Is iodate a strongly hydrated cation?

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title = "Is iodate a strongly hydrated cation?",
abstract = "We show, through a combination of density function theory-based molecular dynamics simulations (DFT-MD) and experimental X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) studies, that the iodate ion (IO 3 -) contains a local region that is strongly hydrated as a cation. The local region adjoining the I atom is sufficiently electropositive that three hydrating waters are oriented with their O atoms directly interacting with the iodine atom at an I-O H2O distance of 2.94 {\AA}. This is the orientation of water hydrating a cation. Further, approximately 2-3 water molecules hydrate each O of IO 3 - through their H atoms in an orientation of the water that is expected for an anion at an I-O H2O distance of 3.83 {\AA}. We predict that this structure persists, although to a much lesser degree, for BrO 3 -, and ClO 3 -. This type of local microstructure profoundly affects the behavior of the {"}anion{"} at interfaces and how it interacts with other ionic species in solution.",
author = "Baer, {Marcel D.} and Van-Thai Pham and Fulton, {John L.} and Schenter, {Gregory K.} and Mahalingam Balasubramanian and Mundy, {Christopher J.}",
year = "2011",
month = oct,
day = "20",
doi = "10.1021/jz2011435",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "2650--2654",
journal = "The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters",
issn = "1948-7185",
publisher = "The American Chemical Society (ACS)",
number = "20",