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Refinement of the Optimized Potentials for Liquid Simulations Force Field for Thermodynamics and Dynamics of Liquid Alkanes

J Phys Chem B. 2022 Aug 1. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.2c03686. Online ahead of print.


Torsion and Lennard-Jones parameters of the optimized potentials for liquid simulations (OPLS) all-atom force field have been refined for describing thermodynamics and dynamics of a wide range of liquid alkanes. Monte Carlo statistical mechanics (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out. For thermodynamics properties, MC simulations with truncated electrostatic interactions performed very closely to MD simulations with a Verlet neighbor list and the particle mesh Ewald algorithm. The average errors in comparison with experimental data for computed properties were improved with the modified force field (OPLS/2020), especially for long-chain alkanes. For liquid densities, heats of vaporization, and free energies of hydration, the average errors are 0.01 g/cm3, 0.2 kcal/mol, and ca. 0.5 kcal/mol, respectively; significant gains were made for relative heats of vaporization of isomeric series. Results for self-diffusion coefficients also reproduce experimental data well for linear alkane liquids up to hexadecane. The new force field is suitable for use in improved modeling of myriad systems of importance in chemistry, biology, and materials science.

PMID:35914179 | DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.2c03686

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