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Enhanced Pair Hydrophobicity in the Water-Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) Binary Mixture at Low DMSO Concentrations

Banerjee, Saikat and Roy, Susmita and Bagchi, Biman (2010) Enhanced Pair Hydrophobicity in the Water-Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) Binary Mixture at Low DMSO Concentrations. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114 (40). pp. 12875-12882.

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We observe a surprisingly sharp increase in the pair hydrophobicity in the water climethylsulfoxide (DMSO) binary mixture at small DMSO concentrations, with the mole fraction of DMSO (x(D)) in the range 0.12-0.16. The increase in pair hydrophobicity is measured by an increase in the depth of the first minimum in the potential of mean force (PMF) between two methane molecules. However, this enhanced hydrophobicity again weakens at higher DMSO concentrations. We find markedly unusual behavior of the pure binary mixture (in the same composition range) in the diffusion coefficient of DMSO and in the local composition fluctuation of water, We find that, in the said composition range, the average coordination number of the methyl groups (of distinct DMSO) varies between 2.4 and 2.6, indicating the onset of the formation of a chain-like extended connectivity in an otherwise stable tetrahedral network comprising of water and DMSO molecules. We propose that the enhanced pair hydrophobicity of the binary mixture at low DMSO concentrations is due to the participation of the two methane molecules in the local structural order and the emerging molecular associations in the water-DMSO mixture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 06:55
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2010 06:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/33415

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