Orientational Dynamics of Water at an Extended Hydrophobic Interface

TitleOrientational Dynamics of Water at an Extended Hydrophobic Interface
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsXiao S, Figge F, Stirnemann G, Laage D, McGuire JA
JournalJ Am Chem Soc
Date PublishedMay

We report on the orientational dynamics of water at an extended hydrophobic interface with an octadecylsilane self-assembled monolayer on fused silica. The interfacial dangling OH stretch mode is excited with a resonant pump, and its evolution followed in time by a surface-specific, vibrationally resonant, infrared-visible sum-frequency probe. High sensitivity pump-probe anisotropy measurements and isotopic dilution clearly reveal that the decay of the dangling OH stretch excitation is almost entirely due to a jump to a hydrogen-bonded configuration that occurs in 1.61 $\pm$ 0.10 ps. This is more than twice as fast as the jump time from one hydrogen-bonded configuration to another in bulk H2O but about 50% slower than the reported out-of-plane reorientation at the air/water interface. In contrast, the intrinsic population lifetime of the dangling OH stretch in the absence of such jumps is found to be >10 ps. Molecular dynamics simulations of air/water and hexane/water interfaces reproduce the fast jump dynamics of interfacial dangling OH with calculated jump times of 1.4 and 1.7 ps for the air and hydrophobic interfaces, respectively. The simulations highlight that while the air/water and hydrophobic/water surfaces exhibit great structural similarities, a small stabilization of the OH groups by the hydrophobic interface produces the pronounced difference in the dynamics of dangling bonds.

Citation Key2016|2027
PubMed ID27045950