Insights into hydrogen bond dynamics at the interface of the charged monolayer-protected Au nanoparticle from molecular dynamics simulation.

TitleInsights into hydrogen bond dynamics at the interface of the charged monolayer-protected Au nanoparticle from molecular dynamics simulation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLi Y, Yang Z, Hu N, Zhou R, Chen X
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Volume138
Issue18
Pagination184703
Date Published2013 May 14
Abstract

The structure and dynamics properties of water molecules at the interface of the charged monolayer-protected Au nanoparticle (MPAN) have been investigated in detail by using classical molecular dynamics simulation. The simulation results demonstrated clearly that a well-defined hydration layer is formed at the interface of MPAN and a stable "ion wall" consisting of terminal NH3 (+) groups and Cl(-) counterions exists at the outmost region of self-assembled monolayer (SAM) where the translational and rotational motions of water molecules slow considerably down compared to those in the bulk owing to the presence of SAM and ion wall. Furthermore, we found that the translational motions of interfacial water molecules display a subdiffusive behavior while their rotational motions exhibit a nonexponential feature. The unique behavior of interfacial water molecules around the MPAN can be attributed to the interfacial hydrogen bond (HB) dynamics. By comparison, the lifetime of NH3 (+)-Cl(-) HBs was found to be the longest, favoring the stability of ion wall. Meanwhile, the lifetime of H2O-H2O HBs shows an obvious increase when the water molecules approach the Au core, suggesting the enhanced H2O-H2O HBs around the charged MPAN, which is contrary to the weaken H2O-H2O HBs around the neutral MPAN. Moreover, the HB lifetimes between water molecules and the ion wall (i.e., the Cl(-)-H2O and NH3 (+)-H2O HBs) are much longer than that of interfacial H2O-H2O HBs, which leads to the increasing rotational relaxation time and residence time of water molecules surrounding the ion wall. In addition, the corresponding binding energies for different HB types obtained from the precise density functional theory are in excellent accordance with above simulation results. The detailed HB dynamics studied in this work provides insights into the unique behavior of water molecules at the interface of charged self-assemblies of nanoparticles as well as proteins.

DOI10.1093/jxb/ert290
Alternate JournalJ Chem Phys