Acidic layer-enhanced nanoconfinement of anions in cylindrical pore of single-walled carbon nanotube

Takahiro Ohkubo, Hiroki Nakayasu, Yuki Takeuchi, Nobuyuki Takeyasu, Yasushige Kuroda

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Abstract

The adsorption of the nitrate ion by the cylindrical pore of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) was found to be aided by an acidic adsorbed layer. Adsorbed water in the vicinity of the pore wall can supply protons through ionization, forming the acidic layer, according to Raman spectra and results of solution pH fluctuations caused by ion species adsorption. Such an acidic adsorbed layer leads to surplus adsorption of anionic species where the adsorbed amount of nitrate ions is much larger than that of cations. Also, we could observe the Raman bands being assignable to the symmetrical stretching mode at an extremely high-frequency region for nano-restricted nitrate ions compared to any other bulk phases. The abnormal band shift of adsorbed nitrate ions indicates that the nitrate ions are confined in the pore under the effects of nanoconfinement by the pore and the strong interaction with the acidic layer in the pore. Our results warn that we have to construct the adsorption model of aqueous electrolytes confined in carbon pores by deliberating the acid layer formed by the adsorbed water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-244
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Volume629
Issue numberPt B
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sep 16 2022

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