Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 21(4), 397 (2005).

Molecular-Dynamics Simulation for the Characterization of Liquid Chromatographic Stationary Phase: Effect of Temperature
Kazuhiro BAN, Yoshihiro SAITO, and Kiyokatsu JINNO
Toyohashi University of Technology, School of Materials Science, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8580, Japan
The influence of temperature on the surface structure of the octadecylsilica (ODS) bonded phase was investigated with a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The MD simulation was applied to a molecular model consisting of three parts: amorphous silica base, dimethyloctadecylsilyl ligands and n-hexane as a mobile phase solvent. More detailed information on the effect of temperature was obtained at the low temperature region than that reported in our previous study. The motion of ODS ligands could be estimated by the mean square displacement (MSD) of the terminal carbon atoms of ODS ligands. The gauche fraction in the ODS ligand conformation can also be estimated to obtain the ligand conformation for each simulation condition in detail. It can be seen that an elevated temperature induced the more bent ligand conformation. The trend has a good agreement to that of the results experimentally observed by using various spectroscopic techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Raman spectroscopy.