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1. Computational and experimental study of propeline: A choline chloride based deep eutectic solvent, Ferreira, ESC Voroshylova, IV Figueiredo, NM; Pereira, CM Cordeiro, MNDS in JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS, 2020, ISSN: 0167-7322,  Volume: 298, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111978 P-00R-DGD
Abstract New molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and experimental data on a deep eutectic solvent, propeline, composed by choline chloride, ChCl, and propylene glycol, PG, in a molar ratio of 1:2 are reported in this work. The experimental physicochemical properties (density, viscosity and self-diffusion coefficients) were used as support in the development of a new OPLS based force field model (FFM) for propeline. Validation of the new force field was established both through measuring physicochemical properties over a range of temperatures (298.15-373.15 K) and by comparison with experimental and simulated data of ethaline (ChCl:ethylene glycol, at a molar ration of 1:2). Classical MD simulations using the new FFM led to good agreement between experimental and simulated data. Structural properties, namely radial and spatial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and hydrogen bonding were analyzed. Moreover, it was found that the interactions between the anion, Cl-, and the hydrogen bond donor (HBD) form a network that is immutable with increasing temperature. The higher prevalence of anion-HBD hydrogen bonds is likely the major reason for the relatively high viscosity of propeline.

2. On the role of the surface charge plane position at Au(hkl)-BMImPF(6) interfaces, Voroshylova, IV Lembinen, M; Ers, H; Misin, M; Koverga, VA; Pereira, CM Ivanistsev, VB; Cordeiro, MNDS in ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 2019, ISSN: 0013-4686,  Volume: 318, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.05.058 P-00Q-QDW
Abstract Molecular dynamics simulations of the electrical double layer at electrode-ionic liquid interfaces allow for molecular level interpretation of the interfacial phenomena and properties, such as differential capacitance (C). In this work, we have simulated an ionic liquid - 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate - at three gold surfaces, namely: Au(100), Au(110), and Au(111) surfaces. Atomic corrugation of the gold surface leads to higher C values due to the rapprochement of the surface and electrolyte charge planes. Likewise, by accounting for the shift of surface charge plane position towards the electrolyte also results in higher C values. The presented insight shows that a simple correction to the simulation data improves the agreement with the experimental data.

3. Influence of alcohols on the inter-ion interactions in ionic liquids: A molecular dynamics study, Figueiredo, NM; Voroshylova, IV Koverga, VA; Ferreira, ESC Cordeiro, MNDS in JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS, 2019, ISSN: 0167-7322,  Volume: 294, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111538 P-00R-0BS
Abstract Despite a growing number of research reports on neat room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and their mixtures with molecular solvents in recent years, understanding and rationalising of such systems is still a challenge. In this work, we performed a classical molecular dynamics simulation study of the pure components - 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate (C2C1 imSCN), methanol, and ethanol - and their binary mixtures at room temperature. Thermodynamic (density and heats of vaporization), transport (viscosity and self-diffusion coefficients) and structural (in terms of radial, angular and spatial distributions) properties were analysed. It was found, that with the decrease of RTIL content, the ions self-diffusion coefficients notably increase, reaching higher values in the C2C1 imSCN-MeOH system. Density and viscosity follow the opposite trend, reaching their minimum at lower RTIL mole fraction. Negative deviations of excess molar volume from ideality in the studied mixtures with minima at similar to 0.2-03 mole fraction of RTIL suggest the strongest ion-molecular interactions at this mixture composition. A careful analysis at the molecular level revealed that introducing of alcohols to both systems weakens the inter-ionic H-bonding network, particularly, at low RTIL content. The cation-cation arrangement was found to lose its characteristic above/below orientation in neat RTIL and become disordered at low RTIL content. As to the tail length of the selected alcohols, this was found to have an insignificant effect on the structural properties of the addressed systems.

4. Enhancement of differential double layer capacitance and charge accumulation by tuning the composition of ionic liquids mixtures, Costa, R Voroshylova, IV Cordeiro, MNDS; Pereira, CM Fernando Silva, AF in ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 2018, ISSN: 0013-4686,  Volume: 261, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.12.134 P-00N-D5Q
Abstract Evolution from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy sources and technologies is in the spotlight towards an accelerated energy transition process. One of the challenges of the intermittent renewable energy production is related to the existence of an appropriate energy storage technology in order to effectively use the renewable energy generated. Electrochemical energy storage devices rely on the key property of the electrical double layer integral capacitance. The use of mixed ionic liquids can be an effective strategy to increase the performance of electric double layer capacitors. Here, the studies on the interfacial behaviour of ionic liquids mixtures containing a common ion for a model mercury/ionic liquid interface are reported. Enhancement of the differential capacitance, nearly 3 times higher compared to ILs in the pure state, was achieved by an appropriate combination of ion size both in cation and the anion and asymmetry. The results are interpreted as a consequence of surface voids occupation and by the accumulation of more counter ions and displacement larger anion by the smaller anion in the mixture.

5. On the thickness of the double layer in ionic liquids, Ruzanov, A; Lembinen, M; Jakovits, P; Srirama, SN; Voroshylova, IV Cordeiro, MNDS; Pereira, CM Rossmeisl, J; Ivanistsev, VB in PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 2018, ISSN: 1463-9076,  Volume: 20, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1039/c7cp07939g P-00N-XXH
Abstract In this study, we examined the thickness of the electrical double layer (EDL) in ionic liquids using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We focused on BF4- anion adsorption from the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMImBF(4)) ionic liquid on the Au(111) surface. At both DFT and MD levels, we evaluated the capacitance-potential dependence for the Helmholtz model of the interface. Using MD simulations, we also explored a more realistic, multilayer EDL model accounting for the ion layering. Concurrent analysis of the DFT and MD results provides a ground for thinking whether the electrical double layer in ionic liquids is one- or multi-ionic-layer thick.