Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.576, 217-229, 2020
Are hydrogen supramolecular structures being suppressed upon nanoscale confinement? The case of monohydroxy alcohols
In this paper, the molecular dynamics, H-bonding pattern and wettability of the primary and secondary monohydroxyalcohols, 2-ethyl-1-hexanol (2EIH), 2-ethyl-1-butanol (2EIB) and 5-methyl-3-heptanol (5M3H) infiltrated into native and functionalized silica and alumina pores having pore diameters, d = 4 nm and d = 10 nm, have been studied with the use of Broadband Dielectric (BDS) and Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopies, as well as contact angle measurements. We found significant differences in the behavior of alcohols forming chain- (2EIH, 2EIB) or micelle-like (5M3H) supramolecular structures despite of their similarities in the wettability and interfacial energy. It turned out that nanoassociates as well as H-bonds are more or less affected by the confinement dependently on the chemical structure and alcohol order. Moreover, a peculiar behavior of the self-assemblies at the interface was noted in the latter material (5M3H). Finally, it was found that irrespectively to the sample, type of pores, functionalization, the temperature evolution of Debye relaxation times, tau(D), of the confined systems deviates from the bulk behavior always at similar tau(D) due to vitrification of the interfacial layer. This finding is a clear indication that unexpectedly dynamics (mobility) of the supramolecular structures close to the hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces is similar in each system. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.