The behavior of hydrogen molecules adsorbed onto the nanospace of porous materials is of great interest but is poorly understood. Here we show direct visualization of deuterium molecules adsorbed on isoreticular metal organic frameworks (IRMOF-1) at 77 K using reverse Monte Carlo simulation based on first principle molecular dynamics simulation and neutron diffraction. Results show that the two types of adsorption sites around a ZnO4 cluster are almost fully occupied by the deuterium molecules but that other sites are not fully occupied. Moreover an interesting information about the aggregation state of deuterium molecules was directly obtained from the deuterium-deuterium partial pair distribution function. Namely, the average distance of deuterium molecules adsorbed onto IRMOF-1 is slightly longer than that in a solid state but much shorter than that in the corresponding gas state.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)