Journal Article Calculation of self-diffusion coefficients of the [BMIM][TFSA]/water system by molecular dynamics simulation

Higashi, Hidenori  ,  Kumita, Mikiko  ,  Seto, Takafumi  ,  Otani, Yoshio

43 ( 17 )  , pp.1430 - 1435 , 2017-11-22 , Taylor and Francis Ltd.
We performed a molecular dynamics simulation to calculate the self-diffusion coefficients of 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide and water in a water–ionic liquid mixture. We then compared the simulated self-diffusion coefficients of cation, anion and water molecules with experimental data and with simulated data from the literature. Although the simulation overestimated the self-diffusion coefficients of ions, the simulated results qualitatively reproduced the enhancement of the self-diffusion coefficients of water as the water molar fraction increased. We also calculated the radial distribution functions to investigate the solution structure, i.e. the clustering of water molecules. The clustering of water in ionic liquid was found to play an important role in the enhancement of the diffusion of water molecules in the ionic liquid. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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