Structure and dynamics of water adsorbed on the lignite surface: Molecular dynamics simulation
Xiaofang You 1,   Meng He 1,   Xiaoqiang Cao 1,   Xianjun Lyu 1,   Lin Li 1  
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Shandong University of Science and Technology
Lin Li   

Shandong University of Science and Technology, No. 579, Qianwangang Road, Economics and Technology Development Zone, 266590 Qingdao, China
Publication date: 2019-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2019;55(1):10–20
The effects of oxygen-containing functional groups on the structure and dynamic properties of water molecules near a lignite surface were investigated through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Because of its complex composition and structure, a graphite surface containing hydroxyl, carboxyl, and carbonyl groups was used to represent the lignite surface model. According to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) results, the composing proportion of hydroxyl, carbonyl and carboxyl is 21:13:6. The density profiles of oxygen and hydrogen atoms indicate that the brown coal surface characteristics influence the structural and dynamic properties of water molecules. The interfacial water is much more ordered than bulk water. The results of the radial distribution functions, mean square displacements, and local self-diffusion coefficients for the water molecules in the vicinity of three oxygen-containing functional groups confirmed that carboxyl groups are the preferential adsorption sites.