Understanding the solubility of triamino-trinitrobenzene in hydrous tetramethylammonium fluoride: A first principles molecular dynamics simulation study

Mallik, Bhabani Shankar and Kuo I, F W and Fried, L E and Siepmann, J I (2012) Understanding the solubility of triamino-trinitrobenzene in hydrous tetramethylammonium fluoride: A first principles molecular dynamics simulation study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (14). pp. 4884-4890. ISSN 1463-9076

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Abstract

With the aim to understand the relatively high solubility of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB), an important energetic material with a high degree of inter- and intra-molecular hydrogen bonding, in fluoride anion containing ionic liquids (ILs), first principles molecular dynamics simulations in the isobaric-isothermal ensemble were carried out for a system using hydrous tetramethylammonium fluoride as the prototypical solvent. Simulations initiated from both molecular TATB and its Meisenheimer complex (i.e., a σ-complex of the fluoride and the electrophilic ring of TATB) yield a Zundel-type complex where a proton is shared between an amino group and an F - ion, whereas the Meisenheimer complex is found to be only transiently stable. An analysis of the electronic structure probing the Wannier function centers supports the finding of a proton-sharing complex with a three-center four-electron like bond. The Zundel-type complex also yields an electronic absorption spectrum consistent with the experimentally observed color change. This study provides evidence that the remarkable solubility of otherwise hard-to-dissolve molecular crystals in ILs can be aided by chemical modification of the solute.

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Mallik, Bhabani Shankarhttp://orcid.org/0000-0001-9657-1497
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemistry > Inorganic chemistry
Divisions: Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Mr. Siva Shankar K
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 08:57
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 11:34
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/465
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1039/c2cp22325b
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1463-9076/
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