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Title: Unexpected inhibition of CO 2 gas hydrate formation in dilute TBAB solutions and the critical role of interfacial water structure

Abstract

Gas hydrates formed under moderated conditions open up novel approaches to tackling issues related to energy supply, gas separation, and CO 2 sequestration. Several additives like tetra-n-butylammonium bromide (TBAB) have been empirically developed and used to promote gas hydrate formation. Here we report unexpected experimental results which show that TBAB inhibits CO 2 gas hydrate formation when used at minuscule concentration. We also used spectroscopic techniques and molecular dynamics simulation to gain further insights and explain the experimental results. They have revealed the critical role of water alignment at the gas-water interface induced by surface adsorption of tetra-n-butylammonium cation (TBA +) which gives rise to the unexpected inhibition of dilute TBAB solution. The water perturbation by TBA + in the bulk is attributed to the promotion effect of high TBAB concentration on gas hydrate formation. We explain our finding using the concept of activation energy of gas hydrate formation. Our results provide a step toward to mastering the control of gas hydrate formation.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1339851
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-117218
Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361; KC0301050
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Fuel
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 185; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Nguyen, Ngoc N., Nguyen, Anh V., Nguyen, Khoi T., Rintoul, Llew, and Dang, Liem X. Unexpected inhibition of CO2 gas hydrate formation in dilute TBAB solutions and the critical role of interfacial water structure. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2016.08.006.
Nguyen, Ngoc N., Nguyen, Anh V., Nguyen, Khoi T., Rintoul, Llew, & Dang, Liem X. Unexpected inhibition of CO2 gas hydrate formation in dilute TBAB solutions and the critical role of interfacial water structure. United States. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2016.08.006.
Nguyen, Ngoc N., Nguyen, Anh V., Nguyen, Khoi T., Rintoul, Llew, and Dang, Liem X. Thu . "Unexpected inhibition of CO2 gas hydrate formation in dilute TBAB solutions and the critical role of interfacial water structure". United States. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2016.08.006.
@article{osti_1339851,
title = {Unexpected inhibition of CO2 gas hydrate formation in dilute TBAB solutions and the critical role of interfacial water structure},
author = {Nguyen, Ngoc N. and Nguyen, Anh V. and Nguyen, Khoi T. and Rintoul, Llew and Dang, Liem X.},
abstractNote = {Gas hydrates formed under moderated conditions open up novel approaches to tackling issues related to energy supply, gas separation, and CO2 sequestration. Several additives like tetra-n-butylammonium bromide (TBAB) have been empirically developed and used to promote gas hydrate formation. Here we report unexpected experimental results which show that TBAB inhibits CO2 gas hydrate formation when used at minuscule concentration. We also used spectroscopic techniques and molecular dynamics simulation to gain further insights and explain the experimental results. They have revealed the critical role of water alignment at the gas-water interface induced by surface adsorption of tetra-n-butylammonium cation (TBA+) which gives rise to the unexpected inhibition of dilute TBAB solution. The water perturbation by TBA+ in the bulk is attributed to the promotion effect of high TBAB concentration on gas hydrate formation. We explain our finding using the concept of activation energy of gas hydrate formation. Our results provide a step toward to mastering the control of gas hydrate formation.},
doi = {10.1016/j.fuel.2016.08.006},
journal = {Fuel},
issn = {0016-2361},
number = C,
volume = 185,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {12}
}