe-O bond lengths are similar to 2.08 angstrom and 2.02 angstrom in the reduced and oxidized models, respectively, and the Fe substitutions did not affect the coordination structures of the Al-O and Si-O polyhedra. For hydroxyl orientations, Fe(III) substitution had no obvious in but Fe(II) forces the coordinated hydroxyls to present a wide-angle distribution. Furthermore, the present work has shown that both substitutions can red-shift the hydroxyl in-plane bending mode. The analyses also revealed that Fe(III) substitution has no effect on the Si-O stretching, while Fe reduction causes a blue-shift of the out-of-plane stretching mode. The results provide quantitative constraints and clues for future research.
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