Publications by authors named "Nataša Vučemilović-Alagić"

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From Water Solutions to Ionic Liquids with Solid State Nanopores as a Perspective to Study Transport and Translocation Phenomena.

Small 2021 May 6:e2100777. Epub 2021 May 6.

Group for Computational Life Sciences, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Physical Chemistry, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.

Solid state nanopores are single-molecular devices governed by nanoscale physics with a broad potential for technological applications. However, the control of translocation speed in these systems is still limited. Ionic liquids are molten salts which are commonly used as alternate solvents enabling the regulation of the chemical and physical interactions on solid-liquid interfaces. While their combination can be challenging to the understanding of nanoscopic processes, there has been limited attempts on bringing these two together. While summarizing the state of the art and open questions in these fields, several major advances are presented with a perspective on the next steps in the investigations of ionic-liquid filled nanopores, both from a theoretical and experimental standpoint. By analogy to aqueous solutions, it is argued that ionic liquids and nanopores can be combined to provide new nanofluidic functionalities, as well as to help resolve some of the pertinent problems in understanding transport phenomena in confined ionic liquids and providing better control of the speed of translocating analytes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smll.202100777DOI Listing
May 2021

Structural characterization of an ionic liquid in bulk and in nano-confined environment using data from MD simulations.

Data Brief 2020 Feb 23;28:104794. Epub 2019 Nov 23.

Group for Computational Life Sciences, Department of Physical Chemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.

This article contains data on structural characterization of the [C2Mim][NTf2] in bulk and in nano-confined environment obtained using MD simulations. These data supplement those presented in the paper "Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Structural Organization and Diffusive Dynamics of an Ionic Liquid at Solid and Vacuum Interfaces" [1], where force fields with three different charge methods and three charge scaling factors were used for the analysis of the IL in the bulk, at the interface with the vacuum and the IL film in the contact with a hydroxylated alumina surface. Here, we present details on the construction of the model systems in an extended detailed methods section. Furthermore, for best parametrization, structural and dynamic properties of IL in different environment are studied with certain features presented herein.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104794DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6909096PMC
February 2020

Insights from molecular dynamics simulations on structural organization and diffusive dynamics of an ionic liquid at solid and vacuum interfaces.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2019 Oct 6;553:350-363. Epub 2019 Jun 6.

Group of Computational Life Sciences, Department of Physical Chemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; PULS Group, Center for Nanostructured Films, Department of Physics, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Cauerstraße 3, 91058, Erlangen, Germany. Electronic address:

Hypothesis: A reliable modelling approach is required for simultaneous characterisation of static and dynamic properties of bulk and interfacial ionic liquids (ILs). This is a prerequisite for a successful investigation of experimentally inaccessible, yet important properties, including those that change significantly with the distance from both vacuum and solid interfaces.

Simulations: We perform molecular dynamics simulations of bulk [CMim][NTf], and thick IL films in contact with vacuum and hydroxylated sapphire surface, using the charge methods CHelpG, RESP-HF and RESP-B3LYP with charge scaling factors 1.0, 0.9 and 0.85.

Findings: By determining and employing appropriate system sizes and simulations lengths, and by benchmarking against self-diffusion coefficients, surface tension, X-ray reflectivity, and structural data, we identify RESP-HF/0.9 as the best non-polarizable force field for this IL. We use this optimal parametrisation to predict novel physical properties of confined IL films. First we fully characterise the internal configurations and orientations of IL molecules relative to, and as a function of the distance from the solid and vacuum interfaces. Second, we evaluate densities together with mobilities in-plane and normal to the interfaces and find that strong correlations between the IL's stratification and diffusive transport in the interfacial layers persist for several nanometres deep into IL films.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2019.06.017DOI Listing
October 2019

Mechanism of the Water-Gas Shift Reaction Catalyzed by Efficient Ruthenium-Based Catalysts: A Computational and Experimental Study.

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2019 Jan 12;58(3):741-745. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Group of Computational Life Sciences, Department of Physical Chemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.

Supported ionic liquid phase (SILP) catalysis enables a highly efficient, Ru-based, homogeneously catalyzed water-gas shift reaction (WGSR) between 100 °C and 150 °C. The active Ru-complexes have been found to exist in imidazolium chloride melts under operating conditions in a dynamic equilibrium, which is dominated by the [Ru(CO) Cl ] complex. Herein we present state-of-the-art theoretical calculations to elucidate the reaction mechanism in more detail. We show that the mechanism includes the intermediate formation and degradation of hydrogen chloride, which effectively reduces the high barrier for the formation of the requisite dihydrogen complex. The hypothesis that the rate-limiting step involves water is supported by using D O in continuous catalytic WGSR experiments. The resulting mechanism constitutes a highly competitive alternative to earlier reported generic routes involving nucleophilic addition of hydroxide in the gas phase and in solution.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201811627DOI Listing
January 2019