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Pore Diameter Dependence Of Catalytic Activity: P-Nitrobenzaldehyde Conversion To An Aldol Product In Amine-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica, Andres Garcia, Igor I. Slowing, James W. Evans Jul 2018

Pore Diameter Dependence Of Catalytic Activity: P-Nitrobenzaldehyde Conversion To An Aldol Product In Amine-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica, Andres Garcia, Igor I. Slowing, James W. Evans

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The reaction yield for conversion of p-nitrobenzaldehyde (PNB) to an aldol product in amine-functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) exhibits a 20-fold enhancement for a modest increase in pore diameter, d. This enhanced catalytic activity is shown to reflect a strong increase in the “passing propensity,” 𝒫, of reactant and product species inside the pores. We find that 𝒫 ≈ 0, corresponding to single-file diffusion, applies for the smallest d which still significantly exceeds the linear dimensions of PNB and the aldol product. However, in this regime of narrow pores, these elongated species must align with each other and with the pore ...


A Molecular Debye-Hückel Theory And Its Applications To Electrolyte Solutions: The Size Asymmetric Case, Tiejen Xiao, Xueyu Song Mar 2017

A Molecular Debye-Hückel Theory And Its Applications To Electrolyte Solutions: The Size Asymmetric Case, Tiejen Xiao, Xueyu Song

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A molecular Debye-Hückel theory for electrolyte solutions with size asymmetry is developed, where the dielectric response of an electrolyte solution is described by a linear combination of Debye-Hückel-like response modes. As the size asymmetry of an electrolyte solution leads to a charge imbalanced border zone around a solute, the dielectric response to the solute is characterized by two types of charge sources, namely, a bare solute charge and a charge distribution due to size asymmetry. These two kinds of charge sources are screened by the solvent differently, our theory presents a method to calculate the mean electric potential as well ...