To reveal the relation of guest dynamics within the structure H clathrate hydrate and its macroscopic physical properties, experimental and computational works have been conducted on the system of fluoromethane (HFC-41) and pinacolone coexisting with water. The phase boundaries of the hydrate formed from HFC-41 and pinacolone within the pressure range of (0.25-2.48) MPa and the temperature range of (277-293) K were measured. The equilibrium hydrate formation pressure incorporating HFC-41 was lowered by adding the pinacolone as a large guest molecule compound to form a sH phase compared to the HFC-41 single hydrate. Powder X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of the structure H hydrate with the HFC-41 and pinacolone binary hydrate. The lattice constants of the sH hydrate were also measured to see the effect of the help guest molecular size, which showed a different trend from that of the previous studies of sH pinacolone hydrates. Molecular dynamics simulations of the binary sH phase indicate weak hydrogen bonding of the pinacolone molecules with the water in the cages in the phase with HFC-41. The oblate HFC-41 molecules showed strong orientational preference to the equatorial planes of the D′ cages, which may explain some of the trends in the behavior of this phase.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry