Models of (ZrO2)n Complexes Intercalated into Montmorillonite
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
, E-ISSN: 1520-5207
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, pr. Lavrentieva, 5, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
The article discusses the properties of several model zirconium dioxide complexes (ZrO2)n intercalated into the interlayer space of montmorillonite clay. Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation was used in a series of numerical experiments during analysis of the low-temperature nitrogen adsorption in the micropores thus generated. The goal of such experiments was to determine the geometrical parameters of introduced molecular complexes of different types inside micropores of various widths. The obtained information was used to characterize textural and structural properties of three pillared interlayer materials prepared by using pillaring species synthesized via aging of zirconyl chloride solutions containing as additives chlorides of Ca, Sr, or Ba. It was found that in the cases of Ba and Ca the interlayer micropores are filled with isolated tetramers (ZrO2)4. Meanwhile, the presence of Sr in the pillaring solution, most likely, favors the preservation of larger sheetlike complexes (ZrO2)8.