A molecular dynamics;simulation of water confined in a silica pore is performed in order to compare it with recent experimental results on water confined in porous Vycor glass at room temperature. A cylindrical pore of 40 Angstrom is created inside a vitreous SiO2 cell, obtained by computer simulation. The resulting cavity offers water a rough hydrophilic surface and its geometry and size are similar to those of a typical pare in porous Vycor glass. The site-site distribution functions of water inside the pore are evaluated:and compared with bulk water results. We find that the modifications of the site-site distribution functions, induced by confinement, are in qualitative agreement with the recent neutron diffraction experiment, confirming that the disturbance to the microscopic structure of water mainly concerns orientational arrangement of neighboring molecules. A layer:analysis of MD results indicates that, while the geometrical constraint gives an almost constant density profile up to the layers closest to the interface, with a uniform average number of hydrogen bonds (HB), the hydrophilic interaction produces the wetting of the pore surface at: the expenses of the adjacent water layers. Moreover, the orientational disorder together with a reduction of;he average number of HB persists in the layers close to the interface, while water molecules cluster in the middle of the pore at a density and with a coordination similar to bulk water.
Rovere, M., Ricci, M.A., D., V., Bruni, F. (1998). A molecular dynamics simulation of water confined in a cylindrical SiO2 pore. THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 108, 9859 [10.1063/1.476424].