To analyze the proton/deuteron (H/D) isotope effect on the stable adsorption sites on zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC), we have performed path integral molecular dynamics simulations including thermal and nuclear quantum effects with the semi-empirical PM3 potential at 300 K. Here, for the adsorption sites of additional proton (H*) and deuteron (D*), we chose different five carbon atoms labeled as α-, β1-, β2-, γ-, and δ-carbons from edge to bottom for inside of buckybowl (C36H12 and C36D12). The stable adsorption sites of D* are observed on all carbon atoms, while those of H* are not observed on δ-carbon atom, but only on α-, β1-, β2-, and γ-carbon atoms. This result is explained by the fact that H* can easily go over the barrier height for hydrogen transferring from δ- to β2-carbons at 300 K, since the zero-point energy of H* is greater than that of D*.
- Carbon material
- Isotope effect
- Nuclear quantum effect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry