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  1. Vibrational and ab initio molecular dynamics studies of bradykinin

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    Święch, Dominika; Kubisiak, Piotr; Andrzejak, Marcin; Borowski, Piotr; Proniewicz, Edyta

    2016-07-01

    In this study, the comprehensive theoretical and experimental investigations of Raman (RS) and infrared absorption (IR) spectra of bradykinin (BK) are presented. The ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) calculations, in the presence of water molecules that form the first coordination sphere, were used for conformational analysis of the BK structure. Based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-311G(d) level the vibrational spectra were interpreted. The calculated frequencies were scaled by means of the effective scaling frequency factor (ESFF) method. The theoretical data, which confirm the compact structure of BK in the presence of the water molecules revealed the remarkable effect of the intermolecular hydrogen bonding on the BK structural properties.

  2. Liquid Be, Ca and Ba. An orbital-free ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Rio, B. G. del; González, L. E.

    2015-08-17

    Several static and dynamic properties of liquid beryllium (l-Be), liquid calcium (l-Ca) and liquid barium (l-Ba) near their triple point have been evaluated by the orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics method (OF-AIMD), where the interaction between valence electrons and ions is described by means of local pseudopotentials. These local pseudopotentials used were constructed through a force-matching process with those obtained from a Kohn-Sham ab initio molecular dynamics study (KS-AIMD) of a reduced system with non-local pseudopotentials. The calculated static structures show good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor which has been linked to the existence of a marked icosahedral short-range order in the liquid. As for the dynamic properties, we obtain collective density excitations whose associated dispersion relations exhibit a positive dispersion.

  3. Ethanol decomposition on transition metal nanoparticles during carbon nanotube growth: ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Shibuta, Yasushi; Shimamura, Kohei; Oguri, Tomoya; Arifin, Rizal; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Yamaguchi, Shu

    2015-03-01

    The growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes (CNT) has been widely discussed both from experimental and computational studies. Regarding the computational studies, most of the studies focuses on the aggregation of isolate carbon atoms on the catalytic metal nanoparticle, whereas the initial dissociation of carbon source molecules should affect the yield and quality of the products. On the other hand, we have studied the dissociation process of carbon source molecules on the metal surface by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. In the study, we investigate the ethanol dissociation on Pt and Ni clusters by ab initio MD simulations to discuss the initial stage of CNT growth by alcohol CVD technique. Part of this research is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (a) (No. 24686026) from MEXT, Japan.

  4. An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the roaming mechanism of the H2+HOC+ reaction

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    Yu, Hua-Gen

    2011-08-01

    We report here a direct ab initio molecular dynamics study of the p-/o-H2+HOC+ reaction on the basis of the accurate SAC-MP2 potential energy surface. The quasi-classical trajectory method was employed. This work largely focuses on the study of reaction mechanisms. A roaming mechanism was identified for this molecular ion-molecule reaction. The driving forces behind the roaming mechanism were thoroughly investigated by using a trajectory dynamics approach. In addition, the thermal rate coefficients of the H2+HOC+ reaction were calculated in the temperature range [25, 300] K and are in good agreement with experiments.

  5. Hydrogen adsorption in ZIF-7: A DFT and ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Dixit, Mudit; Major, Dan Thomas; Pal, Sourav

    2016-05-01

    Primary H2 adsorption sites in a zeolitic imidazolate framework, ZIF-7, are identified using ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics annealing simulations. The simulations suggest several low energy adsorption sites. The effect of light transition metal decoration on hydrogen storage properties was studied. Our ab-intio DFT calculations illustrate that decorating the ZIF with Sc increases both the number of H2 molecules, as well as the H2 binding energy. The binding energy (∼25 kJ/mol per H2) at 8H2 loading in the pore, suggests that Sc-ZIFs can be potential candidates for hydrogen storage.

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study of successive hydrogenation reactions of carbon monoxide producing methanol

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    Pham, Thi Nu; Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru

    2016-04-01

    Doing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate a possibility of hydrogenation of carbon monoxide producing methanol step by step. At first, the hydrogen atom reacts with the carbon monoxide molecule at the excited state forming the formyl radical. Formaldehyde was formed after adding one more hydrogen atom to the system. Finally, absorption of two hydrogen atoms to formaldehyde produces methanol molecule. This study is performed by using the all-electron mixed basis approach based on the time dependent density functional theory within the adiabatic local density approximation for an electronic ground-state configuration and the one-shot GW approximation for an electronic excited state configuration.

  7. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    Sharma, Nalini; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Thakur, Anil

    2015-05-15

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg{sub 10}In{sub 90}, Hg{sub 30}In{sub 70}, Hg{sub 50}In{sub 50}, Hg{sub 70}In{sub 30} and Hg{sub 90}In{sub 10}) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.

  8. Electronic properties of liquid Hg-In alloys : Ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Sharma, Nalini; Thakur, Anil; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Three liquid Hg-In alloys (Hg10In90, Hg30In70,. Hg50In50, Hg70In30, and Hg90Pb10) at 299 K are considered. The calculated results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and lead (l-In) are also drawn. Along with the calculated results of considered five liquid alloys of Hg-In alloy. The results obtained from electronic properties namely total density of state and partial density of states help to find the local arrangement of Hg and In atoms and the presence of liquid state in the considered five alloys.

  9. Evolution of atomic structure in Al75Cu25 liquid from experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Xiong, L H; Yoo, H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Jiang, J Z; Xie, H L; Xiao, T Q; Jeon, S; Lee, G W

    2015-01-28

    X-ray diffraction and electrostatic levitation measurements, together with the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy have been performed from 800 to 1600 K. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation results match well with each other. No abnormal changes were experimentally detected in the specific heat capacity over total hemispheric emissivity and density curves in the studied temperature range for a bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy measured by the electrostatic levitation technique. The structure factors gained by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation precisely coincide with the experimental data. The atomic structure analyzed by the Honeycutt-Andersen index and Voronoi tessellation methods shows that icosahedral-like atomic clusters prevail in the liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy and the atomic clusters evolve continuously. All results obtained here suggest that no liquid-liquid transition appears in the bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy in the studied temperature range. PMID:25524926

  10. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; Zu, X. T.; Li, Sean

    2015-02-09

    In this study, the response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser,more » electron and ion irradiations.« less

  11. Polymerization transition in liquid AsS under pressure: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Ohmura, Satoshi; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2011-12-01

    We study the pressure dependence of the structural and electronic properties of liquid AsS by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We confirm that liquid AsS consists of As4S4 molecules at ambient pressure, as in the crystalline state. With increasing pressure, a structural transition from molecular to polymeric liquid occurs near 2 GPa, which is eventually followed by metallization. The pressure dependence of the density and diffusion coefficients changes qualitatively with this transition. We find that, during metallization in the polymeric phase at higher pressures, the remnants of covalent interactions between atoms play an important role in the dynamics, i.e., the As-S bond length becomes longer with increasing pressure and the diffusion coefficients have a local maximum near 5 GPa. When the pressure approaches about 15 GPa, the covalent nature of the liquid becomes quite weak. These results explain recent experiments on the pressure dependence of the viscosity.

  12. Ring closure in dioxin formation process: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Farajian, Amir A.; Mikami, Masuhiro; Ordejón, Pablo; Tanabe, Kazutoshi

    2001-10-01

    The four possible mechanisms of ring closure in dioxin formation from chlorophenols are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics, within generalized gradient approximation. Free energy barriers, derived as the potential of mean constraint force, directly lead to a static approximation for the transition rates. We show, however, that the static approximation overestimates the actual rates by 33%-345%, depending on the intermediate/temperature. Comparing our results with the available experimental data, we conclude that, contrary to what is widely assumed, the pathways starting from two chlorophenols are not among the most dominant pathways in the formation of highly toxic dioxins, at least in the gas phase. This signifies the role of catalysts and/or other precursors.

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamic study of solid-state transitions of ammonium nitrate

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    Yu, Hongyu; Duan, Defang; Liu, Hanyu; Yang, Ting; Tian, Fubo; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2016-01-01

    High-pressure polymorphism and phase transitions have wide ranging consequences on the basic properties of ammonium nitrate. However, the phase diagram of ammonium nitrate at high pressure and high temperature is still under debate. This study systematically investigates the phase transitions and structural properties of ammonium nitrate at a pressure range of 5-60 GPa and temperature range of 250-400 K by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two new phases are identified: one corresponds to the experimentally observed phase IV’ and the other is named AN-X. Simultaneously, the lattice strains play a significant role in the formation and stabilization of phase IV’, providing a reasonable explanation for experimental observation of phase IV-IV’ transition which only appears under nonhydrostatic pressure. In addition, 12 O atoms neighboring the NH (N atom in ammonium cation) atom are selected as reference system to clearly display the tanglesome rotation of ammonium cation.

  14. Ab initio molecular dynamic study of solid-state transitions of ammonium nitrate

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    Yu, Hongyu; Duan, Defang; Liu, Hanyu; Yang, Ting; Tian, Fubo; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2016-01-01

    High-pressure polymorphism and phase transitions have wide ranging consequences on the basic properties of ammonium nitrate. However, the phase diagram of ammonium nitrate at high pressure and high temperature is still under debate. This study systematically investigates the phase transitions and structural properties of ammonium nitrate at a pressure range of 5–60 GPa and temperature range of 250–400 K by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two new phases are identified: one corresponds to the experimentally observed phase IV’ and the other is named AN-X. Simultaneously, the lattice strains play a significant role in the formation and stabilization of phase IV’, providing a reasonable explanation for experimental observation of phase IV-IV’ transition which only appears under nonhydrostatic pressure. In addition, 12 O atoms neighboring the NH (N atom in ammonium cation) atom are selected as reference system to clearly display the tanglesome rotation of ammonium cation. PMID:26754622

  15. Two Dimensional Epitaxial Water Adlayer on Mica with Graphene Coating: An ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Li, Hui; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2012-09-11

    Motivated by a recent atomic-force-microscopy (AFM) study of water adlayers on mica by Heath and co-workers (Graphene Visualizes the First Water Adlayers on Mica at Ambient Conditions. Science2010, 329, 1188), we performed an ab initio molecular dynamics study of structural and dynamic properties of monolayer, bilayer, and trilayer water adlayers on the muscovite mica (001) surface with and without a graphene coating. We find that in the first epitaxial water adlayer, water molecules that form strong hydrogen bonds with the oxygen on the mica surface show little motions, thereby solid-like, while those "bridging" water molecules on top of the first water adlayer exhibit "itinerant" behavior, thereby liquid-like. Overall, the Born-Oppenheim molecular dynamics (BOMD) simulations (based on the BLYP-D functional) show that the first water adlayer on mica exhibits a unique hybrid solid-liquid-like behavior with a very low diffusion coefficient at ambient conditions. In particular, no dangling hydrogen bonds are found in the first water adlayer on mica. Moreover, the bilayer and trilayer water adlayers show slightly higher structural stability than the first water adlayer. A graphene coating on the water adlayer further enhances stability of the water adlayers. Most importantly, the bilayer water adlayer on mica with the graphene coating becomes fully solid-like, the structure of which is the same as the bilayer slice of ice-Ih with a thickness of 7.4 Å, consistent with the AFM measurement. PMID:26605715

  16. Combined ab initio molecular dynamics and experimental studies of carbon atom addition to benzene.

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    McKee, Michael L; Reisenauer, Hans Peter; Schreiner, Peter R

    2014-04-17

    Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics was used to explore the reactions between triplet and singlet carbon atoms with benzene. The computations reveal that, in the singlet C atom reaction, products are very exothermic where nearly every collision yields a product that is determined by the initial encounter geometry. The singlet C atom reaction does not follow the minimum energy path because the bimolecular reaction is controlled by dynamics (i.e., initial orientation of encounter). On the other hand, in a 10 K solid Ar matrix, ground state C((3)P) atoms do tend to follow RRKM kinetics. Thus, ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) results indicate that a significant fraction of C-H insertion occurs to form phenylcarbene whereas, in marked contrast to previous theoretical and experimental conclusions, the Ar matrix isolation studies indicate a large fraction of direct cycloheptatetraene formation, without the intermediacy of phenylcarbene. The AIMD calculations are more consistent with vaporized carbon atom experiments where labeling studies indicate the initial formation of phenylcarbene. This underlines that the availability of thermodynamic sinks can completely alter the observed reaction dynamics. PMID:24661002

  17. Proton transport in triflic acid pentahydrate studied via ab initio path integral molecular dynamics.

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    Hayes, Robin L; Paddison, Stephen J; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2011-06-16

    Trifluoromethanesulfonic acid hydrates provide a well-defined system to study proton dissociation and transport in perfluorosulfonic acid membranes, typically used as the electrolyte in hydrogen fuel cells, in the limit of minimal water. The triflic acid pentahydrate crystal (CF(3)SO(3)H·5H(2)O) is sufficiently aqueous that it contains an extended three-dimensional water network. Despite it being extended, however, long-range proton transport along the network is structurally unfavorable and would require considerable rearrangement. Nevertheless, the triflic acid pentahydrate crystal system can provide a clear picture of the preferred locations of local protonic defects in the water network, which provides insights about related structures in the disordered, low-hydration environment of perfluorosulfonic acid membranes. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations reveal that the proton defect is most likely to transfer to the closest water that has the expected presolvation and only contains water in its first solvation shell. Unlike the tetrahydrate of triflic acid (CF(3)SO(3)H·4H(2)O), there is no evidence of the proton preferentially transferring to a water molecule bridging two of the sulfonate groups. However, this could be an artifact of the crystal structure since the only such water molecule is separated from the proton by long O-O distances. Hydrogen bonding criteria, using the two-dimensional potential of mean force, are extracted. Radial distribution functions, free energy profiles, radii of gyration, and the root-mean-square displacement computed from ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations reveal that quantum effects do significantly extend the size of the protonic defect and increase the frequency of proton transfer events by nearly 15%. The calculated IR spectra confirm that the dominant protonic defect mostly exists as an Eigen cation but contains some Zundel ion characteristics. Chain lengths and ring sizes determined from the

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of an aqueous NaCl solution under an electric field.

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    Cassone, Giuseppe; Creazzo, Fabrizio; Giaquinta, Paolo V; Saija, Franz; Marco Saitta, A

    2016-08-17

    We report on an ab initio molecular dynamics study of an aqueous NaCl solution under the effect of static electric fields. We found that at low-to-moderate field intensity regimes chlorine ions have a greater mobility than sodium ions which, being a sort of "structure makers", are able to drag their own coordination shells. However, for field strengths exceeding 0.15 V Å(-1) the mobility of sodium ions overcomes that of chlorine ions as both types of ions do actually escape from their respective hydration cages. The presence of charged particles lowers the water dissociation threshold (i.e., the minimum field strength which induces a transfer of protons) from 0.35 V Å(-1) to 0.25 V Å(-1); moreover, a protonic current was also recorded at the estimated dissociation threshold of the solution. The behaviour of the current-voltage diagram of the protonic response to the external electric field is Ohmic as in pure water, with a resulting protonic conductivity of about 2.5 S cm(-1). This value is approximately one third of that estimated in pure water (7.8 S cm(-1)), which shows that the partial breaking of hydrogen bonds induced by the solvated ions hinders the migration of protonic defects. Finally, the conductivity of Na(+) and Cl(-) ions (0.2 S cm(-1)) is in fair agreement with the available experimental data for a solution molarity of 1.7 M. PMID:27494789

  19. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of polarization effects on ionic hydration in aqueous AlCl3 solution

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    Ikeda, Takashi; Hirata, Masaru; Kimura, Takaumi

    2003-12-01

    The solvation shell structure and dynamics of Al3+ and Cl- in an aqueous solution of 0.8 M AlCl3 are studied under ambient conditions by using an ab initio molecular dynamics method. The solvation structures obtained from our ab initio simulations are in good agreement with the experimental ones for both Al3+ and Cl-. A detailed analysis of intramolecular geometry of hydration waters and dipole moments of the ingredients shows that the polarization has substantial effects on the structures and dynamics of both the cation and anion hydration shells. Implications for metal hydrolysis of Al3+ will also be given.

  20. Diffusion within α-CuI studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mohn, Chris E.; Stølen, Svein; Hull, Stephen

    2009-08-01

    The structure and dynamics of superionic α-CuI are studied in detail by means of ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations. The extreme cation disorder and a soft immobile face centred cubic sublattice are evident from the highly diffuse atomic density profiles. The Cu-Cu pair distribution function and distribution of Cu-I-Cu bond angles possess distinct peaks at 2.6 Å and 60° respectively, which are markedly lower than the values expected from the average cationic density, pointing to the presence of pronounced short-range copper-copper correlations. Comparison with lattice static calculations shows that these correlations and the marked shift in the cationic density profile in the lang111rang directions are associated with a locally distorted cation sublattice, and that the movements within the tetrahedral cavities involve rapid jumps into and out of shallow basins on the system potential energy surface. On average, the iodines are surrounded by three coppers within their first coordination shell, with the fourth copper being located in a transition zone between two neighbouring iodine cavities. However, time-resolved analysis reveals that the local structure actually involves a mixture of threefold-, fourfold- and fivefold-coordinated iodines. Examination of the ionic trajectories shows that the copper ions jump rapidly to nearest neighbouring tetrahedral cavities (aligned in the lang100rang directions) following a markedly curved trajectory and often involving short-lived (~1 ps) interstitial positions. The nature of the correlated diffusion underlying the unusually high fraction of coppers with short residence time can be attributed to the presence of a large number of 'unsuccessful' jumps and the likelihood of cooperative motion of pairs of coppers. The calculated diffusion coefficient at 750 K, DCu = 2.8 × 10-5 cm2 s-1, is in excellent agreement with that found experimentally.

  1. Silicate-Metal Partitioning of Trace Elements: An Exploratory Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Künzel, D.; Jahn, S.

    2014-12-01

    Partition coefficients of trace elements are very important for the reconstruction of Earth formation and evolution processes. As such processes typically take place at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, it is still challenging to obtain experimental data. However, recent developments in super-computing facilities and in computational methods have made it possible to obtain supplementing information on melts and element partitioning from ab initio atomistic calculations. The model system used in this pilot study consists of two different melts: a simple Fe-Ni alloy representing the metal and a silicate phase with a varying ratio of Fe and Mg ((Fe,Mg)2SiO4). Traces of Ni or Cr are added to each system. Molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory are initially run at 2500 K and ambient pressure, using the CPMD and CP2K software packages. Conditions are chosen so that the results can be compared to available experimental data in order to assess the feasibility of the approach and the quality of its results. However, preliminary results at increased pressure and temperature conditions that are more relevant for core formation will be presented as well. The results of the calculations include information on the melt structure, such as coordination environment, nearest neighbor distance and x-ray diffraction structure factors. The calculations at ambient pressure show that the behavior of Ni atoms in the silicate melt shows similarities to Mg and differs clearly from Fe. First results with a Cr trace show that it resembles Fe rather than Ni. Furthermore, thermodynamic integration is able to provide thermodynamic information about the exchange of trace elements between both phases. It is possible to obtain the energy difference connected to this exchange, which can then be used to estimate partition factors. First results on the Ni partitioning will be presented.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the interlayer and micropore structure of aqueous montmorillonite clays

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    Suter, James L.; Kabalan, Lara; Khader, Mahmoud; Coveney, Peter V.

    2015-11-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to gain an understanding of the interfacial microscopic structure and reactivity of fully hydrated clay edges. The models studied include both micropore and interlayer water. We identify acidic sites through dissociation mechanisms; the resulting ions can be stabilized by both micropore and interlayer water. We find clay edges possess a complex amphoteric behavior, which depends on the face under consideration and the location of isomorphic substitution. For the neutral (1 1 0) surface, we do not observe any dissociation on the timescale accessible. The edge terminating hydroxyl groups participate in a hydrogen bonded network of water molecules that spans the interlayer between periodic images of the clay framework. With isomorphic substitutions in the tetrahedral layer of the (1 1 0) clay edge, we find the adjacent exposed apical oxygen behaves as a Brönsted base and abstracts a proton from a nearby water molecule, which in turn removes a proton from an AlOH2 group. With isomorphic substitutions in the octahedral layer of the (1 1 0) clay edge the adjacent exposed apical oxygen atom does not abstract a proton from the water molecules, but increases the number of hydrogen bonded water molecules (from one to two). Acid treated clays are likely to have both sites protonated. The (0 1 0) surface does not have the same interfacial hydrogen bonding structure; it is much less stable and we observe dissociation of half the terminal SiOH groups (tbnd Sisbnd Osbnd H → tbnd Sisbnd O- + H+) in our models. The resulting anions are stabilized by solvation from both micropore and interlayer water molecules. This suggests that, when fully hydrated, the (0 1 0) surface can act as a Brönsted acid, even at neutral pH.

  3. Threshold displacement energy in GaN; Ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Weber, William J.

    2009-06-25

    Large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics method has been used to determine the threshold displacement energies, Ed, along five specific directions and to determine the defect configurations created during low energy events. The Ed shows a significant dependence on direction. The minimum Ed is determined to be 39 eV along the <-1010> direction for a gallium atom and 17.0 eV along the <-1010> direction for a nitrogen atom, which are in reasonable agreement with the experimental measurements. The average Ed values determined are 73.2 and 32.4 eV for gallium and nitrogen atoms, respectively. The N defects created at low energy events along different crystallographic directions have a similar configuration (a N-N dumbbell configuration), but various configurations for Ga defects are formed in GaN.

  4. Adsorption-Induced Surface Stresses of the Water/Quartz Interface: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Gor, Gennady Y; Bernstein, Noam

    2016-05-31

    Adsorption-induced deformation is expansion or contraction of a solid due to adsorption on its surface. This phenomenon is important for a wide range of applications, from chemomechanical sensors to methane recovery from geological formations. The strain of the solid is driven by the change of the surface stress due to adsorption. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we calculate the surface stresses for the dry α-quartz surfaces, and investigate how these stresses change when the surfaces are exposed to water. We find that the nonhydroxylated surface shows small and approximately isotropic changes in stress, while the hydroxylated surface, which interacts more strongly with the polar water molecules, shows larger and qualitatively anisotropic (opposite sign in xx and yy) surface stress changes. All of these changes are several times larger than the surface tension of water itself. The anisotropy and possibility of positive surface stress change can explain experimentally observed surface area contraction due to adsorption. PMID:27159032

  5. Ionic conductivity in Gd-doped CeO2: Ab initio color-diffusion nonequilibrium molecular dynamics study

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    Nilsson, Johan O.; Vekilova, Olga Yu.; Hellman, Olle; Klarbring, Johan; Simak, Sergei I.; Skorodumova, Natalia V.

    2016-01-01

    A first-principles nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) study employing the color-diffusion algorithm has been conducted to obtain the bulk ionic conductivity and the diffusion constant of gadolinium-doped cerium oxide (GDC) in the 850-1150 K temperature range. Being a slow process, ionic diffusion in solids usually requires simulation times that are prohibitively long for ab initio equilibrium molecular dynamics. The use of the color-diffusion algorithm allowed us to substantially speed up the oxygen-ion diffusion. The key parameters of the method, such as field direction and strength as well as color-charge distribution, have been investigated and their optimized values for the considered system have been determined. The calculated ionic conductivity and diffusion constants are in good agreement with available experimental data.

  6. Structure-function studies of DNA damage using AB INITIO quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics simulation

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    Miller, J.; Miaskiewicz, K.; Osman, R.

    1993-12-01

    Studies of ring-saturated pyrimidine base lesions are used to illustrate an integrated modeling approach that combines quantum-chemical calculations with molecular dynamics simulation. Electronic-structure calculations on the lesions in Isolation reveal strong conformational preferences due to interactions between equatorial substituents to the pyrimidine ring. Large distortions of DNA should result when these interactions force the methyl group of thymine to assume an axial orientation, as is the case for thymine glycol but not for dihydrothymine. Molecular dynamics simulations of the dodecamer d(CGCGAATTCGCG){sub 2} with and without a ring-saturated thymine lesion at position T7 support this conclusion. Implications of these studies for recognition of thymine lesions by endonuclease III are also discussed.

  7. An ab initio molecular dynamics study on hydrogen bonds between water molecules

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    Pan, Zhang; Chen, Jing; Lü, Gang; Geng, Yi-Zhao; Zhang, Hui; Ji, Qing

    2012-04-01

    The quantitative estimation of the total interaction energy of a molecular system containing hydrogen bonds (H bonds) depends largely on how to identify H bonding. The conventional geometric criteria of H bonding are simple and convenient in application, but a certain amount of non-H bonding cases are also identified as H bonding. In order to investigate the wrong identification, we carry out a systematic calculation on the interaction energy of two water molecules at various orientation angles and distances using ab initio molecular dynamics method with the dispersion correction for the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP) functionals. It is shown that, at many orientation angles and distances, the interaction energies of the two water molecules exceed the energy criterion of the H bond, but they are still identified as H-bonded by the conventional "distance-angle" criteria. It is found that in these non-H bonding cases the wrong identification is mainly caused by short-range interaction between the two neighbouring water molecules. We thus propose that, in addition to the conventional distance and angle criteria of H bonding, the distance dHṡṡṡH between the two neighbouring hydrogen atoms of the two water molecules should also be taken as a criterion, and the distance rOṡṡṡH between the hydrogen atom of the H-bond donor molecule and the oxygen atom of the acceptor molecule should be restricted by a lower limit. When dHṡṡṡH and rOṡṡṡH are small (e.g., dHṡṡṡH < 2.0 Å and rOṡṡṡH < 1.62 Å), the repulsion between the two neighbouring atoms increases the total energy of the two water molecules dramatically and apparently weakens the binding of the water dimer. A statistical analysis and comparison of the numbers of the H bonds identified by using different criteria have been conducted on a Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics simulation with dispersion correction for a system of 64 water molecules at near-ambient temperature. They

  8. Icosahedral short-range order in amorphous Cu80Si20 by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Wu, S.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Fang, Xiaowei; Wang, Shy-Guey; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Ding, Z.J.; Chen, L.Y.

    2012-04-26

    Short-range order in liquid and amorphous structures of Cu80Si20 is studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We performed the simulations at 1140 and 300 K respectively to investigate the local structure change from liquid to amorphous. The result of structure factor in comparison with experimental data indicates that our simulation of amorphous Cu80Si20 is reliable. By using the bond-angle distribution function, Honeycutt–Andersen index, Voronoi tessellation method, and the atomistic cluster alignment method, the icosahedral short-range order in the system is revealed. Strong Cu–Si interaction was also observed.

  9. How Is Acetylcholinesterase Phosphonylated by Soman? An Ab Initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Study

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    2015-01-01

    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a crucial enzyme in the cholinergic nerve system that hydrolyzes acetylcholine (ACh) and terminates synaptic signals by reducing the effective concentration of ACh in the synaptic clefts. Organophosphate compounds irreversibly inhibit AChEs, leading to irreparable damage to nerve cells. By employing Born–Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations with umbrella sampling, a state-of-the-art approach to simulate enzyme reactions, we have characterized the covalent inhibition mechanism between AChE and the nerve toxin soman and determined its free energy profile for the first time. Our results indicate that phosphonylation of the catalytic serine by soman employs an addition–elimination mechanism, which is highly associative and stepwise: in the initial addition step, which is also rate-limiting, His440 acts as a general base to facilitate the nucleophilic attack of Ser200 on the soman’s phosphorus atom to form a trigonal bipyrimidal pentacovalent intermediate; in the subsequent elimination step, Try121 of the catalytic gorge stabilizes the leaving fluorine atom prior to its dissociation from the active site. Together with our previous characterization of the aging mechanism of soman inhibited AChE, our simulations have revealed detailed molecular mechanistic insights into the damaging function of the nerve agent soman. PMID:24786171

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study of dissociative electron attachment to dialanine conformers.

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    Feng, Wen-Ling; Tian, Shan Xi

    2015-03-12

    Dissociative electron attachment (DEA) processes of six low-lying conformers (1-6) of dialanine in the gas phase are investigated by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The incoming electron is captured and primarily occupies the virtual molecular orbital π*, which is followed by the different dissociation processes. The electron attachments to conformers 1 and 2 having the stronger N-H···N and O-H···O intramolecular hydrogen bonds do not lead to fragmentations, but two different backbone bonds are broken in the DEAs to conformers 3 (or 4) and 6, respectively. It is interesting that the hydrogen abstraction of -NH from the terminal methyl group -CH3 is found in the roaming dissociation of the temporary anion of conformer 3. The present simulations enable us to have more insights into the peptide backbone bond breaks in the DEA process and demonstrate a promising way toward understanding of the radiation damages of complicated biological system. PMID:25679256

  11. Ab Initio ONIOM-Molecular Dynamics (MD) Study on the Deamination Reaction by Cytidine Deaminase

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    Matsubara, Toshiaki; Dupuis, Michel; Aida, Misako

    2007-08-23

    We applied the ONIOM-molecular dynamics (MD) method to the hydrolytic deamination of cytidine by cytidine deaminase, which is an essential step of the activation process of the anticancer drug inside the human body. The direct MD simulations were performed for the realistic model of cytidine deaminase calculating the energy and its gradient by the ab initio ONIOM method on the fly. The ONIOM-MD calculations including the thermal motion show that the neighboring amino acid residue is an important factor of the environmental effects and significantly affects not only the geometry and energy of the substrate trapped in the pocket of the active site but also the elementary step of the catalytic reaction. We successfully simulate the second half of the catalytic cycle, which has been considered to involve the rate-determining step, and reveal that the rate-determing step is the release of the NH3 molecule. TM and MA were supported in part by grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. MD was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy DOE. Battelle operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for DOE.

  12. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; Zu, X. T.; Li, Sean

    2015-02-09

    In this study, the response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser, electron and ion irradiations.

  13. High adsorption capacity of heavy metals on two-dimensional MXenes: an ab initio study with molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Guo, Xun; Zhang, Xitong; Zhao, Shijun; Huang, Qing; Xue, Jianming

    2016-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculation is employed to study the adsorption properties of Pb and Cu on recently synthesized two-dimensional materials MXenes, including Ti3C2, V2C1 and Ti2C1. The influence of surface decoration with functional groups such as H, OH and F have also been investigated. Most of these studied MXenes exhibit excellent capability to adsorb Pb and Cu, especially the adsorption capacity of Pb on Ti2C1 is as high as 2560 mg g(-1). Both the binding energies and the adsorption capacities are sensitive to the functional groups attached to the MXenes' surface. Ab initio molecular dynamics (ab-init MD) simulation confirms that Ti2C1 remains stable at room temperature after adsorbing Pb atoms. Our calculations imply that these newly emerging two-dimensional MXenes are promising candidates for wastewater treatment and ion separation. PMID:26602974

  14. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies of liquid Al[subscript 60]Cu[subscript 40] alloy

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    Wang, S.Y.; Kramer, M.J.; Xu, M.; Wu, S.; Hao, S.G.; Sordelet, D.J.; Ho, K.M.; Wang, C.Z.

    2009-06-12

    X-ray diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies of molten Al{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} have been carried out between 973 and 1323 K. The structures obtained from our simulated atomic models are fully consistent with the experimental results. The local structures of the models analyzed using Honeycutt-Andersen and Voronoi tessellation methods clearly demonstrate that as the temperatures of the liquid is lowered it becomes more ordered. While no one cluster-type dominates the local structure of this liquid, the most prevalent polyhedra in the liquid structure can be described as distorted icosahedra. No obvious correlations between the clusters observed in the liquid and known stable crystalline phases in this system were observed.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the properties of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K temperature

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    Samin, Adib; Li, Xiang; Zhang, Jinsuo; Mariani, R. D.; Unal, Cetin

    2015-12-01

    For liquid-sodium-cooled fast nuclear reactor systems, it is crucial to understand the behavior of lanthanides and other potential fission products in liquid sodium or other liquid metal solutions such as liquid cesium-sodium. In this study, we focus on lanthanide behavior in liquid sodium. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we found that the solubility of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K was less than 0.78 at. %, and the diffusion coefficient of cerium in liquid sodium was calculated to be 5.57 × 10-9 m2/s. Furthermore, it was found that cerium in small amounts may significantly alter the heat capacity of the liquid sodium system. Our results are consistent with the experimental results for similar materials under similar conditions.

  16. Selective Tuning of a Particular Chemical Reaction on Surfaces through Electrical Resonance: An ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Yousaf, Masood; Shin, Dongbin; Ruoff, Rodney; Park, Noejung

    2015-12-17

    We used ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to investigate the effect of a monochromatic oscillating electric field in resonance with a particular molecular vibration on surfaces. As a case study, AIMD simulations were carried out for hydroxyl functional groups on graphene. When the frequency of the applied field matches with the C-OH vibration frequency, the amplitude is monotonically amplified, leading to a complete desorption from the surface, overcoming the substantial barrier. This suggests the possibility of activating a particular bond without damaging the remaining surface. We extended this work to the case of the amination of sp(2)-bonded carbon surfaces and discussed the general perspective that, in general, an unfavorable chemical process can be activated by applying an external electric field with an appropriate resonance frequency. PMID:26634785

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the properties of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K temperature

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    Samin, Adib; Li, Xiang; Zhang, Jinsuo; Mariani, R. D.; Unal, Cetin

    2015-12-21

    For liquid-sodium-cooled fast nuclear reactor systems, it is crucial to understand the behavior of lanthanides and other potential fission products in liquid sodium or other liquid metal solutions such as liquid cesium-sodium. In this study, we focus on lanthanide behavior in liquid sodium. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we found that the solubility of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K was less than 0.78 at. %, and the diffusion coefficient of cerium in liquid sodium was calculated to be 5.57 × 10{sup −9} m{sup 2}/s. Furthermore, it was found that cerium in small amounts may significantly alter the heat capacity of the liquid sodium system. Our results are consistent with the experimental results for similar materials under similar conditions.

  18. The structural phase transition of ZnSe under hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic compressions: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Durandurdu, Murat

    2009-03-01

    Ab initio constant pressure molecular dynamics simulations within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) are carried out to study the structural phase transformation of ZnSe under hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic conditions. ZnSe undergoes a first-order phase transition from the zinc-blende structure to a rocksalt structure having practically identical transformation mechanisms under hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic compressions. This phase transformation is also analyzed using the enthalpy calculations. Our transition parameters and bulk properties are comparable with experimental and theoretical data. Furthermore, the influence of pressure on the electronic structure of ZnSe is investigated. It is found that the band gap energy increases nonlinearly under both hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic conditions and the effect of stress deviations on the band gap energy is small. The computed pressure coefficients and deformation potential of the band gap are in good agreement with experiments.

  19. Effects of boron-nitride substrates on Stone-Wales defect formation in graphene: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Jin, K.; Xiao, H. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Weber, W. J.

    2014-05-19

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the effects of a boron nitride (BN) substrate on Stone-Wales (SW) defect formation and recovery in graphene. It is found that SW defects can be created by an off-plane recoil atom that interacts with the BN substrate. A mechanism with complete bond breakage for formation of SW defects in suspended graphene is also revealed for recoils at large displacement angles. In addition, further irradiation can result in recovery of the SW defects through a bond rotation mechanism in both graphene and graphene/BN, and the substrate has little effect on the recovery process. This study indicates that the BN substrate enhances the irradiation resistance of graphene.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the static, dynamic, and electronic properties of liquid mercury at room temperature.

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    Calderín, L; González, L E; González, D J

    2009-05-21

    We report a study on several static, dynamic, and electronic properties of liquid Hg at room temperature. We have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations using Kohn-Sham density functional theory combined with a nonlocal ultrasoft pseudopotential. The calculated static structure shows good agreement with the available experimental data. We present results for the single-particle dynamics, and recent experimental data are analyzed. The calculated dynamic structure factors S(q,omega) fairly agree with their experimental counterparts as measured by inelastic x-ray (and neutron) scattering experiments. The dispersion relation exhibits a positive dispersion, which however is not so marked as suggested by the experiment; moreover, its slope at the long-wavelength limit provides a good estimate of the experimental sound velocity. We have also analyzed the dynamical processes behind the S(q,omega) in terms of a model including a relaxation mechanism with both fast and slow characteristic time scales. PMID:19466841

  1. Movement of Ng2 molecules confined in a C60 cage: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Khatua, Munmun; Pan, Sudip; Chattaraj, Pratim K.

    2014-08-01

    An ab initio molecular dynamics study on Ng2@C60 (Ng = Hesbnd Kr) systems is performed to analyze the movement of Ng2 molecules inside a C60 cage. Within 500 fs time window, the He2 undergoes precession encompassing translation, vibration and rotation readily whereas other Ng2 molecules show usual vibration but the degrees of translation and rotation decrease with an increase in size of the Ng atoms. Increase in interaction between the Ng centers and cage carbons and an increased distortion of cage in moving from He to Kr seem to be responsible for this. During the movement, the Ng2 units behave as single entity. To check the kinetic stability of these systems through ab initio molecular dynamics study since they are thermodynamically unstable. Frenking et al. [40] argued about the free precession of the Ng2 units inside the cage on the basis of the very small energy differences between differently oriented Ng2 units. We need to check whether these Ng2 units really precess inside the C60 cage at room temperature and if yes then by what extent, up to 500 fs time scale. To check whether these weakly interacting He2 and Ne2 systems can be termed as molecules we would like to analyze the Ngsbnd Ng bond distance values at different time steps. In order to check the applicability of maximum hardness principle and minimum electrophilicity principle during time evolution of these endohedrally trapped systems the variation of hardness and electrophilicity with time during simulation and their correlation with the change in energy of the systems are studied.

  2. Methodological approach to study energetic and structural properties of nanostructured cadmium sulfide by using ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Burresi, E.; Celino, M.

    2012-05-01

    A single wurtzite phase of cadmium sulfide cluster is investigated by ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations at different temperatures, ranging from 100 K to 600 K. In this study we propose a possible procedure to characterize the CdS quantum dots system by means of molecular dynamics calculations using a standard Car-Parrinello scheme. In order to ensure the accuracy of the numerical approach, preliminary calculations to test pseudopotentials, cutoff and box size on both single atoms systems and Cd-Cd, S-S, Cd-S dimers have been performed. Calculated binding energies and bond lengths are obtained in good agreement with experimental data. Subsequently, an uncapped CdS cluster with size below 2 nm, 48 atoms of cadmium and 48 atoms of sulfur, in a wurtzite geometry was structurally optimized to minimize internal stresses. The CdS cluster has been carefully characterized structurally at several temperatures up to T = 600 K. At the temperature of 340 K atomic diffusion on the surface allows the onset of a new stable atomic configuration.

  3. Ab initio and classical molecular dynamics studies of the structural and dynamical behavior of water near a hydrophobic graphene sheet.

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    Rana, Malay Kumar; Chandra, Amalendu

    2013-05-28

    The behavior of water near a graphene sheet is investigated by means of ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations. The wetting of the graphene sheet by ab initio water and the relation of such behavior to the strength of classical dispersion interaction between surface atoms and water are explored. The first principles simulations reveal a layered solvation structure around the graphene sheet with a significant water density in the interfacial region implying no drying or cavitation effect. It is found that the ab initio results of water density at interfaces can be reproduced reasonably well by classical simulations with a tuned dispersion potential between the surface and water molecules. Calculations of vibrational power spectrum from ab initio simulations reveal a shift of the intramolecular stretch modes to higher frequencies for interfacial water molecules when compared with those of the second solvation later or bulk-like water due to the presence of free OH modes near the graphene sheet. Also, a weakening of the water-water hydrogen bonds in the vicinity of the graphene surface is found in our ab initio simulations as reflected in the shift of intermolecular vibrational modes to lower frequencies for interfacial water molecules. The first principles calculations also reveal that the residence and orientational dynamics of interfacial water are somewhat slower than those of the second layer or bulk-like molecules. However, the lateral diffusion and hydrogen bond relaxation of interfacial water molecules are found to occur at a somewhat faster rate than that of the bulk-like water molecules. The classical molecular dynamics simulations with tuned Lennard-Jones surface-water interaction are found to produce dynamical results that are qualitatively similar to those of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:23742495

  4. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of high-pressure melting of beryllium oxide

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    Li, Dafang; Zhang, Ping; Yan, Jun

    2014-01-01

    We investigate, through first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, the high-pressure melting of BeO in the range 0 ≤ p ≤ 100 GPa. The wurtzite (WZ), zinc blend (ZB), and rocksalt (RS) phases of BeO are considered. It is shown that below 40 GPa, the melting temperature for the WZ phase is higher than that for the ZB and RS phases. When the pressure is beyond 66 GPa, the melting temperature for the RS phase is the highest one, in consistent with the previously reported phase diagram calculated within the quasiharmonic approximation. We find that in the medium pressure range between 40 to 66 GPa, the ZB melting data are very close to those of RS, which results from the fact that the ZB structure first transforms to RS phase before melting. The ZB-RS-liquid phase transitions have been observed directly during the molecular dynamics runs and confirmed using the pair correlation functions analysis. In addition, we propose the melting curve of BeO in the form Tm = 2696.05 (1 + P/24.67)0.42, the zero-pressure value of 2696.05 K falling into the experimental data range of 2693 ~ 2853 K. PMID:24759594

  5. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point

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    Yuryev, Anatoly A.; Gelchinski, Boris R.

    2015-08-17

    Ab initio modeling of liquid metals Na and K is carried out using the program SIESTA. We have determined the parameters of the model (the optimal step, the number of particles, the initial state etc) and calculated a wide range of properties: the total energy, pair correlation function, coefficient of self-diffusion, heat capacity, statistics of Voronoi polyhedra, the density of electronic states up to the critical temperature.

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics: concepts, recent developments, and future trends.

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    Iftimie, Radu; Minary, Peter; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2005-05-10

    The methodology of ab initio molecular dynamics, wherein finite-temperature dynamical trajectories are generated by using forces computed "on the fly" from electronic structure calculations, has had a profound influence in modern theoretical research. Ab initio molecular dynamics allows chemical processes in condensed phases to be studied in an accurate and unbiased manner, leading to new paradigms in the elucidation of microscopic mechanisms, rationalization of experimental data, and testable predictions of new phenomena. The purpose of this work is to give a brief introduction to the technique and to review several important recent developments in the field. Several illustrative examples showing the power of the technique have been chosen. Perspectives on future directions in the field also will be given. PMID:15870204

  7. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of water at constant pressure using converged basis sets and empirical dispersion corrections

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    Ma, Zhonghua; Zhang, Yanli; Tuckerman, Mark E.

    2012-07-01

    It is generally believed that studies of liquid water using the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory require dispersion corrections in order to obtain reasonably accurate structural and dynamical properties. Here, we report on an ab initio molecular dynamics study of water in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble using a converged discrete variable representation basis set and an empirical dispersion correction due to Grimme [J. Comp. Chem. 27, 1787 (2006)], 10.1002/jcc.20495. At 300 K and an applied pressure of 1 bar, the density obtained without dispersion corrections is approximately 0.92 g/cm3 while that obtained with dispersion corrections is 1.07 g/cm3, indicating that the empirical dispersion correction overestimates the density by almost as much as it is underestimated without the correction for this converged basis. Radial distribution functions exhibit a loss of structure in the second solvation shell. Comparison of our results with other studies using the same empirical correction suggests the cause of the discrepancy: the Grimme dispersion correction is parameterized for use with a particular basis set; this parameterization is sensitive to this choice and, therefore, is not transferable to other basis sets.

  8. Oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters: an ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Alnemrat, Sufian; Hooper, Joseph P

    2014-03-14

    We report Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations of the oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters that form a prototypical cluster-assembled material. These clusters contain a small aluminum core surrounded by a monolayer of organic ligand. The aromatic cyclopentadienyl ligands form a strong bond with surface Al atoms, giving rise to an organometallic cluster that crystallizes into a low-symmetry solid and is briefly stable in air before oxidizing. Our calculations of isolated aluminum/cyclopentadienyl clusters reacting with oxygen show minimal reaction between the ligand and O2 molecules at simulation temperatures of 500 and 1000 K. In all cases, the reaction pathway involves O2 diffusing through the ligand barrier, splitting into atomic oxygen upon contact with the aluminum, and forming an oxide cluster with aluminum/ligand bonds still largely intact. Loss of individual aluminum-ligand units, as expected from unimolecular decomposition calculations, is not observed except following significant oxidation. These calculations highlight the role of the ligand in providing a steric barrier against oxidizers and in maintaining the large aluminum surface area of the solid-state cluster material. PMID:24628175

  9. Oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Alnemrat, Sufian; Hooper, Joseph P.

    2014-03-14

    We report Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations of the oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters that form a prototypical cluster-assembled material. These clusters contain a small aluminum core surrounded by a monolayer of organic ligand. The aromatic cyclopentadienyl ligands form a strong bond with surface Al atoms, giving rise to an organometallic cluster that crystallizes into a low-symmetry solid and is briefly stable in air before oxidizing. Our calculations of isolated aluminum/cyclopentadienyl clusters reacting with oxygen show minimal reaction between the ligand and O{sub 2} molecules at simulation temperatures of 500 and 1000 K. In all cases, the reaction pathway involves O{sub 2} diffusing through the ligand barrier, splitting into atomic oxygen upon contact with the aluminum, and forming an oxide cluster with aluminum/ligand bonds still largely intact. Loss of individual aluminum-ligand units, as expected from unimolecular decomposition calculations, is not observed except following significant oxidation. These calculations highlight the role of the ligand in providing a steric barrier against oxidizers and in maintaining the large aluminum surface area of the solid-state cluster material.

  10. Oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Alnemrat, Sufian; Hooper, Joseph P.

    2014-03-01

    We report Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations of the oxidation of ligand-protected aluminum clusters that form a prototypical cluster-assembled material. These clusters contain a small aluminum core surrounded by a monolayer of organic ligand. The aromatic cyclopentadienyl ligands form a strong bond with surface Al atoms, giving rise to an organometallic cluster that crystallizes into a low-symmetry solid and is briefly stable in air before oxidizing. Our calculations of isolated aluminum/cyclopentadienyl clusters reacting with oxygen show minimal reaction between the ligand and O2 molecules at simulation temperatures of 500 and 1000 K. In all cases, the reaction pathway involves O2 diffusing through the ligand barrier, splitting into atomic oxygen upon contact with the aluminum, and forming an oxide cluster with aluminum/ligand bonds still largely intact. Loss of individual aluminum-ligand units, as expected from unimolecular decomposition calculations, is not observed except following significant oxidation. These calculations highlight the role of the ligand in providing a steric barrier against oxidizers and in maintaining the large aluminum surface area of the solid-state cluster material.

  11. Vibrational lifetimes of hydrogen on lead films: An ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction (AIMDEF) study

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    Saalfrank, Peter; Juaristi, J. I.

    2014-12-21

    Using density functional theory and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics with Electronic Friction (AIMDEF), we study the adsorption and dissipative vibrational dynamics of hydrogen atoms chemisorbed on free-standing lead films of increasing thickness. Lead films are known for their oscillatory behaviour of certain properties with increasing thickness, e.g., energy and electron spillout change in discontinuous manner, due to quantum size effects [G. Materzanini, P. Saalfrank, and P. J. D. Lindan, Phys. Rev. B 63, 235405 (2001)]. Here, we demonstrate that oscillatory features arise also for hydrogen when chemisorbed on lead films. Besides stationary properties of the adsorbate, we concentrate on finite vibrational lifetimes of H-surface vibrations. As shown by AIMDEF, the damping via vibration-electron hole pair coupling dominates clearly over the vibration-phonon channel, in particular for high-frequency modes. Vibrational relaxation times are a characteristic function of layer thickness due to the oscillating behaviour of the embedding surface electronic density. Implications derived from AIMDEF for frictional many-atom dynamics, and physisorbed species will also be given.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics studies of the structure and dynamics of molten SexTe1-x alloys

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    Lomba, E.; Katcho, N. A.; Otero-Díaz, L. C.

    2005-10-01

    We calculate the microscopic structure and dynamics of molten SexTe1-x alloys ( x=0.3 , 0.5, 0.7) at 748 K by means of ab initio molecular dynamics. We present results for the static and dynamic structure factors, diffusion coefficients, and frequency spectra, in addition to the electronic density of states. Both the results for the structural and dynamic properties are in relatively good agreement with the available experimental data, despite the known shortcomings of ab initio techniques for the limiting case x=0 . The results also indicate that, as expected, the increase in the number of Te atoms augments the metallic character of the sample in close connection with a corresponding disruption of the Se chain network that dominates the structure of the condensed phases of pure selenium.

  13. Coordination properties of a metal chelator clioquinol to Zn(2+) studied by static DFT and ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Rodríguez-Santiago, Luis; Alí-Torres, Jorge; Vidossich, Pietro; Sodupe, Mariona

    2015-05-28

    Several lines of evidence supporting the role of metal ions in amyloid aggregation, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), have turned metal ion chelation into a promising therapeutic treatment. The design of efficient chelating ligands requires proper knowledge of the electronic and molecular structure of the complexes formed, including their hydration properties. Among various potential chelators, clioquinol (5-chloro-7-iodo-8-hydroxyquinoline, CQH) has been evaluated with relative success in in vitro experiments and even in phase 2 clinical trials. Clioquinol interacts with Zn(ii) to lead to a binary metal/ligand 1 : 2 stoichiometric complex in which the phenolic group of CQH is deprotonated, resulting in Zn(CQ)2 neutral complexes, to which additional water molecules may coordinate. In the present work, the coordinative properties of clioquinol in aqueous solution have been analyzed by means of static, minimal cluster based DFT calculations and explicit solvent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Results from static calculations accounting for solvent effects by means of polarized continuum models suggest that the preferred metal coordination environment is tetrahedral Zn(CQ)2, whereas ab initio molecular dynamics simulations point to quasi degenerate penta Zn(CQ)2(H2O) and hexa Zn(CQ)2(H2O)2 coordinated complexes. The possible reasons for these discrepant results are discussed. PMID:25939963

  14. Structure and dynamics of high-pressure Na close to the melting line: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Marqués, M.; González, D. J.; González, L. E.

    2016-07-01

    The melting curve of sodium for a pressure range up to 100 GPa has been evaluated by the orbital free ab initio molecular dynamics method. This method uses the electronic density as the basic variable combined with an approximate electronic kinetic energy functional and a local ionic pseudopotential and makes it possible to perform simulations with a large number of particles and for long simulation times. The calculated melting curve shows a maximum melting temperature at a pressure around 30 GPa followed by a steep decrease up to 100 GPa. For various pressures and temperatures we have evaluated several static properties, including average and local structure, electronic properties, like the electron localization function (ELF), and dynamic properties, both single-particle and collective ones, from which some transport coefficients are deduced. Despite the accurate reproduction of the available experimental data, we do not observe any indication of an early transition from a bcc-like to an fcc-like liquid, as suggested previously by other authors, but rather pressure-induced change in the variation of icosahedral-like order and bcc-like order, with no sign of fcc-like structures in the whole liquid range studied. We also consider the evolution of the ELF within this type of local arrangement upon pressurization. In the dynamic realm, we find an enlarged wave-vector region where atomic collisions play an important role in the dynamic properties of the system as pressure is increased and temperature decreased along the melting line, leading to a peculiar behavior of the dynamic properties.

  15. On the room-temperature phase diagram of high pressure hydrogen: an ab initio molecular dynamics perspective and a diffusion Monte Carlo study.

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    Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge

    2014-07-14

    The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results. PMID:25028021

  16. On the room-temperature phase diagram of high pressure hydrogen: An ab initio molecular dynamics perspective and a diffusion Monte Carlo study

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    Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge

    2014-07-14

    The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results.

  17. Characterization of amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Aliano, Antonio; Catellani, Alessandra; Cicero, Giancarlo

    2011-11-21

    In this work, we report on the structural and electronic properties of amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} obtained with ab initio molecular dynamics. Our results show crystal-like short range InO{sub 6} polyhedra having average In-O distance consistent with x-ray spectroscopy data. Structural disorder yields band tailing and localized states, which are responsible of a strong reduction of the electronic gap. Most importantly, the appearance of a peculiar O-O bond imparts n-type character to the amorphous compound and provides contribution for interpreting spectroscopic measurements on indium based oxidized systems. Our findings portray characteristic features to attribute transparent semiconductive properties to amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  18. Communication: Energy transfer and reaction dynamics for DCl scattering on Au(111): An ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Kolb, Brian; Guo, Hua

    2016-07-01

    Scattering and dissociative chemisorption of DCl on Au(111) are investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics with a slab model, in which the top two layers of Au are mobile. Substantial kinetic energy loss in the scattered DCl is found, but the amount of energy transfer is notably smaller than that observed in the experiment. On the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption probability reproduces the experimental trend with respect to the initial kinetic energy, but is about one order of magnitude larger than the reported initial sticking probability. While the theory-experiment agreement is significantly improved from the previous rigid surface model, the remaining discrepancies are still substantial, calling for further scrutiny in both theory and experiment. PMID:27394092

  19. Communication: Energy transfer and reaction dynamics for DCl scattering on Au(111): An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Kolb, Brian; Guo, Hua

    2016-07-01

    Scattering and dissociative chemisorption of DCl on Au(111) are investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics with a slab model, in which the top two layers of Au are mobile. Substantial kinetic energy loss in the scattered DCl is found, but the amount of energy transfer is notably smaller than that observed in the experiment. On the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption probability reproduces the experimental trend with respect to the initial kinetic energy, but is about one order of magnitude larger than the reported initial sticking probability. While the theory-experiment agreement is significantly improved from the previous rigid surface model, the remaining discrepancies are still substantial, calling for further scrutiny in both theory and experiment.

  20. Interplay between the structure and dynamics in liquid and undercooled boron: An ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Jakse, N.; Pasturel, A.

    2014-12-21

    In the present work, the structural and dynamic properties of liquid and undercooled boron are investigated by means of ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. Our results show that both liquid and undercooled states present a well pronounced short-range order (SRO) mainly due to the formation of inverted umbrella structural units. Moreover, we observe the development of a medium-range order (MRO) in the undercooling regime related to the increase of inverted umbrella structural units and of their interconnection as the temperature decreases. We also evidence that this MRO leads to a partial crystallization in the β-rhombohedral crystal below T = 1900 K. Finally, we discuss the role played by the SRO and MRO in the nearly Arrhenius evolution of the diffusion and the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the shear viscosity, in agreement with the experiment.

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics studies on effect of Zr on oxidation resistance of TiAlN coatings

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    Pi, Jingwu; Kong, Yi; Chen, Li; Du, Yong

    2016-08-01

    It was demonstrated experimentally that doping Zr into TiAlN coatings at room temperature will detriment its oxidation resistance. On the other hand, there are evidences that doping Zr into TiAlN at high temperature will improve coating's oxidation resistance. In the present work, we address the effect of Zr on the oxidation resistance of TiAlN by means of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The TiAlN and TiAlZrN (1 Zr atom replacing 1 Ti atom) surfaces covered with 4 oxygen atoms at 300 K and 1123 K were simulated. Based on the analysis of the atomic motion, bond formation after relaxation, and the charge density difference maps we find that at 300 K, the addition of Zr induces escape of Ti atoms from the surface, resulting in formation of surface vacancies and subsequently TiO2. Comparison of metal-oxygen dimers in the vacuum and above the TiAlZrN surface further shows that the addition of Zr in the TiAlN surface will change the lowest bonding energy sequence from Zrsbnd O < Tisbnd O < Alsbnd O in the vacuum to Tisbnd O < Zrsbnd O < Alsbnd O above the TiAlZrN surface. From Molecular Dynamics simulations at 1123 K, it is find that no Ti vacancies were generated in the surface. Moreover, less charge is transferred from metal to N atoms and the bond lengths between Ti and O atoms become shorter at 1123 K as compared with 300 K, suggesting that the addition of Zr atom promotes the interaction of Ti and O at TiAlZrN surface at 1123 K, leading to a more stable surface. Our simulation explains why Zr-doping at 1123 K increases TiAlN coating's oxidation resistance while at 300 K reduces its oxidation resistance.

  2. Physical nature of intermolecular interactions inside Sir2 homolog active site: molecular dynamics and ab initio study.

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    Czeleń, Przemysław; Czyżnikowska, Żaneta

    2016-06-01

    In the present study, we analyze the interactions of NAD+-dependent deacetylase (Sir2 homolog yeast Hst2) with carba-nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide (ADP-HPD). For the Sir2 homolog, a yeast Hst2 docking procedure was applied. The structure of the protein-ADP-HPD complex obtained during the docking procedure was used as a starting point for molecular dynamics simulation. The intermolecular interaction energy partitioning was performed for protein-ADP-HPD complex resulting from molecular dynamics simulation. The analysis was performed for ADP-HPD and 15 amino acids forming a deacetylase binding pocket. Although the results indicate that the first-order electrostatic interaction energy is substantial, the presence of multiple hydrogen bonds in investigated complexes can lead to significant value of induction component. PMID:27154340

  3. The amorphous silica-liquid water interface studied by ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD): local organization in global disorder.

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    Cimas, Álvaro; Tielens, Frederik; Sulpizi, Marialore; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Costa, Dominique

    2014-06-18

    The structural organization of water at a model of amorphous silica-liquid water interface is investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations at room temperature. The amorphous surface is constructed with isolated, H-bonded vicinal and geminal silanols. In the absence of water, the silanols have orientations that depend on the local surface topology (i.e. presence of concave and convex zones). However, in the presence of liquid water, only the strong inter-silanol H-bonds are maintained, whereas the weaker ones are replaced by H-bonds formed with interfacial water molecules. All silanols are found to act as H-bond donors to water. The vicinal silanols are simultaneously found to be H-bond acceptors from water. The geminal pairs are also characterized by the formation of water H-bonded rings, which could provide special pathways for proton transfer(s) at the interface. The first water layer above the surface is overall rather disordered, with three main domains of orientations of the water molecules. We discuss the similarities and differences in the structural organization of the interfacial water layer at the surface of the amorphous silica and at the surface of the crystalline (0 0 0 1) quartz surface. PMID:24863440

  4. Study on Exploration of Azeotropic Point of Pb-Sb Alloys by Vacuum Distillation and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamic Simulation

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    Song, Bingyi; Jiang, Wenlong; Yang, Bin; Chen, Xiumin; Xu, Baoqiang; Kong, Lingxin; Liu, Dachun; Dai, Yongnian

    2016-07-01

    The possibility of the separation of Pb-Sb alloys by vacuum distillation was investigated theoretically. The results show that Pb and Sb can be separated by vacuum distillation. However, the experimental results show that vacuum distillation technique does not provide clear separation. According to the literature, Pb-Sb alloys belong to azeotropic compounds under some certain temperature; the experiment and computer simulation were carried out based on the exceptional condition so as to analyze the reason from the experiment and microstructure of Pb-Sb alloys perspective. The separation of Pb-Sb alloys by vacuum distillation was experimentally carried out to probe the azeotropic point. Also, the functions, such as partial radial distributions functions, the structure factor, mean square displacement, and the density of state, were calculated by ab-initio molecular dynamics for the representation of the structure and properties of Pb-Sb alloys with different composition of Sb. The experimental results indicate that there exists common volatilization for Pb-Sb alloys when Sb content is 16.5 wt pct. On the other hand, the calculation results show that there is an intense interaction between Pb and Sb when Sb content is 22 wt pct, which supports the experimental results although Sb content is slightly deviation.

  5. Does Thermal Breathing Affect Collision Cross Sections of Gas-Phase Peptide Ions? An Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Pepin, Robert; Petrone, Alessio; Laszlo, Kenneth J; Bush, Matthew F; Li, Xiaosong; Tureček, František

    2016-07-21

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) with density functional theory (DFT) was applied to explore conformational motions and collision cross sections (Ω) of folded (2) and extended (7) conformers of doubly charged peptide ions, (Ala-Ala-Leu-Arg + 2H)(2+), in the gas phase at 300 and 473 K. The experimental Ω of (Ala-Ala-Leu-Arg +2H)(2+) was measured as 149 ± 1.2 Å(2) at 298 K. Thermally distributed mean values of Ω for 2 and 7 at 300 and 473 K were only 0.8-1.1% larger than for the equilibrium 0 K structures. Long (>10 ps) trajectory calculations indicated entropy-driven conformational change of 2 to 7 that occurred at random within a ∼ 4 ps time window. The experimental Ω was found to fit the calculated population averaged values for 2 and 7, indicating a rapid conformer interconversion. Overall, thermal breathing had only a minor effect on the peptide ion collision cross sections. PMID:27389035

  6. Multiple time step integrators in ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Luehr, Nathan; Martínez, Todd J.; Markland, Thomas E.

    2014-02-28

    Multiple time-scale algorithms exploit the natural separation of time-scales in chemical systems to greatly accelerate the efficiency of molecular dynamics simulations. Although the utility of these methods in systems where the interactions are described by empirical potentials is now well established, their application to ab initio molecular dynamics calculations has been limited by difficulties associated with splitting the ab initio potential into fast and slowly varying components. Here we present two schemes that enable efficient time-scale separation in ab initio calculations: one based on fragment decomposition and the other on range separation of the Coulomb operator in the electronic Hamiltonian. We demonstrate for both water clusters and a solvated hydroxide ion that multiple time-scale molecular dynamics allows for outer time steps of 2.5 fs, which are as large as those obtained when such schemes are applied to empirical potentials, while still allowing for bonds to be broken and reformed throughout the dynamics. This permits computational speedups of up to 4.4x, compared to standard Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics with a 0.5 fs time step, while maintaining the same energy conservation and accuracy.

  7. Origin of the reverse optical-contrast change of Ga-Sb phase-change materials—An ab initio molecular-dynamics study

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    Dixon, J. A.; Elliott, S. R.

    2014-04-07

    A large number of phase-change materials (PCMs) have been developed experimentally; however, only Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5}-based PCMs have been significantly explored using ab initio molecular-dynamics (AIMD) simulations. We present an AIMD study of the full melt/quench/anneal PC cycle for Ga-Sb materials, namely, the stoichiometric composition, GaSb, and the near-eutectic alloy, Ga{sub 16}Sb{sub 84}. The calculated electronic densities of states and optical reflectivities are compared between the amorphous and crystalline phases for both compositions, and it is shown that the contrasting opto-electronic properties of each crystalline material can be attributed to different structural transformations of Ga and Sb on crystallization from the amorphous state.

  8. Dynamics of ligand exchange mechanism at Cu(II) in water: An ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics study with extended quantum mechanical region

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    Moin, Syed Tarique; Hofer, Thomas S.; Weiss, Alexander K. H.; Rode, Bernd M.

    2013-07-07

    Ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) were successfully applied to Cu(II) embedded in water to elucidate structure and to understand dynamics of ligand exchange mechanism. From the simulation studies, it was found that using an extended large quantum mechanical region including two shells of hydration is required for a better description of the dynamics of exchanging water molecules. The structural features characterized by radial distribution function, angular distribution function and other analytical parameters were consistent with experimental data. The major outcome of this study was the dynamics of exchange mechanism and reactions in the first hydration shell that could not be studied so far. The dynamical data such as mean residence time of the first shell water molecules and other relevant data from the simulations are close to the results determined experimentally. Another major characteristic of hydrated Cu(II) is the Jahn-Teller distortion which was also successfully reproduced, leading to the final conclusion that the dominating aqua complex is a 6-coordinated species. The ab initio QMCF-MD formalism proved again its capabilities of unraveling even ambiguous properties of hydrated species that are far difficult to explore by any conventional quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach or experiment.

  9. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-04-28

    Efficient exploration of configuration space and identification of metastable structures in condensed phase systems are challenging from both computational and algorithmic perspectives. In this regard, schemes that utilize a set of pre-defined order parameters to sample the relevant parts of the configuration space [L. Maragliano and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Chem. Phys. Lett. 426, 168 (2006); J. B. Abrams and M. E. Tuckerman, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 15742 (2008)] have proved useful. Here, we demonstrate how these order-parameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes can be used within the Born-Oppenheimer and the Car-Parrinello frameworks of ab initio molecular dynamics to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways. We have used these methods to identify the metastable structures and reaction pathways in SiO2 and Ti. In addition, we have used the string method [W. E, W. Ren, and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Phys. Rev. B 66, 052301 (2002); L. Maragliano et al., J. Chem. Phys. 125, 024106 (2006)] within the density functional theory to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hexagonal closed packed to face centered cubic phase transition in Ti. PMID:27131525

  10. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A.; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-04-01

    Efficient exploration of configuration space and identification of metastable structures in condensed phase systems are challenging from both computational and algorithmic perspectives. In this regard, schemes that utilize a set of pre-defined order parameters to sample the relevant parts of the configuration space [L. Maragliano and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Chem. Phys. Lett. 426, 168 (2006); J. B. Abrams and M. E. Tuckerman, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 15742 (2008)] have proved useful. Here, we demonstrate how these order-parameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes can be used within the Born-Oppenheimer and the Car-Parrinello frameworks of ab initio molecular dynamics to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways. We have used these methods to identify the metastable structures and reaction pathways in SiO2 and Ti. In addition, we have used the string method [W. E, W. Ren, and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Phys. Rev. B 66, 052301 (2002); L. Maragliano et al., J. Chem. Phys. 125, 024106 (2006)] within the density functional theory to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hexagonal closed packed to face centered cubic phase transition in Ti.

  11. Thulium(III) and ytterbium(III) in aqueous solution ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics studies

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    Passler, Peter P.; Rode, Bernd M.

    2015-10-01

    Hydration properties of trivalent thulium and ytterbium ions in aqueous solution are investigated via quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) simulations. The QMCF-MD formalism is a special type of QM/MM simulation, where the chemically most relevant part of the system - in this case the ion with its first and second hydration shells - is treated by quantum mechanics. The mean ionsbnd O distances and the average coordination numbers of the first hydration shells are compared with experimental EXAFS data. Mean ligand residence times, vibrational frequencies and force constants were evaluated to characterise the dynamics of the systems.

  12. Entropy of Liquid Water from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    Spanu, Leonardo; Zhang, Cui; Galli, Giulia

    2012-02-01

    The debate on the structural properties of water has been mostly based on the calculation of pair correlation functions. However, the simulation of thermodynamic and spectroscopic quantities may be of great relevance for the characterization of liquid water properties. We have computed the entropy of liquid water using a two-phase thermodynamic model and trajectories generated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations [1]. In an attempt to better understand the performance of several density functionals in simulating liquid water, we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics using semilocal, hybrid [2] and van der Waals density functionals [3]. We show that in all cases, at the experimental equilibrium density and at temperatures in the vicinity of 300 K, the computed entropies are underestimated, with respect to experiment, and the liquid exhibits a degree of tetrahedral order higher than in experiments. We also discuss computational strategies to simulate spectroscopic properties of water, including infrared and Raman spectra.[4pt] [1] C.Zhang, L.Spanu and G.Galli, J.Phys.Chem. B 2011 (in press)[0pt] [2] C.Zhang, D.Donadio, F.Gygi and G.Galli, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 7, 1443 (2011)[0pt] [3] C.Zhang, J.Wu, G.Galli and F.Gygi, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 7, 3061 (2011)

  13. Structural and vibrational study of 2-MethoxyEthylAmmonium Nitrate (2-OMeEAN): Interpretation of experimental results with ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Campetella, M.; Bovi, D.; Caminiti, R.; Guidoni, L.; Bencivenni, L.; Gontrani, L.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report an analysis of the bulk phase of 2-methoxyethylammonium nitrate based on ab initio molecular dynamics. The structural and dynamical features of the ionic liquid have been characterized and the computational findings have been compared with the experimental X-ray diffraction patterns, with infrared spectroscopy data, and with the results obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. The experimental infrared spectrum was interpreted with the support of calculated vibrational density of states as well as harmonic frequency calculations of selected gas phase clusters. Particular attention was addressed to the high frequency region of the cation (ω > 2000 cm-1), where the vibrational motions involve the NH3+ group responsible for hydrogen bond formation, and to the frequency range 1200-1400 cm-1 where the antisymmetric stretching mode (ν3) of nitrate is found. Its multiple absorption lines in the liquid arise from the removal of the degeneracy present in the D3h symmetry of the isolated ion. Our ab initio molecular dynamics leads to a rationalization of the frequency shifts and splittings, which are inextricably related to the structural modifications induced by a hydrogen bonding environment. The DFT calculations lead to an inhomogeneous environment.

  14. Structural and vibrational study of 2-MethoxyEthylAmmonium Nitrate (2-OMeEAN): Interpretation of experimental results with ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Campetella, M; Bovi, D; Caminiti, R; Guidoni, L; Bencivenni, L; Gontrani, L

    2016-07-14

    In this work we report an analysis of the bulk phase of 2-methoxyethylammonium nitrate based on ab initio molecular dynamics. The structural and dynamical features of the ionic liquid have been characterized and the computational findings have been compared with the experimental X-ray diffraction patterns, with infrared spectroscopy data, and with the results obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. The experimental infrared spectrum was interpreted with the support of calculated vibrational density of states as well as harmonic frequency calculations of selected gas phase clusters. Particular attention was addressed to the high frequency region of the cation (ω > 2000 cm(-1)), where the vibrational motions involve the NH3+ group responsible for hydrogen bond formation, and to the frequency range 1200-1400 cm(-1) where the antisymmetric stretching mode (ν3) of nitrate is found. Its multiple absorption lines in the liquid arise from the removal of the degeneracy present in the D3h symmetry of the isolated ion. Our ab initio molecular dynamics leads to a rationalization of the frequency shifts and splittings, which are inextricably related to the structural modifications induced by a hydrogen bonding environment. The DFT calculations lead to an inhomogeneous environment. PMID:27421420

  15. Ab initio and molecular dynamics studies of crystalline TNAD (trans-1,4,5,8-tetranitro-1,4,5,8-tetraazadecalin).

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    Qiu, Ling; Xiao, He-Ming; Zhu, Wei-Hua; Xiao, Ji-Jun; Zhu, Wei

    2006-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of the energetic crystal TNAD (trans-1,4,5,8-tetranitro-1,4,5,8- tetraazadecalin) have been studied using plane-wave ab initio calculations based on the density function theory method with the ultrasoft pseudopotentials. It is found that the predicted crystal structure is in good agreement with experimental data and there are strong inter- and intramolecular interactions in bulk TNAD. Band structure calculations indicate that TNAD is an insulator with the band gap of ca. 3.3 eV. The hydrostatic compression effect on TNAD has been studied in the pressure range of 0-600 GPa. The results show that a pressure less than 10 GPa does not significantly change the geometric parameters, charge distributions, and electronic bands. When the pressure is over 10 GPa, increasing the pressure determines significant changes of the geometrical and electronic structures and large broadening of the electronic bands together with a sharp decrease of the band gap. Isothermal-isobaric molecular dynamics simulations at atmospheric pressure were further performed on the TNAD crystal in the temperature range 5-500 K. Average equilibrium lattice parameters and elastic properties as functions of temperature were determined. The thermal expansion coefficients calculated for the crystal indicate anisotropic behavior with the largest expansion along the b axis. PMID:16771311

  16. Hydrogen evolution from formic acid in an ionic liquid solvent: a mechanistic study by ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Bhargava, B L; Yasaka, Yoshiro; Klein, Michael L

    2011-12-01

    The reversible decomposition of formic acid (HCOOH ⇌ CO(2) + H(2)) has been attracting attention for its potential utility in hydrogen storage and production. It is therefore of interest to explore the influence of solvents on the decomposition reaction. To this end, Born-Oppenheimer (BO) molecular dynamics (MD) calculations have been performed to explore the mechanism involved in hydrogen (H(2)) evolution from formic acid decomposition in an ionic liquid solvent. Specifically, for a solvent consisting of 1,3-dimethylimidazolium cations and formate anions, evolution of hydrogen (H(2)) and carbon dioxide (CO(2)) was observed within a few picoseconds when BO-MD trajectories were carried out at an elevated temperature of 3000 K. The observed dehydrogenation involved a reaction between a formic acid solute and a nearby solvent formate anion. The observed mechanism contrasts with the unimolecular mechanism proposed in the gas phase. Specifically, in the ionic liquid, the reaction is initiated from a C-H bond dissociation of a formate anion to produce a short-lived hydride anion, which subsequently captures the acidic proton of a nearby formic acid molecule. The present BO-MD computations suggest that the high reducing ability of formic acid in the ionic liquid is due in part to its acid-dissociated form: the formate anion, which is encouraged to dissociate into a hydride anion and CO(2) by the strong electrostatic field of the ionic liquid solvent. PMID:21774513

  17. Spatial distribution of rare-earth ions and GaS4 tetrahedra in chalcogenide glasses studied via laser spectroscopy and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Lee, T. H.; Simdyankin, S. I.; Hegedus, J.; Heo, J.; Elliott, S. R.

    2010-03-01

    The spatial distribution of Nd3+ ions and GaS4 tetrahedral units in Nd-doped Ge-As-Ga-S glasses has been studied by laser spectroscopy and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. A sharp increase in Nd3+ fluorescence intensities and lifetimes was observed with increasing Ga content, and attributed to the formation of tightly bound Nd3+ clusters in Ga-free glasses and the subsequent dissolution of such clusters upon Ga doping. A large modification in Nd3+ sites was also identified from low-temperature site-selective excitation spectra, suggesting preferential spatial correlations between Nd3+ and GaS4 tetrahedra even at low Ga-doping levels. MD simulations of these materials in the liquid state showed a tendency for Ga cluster formation as well as spatial correlations between Nd and Ga atoms consistent with the experimental results. On the basis of this result, a comprehensive structural model for Nd- and Ga-doped sulfide glasses is proposed.

  18. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

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    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J.

    2014-08-07

    We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as “cloning,” in analogy to the “spawning” procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, “trains,” as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.

  19. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

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    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.

    2014-08-01

    We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as "cloning," in analogy to the "spawning" procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, "trains," as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.

  20. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics.

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    Makhov, Dmitry V; Glover, William J; Martinez, Todd J; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V

    2014-08-01

    We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as "cloning," in analogy to the "spawning" procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, "trains," as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions. PMID:25106573

  1. Pressure-induced phase transitions and structural properties of CoF2: An ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Kürkçü, Cihan; Merdan, Ziya; Öztürk, Hülya

    2016-04-01

    The crystal structure of CoF2 was studied theoretically using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) methods within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA) under rapid hydrostatic pressure up to 144 GPa. CoF2 undergoes a structural phase transformation from the rutile-type tetragonal parent phase with space group P42/mnm to the CaCl2-type orthorhombic parent phase with space group Pnnm at 64 GPa with GGA and at 96 GPa with LDA methods. Another phase transformation occurs from the CaCl2-type structure to monoclinic parent phase with space group P21/c at 96 GPa with a GGA method. These phase transitions are also studied by enthalpy and total energy calculations. According to these calculations, we obtained the first phase transformation at about 6.5 GPa both GGA and LDA methods and the later phase transformation at about 45 GPa with the GGA method.

  2. An Insight into the Environmental Effects of the Pocket of the Active Site of the Enzyme. Ab initio ONIOM-Molecular Dynamics (MD) Study on Cytosine Deaminase

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    Matsubara, Toshiaki; Dupuis, Michel; Aida, Misako

    2008-02-01

    We applied the ONIOM-molecular dynamics (MD) method to cytosine deaminase to examine the environmental effects of the amino acid residues in the pocket of the active site on the substrate taking account of their thermal motion. The ab initio ONIOM-MD simulations show that the substrate uracil is strongly perturbed by the amino acid residue Ile33, which sandwiches the uracil with His62, through the steric contact due to the thermal motion. As a result, the magnitude of the thermal oscillation of the potential energy and structure of the substrate uracil significantly increases. TM and MA were partly supported by grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.MD was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy DOE. Battelle operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for DOE.

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies

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    Leung, Kevin; Rempe, Susan B.; Lilienfeld, O. Anatole von

    2009-05-28

    We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or '{lambda}-path' technique to compute the intrinsic hydration free energies of Li{sup +}, Cl{sup -}, and Ag{sup +} ions. Using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional, adapting methods developed for classical force field applications, and with consistent assumptions about surface potential ({phi}) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies ({Delta}G{sub hyd}) within a few kcal/mol, or better than 4%, of Tissandier et al.'s [J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 7787 (1998)] experimental values augmented with the SPC/E water model {phi} predictions. The sums of Li{sup +}/Cl{sup -} and Ag{sup +}/Cl{sup -} AIMD {Delta}G{sub hyd}, which are not affected by surface potentials, are within 2.6% and 1.2 % of experimental values, respectively. We also report the free energy changes associated with the transition metal ion redox reaction Ag{sup +}+Ni{sup +}{yields}Ag+Ni{sup 2+} in water. The predictions for this reaction suggest that existing estimates of {Delta}G{sub hyd} for unstable radiolysis intermediates such as Ni{sup +} may need to be extensively revised.

  4. Ab initio molecular dynamics with enhanced sampling for surface reaction kinetics at finite temperatures: CH2⇌ CH + H on Ni(111) as a case study.

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    Sun, Geng; Jiang, Hong

    2015-12-21

    A comprehensive understanding of surface thermodynamics and kinetics based on first-principles approaches is crucial for rational design of novel heterogeneous catalysts, and requires combining accurate electronic structure theory and statistical mechanics modeling. In this work, ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) combined with the integrated tempering sampling (ITS) method has been explored to study thermodynamic and kinetic properties of elementary processes on surfaces, using a simple reaction CH2⇌CH+H on the Ni(111) surface as an example. By a careful comparison between the results from ITS-AIMD simulation and those evaluated in terms of the harmonic oscillator (HO) approximation, it is found that the reaction free energy and entropy from the HO approximation are qualitatively consistent with the results from ITS-AIMD simulation, but there are also quantitatively significant discrepancies. In particular, the HO model misses the entropy effects related to the existence of multiple adsorption configurations arising from the frustrated translation and rotation motion of adsorbed species, which are different in the reactant and product states. The rate constants are evaluated from two ITS-enhanced approaches, one using the transition state theory (TST) formulated in terms of the potential of mean force (PMF) and the other one combining ITS with the transition path sampling (TPS) technique, and are further compared to those based on harmonic TST. It is found that the rate constants from the PMF-based TST are significantly smaller than those from the harmonic TST, and that the results from PMF-TST and ITS-TPS are in a surprisingly good agreement. These findings indicate that the basic assumptions of transition state theory are valid in such elementary surface reactions, but the consideration of statistical averaging of all important adsorption configurations and reaction pathways, which are missing in the harmonic TST, are critical for accurate description of

  5. Constructing Periodic Phase Space Orbits from ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Trajectories to Analyze Vibrational Spectra: Case Study of the Zundel (H5O2(+)) Cation.

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    Dietrick, Scott M; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2012-12-11

    A method of analysis is introduced to probe the spectral features obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Here, the instantaneous mass-weighted velocities are projected onto irreducible representations constructed from discrete time translation groups comprising operations that invoke the time-domain symmetries (or periodic phase space orbits) reflected in the spectra. The projected velocities are decomposed using singular value decomposition (SVD) to construct a set of "modes" pertaining to a given frequency domain. These modes now include all anharmonicities, as sampled during the dynamics simulations. In this approach, the underlying motions are probed in a manner invariant with respect to coordinate transformations, operations being performed along the time axis rather than coordinate axes, making the analysis independent of choice of reference frame. The method is used to probe the underlying motions responsible for the doublet at ∼1000 cm(-1) in the vibrational spectrum of the H5O2(+), Zundel cation. The associated analysis results are confirmed by projecting the Fourier transformed velocities onto the harmonic normal mode coordinates and a set of mass-weighted, symmetrized Jacobi coordinates. It is found that the two peaks of the doublet are described and differentiated by their respective contributions from the proton transfer, water-water stretch, and water wag coordinates, as these are defined. Temperature dependent effects are also briefly noted. PMID:26593181

  6. N vacancy, self-interstitial diffusion, and Frenkel-pair formation/dissociation in TiN studied by ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics

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    Sangiovanni, Davide G.; Alling, Björn; Hultman, Lars; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2015-03-01

    We use ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics (AIMD, CMD) to simulate diffusion of N vacancy and N self-interstitial point-defects in B1 TiN. The physical properties of TiN, important material system for thin film and coatings applications, are largely dictated by concentration and mobility of point defects. We determine N dilute-point-defect diffusion pathways, activation energies, attempt frequencies, and diffusion coefficients as a function of temperature. In addition, MD simulations reveal an unanticipated atomistic process, which controls the spontaneous formation of N-self-interstitial/N-vacancy pairs (Frenkel pairs) in defect-free TiN. This entails that a N lattice atom leaves its bulk position and bonds to a neighboring N lattice atom. In most cases, Frenkel-pair NI and NV recombine within a fraction of ns; 50% of these processes result in the exchange of two nitrogen lattice atoms. Occasionally, however, Frenkel-pair N-interstitial atoms permanently escape from the anion vacancy site, thus producing unpaired NI and NV point defects. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (Isotope Project, 2011.0094), the Swedish Research Council (VR) Linköping Linnaeus Initiative LiLi-NFM (Grant 2008-6572), and the Swedish Government Strategic Research (Grant MatLiU 2009-00971).

  7. An Efficient Time-Stepping Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Tsuchida, Eiji

    2016-08-01

    In ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of real-world problems, the simple Verlet method is still widely used for integrating the equations of motion, while more efficient algorithms are routinely used in classical molecular dynamics. We show that if the Verlet method is used in conjunction with pre- and postprocessing, the accuracy of the time integration is significantly improved with only a small computational overhead. We also propose several extensions of the algorithm required for use in ab initio molecular dynamics. The validity of the processed Verlet method is demonstrated in several examples including ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water. The structural properties obtained from the processed Verlet method are found to be sufficiently accurate even for large time steps close to the stability limit. This approach results in a 2× performance gain over the standard Verlet method for a given accuracy. We also show how to generate a canonical ensemble within this approach.

  8. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A.; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-04-22

    Efficient exploration of the configuration space and identification of metastable structures are challenging from both computational as well as algorithmic perspectives. Here, we extend the recently proposed orderparameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways within the framework of density functional theory based molecular dynamics. The sampling method is applied to explore the relevant parts of the configuration space in prototypical materials SiO2 and Ti to identify the different metastable structures corresponding to different phases in these materials. In addition, we use the string method inmore » collective variables to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hcp to fcc phase transition in Ti.« less

  9. Atomic structure evolution during solidification of liquid niobium from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Debela, T. T.; Wang, X. D.; Cao, Q. P.; Zhang, D. X.; Wang, S. Y.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Jiang, J. Z.

    2013-12-12

    Atomic structure transitions of liquid niobium during solidification, at different temperatures from 3200 to 1500 K, were studied by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The local atomic structure variations with temperature are investigated by using the pair-correlation function, the structure factor, the bond-angle distribution function, the Honeycutt–Anderson index, Voronoi tessellation and the cluster alignment methods. Our results clearly show that, upon quenching, the icosahedral short-range order dominates in the stable liquid and supercooled liquid states before the system transforms to crystalline body-center cubic phase at a temperature of about 1830 K.

  10. Mechanism of dissolution of a lithium salt in an electrolytic solvent in a lithium ion secondary battery: a direct ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) study.

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    Tachikawa, Hiroto

    2014-06-01

    The mechanism of dissolution of the Li(+) ion in an electrolytic solvent is investigated by the direct ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method. Lithium fluoroborate (Li(+)BF4(-)) and ethylene carbonate (EC) are examined as the origin of the Li(+) ion and the solvent molecule, respectively. This salt is widely utilized as the electrolyte in the lithium ion secondary battery. The binding of EC to the Li(+) moiety of the Li(+)BF4(-) salt is exothermic, and the binding energies at the CAM-B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level for n=1, 2, 3, and 4, where n is the number of EC molecules binding to the Li(+) ion, (EC)n(Li(+)BF4(-)), are calculated to be 91.5, 89.8, 87.2, and 84.0 kcal mol(-1) (per EC molecule), respectively. The intermolecular distances between Li(+) and the F atom of BF4(-) are elongated: 1.773 Å (n=0), 1.820 Å (n=1), 1.974 Å (n=2), 1.942 Å (n=3), and 4.156 Å (n=4). The atomic bond populations between Li(+) and the F atom for n=0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 are 0.202, 0.186, 0.150, 0.038, and 0.0, respectively. These results indicate that the interaction of Li(+) with BF4(-) becomes weaker as the number of EC molecules is increased. The direct AIMD calculation for n=4 shows that EC reacts spontaneously with (EC)3(Li(+)BF4(-)) and the Li(+) ion is stripped from the salt. The following substitution reaction takes place: EC+(EC)3(Li(+)BF4(-))→(EC)4Li(+)-(BF4(-)). The reaction mechanism is discussed on the basis of the theoretical results. PMID:24616076

  11. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L

    2013-01-01

    The solvation structures of Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-) ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-), respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed. PMID:23298049

  12. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L.

    2013-01-07

    The solvation structures of Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -} ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -}, respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  13. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L.

    2013-01-01

    The solvation structures of Na^+, K^+, and Cl^- ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na^+, K^+, and Cl^-, respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  14. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of proton hopping in a model polymer membrane.

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    Devanathan, Ram; Idupulapati, Nagesh; Baer, Marcel D; Mundy, Christopher J; Dupuis, Michel

    2013-12-27

    We report the results of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of a model Nafion polymer membrane initially equilibrated using classical molecular dynamics simulations. We studied three hydration levels (λ) of 3, 9, and 15 H2O/SO3(-) corresponding to dry, hydrated, and saturated fuel cell membrane, respectively. The barrier for proton transfer from the SO3(-)-H3O(+) contact ion pair to a solvent-separated ion pair decreased from 2.3 kcal/mol for λ = 3 to 0.8 kcal/mol for λ = 15. The barrier for proton transfer between two water molecules was in the range from 0.7 to 0.8 kcal/mol for the λ values studied. The number of proton shuttling events between a pair of water molecules is an order of magnitude more than the number of proton hops across three distinct water molecules. The proton diffusion coefficient at λ = 15 is about 0.9 × 10(-5) cm(2)/s, which is in good agreement with experiment and our previous quantum hopping molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:24320080

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in zirconate pyrochlores

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; Zu, X. T.

    2015-01-31

    In this paper, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to study low energy recoil events in zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7, A = La, Nd and Sm). It shows that both cations and anions in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are generally more likely to be displaced than those in La2Zr2O7. The damage end states mainly consist of Frenkel pair defects, and the Frenkel pair formation energies in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are lower than those in La2Zr2O7. These results suggest that the order–disorder structural transition more easily occurs in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 resulting in a defect-fluorite structure, which agrees well with experimentalmore » observations. Our calculations indicate that oxygen migration from 48f and 8b to 8a sites is dominant under low energy irradiation. A number of new defects, including four types of cation Frenkel pairs and six types of anion Frenkel pairs, are revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present findings may help to advance the fundamental understanding of the irradiation response behavior of zirconate pyrochlores.« less

  16. The Aqueous Ca2+ System, in Comparison with Zn2+, Fe3+, and Al3+: An Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Bogatko, Stuart A.; Cauet, Emilie L.; Bylaska, Eric J.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Fulton, John L.; Weare, John H.

    2013-02-21

    Results of Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) simulations of a Ca2+ ion in an aqueous environment (64 waters, 38ps=5ps equilibration + 33ps data collection, 300K) are reported. The 1st hydration shell contains 6-7 waters with d(OH) = 0.97Å (identical to our bulk water estimate) and average tilt angle, I = 32º. The 1st maximum in the radial distribution function occurs at GCaO(r) = 2.45Å. Our results compare well with published experimental structural data from X-Ray Absorption (XAFS) and Neutron Diffraction. We also generate simulated XAFS spectra using a 1st principles MD-XAFS procedure and show quantitative agreement with experimental XAFS data from a 0.2m Ca(ClO4)2 aqueous solution. The Ca2+ 1st shell water dipole moment of 3.1D is identical to our bulk water estimate (3.1D). The structured 2nd hydration shell, composed of ~16.5 waters, has a maximum at GCaO(r) =4.6Å. The average 2nd shell dipole moment = 2.9D, is suppressed relative to bulk water values. Detailed H-bond analysis demonstrates the waters in this shell predominately coordinate 1st shell waters with a trigonally structured H-bond network. Two exchanges between the 1st hydration shell and the bulk were observed. These were consistent with a dissociative and dissociative interchange Eigen-Wilkins ligand exchange mechanism. Many transfers between the 2nd shell and bulk are detected for Ca2+ allowing an estimation of the 2nd shell mean residence time (MRT) of 4.6ps. Comparison of the Ca2+ hydration shell structure and dynamics with those of the recently reported Zn2+, Fe3+ and Al3+ cation species show that the 1st and 2nd hydration shell parameters, d(M-OI) distance, CNII, H-bond d(OI-OII) distance and %Tetrahedral structure are correlated with cation charge density, the ratio of cation charge (Z) and size (Rion). However, important exceptions are d(M-OII) and the 2nd shell Mean Residence Time (MRT). These differences are explained in terms of the 1st shell structure parameters (d(M-OI) distance

  17. Molecular Dynamics Study of Potassium Azide (KN_3)

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    Ossowski, M.; Hardy, J. R.

    1998-03-01

    An ab initio model developed for intermolecular and intramolecular potentials in ionic molecular solids(H. M. Lu and J. R. Hardy, Phys. Rev. B, 42, 8339 (1990)) is employed to study the phase diagram of potassium azide (KN_3). We performed first-principles static structural relaxation, supercell molecular dynamics, lattice- dynamical studies and predict the existence of a high temperature rotationally disordered phase in KN_3. A selected work on other members of the alkali azide family will also be discussed.

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of pressure-induced zinc blende to rocksalt phase transition in SiC

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    Xiao, Haiyan J.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Weber, William J.

    2009-06-17

    The high-pressure induced phase transformation from the zinc blende to rocksalt structure in SiC has been studied by ab initio molecular dynamics. The simulations show that SiC passes through tetragonal and then monoclinic intermediate states before finally forming the rock salt structure at 160 GPa. The mechanism for this phase transformation agrees well with recent ab initio MD simulations, in which the applied pressure was as high as ~600 GPa, but in the present study the transformation occurs at much lower pressure. It is found that the phase transition has to overcome an energy barrier of 0.44 eV/pair.

  19. Investigation of the liquid Pb/Si(001) interface from ab initio molecular-dynamics calculations

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    Gonzalez, D. J.; Souto, J.; Alemany, M. M. G.; Longo, R. C.; Gallego, L. J.; Gonzalez, L. E.

    2013-03-01

    The structure of liquid Pb on an ideal Si(001) surface was studied experimentally a decade ago by means of x-ray diffraction and the results were interpreted in terms of the presence of fivefold symmetry Pb structures captured transiently by the potential created by the unreconstructed Si(001) surface. We critically analyze this interpretation in the light of the results obtained in an extensive ab initio molecular dynamics study of a system comprising 314 Pb atoms and 175 Si atoms setup in 7 (001) ideal layers (a total number of 1956 valence electrons) in a slab geometry. The structure found for the first Pb layer is very different from that of bulk Pb, mostly consisting in one-dimensional lines. However, we do observe the possibility of forming transient structures, in particular icosahedral caps. Supported by FIS2008-02490/FIS, FIS2008-04894/FIS, GR120, INCITE09E2R206033ES and INCITE08PXIB206107PR.

  20. Reactive wetting properties of TiO2 nanoparticles predicted by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Brandt, Erik G; Agosta, Lorenzo; Lyubartsev, Alexander P

    2016-07-21

    Small-sized wet TiO2 nanoparticles have been investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Chemical and physical adsorption of water on the TiO2-water interface was studied as a function of water content, ranging from dry nanoparticles to wet nanoparticles with monolayer coverage of water. The surface reactivity was shown to be a concave function of water content and driven by surface defects. The local coordination number at the defect was identified as the key factor to decide whether water adsorption proceeds through dissociation or physisorption on the surface. A consistent picture of TiO2 nanoparticle wetting at the microscopic level emerges, which corroborates existing experimental data and gives further insight into the molecular mechanisms behind nanoparticle wetting. These calculations will facilitate the engineering of metal oxide nanoparticles with a controlled catalytic water activity. PMID:27341183

  1. Hydrogen Recombination and Dimer Formation on Graphite from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Casolo, S; Tantardini, G F; Martinazzo, R

    2016-07-14

    We studied Eley-Rideal molecular hydrogen formation on graphite using ab initio molecular dynamics, in the energy range relevant for the chemistry of the interstellar medium and for terrestrial experiments employing cold plasma (0.02-1 eV). We found substantial projectile steering effects that prevent dimer formation at low energies, thereby ruling out any catalytic synthetic pathways that form hydrogen molecules. Ortho and para dimers do form efficiently thanks to preferential sticking, but only at energies that are too high to be relevant for the chemistry of the interstellar medium. Computed reaction cross sections and ro-vibrational product populations are in good agreement with available experimental data and capable of generating adsorbate configurations similar to those observed with scanning tunneling microscopy techniques. PMID:26905385

  2. Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials.

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    Skelton, Jonathan M; Loke, Desmond; Lee, Taehoon; Elliott, Stephen R

    2015-07-01

    We present an in silico study of the neuromorphic-computing behavior of the prototypical phase-change material, Ge2Sb2Te5, using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. Stepwise changes in structural order in response to temperature pulses of varying length and duration are observed, and a good reproduction of the spike-timing-dependent plasticity observed in nanoelectronic synapses is demonstrated. Short above-melting pulses lead to instantaneous loss of structural and chemical order, followed by delayed partial recovery upon structural relaxation. We also investigate the link between structural order and electrical and optical properties. These results pave the way toward a first-principles understanding of phase-change physics beyond binary switching. PMID:26040531

  3. Decarboxylation of furfural on Pd(111): Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Xue, Wenhua; Dang, Hongli; Shields, Darwin; Liu, Yingdi; Jentoft, Friederike; Resasco, Daniel; Wang, Sanwu

    2013-03-01

    Furfural conversion over metal catalysts plays an important role in the studies of biomass-derived feedstocks. We report ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for the decarboxylation process of furfural on the palladium surface at finite temperatures. We observed and analyzed the atomic-scale dynamics of furfural on the Pd(111) surface and the fluctuations of the bondlengths between the atoms in furfural. We found that the dominant bonding structure is the parallel structure in which the furfural plane, while slightly distorted, is parallel to the Pd surface. Analysis of the bondlength fluctuations indicates that the C-H bond is the aldehyde group of a furfural molecule is likely to be broken first, while the C =O bond has a tendency to be isolated as CO. Our results show that the reaction of decarbonylation dominates, consistent with the experimental measurements. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). Simulations and calculations were performed on XSEDE's and NERSC's supercomputers.

  4. Exploring the Photophysical Properties of Molecular Systems Using Excited State Accelerated ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    2012-01-01

    In the present work, we employ excited state accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics (A-AIMD) to efficiently study the excited state energy landscape and photophysical topology of a variety of molecular systems. In particular, we focus on two important challenges for the modeling of excited electronic states: (i) the identification and characterization of conical intersections and crossing seams, in order to predict different and often competing radiationless decay mechanisms, and (ii) the description of the solvent effect on the absorption and emission spectra of chemical species in solution. In particular, using as examples the Schiff bases formaldimine and salicylidenaniline, we show that A-AIMD can be readily employed to explore the conformational space around crossing seams in molecular systems with very different photochemistry. Using acetone in water as an example, we demonstrate that the enhanced configurational space sampling may be used to accurately and efficiently describe both the prominent features and line-shapes of absorption and emission spectra. PMID:22904696

  5. An ab initio Molecular Dynamics study of the solvated OHCl- complex. Implications for the atmospheric oxidation of (Cl-)aq to (Cl2)g

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    D'Auria, R; Kuo, I W; Tobias, D J

    2007-07-26

    We have studied the OHCl{sup -} complex in a six water cluster and in bulk liquid water by means of generalized gradient-corrected BLYP density functional theory based Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics. Self-interaction corrected results, that predict an H-bonded OH...Cl{sup -} complex, are compared to the uncorrected ones, that predict a bonded (HO-Cl){sup -}. A second order Moeller-Plesset potential energy landscape of the gas-phase complex in its ground state was computed to determine which of the two configurations represents the true nature of the bond. Since no evidence of a local minimum was found in the vicinity of the geometry corresponding to the (HO-Cl){sup -} we conclude that the complex is held together by a H-bond like interaction in both an asymmetric solvation environment, as represented by the cluster, and in a symmetric solvation environment, as represented by the bulk system. In the limits of the present results we postulate that the mechanism that governs the atmospheric oxidation of (Cl{sup -}){sub int} to (Cl{sub 2}){sub gas} on the surface of marine aerosols [Knipping et al. 2000] is initiated by the formation of an H-bonded OH...Cl{sup -} complex. Furthermore, since no evidence of charge transfer mechanism from Cl{sup -} to OH was found, in the liquid as well as in the cluster environments, a likely second step toward the oxidation of Cl{sup -} should consist in the reaction of the complex with a second Cl{sup -} that would result in the formation of the species Cl{sup -2} and OH{sup -}. (Cl{sub 2}){sub g} could then be formed upon charge exchange reaction with an impinging OH molecule.

  6. Ab initio based force field and molecular dynamics simulations of crystalline TATB.

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    Gee, Richard H; Roszak, Szczepan; Balasubramanian, Krishnan; Fried, Laurence E

    2004-04-15

    An all-atom force field for 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) is presented. The classical intermolecular interaction potential for TATB is based on single-point energies determined from high-level ab initio calculations of TATB dimers. The newly developed potential function is used to examine bulk crystalline TATB via molecular dynamics simulations. The isobaric thermal expansion and isothermal compression under hydrostatic pressures obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations are in good agreement with experiment. The calculated volume-temperature expansion is almost one dimensional along the c crystallographic axis, whereas under compression, all three unit cell axes participate, albeit unequally. PMID:15267608

  7. Spectroscopic properties with a combined approach of ab initio molecular dynamics and wavelet analysis

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    Pagliai, Marco; Muniz-Miranda, Francesco; Cardini, Gianni; Righini, Roberto; Schettino, Vincenzo

    2011-05-01

    In order to extract spectroscopic information from trajectories obtained by classical or ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, usually Fourier transforms are employed. In recent years wavelet transforms have been shown to be a valid alternative tool to analyze time-series, due to their capability of localizing a signal both in time and frequency. In this article wavelet transforms are applied for the analysis of Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations to the purpose of time-correlating structural and spectroscopic properties of methyl acetate dissolved in water and methanol. The results demonstrate the possibility of obtaining information that may be of valuable help in the interpretation of time-resolved spectroscopic data.

  8. Reactive wetting properties of TiO2 nanoparticles predicted by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Brandt, Erik G.; Agosta, Lorenzo; Lyubartsev, Alexander P.

    2016-07-01

    Small-sized wet TiO2 nanoparticles have been investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Chemical and physical adsorption of water on the TiO2-water interface was studied as a function of water content, ranging from dry nanoparticles to wet nanoparticles with monolayer coverage of water. The surface reactivity was shown to be a concave function of water content and driven by surface defects. The local coordination number at the defect was identified as the key factor to decide whether water adsorption proceeds through dissociation or physisorption on the surface. A consistent picture of TiO2 nanoparticle wetting at the microscopic level emerges, which corroborates existing experimental data and gives further insight into the molecular mechanisms behind nanoparticle wetting. These calculations will facilitate the engineering of metal oxide nanoparticles with a controlled catalytic water activity.Small-sized wet TiO2 nanoparticles have been investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Chemical and physical adsorption of water on the TiO2-water interface was studied as a function of water content, ranging from dry nanoparticles to wet nanoparticles with monolayer coverage of water. The surface reactivity was shown to be a concave function of water content and driven by surface defects. The local coordination number at the defect was identified as the key factor to decide whether water adsorption proceeds through dissociation or physisorption on the surface. A consistent picture of TiO2 nanoparticle wetting at the microscopic level emerges, which corroborates existing experimental data and gives further insight into the molecular mechanisms behind nanoparticle wetting. These calculations will facilitate the engineering of metal oxide nanoparticles with a controlled catalytic water activity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Simulation data on equilibration of energies and structures (root-mean-square-deviations and

  9. An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the liquid-vapor interface of an aqueous NaCl solution: inhomogeneous density, polarity, hydrogen bonds, and frequency fluctuations of interfacial molecules.

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    Choudhuri, Jyoti Roy; Chandra, Amalendu

    2014-11-21

    We have presented a first principles simulation study of the structural and dynamical properties of a liquid-vapor interfacial system of a concentrated (5.3 M) aqueous NaCl solution. We have used ab initio molecular dynamics to examine the structural and dynamical properties of the bulk and interfacial regions. The structural aspects of the system that have been considered here include the inhomogeneous density profiles of ions and water molecules, hydrogen bond distributions, orientational profiles, and also vibrational frequency distributions in the bulk and interfacial regions. It is found that the sodium ions are mostly located in the interior, while the chloride anions occupy a significant portion of the interface of the slab. The water dipoles at the interface prefer to orient parallel to the surface. The dynamical aspects of the interfaces are investigated in terms of diffusion, orientational relaxation, hydrogen bond dynamics, and vibrational spectral diffusion. The results of the interfacial dynamics are compared with those of the corresponding bulk region. It is observed that the interfacial molecules exhibit faster diffusion and orientational relaxation with respect to the bulk. However, the interfacial molecules are found to have longer hydrogen bond lifetimes than those of the bulk. We have also investigated the correlations of hydrogen bond relaxation with the vibrational frequency fluctuations of interfacial water molecules. PMID:25416903

  10. Probing the configurational space of a metalloprotein core: an ab initio molecular dynamics study of Duo Ferro 1 binuclear Zn cofactor.

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    Papoian, Garegin A; DeGrado, William F; Klein, Michael L

    2003-01-15

    We present three theoretical models of various degree of completeness to explore the chemical phase space available to the Glu4His2Zn2 cofactor found in the four-helix bundle of de novo designed metalloprotein Duo Ferro 1. We have found that the planewave DFT geometry optimization of 94-atom Model I, which contains both the protein scaffold constraints as well as the second shell hydrogen bonding network, reproduces the crystal structure bonding with remarkable accuracy (0.34 A). Surprisingly, the geometry optimization of 66-atom Model II (lacking the second shell hydrogen bonding) and 48-atom Model III (being also free of the protein scaffold constraints) still result in the fidelity with the crystallographic structure (RMSDs 0.29 and 0.34 A, respectively). To examine whether these structures are close to the global minimum as well as to investigate various conformational transitions to which the di-Zn cofactor may be susceptible to, we have carried out a 10 ps Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulation of Model III. We suggest that weak hydrogen bonds between imidazole hydrogens and carboxylate oxygens modulate the dynamical behavior of the system. One part of the molecule was found to be rigid due to the particular H(imidazole)-O(carboxylate) interaction restricting both the motion of the imidazole ring as well as the terminal carboxylate conformational mobility. The second half of the system was very flexible demonstrating a coupling of a transient formation of H(imidazole)-O(carboxylate) bonds with the spinning of the imidazole ring and syn-anti isomerization of the terminal carboxylate group. In addition, two low-energy snapshots from the 10 ps CPMD run were quenched, and their geometries were optimized, leading to two new isomers 48 kJ/mol lower in energy than the one associated with the crystal structure. We suggest that periodic quenching of the CPMD simulation snapshots of a minimalist model may be used as an efficient method to generate a large

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics of the reaction of quercetin with superoxide radical

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    Lespade, Laure

    2016-08-01

    Superoxide plays an important role in biology but in unregulated concentrations it is implicated in a lot of diseases such as cancer or atherosclerosis. Antioxidants like flavonoids are abundant in plant and are good scavengers of superoxide radical. The modeling of superoxide scavenging by flavonoids from the diet still remains a challenge. In this study, ab initio molecular dynamics of the reaction of the flavonoid quercetin toward superoxide radical has been carried out using Car-Parrinello density functional theory. The study has proven different reactant solvation by modifying the number of water molecules surrounding superoxide. The reaction consists in the gift of a hydrogen atom of one of the hydroxyl groups of quercetin to the radical. When it occurs, it is relatively fast, lower than 100 fs. Calculations show that it depends largely on the environment of the hydroxyl group giving its hydrogen atom, the geometry of the first water layer and the presence of a certain number of water molecules in the second layer, indicating a great influence of the solvent on the reactivity.

  12. An ab initio molecular dynamics analysis of lignin as a potential antioxidant for hydrocarbons.

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    Pan, Tongyan; Cheng, Cheng

    2015-11-01

    Lignins are complex phenolic polymers with limited industrial uses. To identify new applications of lignins, this study aims to evaluate the conifer alcohol lignin as a potential antioxidant for hydrocarbons, using the petroleum asphalt as an example. Using the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method, the evaluation is accomplished by tracking the generation of critical species in a lignin-asphalt mixture under a simulated oxidative condition. The generation of new species was detected using nuclear magnetic resonance and four analytical methods including density of states analysis, highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital analyses, bonding and energy level analysis, and electrostatic potential energy analysis. Results of the analyses show that the chemical radicals of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur generated in the oxidation process could enhance the agglomeration and/or decomposition tendency of asphalt. The effectiveness of lignins as an antioxidant depends on their chemical compositions. Lignins with a HOMO-LUMO gap larger than the HOMO-LUMO gap of the hydrocarbon system to be protected, such as the conifer alcohol lignin to protect petroleum asphalt as was studied in this work, do not demonstrate beneficial anti-oxidation capacity. Lignins, however, may be effective oxidants for hydrocarbon systems with a larger HOMO-LUMO gap. In addition, lignins may contain more polar sites than the hydrocarbons to be protected; thus the lignins' hydrophobicity and compatibility with the host hydrocarbons need to be well evaluated. The developed AIMD model provides a useful tool for developing antioxidants for generic hydrocarbons. PMID:26562413

  13. Ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics and the quantum nature of hydrogen bonds

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    Yexin, Feng; Ji, Chen; Xin-Zheng, Li; Enge, Wang

    2016-01-01

    The hydrogen bond (HB) is an important type of intermolecular interaction, which is generally weak, ubiquitous, and essential to life on earth. The small mass of hydrogen means that many properties of HBs are quantum mechanical in nature. In recent years, because of the development of computer simulation methods and computational power, the influence of nuclear quantum effects (NQEs) on the structural and energetic properties of some hydrogen bonded systems has been intensively studied. Here, we present a review of these studies by focussing on the explanation of the principles underlying the simulation methods, i.e., the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics. Its extension in combination with the thermodynamic integration method for the calculation of free energies will also be introduced. We use two examples to show how this influence of NQEs in realistic systems is simulated in practice. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11275008, 91021007, and 10974012) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2014M550005).

  14. Quantum yields and reaction times of photochromic diarylethenes: nonadiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics for normal- and inverse-type.

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    Wiebeler, Christian; Schumacher, Stefan

    2014-09-11

    Photochromism is a light-induced molecular process that is likely to find its way into future optoelectronic devices. In further optimization of photochromic materials, light-induced conversion efficiencies as well as reaction times can usually only be determined once a new molecule was synthesized. Here we use nonadiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics to study the electrocyclic reaction of diarylethenes, comparing normal- and inverse-type systems. Our study highlights that reaction quantum yields can be successfully predicted in accord with experimental findings. In particular, we find that inverse-type diarylethenes show a significantly higher reaction quantum yield and cycloreversion on times typically as short as 100 fs. PMID:25140609

  15. Born-Oppenheimer Ab Initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Enzyme Reactions.

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    Zhou, Y; Wang, S; Li, Y; Zhang, Y

    2016-01-01

    There are two key requirements for reliably simulating enzyme reactions: one is a reasonably accurate potential energy surface to describe the bond-forming/breaking process as well as to adequately model the heterogeneous enzyme environment; the other is to perform extensive sampling since an enzyme system consists of at least thousands of atoms and its energy landscape is very complex. One attractive approach to meet both daunting tasks is Born-Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics (aiQM/MM-MD) simulation with umbrella sampling. In this chapter, we describe our recently developed pseudobond Q-Chem-Amber interface, which employs a combined electrostatic-mechanical embedding scheme with periodic boundary condition and the particle mesh Ewald method for long-range electrostatics interactions. In our implementation, Q-Chem and the sander module of Amber are combined at the source code level without using system calls, and all necessary data communications between QM and MM calculations are achieved via computer memory. We demonstrate the applicability of this pseudobond Q-Chem-Amber interface by presenting two examples, one reaction in aqueous solution and one enzyme reaction. Finally, we describe our established aiQM/MM-MD enzyme simulation protocol, which has been successfully applied to study more than a dozen enzymes. PMID:27498636

  16. Molecular dynamics modeling using ab initio interatomic potentials for thermal properties of Ni-rich alloys

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    Mei, J.; Cooper, B.R.; Hao, Y.G.; Scoy, F.L. Van

    1994-12-31

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study thermal expansions of Ni-rich (fcc structure) Ni/Cr alloys (which serve as the basis for practical superalloy systems). This has been done using ab initio interatomic potentials with no experimental input. The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) as a function of temperature has been calculated. By admixing Re and Me atoms into fee Ni and the fee alloy system Ni/Cr, additive effects on the thermal expansion have been predicted. While addition of Cr lowers the CTE of Ni, and moderate addition of Mo lowers the CTE of Ni over a wide temperature range, moderate addition of Re raises the CTE of both Ni and Ni/Cr alloys over a significant temperature range. An explanation for the contrasting effect of additive Re on the CTE, based on a one-dimensional atomic chain model, is that the trade-off, between atomic volume effects increasing the CTE over that of pure Ni and pair-potential effects (exemplified by the Grueneisen parameter) decreasing the CTE from that of pure nickel, changes for Re compared to Cr and Mo.

  17. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations and GIPAW NMR Calculations of a Lithium Borate Glass Melt.

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    Ohkubo, Takahiro; Tsuchida, Eiji; Takahashi, Takafumi; Iwadate, Yasuhiko

    2016-04-14

    The atomic structure of a molten 0.3Li2O-0.7B2O3 glass at 1250 K was investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The gauge including projector augmented wave (GIPAW) method was then employed for computing the chemical shift and quadrupolar coupling constant of (11)B, (17)O, and (7)Li from 764 AIMD derived structures. The chemical shift and quadrupolar coupling constant distributions were directly estimated from the dynamical structure of the molten glass. (11)B NMR parameters of well-known structural units such as the three-coordinated ring, nonring, and four-coordinated tetrahedron were found to be in good agreement with the experimental results. In this study, more detailed classification of B units was presented based on the number of O species bonded to the B atoms. This highlights the limitations of (11)B NMR sensitivity for resolving (11)B local environment using the experimentally obtained spectra only. The (17)O NMR parameter distributions can theoretically resolve the bridging and nonbridging O atoms with different structural units such as nonring, single boroxol ring, and double boroxol ring. Slight but clear differences in the number of bridging O atoms surrounding Li that have not been reported experimentally were observed in the theoretically obtained (7)Li NMR parameters. PMID:27010637

  18. Surface electron density models for accurate ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction

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    Novko, D.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Alducin, M.; Juaristi, J. I.

    2016-06-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction (AIMDEF) is a valuable methodology to study the interaction of atomic particles with metal surfaces. This method, in which the effect of low-energy electron-hole (e-h) pair excitations is treated within the local density friction approximation (LDFA) [Juaristi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 116102 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.116102], can provide an accurate description of both e-h pair and phonon excitations. In practice, its applicability becomes a complicated task in those situations of substantial surface atoms displacements because the LDFA requires the knowledge at each integration step of the bare surface electron density. In this work, we propose three different methods of calculating on-the-fly the electron density of the distorted surface and we discuss their suitability under typical surface distortions. The investigated methods are used in AIMDEF simulations for three illustrative adsorption cases, namely, dissociated H2 on Pd(100), N on Ag(111), and N2 on Fe(110). Our AIMDEF calculations performed with the three approaches highlight the importance of going beyond the frozen surface density to accurately describe the energy released into e-h pair excitations in case of large surface atom displacements.

  19. Insights into photodissociation dynamics of acetaldehyde from ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Chen Shilu; Fang Weihai

    2009-08-07

    In the present paper we report a theoretical study on mechanistic photodissociation of acetaldehyde (CH{sub 3}CHO). Stationary structures for H{sub 2} and CO eliminations in the ground state (S{sub 0}) have been optimized with density functional theory method, which is followed by the intrinsic reaction coordinate and ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to confirm the elimination mechanism. Equilibrium geometries, transition states, and intersection structures for the C-C and C-H dissociations in excited states were determined by the complete-active-space self-consistent field (CASSCF) method. Based on the CASSCF optimized structures, the potential energy profiles for the dissociations were refined by performing the single-point calculations using the multireference configuration interaction method. Upon the low-energy irradiation of CH{sub 3}CHO (265 nm<{lambda}<318 nm), the T{sub 1} C-C bond fission following intersystem crossing from the S{sub 1} state is the predominant channel and the minor channel, the ground-state elimination to CH{sub 4}+CO after internal conversion (IC) from S{sub 1} to S{sub 0}, could not be excluded. With the photon energy increasing, another pathway of IC, achieved via an S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} intersection point resulting from the S{sub 1} C-C bond fission, becomes accessible and increases the yield of CH{sub 4}+CO.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of threshold displacement energies in SrTiO3

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    Liu, Bin; Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to study low-energy recoil events in SrTiO3. The threshold displacement energies are shown to be strongly dependent on both the orientation and the corresponding atomic arrangement. The minimum threshold displacement energies are 13 eV for an O recoil along the <100> O-O chain, 25 eV for a Sr recoil along the <100> Sr-Sr chain and 38 eV for a Ti recoil along the <110> Ti-Ti chain. The weighted average threshold displacement energies along the primary crystallographic directions are 35.7, 53.5 and > 64.9 eV for O, Sr and Ti, respectively. The interstitial configurations produced by the recoil events are <100> and <111> split-interstitials for O and Sr, respectively, together with a Ti interstitial occupying a distorted bridge position between two Sr sites. It is found that the recoil events in SrTiO3 are partial- charge transfer assisted processes, and the partial- charge transfer plays an important role in these recoil events.

  1. Lattice thermal conductivity of UO2 using ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics

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    Kim, Hyoungchul; Kim, Moo Hwan; Kaviany, Massoud

    2014-03-01

    We applied the non-equilibrium ab-initio molecular dynamics and predict the lattice thermal conductivity of the pristine uranium dioxide for up to 2000 K. We also use the equilibrium classical molecular dynamics and heat-current autocorrelation decay theory to decompose the lattice thermal conductivity into acoustic and optical components. The predicted optical phonon transport is temperature independent and small, while the acoustic component follows the Slack relation and is in good agreement with the limited single-crystal experimental results. Considering the phonon grain-boundary and pore scatterings, the effective lattice thermal conductivity is reduced, and we show it is in general agreement with the sintered-powder experimental results. The charge and photon thermal conductivities are also addressed, and we find small roles for electron, surface polaron, and photon in the defect-free structures and for temperatures below 1500 K.

  2. Classical Magnetic Dipole Moments for the Simulation of Vibrational Circular Dichroism by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics.

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    Thomas, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara

    2016-02-01

    We present a new approach for calculating vibrational circular dichroism spectra by ab initio molecular dynamics. In the context of molecular dynamics, these spectra are given by the Fourier transform of the cross-correlation function of magnetic dipole moment and electric dipole moment. We obtain the magnetic dipole moment from the electric current density according to the classical definition. The electric current density is computed by solving a partial differential equation derived from the continuity equation and the condition that eddy currents should be absent. In combination with a radical Voronoi tessellation, this yields an individual magnetic dipole moment for each molecule in a bulk phase simulation. Using the chiral alcohol 2-butanol as an example, we show that experimental spectra are reproduced very well. Our approach requires knowing only the electron density in each simulation step, and it is not restricted to any particular electronic structure method. PMID:26771403

  3. Lattice thermal conductivity of UO{sub 2} using ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics

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    Kim, Hyoungchul; Kim, Moo Hwan; Kaviany, Massoud

    2014-03-28

    We applied the non-equilibrium ab-initio molecular dynamics and predict the lattice thermal conductivity of the pristine uranium dioxide for up to 2000 K. We also use the equilibrium classical molecular dynamics and heat-current autocorrelation decay theory to decompose the lattice thermal conductivity into acoustic and optical components. The predicted optical phonon transport is temperature independent and small, while the acoustic component follows the Slack relation and is in good agreement with the limited single-crystal experimental results. Considering the phonon grain-boundary and pore scatterings, the effective lattice thermal conductivity is reduced, and we show it is in general agreement with the sintered-powder experimental results. The charge and photon thermal conductivities are also addressed, and we find small roles for electron, surface polaron, and photon in the defect-free structures and for temperatures below 1500 K.

  4. Vibrational dynamics of zero-field-splitting hamiltonian in gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Lasoroski, Aurélie; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Pollet, Rodolphe

    2014-07-01

    The electronic relaxation of gadolinium complexes used as MRI contrast agents was studied theoretically by following the short time evolution of zero-field-splitting parameters. The statistical analysis of ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories provided a clear separation between static and transient contributions to the zero-field-splitting. For the latter, the correlation time was estimated at approximately 0.1 ps. The influence of the ligand was also probed by replacing one pendant arm of our reference macrocyclic complex by a bulkier phosphonate arm. In contrast to the transient contribution, the static zero-field-splitting was significantly influenced by this substitution. PMID:25005282

  5. Vibrational dynamics of zero-field-splitting hamiltonian in gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Lasoroski, Aurélie; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Pollet, Rodolphe

    2014-07-07

    The electronic relaxation of gadolinium complexes used as MRI contrast agents was studied theoretically by following the short time evolution of zero-field-splitting parameters. The statistical analysis of ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories provided a clear separation between static and transient contributions to the zero-field-splitting. For the latter, the correlation time was estimated at approximately 0.1 ps. The influence of the ligand was also probed by replacing one pendant arm of our reference macrocyclic complex by a bulkier phosphonate arm. In contrast to the transient contribution, the static zero-field-splitting was significantly influenced by this substitution.

  6. i-PI: A Python interface for ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ceriotti, Michele; More, Joshua; Manolopoulos, David E.

    2014-03-01

    Recent developments in path integral methodology have significantly reduced the computational expense of including quantum mechanical effects in the nuclear motion in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. However, the implementation of these developments requires a considerable programming effort, which has hindered their adoption. Here we describe i-PI, an interface written in Python that has been designed to minimise the effort required to bring state-of-the-art path integral techniques to an electronic structure program. While it is best suited to first principles calculations and path integral molecular dynamics, i-PI can also be used to perform classical molecular dynamics simulations, and can just as easily be interfaced with an empirical forcefield code. To give just one example of the many potential applications of the interface, we use it in conjunction with the CP2K electronic structure package to showcase the importance of nuclear quantum effects in high-pressure water. Catalogue identifier: AERN_v1_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AERN_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 138626 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3128618 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: Multiple architectures. Operating system: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows. RAM: Less than 256 Mb Classification: 7.7. External routines: NumPy Nature of problem: Bringing the latest developments in the modelling of nuclear quantum effects with path integral molecular dynamics to ab initio electronic structure programs with minimal implementational effort. Solution method: State-of-the-art path integral molecular dynamics techniques are implemented in a Python interface. Any electronic structure code can be patched to receive the atomic

  7. Molecular dynamics studies of polyurethane nanocomposite hydrogels

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    Strankowska, J.; Piszczyk, Ł.; Strankowski, M.; Danowska, M.; Szutkowski, K.; Jurga, S.; Kwela, J.

    2013-10-01

    Polyurethane PEO-based hydrogels have a broad range of biomedical applicability. They are attractive for drug-controlled delivery systems, surgical implants and wound healing dressings. In this study, a PEO based polyurethane hydrogels containing Cloisite® 30B, an organically modified clay mineral, was synthesized. Structure of nanocomposite hydrogels was determined using XRD technique. Its molecular dynamics was studied by means of NMR spectroscopy, DMA and DSC analysis. The mechanical properties and thermal stability of the systems were improved by incorporation of clay and controlled by varying the clay content in polymeric matrix. Molecular dynamics of polymer chains depends on interaction of Cloisite® 30B nanoparticles with soft segments of polyurethanes. The characteristic nanosize effect is observed.

  8. Temperature dependent mechanical properties of Mo-Si-B compounds via ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Dharmawardhana, C. C.; Sakidja, R.; Aryal, S.; Ching, W. Y.

    2013-07-01

    A new method was proposed to obtain high temperature mechanical properties with a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics and stress-strain analyses. It was applied to compounds in the Mo-Si-B ternary system, namely, T1 (Mo5Si3) and T2 (Mo5SiB2) phases. The calculated coefficient of thermal expansion, thermal expansion anisotropy, and elastic constants agree well with those from the available experiments. The method enables us to theoretically access these properties up to 2000 K.

  9. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of aqueous solution of nitric oxide in different formal oxidation states

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    Venâncio, Mateus F.; Rocha, Willian R.

    2015-10-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the early chemical events involved in the dynamics of nitric oxide (NOrad), nitrosonium cation (NO+) and nitroxide anion (NO-) in aqueous solution. The NO+ ion is very reactive in aqueous solution having a lifetime of ∼4 × 10-13 s, which is shorter than the value of 3 × 10-10 s predicted experimentally. The NO+ reacts generating the nitrous acid as an intermediate and the NO2- ion as the final product. The dynamics of NOrad revealed the reversibly formation of a transient anion radical species HONOrad -.

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by quantum Monte Carlo

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    Zen, Andrea; Luo, Ye Mazzola, Guglielmo Sorella, Sandro; Guidoni, Leonardo

    2015-04-14

    Although liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on the earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article, we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in good agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous density functional theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab initio simulations of complex chemical systems.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics of solvation effects on reactivity at electrified interfaces.

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    Herron, Jeffrey A; Morikawa, Yoshitada; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2016-08-23

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics as implemented in periodic, self-consistent (generalized gradient approximation Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof) density functional theory, we investigated the mechanism of methanol electrooxidation on Pt(111). We investigated the role of water solvation and electrode potential on the energetics of the first proton transfer step, methanol electrooxidation to methoxy (CH3O) or hydroxymethyl (CH2OH). The results show that solvation weakens the adsorption of methoxy to uncharged Pt(111), whereas the binding energies of methanol and hydroxymethyl are not significantly affected. The free energies of activation for breaking the C-H and O-H bonds in methanol were calculated through a Blue Moon Ensemble using constrained ab initio molecular dynamics. Calculated barriers for these elementary steps on unsolvated, uncharged Pt(111) are similar to results for climbing-image nudged elastic band calculations from the literature. Water solvation reduces the barriers for both C-H and O-H bond activation steps with respect to their vapor-phase values, although the effect is more pronounced for C-H bond activation, due to less disruption of the hydrogen bond network. The calculated activation energy barriers show that breaking the C-H bond of methanol is more facile than the O-H bond on solvated negatively biased or uncharged Pt(111). However, with positive bias, O-H bond activation is enhanced, becoming slightly more facile than C-H bond activation. PMID:27503889

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics with noisy forces: Validating the quantum Monte Carlo approach with benchmark calculations of molecular vibrational properties

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    Luo, Ye Sorella, Sandro; Zen, Andrea

    2014-11-21

    We present a systematic study of a recently developed ab initio simulation scheme based on molecular dynamics and quantum Monte Carlo. In this approach, a damped Langevin molecular dynamics is employed by using a statistical evaluation of the forces acting on each atom by means of quantum Monte Carlo. This allows the use of an highly correlated wave function parametrized by several variational parameters and describing quite accurately the Born-Oppenheimer energy surface, as long as these parameters are determined at the minimum energy condition. However, in a statistical method both the minimization method and the evaluation of the atomic forces are affected by the statistical noise. In this work, we study systematically the accuracy and reliability of this scheme by targeting the vibrational frequencies of simple molecules such as the water monomer, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, ammonia, and phosphine. We show that all sources of systematic errors can be controlled and reliable frequencies can be obtained with a reasonable computational effort. This work provides convincing evidence that this molecular dynamics scheme can be safely applied also to realistic systems containing several atoms.

  13. Structure of the glass-forming metallic liquids by ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics, a case study: Quenching the Cu{sub 60}Ti{sub 20}Zr{sub 20} alloy

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    Amokrane, S.; Ayadim, A.; Levrel, L.

    2015-11-21

    We consider the question of the amorphization of metallic alloys by melt quenching, as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations with semi-empirical potentials. The parametrization of the potentials is discussed on the example of the ternary Cu-Ti-Zr transition metals alloy, using the ab-initio simulation as a reference. The pair structure in the amorphous state is computed from a potential of the Stillinger-Weber form. The transferability of the parameters during the quench is investigated using two parametrizations: from solid state data, as usual and from a new parametrization on the liquid structure. When the adjustment is made on the pair structure of the liquid, a satisfactory transferability is found between the pure components and their alloys. The liquid structure predicted in this way agrees well with experiment, in contrast with the one obtained using the adjustment on the solid. The final structure, after quenches down to the amorphous state, determined with the new set of parameters is shown to be very close to the ab-initio one, the latter being in excellent agreement with recent X-rays diffraction experiments. The corresponding critical temperature of the glass transition is estimated from the behavior of the heat capacity. Discussion on the consistency between the structures predicted using semi-empirical potentials and ab-initio simulation, and comparison of different experimental data underlines the question of the dependence of the final structure on the thermodynamic path followed to reach the amorphous state.

  14. Study of the effects of metalloid elements (P, C, B) on Fe-based amorphous alloys by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Zhang, Wenbiao; Li, Qiang; Duan, Haiming

    2015-03-01

    In order to understand the effects of the metalloid elements M (M: P, C, B) on the atomic structure, glass formation ability (GFA) and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys, Fe80P13C7, Fe80P14B6 and Fe80B14C6 amorphous alloys are chosen to study through first-principle simulations in the present work. The atomic structure characteristic of the three amorphous alloys is investigated through the pair distribution functions (PDFs) and Voronoi Polyhedra (VPs) analyses. The PDFs and VPs analyses suggest that the GFA of the three alloys dropped in the order of Fe80P13C7, Fe80P14B6, and Fe80B14C6, which is well consistent with the experimental results. The density of state (DOS) of the three amorphous alloys is calculated to investigate their magnetic properties. Based on the DOS analysis, the average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe80P13C7 and Fe80P14B6 amorphous alloys can be estimated to be 1.71 μB and 1.70 μB, respectively, which are in acceptable agreement with the experimental results. However, the calculated average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe80B14C6 amorphous alloy is about 1.62 μB, which is far less than the experimental result.

  15. Study of the effects of metalloid elements (P, C, B) on Fe-based amorphous alloys by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Zhang, Wenbiao; Li, Qiang E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn; Duan, Haiming E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn

    2015-03-14

    In order to understand the effects of the metalloid elements M (M: P, C, B) on the atomic structure, glass formation ability (GFA) and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7}, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6} and Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6} amorphous alloys are chosen to study through first-principle simulations in the present work. The atomic structure characteristic of the three amorphous alloys is investigated through the pair distribution functions (PDFs) and Voronoi Polyhedra (VPs) analyses. The PDFs and VPs analyses suggest that the GFA of the three alloys dropped in the order of Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7}, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6}, and Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6}, which is well consistent with the experimental results. The density of state (DOS) of the three amorphous alloys is calculated to investigate their magnetic properties. Based on the DOS analysis, the average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7} and Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6} amorphous alloys can be estimated to be 1.71 μ{sub B} and 1.70 μ{sub B}, respectively, which are in acceptable agreement with the experimental results. However, the calculated average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6} amorphous alloy is about 1.62 μ{sub B}, which is far less than the experimental result.

  16. Structure and dynamics of high-spin Ru 2+ in aqueous solution: Ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics simulation

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    Kritayakornupong, Chinapong; Hannongbua, Supot

    2007-01-01

    The structural and dynamical properties of high-spin Ru 2+ in aqueous solution have been theoretically studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The conventional MD simulation based on pair potentials gives the overestimated average first shell coordination number of 9, whereas the value of 5.9 was observed when the three-body corrected function was included. A combined ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) molecular dynamics simulation has been performed to take into account the many-body effects on the hydration shell structure of Ru 2+. The most important region, the first hydration shell, was treated by ab initio quantum mechanics at UHF level using the SBKJC VDZ ECP basis set for Ru 2+ and the 6-31G ∗ basis sets for water. An exact coordination number of 6 for the first hydration shell was obtained from the QM/MM simulation. The QM/MM simulation predicts the average Ru 2+-O distance of 2.42 Å for the first hydration shell, whereas the values of 2.34 and 2.46 Å are resulted from the pair potentials without and with the three-body corrected simulations, respectively. Several other structural properties representing position and orientation of the solvate molecules were evaluated for describing the hydration shell structure of the Ru 2+ ion in dilute aqueous solution. A mean residence time of 7.1 ps was obtained for water ligands residing in the second hydration shell.

  17. The hydriding resistance of plutonium oxides and mononitride: A view from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Sun, Bo; Liu, Haifeng; Song, Haifeng

    2015-06-01

    Based on the non-local van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF)+ U scheme, we carry out the ab initio molecular dynamics study of the interaction dynamics for H2 molecules impingement against Pu-oxides and mononitride surfaces. We show that except for the weak physisorption, both PuO2 and PuN surfaces are so difficult of access that almost all of H2 molecules will bounce back to the vacuum when their initial kinetic energies are not sufficient. Although the dissociative adsorption of H2 on PuO2 surfaces is found to be exothermic, the collision-induced dissociation barriers of H2 are very high (up to 2.2 eV). However, PuO2 overlayer on Pu-metal can be reduced to α-Pu2O3 drived by oxygen-lean conditions, and H2 can penetrate and diffuse in α-Pu2O3 easily. As a result, α-Pu2O3 can promote the hydriding process of Pu. Unlike PuO2, PuN is found to be one kind of stable and uniform passivation layer against Pu-hydriding. Specifically, the incorporation of PuN and H-atom is proven to be thermodynamically unstable. Overall, our current study reveals the mechanical and chemical resistances of Pu-oxide and Pu-nitride to hydrogen corrosion, which have strong implications to the understanding of the surface corrosion and passivation of Pu metal. This work was supported by the FDST of CAEP under Grant No. 9090707.

  18. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2012-11-01

    Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K+ ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K+ ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K+ ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K+ ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.

  19. Accelerating ab initio path integral molecular dynamics with multilevel sampling of potential surface

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    Geng, Hua Y.

    2015-02-01

    A multilevel approach to sample the potential energy surface in a path integral formalism is proposed. The purpose is to reduce the required number of ab initio evaluations of energy and forces in ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (AI-PIMD) simulation, without compromising the overall accuracy. To validate the method, the internal energy and free energy of an Einstein crystal are calculated and compared with the analytical solutions. As a preliminary application, we assess the performance of the method in a realistic model-the FCC phase of dense atomic hydrogen, in which the calculated result shows that the acceleration rate is about 3 to 4-fold for a two-level implementation, and can be increased up to 10 times if extrapolation is used. With only 16 beads used for the ab initio potential sampling, this method gives a well converged internal energy. The residual error in pressure is just about 3 GPa, whereas it is about 20 GPa for a plain AI-PIMD calculation with the same number of beads. The vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of rs = 0.912.

  20. Accelerating ab initio path integral molecular dynamics with multilevel sampling of potential surface

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    Geng, Hua Y.

    2015-02-15

    A multilevel approach to sample the potential energy surface in a path integral formalism is proposed. The purpose is to reduce the required number of ab initio evaluations of energy and forces in ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (AI-PIMD) simulation, without compromising the overall accuracy. To validate the method, the internal energy and free energy of an Einstein crystal are calculated and compared with the analytical solutions. As a preliminary application, we assess the performance of the method in a realistic model—the FCC phase of dense atomic hydrogen, in which the calculated result shows that the acceleration rate is about 3 to 4-fold for a two-level implementation, and can be increased up to 10 times if extrapolation is used. With only 16 beads used for the ab initio potential sampling, this method gives a well converged internal energy. The residual error in pressure is just about 3 GPa, whereas it is about 20 GPa for a plain AI-PIMD calculation with the same number of beads. The vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of r{sub s}=0.912.

  1. The different roles of Pu-oxide overlayers in the hydrogenation of Pu-metal: an ab initio molecular dynamics study based on van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF)+U.

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    Sun, Bo; Liu, Haifeng; Song, Haifeng; Zhang, Guangcai; Zheng, Hui; Zhao, Xian-Geng; Zhang, Ping

    2014-04-28

    Based on the non-local van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF)+U scheme, we carry out the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) study of the interaction dynamics for H2 impingement against the stoichiometric PuO2(111), the reduced PuO2(111), and the stoichiometric α-Pu2O3(111) surfaces. The hydrogen molecular physisorption states, which cannot be captured by pure DFT+U method, are obtained by employing the vdW-DF+U scheme. We show that except for the weak physisorption, PuO 2(111) surfaces are so difficult of access that almost all of the H2 molecules will bounce back to the vacuum when their initial kinetic energies are not sufficient. Although the dissociative adsorption of H2 on PuO2(111) surfaces is found to be very exothermic, the collision-induced dissociation barriers of H2 are calculated to be as high as 3.2 eV and 2.0 eV for stoichiometric and reduced PuO2 surfaces, respectively. Unlike PuO2, our AIMD study directly reveals that the hydrogen molecules can penetrate into α-Pu2O3(111) surface and diffuse easily due to the 25% native O vacancies located along the ⟨111⟩ diagonals of α-Pu2O3 matrix. By examining the temperature effect and the internal vibrational excitations of H2, we provide a detailed insight into the interaction dynamics of H2 in α-Pu2O3. The optimum pathways for hydrogen penetration and diffusion, the corresponding energy barriers (1.0 eV and 0.53 eV, respectively) and rate constants are systematically calculated. Overall, our study fairly reveals the different interaction mechanisms between H2 and Pu-oxide surfaces, which have strong implications to the interpretation of experimental observations. PMID:24784301

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics with enhanced sampling for surface reaction kinetics at finite temperatures: CH2 ⇌ CH + H on Ni(111) as a case study

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    Sun, Geng; Jiang, Hong

    2015-12-01

    A comprehensive understanding of surface thermodynamics and kinetics based on first-principles approaches is crucial for rational design of novel heterogeneous catalysts, and requires combining accurate electronic structure theory and statistical mechanics modeling. In this work, ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) combined with the integrated tempering sampling (ITS) method has been explored to study thermodynamic and kinetic properties of elementary processes on surfaces, using a simple reaction CH 2 ⇌ CH + H on the Ni(111) surface as an example. By a careful comparison between the results from ITS-AIMD simulation and those evaluated in terms of the harmonic oscillator (HO) approximation, it is found that the reaction free energy and entropy from the HO approximation are qualitatively consistent with the results from ITS-AIMD simulation, but there are also quantitatively significant discrepancies. In particular, the HO model misses the entropy effects related to the existence of multiple adsorption configurations arising from the frustrated translation and rotation motion of adsorbed species, which are different in the reactant and product states. The rate constants are evaluated from two ITS-enhanced approaches, one using the transition state theory (TST) formulated in terms of the potential of mean force (PMF) and the other one combining ITS with the transition path sampling (TPS) technique, and are further compared to those based on harmonic TST. It is found that the rate constants from the PMF-based TST are significantly smaller than those from the harmonic TST, and that the results from PMF-TST and ITS-TPS are in a surprisingly good agreement. These findings indicate that the basic assumptions of transition state theory are valid in such elementary surface reactions, but the consideration of statistical averaging of all important adsorption configurations and reaction pathways, which are missing in the harmonic TST, are critical for

  3. Dissociation dynamics of ethylene molecules on a Ni cluster using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Shimamura, K; Shibuta, Y; Ohmura, S; Arifin, R; Shimojo, F

    2016-04-13

    The atomistic mechanism of dissociative adsorption of ethylene molecules on a Ni cluster is investigated by ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. The activation free energy to dehydrogenate an ethylene molecule on the Ni cluster and the corresponding reaction rate is estimated. A remarkable finding is that the adsorption energy of ethylene molecules on the Ni cluster is considerably larger than the activation free energy, which explains why the actual reaction rate is faster than the value estimated based on only the activation free energy. It is also found from the dynamic simulations that hydrogen molecules and an ethane molecule are formed from the dissociated hydrogen atoms, whereas some exist as single atoms on the surface or in the interior of the Ni cluster. On the other hand, the dissociation of the C-C bonds of ethylene molecules is not observed. On the basis of these simulation results, the nature of the initial stage of carbon nanotube growth is discussed. PMID:26953616

  4. Dissociation dynamics of ethylene molecules on a Ni cluster using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Shimamura, K.; Shibuta, Y.; Ohmura, S.; Arifin, R.; Shimojo, F.

    2016-04-01

    The atomistic mechanism of dissociative adsorption of ethylene molecules on a Ni cluster is investigated by ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. The activation free energy to dehydrogenate an ethylene molecule on the Ni cluster and the corresponding reaction rate is estimated. A remarkable finding is that the adsorption energy of ethylene molecules on the Ni cluster is considerably larger than the activation free energy, which explains why the actual reaction rate is faster than the value estimated based on only the activation free energy. It is also found from the dynamic simulations that hydrogen molecules and an ethane molecule are formed from the dissociated hydrogen atoms, whereas some exist as single atoms on the surface or in the interior of the Ni cluster. On the other hand, the dissociation of the C-C bonds of ethylene molecules is not observed. On the basis of these simulation results, the nature of the initial stage of carbon nanotube growth is discussed.

  5. Haber Process Made Efficient by Hydroxylated Graphene: Ab Initio Thermochemistry and Reactive Molecular Dynamics.

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    Chaban, Vitaly V; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2016-07-01

    The Haber-Bosch process is the main industrial method for producing ammonia from diatomic nitrogen and hydrogen. We use a combination of ab initio thermochemical analysis and reactive molecular dynamics to demonstrate that a significant increase in the ammonia production yield can be achieved using hydroxylated graphene and related species. Exploiting the polarity difference between N2/H2 and NH3, as well as the universal proton acceptor behavior of NH3, we demonstrate a strong shift of the equilibrium of the Haber-Bosch process toward ammonia (ca. 50 kJ mol(-1) enthalpy gain and ca. 60-70 kJ mol(-1) free energy gain). The modified process is of significant importance to the chemical industry. PMID:27340901

  6. Aqueous solutions: state of the art in ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Hassanali, Ali A; Cuny, Jérôme; Verdolino, Vincenzo; Parrinello, Michele

    2014-03-13

    The simulation of liquids by ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) has been a subject of intense activity over the last two decades. The significant increase in computational resources as well as the development of new and efficient algorithms has elevated this method to the status of a standard quantum mechanical tool that is used by both experimentalists and theoreticians. As AIMD computes the electronic structure from first principles, it is free of ad hoc parametrizations and has thus been applied to a large variety of physical and chemical problems. In particular, AIMD has provided microscopic insight into the structural and dynamical properties of aqueous solutions which are often challenging to probe experimentally. In this review, after a brief theoretical description of the Born-Oppenheimer and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics formalisms, we show how AIMD has enhanced our understanding of the properties of liquid water and its constituent ions: the proton and the hydroxide ion. Thereafter, a broad overview of the application of AIMD to other aqueous systems, such as solvated organic molecules and inorganic ions, is presented. We also briefly describe the latest theoretical developments made in AIMD, such as methods for enhanced sampling and the inclusion of nuclear quantum effects. PMID:24516179

  7. Dielectrophoresis of nanocolloids: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Salonen, E; Terama, E; Vattulainen, I; Karttunen, M

    2005-10-01

    Dielectrophoresis (DEP), the motion of polarizable particles in non-uniform electric fields, has become an important tool for the transport, separation, and characterization of microparticles in biomedical and nanoelectronics research. In this article we present, to our knowledge, the first molecular dynamics simulations of DEP of nanometer-sized colloidal particles. We introduce a simplified model for a polarizable nanoparticle, consisting of a large charged macroion and oppositely charged microions, in an explicit solvent. The model is then used to study DEP motion of the particle at different combinations of temperature and electric field strength. In accord with linear response theory, the particle drift velocities are shown to be proportional to the DEP force. Analysis of the colloid DEP mobility shows a clear time dependence, demonstrating the variation of friction under non-equilibrium. The time dependence of the mobility further results in an apparent weak variation of the DEP displacements with temperature. PMID:16195818

  8. An analysis of hydrated proton diffusion in ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Tse, Ying-Lung Steve; Knight, Chris; Voth, Gregory A.

    2015-01-01

    A detailed understanding of the inherently multiscale proton transport process raises a number of scientifically challenging questions. For example, there remain many (partially addressed) questions on the molecular mechanism for long-range proton migration and the potential for the formation of long-lived traps giving rise to burst-and-rest proton dynamics. Using results from a sizeable collection of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations (totaling ˜2.7 ns) with various density functional approximations (Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP), BLYP-D3, Hamprecht-Cohen-Tozer-Handy, B3LYP) and temperatures (300-330 K), equilibrium and dynamical properties of one excess proton and 128 water molecules are studied. Two features in particular (concerted hops and weak hydrogen-bond donors) are investigated to identify modes in the system that are strongly correlated with the onset of periods of burst-and-rest dynamics. The question of concerted hops seeks to identify those time scales over which long-range proton transport can be classified as a series of sequential water hopping events or as a near-simultaneous concerted process along compressed water wires. The coupling of the observed burst-and-rest dynamics with motions of a fourth neighboring water molecule (a weak hydrogen-bond donor) solvating the protonated water molecule is also investigated. The presence (absence) of hydrogen bonds involving this fourth water molecule before and after successful proton hopping events is found to be strongly correlated with periods of burst (rest) dynamics (and consistent with pre-solvation concepts). By analyzing several realizations of the AIMD trajectories on the 100-ps time scale, convergence of statistics can be assessed. For instance, it was observed that the probability for a fourth water molecule to approach the hydronium, if not already proximal at the beginning of the lifetime of the hydronium, is very low, indicative of the formation of stable void regions. Furthermore

  9. An analysis of hydrated proton diffusion in ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Tse, Ying-Lung Steve; Voth, Gregory A.; Knight, Chris

    2015-01-07

    A detailed understanding of the inherently multiscale proton transport process raises a number of scientifically challenging questions. For example, there remain many (partially addressed) questions on the molecular mechanism for long-range proton migration and the potential for the formation of long-lived traps giving rise to burst-and-rest proton dynamics. Using results from a sizeable collection of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations (totaling ∼2.7 ns) with various density functional approximations (Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP), BLYP–D3, Hamprecht-Cohen-Tozer-Handy, B3LYP) and temperatures (300–330 K), equilibrium and dynamical properties of one excess proton and 128 water molecules are studied. Two features in particular (concerted hops and weak hydrogen-bond donors) are investigated to identify modes in the system that are strongly correlated with the onset of periods of burst-and-rest dynamics. The question of concerted hops seeks to identify those time scales over which long-range proton transport can be classified as a series of sequential water hopping events or as a near-simultaneous concerted process along compressed water wires. The coupling of the observed burst-and-rest dynamics with motions of a fourth neighboring water molecule (a weak hydrogen-bond donor) solvating the protonated water molecule is also investigated. The presence (absence) of hydrogen bonds involving this fourth water molecule before and after successful proton hopping events is found to be strongly correlated with periods of burst (rest) dynamics (and consistent with pre-solvation concepts). By analyzing several realizations of the AIMD trajectories on the 100-ps time scale, convergence of statistics can be assessed. For instance, it was observed that the probability for a fourth water molecule to approach the hydronium, if not already proximal at the beginning of the lifetime of the hydronium, is very low, indicative of the formation of stable void regions

  10. An analysis of hydrated proton diffusion in ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Tse, Ying-Lung Steve; Knight, Chris; Voth, Gregory A

    2015-01-01

    A detailed understanding of the inherently multiscale proton transport process raises a number of scientifically challenging questions. For example, there remain many (partially addressed) questions on the molecular mechanism for long-range proton migration and the potential for the formation of long-lived traps giving rise to burst-and-rest proton dynamics. Using results from a sizeable collection of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations (totaling ∼2.7 ns) with various density functional approximations (Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP), BLYP-D3, Hamprecht-Cohen-Tozer-Handy, B3LYP) and temperatures (300-330 K), equilibrium and dynamical properties of one excess proton and 128 water molecules are studied. Two features in particular (concerted hops and weak hydrogen-bond donors) are investigated to identify modes in the system that are strongly correlated with the onset of periods of burst-and-rest dynamics. The question of concerted hops seeks to identify those time scales over which long-range proton transport can be classified as a series of sequential water hopping events or as a near-simultaneous concerted process along compressed water wires. The coupling of the observed burst-and-rest dynamics with motions of a fourth neighboring water molecule (a weak hydrogen-bond donor) solvating the protonated water molecule is also investigated. The presence (absence) of hydrogen bonds involving this fourth water molecule before and after successful proton hopping events is found to be strongly correlated with periods of burst (rest) dynamics (and consistent with pre-solvation concepts). By analyzing several realizations of the AIMD trajectories on the 100-ps time scale, convergence of statistics can be assessed. For instance, it was observed that the probability for a fourth water molecule to approach the hydronium, if not already proximal at the beginning of the lifetime of the hydronium, is very low, indicative of the formation of stable void regions. Furthermore

  11. π-Hydrogen Bonding of Aromatics on the Surface of Aerosols: Insights from Ab Initio and Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

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    Feng, Ya-Juan; Huang, Teng; Wang, Chao; Liu, Yi-Rong; Jiang, Shuai; Miao, Shou-Kui; Chen, Jiao; Huang, Wei

    2016-07-14

    Molecular level insight into the interaction between volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aerosols is crucial for improvement of atmospheric chemistry models. In this paper, the interaction between adsorbed toluene, one of the most significant VOCs in the urban atmosphere, and the aqueous surface of aerosols was studied by means of combined molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio quantum chemistry calculations. It is revealed that toluene can be stably adsorbed on the surface of aqueous droplets via hydroxyl-π hydrogen bonding between the H atoms of the water molecules and the C atoms in the aromatic ring. Further, significant modifications on the electrostatic potential map and frontier molecular orbital are induced by the solvation effect of surface water molecules, which would affect the reactivity and pathway of the atmospheric photooxidation of toluene. This study demonstrates that the surface interactions should be taken into consideration in the atmospheric chemical models on oxidation of aromatics. PMID:27280740

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics determination of competitive O₂ vs. N₂ adsorption at open metal sites of M₂(dobdc).

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    Parkes, Marie V; Greathouse, Jeffery A; Hart, David B; Gallis, Dorina F Sava; Nenoff, Tina M

    2016-04-28

    The separation of oxygen from nitrogen using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is of great interest for potential pressure-swing adsorption processes for the generation of purified O2 on industrial scales. This study uses ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations to examine for the first time the pure-gas and competitive gas adsorption of O2 and N2 in the M2(dobdc) (M = Cr, Mn, Fe) MOF series with coordinatively unsaturated metal centers. Effects of metal, temperature, and gas composition are explored. This unique application of AIMD allows us to study in detail the adsorption/desorption processes and to visualize the process of multiple guests competitively binding to coordinatively unsaturated metal sites of a MOF. PMID:27063148

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics of Al irradiation-induced processes during Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} growth

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    Music, Denis; Nahif, Farwah; Friederichsen, Niklas; Schneider, Jochen M.; Sarakinos, Kostas

    2011-03-14

    Al bombardment induced structural changes in {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (R-3c) and {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Fd-3m) were studied using ab initio molecular dynamics. Diffusion and irradiation damage occur for both polymorphs in the kinetic energy range from 3.5 to 40 eV. However, for {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) subplantation of impinging Al causes significantly larger irradiation damage and hence larger mobility as compared to {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Consequently, fast diffusion along {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) gives rise to preferential {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) growth, which is consistent with published structure evolution experiments.

  14. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for the role of hydrogen in catalytic reactions of furfural on Pd(111)

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    Xue, Wenhua; Dang, Hongli; Liu, Yingdi; Jentoft, Friederike; Resasco, Daniel; Wang, Sanwu

    2014-03-01

    In the study of catalytic reactions of biomass, furfural conversion over metal catalysts with the presence of hydrogen has attracted wide attention. We report ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for furfural and hydrogen on the Pd(111) surface at finite temperatures. The simulations demonstrate that the presence of hydrogen is important in promoting furfural conversion. In particular, hydrogen molecules dissociate rapidly on the Pd(111) surface. As a result of such dissociation, atomic hydrogen participates in the reactions with furfural. The simulations also provide detailed information about the possible reactions of hydrogen with furfural. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). This research used the supercomputer resources of the XSEDE, the NERSC Center, and the Tandy Supercomputing Center.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of the static, dynamic and electronic properties of liquid lead using real-space pseudopotentials

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    Alemany, Manuel M. G.; Longo, Roberto; Gallego, Luis; Gonzales, D. J.; Gonzales, L. E.; Tiago, Murilo L; Chelikowsky, James

    2007-01-01

    We performed a comprehensive study of the static, dynamic and electronic properties of liquid Pb at T = 650 kelvins, density 0.0309 angstroms^{-3} by means of 216-particle ab initio molecular dynamics simulations based on a real-space implementation of pseudopotentials constructed within density-functional theory. The predicted results and available experimental data are very in good agreement, which confirms the adequacy of this technique to achieve a reliable description of the behavior of liquid metals, including their dynamic properties. Although some of the computed properties of liquid Pb are similar to those of simple liquid metals, others differ markedly. Our results show that an appropriate description of liquid Pb requires the inclusion of relativistic effects in the determination of the pseudopotentials of Pb.

  16. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in zirconate pyrochlores

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; Zu, X. T.

    2015-01-31

    In this paper, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to study low energy recoil events in zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7, A = La, Nd and Sm). It shows that both cations and anions in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are generally more likely to be displaced than those in La2Zr2O7. The damage end states mainly consist of Frenkel pair defects, and the Frenkel pair formation energies in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are lower than those in La2Zr2O7. These results suggest that the order–disorder structural transition more easily occurs in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 resulting in a defect-fluorite structure, which agrees well with experimental observations. Our calculations indicate that oxygen migration from 48f and 8b to 8a sites is dominant under low energy irradiation. A number of new defects, including four types of cation Frenkel pairs and six types of anion Frenkel pairs, are revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present findings may help to advance the fundamental understanding of the irradiation response behavior of zirconate pyrochlores.

  17. Molecular dynamics studies of aromatic hydrocarbon liquids

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    McLaughlin, E.; Gupta, S.

    1990-01-01

    This project mainly involves a molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo study of the effect of molecular shape on thermophysical properties of bulk fluids with an emphasis on the aromatic hydrocarbon liquids. In this regard we have studied the modeling, simulation methodologies, and predictive and correlating methods for thermodynamic properties of fluids of nonspherical molecules. In connection with modeling we have studied the use of anisotropic site-site potentials, through a modification of the Gay-Berne Gaussian overlap potential, to successfully model the aromatic rings after adding the necessary electrostatic moments. We have also shown these interaction sites should be located at the geometric centers of the chemical groups. In connection with predictive methods, we have shown two perturbation type theories to work well for fluids modeled using one-center anisotropic potentials and the possibility exists for extending these to anisotropic site-site models. In connection with correlation methods, we have studied, through simulations, the effect of molecular shape on the attraction term in the generalized van der Waals equation of state for fluids of nonspherical molecules and proposed a possible form which is to be studied further. We have successfully studied the vector and parallel processing aspects of molecular simulations for fluids of nonspherical molecules.

  18. A molecular dynamics study of dielectric friction

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    Kurnikova, M.G.; Waldeck, D.H.; Coalson, R.D.

    1996-07-01

    A molecular dynamics study of the friction experienced by the dye molecule resorufamine rotating in a polar solvent is performed. The validity of simple continuum theories of dielectric friction is tested. It is found that the Alavi{endash}Waldeck theory gives reasonable results for the zero frequency dielectric friction coefficient while the Nee{endash}Zwanzig theory requires an unphysically small cavity radius. A procedure for evaluating the time dependent friction kernel from torques and angular velocities, which enables the contributions to the friction from the van der Waals and Coulomb forces to be evaluated separately, is suggested. This study of a realistic system shows that electrostatic interactions can enhance friction by at least two physical mechanisms. First is a contribution to the friction which arises solely from retardation of the solvent reaction field. Second is a contribution arising from local structural changes of the solvent which are driven by the electrostatic field, i.e., a change in the local viscosity. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  19. Ab initio molecular dynamics with nuclear quantum effects at classical cost: Ring polymer contraction for density functional theory.

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    Marsalek, Ondrej; Markland, Thomas E

    2016-02-01

    Path integral molecular dynamics simulations, combined with an ab initio evaluation of interactions using electronic structure theory, incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the electrons and nuclei, which are essential to accurately describe systems containing light nuclei. However, path integral simulations have traditionally required a computational cost around two orders of magnitude greater than treating the nuclei classically, making them prohibitively costly for most applications. Here we show that the cost of path integral simulations can be dramatically reduced by extending our ring polymer contraction approach to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. By using density functional tight binding as a reference system, we show that our ring polymer contraction scheme gives rapid and systematic convergence to the full path integral density functional theory result. We demonstrate the efficiency of this approach in ab initio simulations of liquid water and the reactive protonated and deprotonated water dimer systems. We find that the vast majority of the nuclear quantum effects are accurately captured using contraction to just the ring polymer centroid, which requires the same number of density functional theory calculations as a classical simulation. Combined with a multiple time step scheme using the same reference system, which allows the time step to be increased, this approach is as fast as a typical classical ab initio molecular dynamics simulation and 35× faster than a full path integral calculation, while still exactly including the quantum sampling of nuclei. This development thus offers a route to routinely include nuclear quantum effects in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at negligible computational cost. PMID:26851913

  20. Ground state structures and excited state dynamics of pyrrole-water complexes: Ab initio excited state molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kumar, Anupriya; Kołaski, Maciej; Kim, Kwang S.

    2008-01-01

    Structures of the ground state pyrrole-(H2O)n clusters are investigated using ab initio calculations. The charge-transfer driven femtosecond scale dynamics are studied with excited state ab initio molecular dynamics simulations employing the complete-active-space self-consistent-field method for pyrrole-(H2O)n clusters. Upon the excitation of these clusters, the charge density is located over the farthest water molecule which is repelled by the depleted π-electron cloud of pyrrole ring, resulting in a highly polarized complex. For pyrrole-(H2O), the charge transfer is maximized (up to 0.34a.u.) around ˜100fs and then oscillates. For pyrrole-(H2O)2, the initial charge transfer occurs through the space between the pyrrole and the π H-bonded water molecule and then the charge transfer takes place from this water molecule to the σ H-bonded water molecule. The total charge transfer from the pyrrole to the water molecules is maximized (up to 0.53a.u.) around ˜100fs.

  1. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics of Dimerization and Clustering in Alkali Metal Vapors.

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    Chaban, Vitaly V; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2016-06-30

    Alkali metals are known to form dimers, trimers, and tetramers in their vapors. The mechanism and regularities of this phenomenon characterize the chemical behavior of the first group elements. We report ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of the alkali metal vapors and characterize their structural properties, including radial distribution functions and atomic cluster size distributions. AIMD confirms formation of Men, where n ranges from 2 to 4. High pressure sharply favors larger structures, whereas high temperature decreases their fraction. Heavier alkali metals maintain somewhat larger fractions of Me2, Me3, and Me4, relative to isolated atoms. A single atom is the most frequently observed structure in vapors, irrespective of the element and temperature. Due to technical difficulties of working with high temperatures and pressures in experiments, AIMD is the most affordable method of research. It provides valuable understanding of the chemical behavior of Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs, which can lead to development of new chemical reactions involving these metals. PMID:27294399

  2. Resolving the HONO formation mechanism in the ionosphere via ab initio molecular dynamic simulations.

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    He, Rongxing; Li, Lei; Zhong, Jie; Zhu, Chongqin; Francisco, Joseph S; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2016-04-26

    Solar emission produces copious nitrosonium ions (NO(+)) in the D layer of the ionosphere, 60 to 90 km above the Earth's surface. NO(+) is believed to transfer its charge to water clusters in that region, leading to the formation of gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) and protonated water cluster. The dynamics of this reaction at the ionospheric temperature (200-220 K) and the associated mechanistic details are largely unknown. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and transition-state search, key structures of the water hydrates-tetrahydrate NO(+)(H2O)4 and pentahydrate NO(+)(H2O)5-are identified and shown to be responsible for HONO formation in the ionosphere. The critical tetrahydrate NO(+)(H2O)4 exhibits a chain-like structure through which all of the lowest-energy isomers must go. However, most lowest-energy isomers of pentahydrate NO(+)(H2O)5 can be converted to the HONO-containing product, encountering very low barriers, via a chain-like or a three-armed, star-like structure. Although these structures are not the global minima, at 220 K, most lowest-energy NO(+)(H2O)4 and NO(+)(H2O)5 isomers tend to channel through these highly populated isomers toward HONO formation. PMID:27071120

  3. Simulating ionic thermal trasport by equilibrium ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    Marcolongo, Aris; Umari, Paolo; Baroni, Stefano

    2014-03-01

    The Green-Kubo approach to thermal transport is often considered to be incompatible with ab-initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) because a suitable quantum-mechanical definition of the heat current is not readily available, due to the ill-definedness of the microscopic energy density to which it is related by the continuity equation. We argue that a similar difficulty actually exists in classical mechanics as well, and we address the conditions that have to be fulfilled in order for the physically well defined transport coefficients to be independent of the ill defined microscopic energy density from which they derive. We then provide two alternative approaches to calculating thermal conductivites from equilibrium AIMD. The first is based on the Green-Kubo formula, supplemented with an expression for the energy current, which is a generalization of Thouless' expression for the adiabatic charge current. The second approach, which avoids the recourse to an energy current altogether, rests on an efficient and accurate extrapolation to infinite wavelengths of the energy-density time correlation functions. The two methods are compared on a simple classical test bed, and their implementation in AIMD is demonstrated with the calculation of the thermal conductivity of simple fluids.

  4. Osmosis : a molecular dynamics computer simulation study

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    Lion, Thomas

    Osmosis is a phenomenon of critical importance in a variety of processes ranging from the transport of ions across cell membranes and the regulation of blood salt levels by the kidneys to the desalination of water and the production of clean energy using potential osmotic power plants. However, despite its importance and over one hundred years of study, there is an ongoing confusion concerning the nature of the microscopic dynamics of the solvent particles in their transfer across the membrane. In this thesis the microscopic dynamical processes underlying osmotic pressure and concentration gradients are investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. I first present a new derivation for the local pressure that can be used for determining osmotic pressure gradients. Using this result, the steady-state osmotic pressure is studied in a minimal model for an osmotic system and the steady-state density gradients are explained using a simple mechanistic hopping model for the solvent particles. The simulation setup is then modified, allowing us to explore the timescales involved in the relaxation dynamics of the system in the period preceding the steady state. Further consideration is also given to the relative roles of diffusive and non-diffusive solvent transport in this period. Finally, in a novel modification to the classic osmosis experiment, the solute particles are driven out-of-equilibrium by the input of energy. The effect of this modification on the osmotic pressure and the osmotic ow is studied and we find that active solute particles can cause reverse osmosis to occur. The possibility of defining a new "osmotic effective temperature" is also considered and compared to the results of diffusive and kinetic temperatures..

  5. Thermal transpiration: A molecular dynamics study

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    T, Joe Francis; Sathian, Sarith P.

    2014-12-01

    Thermal transpiration is a phenomenon where fluid molecules move from the cold end towards the hot end of a channel under the influence of longitudinal temperature gradient alone. Although the phenomenon of thermal transpiration is observed at rarefied gas conditions in macro systems, the phenomenon can occur at atmospheric pressure if the characteristic dimensions of the channel is less than 100 nm. The flow through these nanosized channels is characterized by the free molecular flow regimes and continuum theory is inadequate to describe the flow. Thus a non-continuum method like molecular dynamics (MD) is necessary to study such phenomenon. In the present work, MD simulations were carried out to investigate the occurance of thermal transpiration in copper and platinum nanochannels at atmospheric pressure conditions. The mean pressure of argon gas confined inside the nano channels was maintained around 1 bar. The channel height is maintained at 2nm. The argon atoms interact with each other and with the wall atoms through the Lennard-Jones potential. The wall atoms are modelled using an EAM potential. Further, separate simulations were carried out where a Harmonic potential is used for the atom-atom interaction in the platinum channel. A thermally insulating wall was introduced between the low and high temperature regions and those wall atoms interact with fluid atoms through a repulsive potential. A reduced cut off radius were used to achieve this. Thermal creep is induced by applying a temperature gradient along the channel wall. It was found that flow developed in the direction of the increasing temperature gradient of the wall. An increase in the volumetric flux was observed as the length of the cold and the hot regions of the wall were increased. The effect of temperature gradient and the wall-fluid interaction strength on the flow parameters have been studied to understand the phenomenon better.

  6. Thermal transpiration: A molecular dynamics study

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    T, Joe Francis; Sathian, Sarith P.

    2014-12-09

    Thermal transpiration is a phenomenon where fluid molecules move from the cold end towards the hot end of a channel under the influence of longitudinal temperature gradient alone. Although the phenomenon of thermal transpiration is observed at rarefied gas conditions in macro systems, the phenomenon can occur at atmospheric pressure if the characteristic dimensions of the channel is less than 100 nm. The flow through these nanosized channels is characterized by the free molecular flow regimes and continuum theory is inadequate to describe the flow. Thus a non-continuum method like molecular dynamics (MD) is necessary to study such phenomenon. In the present work, MD simulations were carried out to investigate the occurance of thermal transpiration in copper and platinum nanochannels at atmospheric pressure conditions. The mean pressure of argon gas confined inside the nano channels was maintained around 1 bar. The channel height is maintained at 2nm. The argon atoms interact with each other and with the wall atoms through the Lennard-Jones potential. The wall atoms are modelled using an EAM potential. Further, separate simulations were carried out where a Harmonic potential is used for the atom-atom interaction in the platinum channel. A thermally insulating wall was introduced between the low and high temperature regions and those wall atoms interact with fluid atoms through a repulsive potential. A reduced cut off radius were used to achieve this. Thermal creep is induced by applying a temperature gradient along the channel wall. It was found that flow developed in the direction of the increasing temperature gradient of the wall. An increase in the volumetric flux was observed as the length of the cold and the hot regions of the wall were increased. The effect of temperature gradient and the wall-fluid interaction strength on the flow parameters have been studied to understand the phenomenon better.

  7. Molecular dynamics studies on nanoscale gas transport

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    Barisik, Murat

    Three-dimensional molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of nanoscale gas flows are studied to reveal surface effects. A smart wall model that drastically reduces the memory requirements of MD simulations for gas flows is introduced. The smart wall molecular dynamics (SWMD) represents three-dimensional FCC walls using only 74 wall Molecules. This structure is kept in the memory and utilized for each gas molecule surface collision. Using SWMD, fluid behavior within nano-scale confinements is studied for argon in dilute gas, dense gas, and liquid states. Equilibrium MD method is employed to resolve the density and stress variations within the static fluid. Normal stress calculations are based on the Irving-Kirkwood method, which divides the stress tensor into its kinetic and virial parts. The kinetic component recovers pressure based on the ideal gas law. The particle-particle virial increases with increased density, while the surface-particle virial develops due to the surface force field effects. Normal stresses within nano-scale confinements show anisotropy induced primarily by the surface force-field and local variations in the fluid density near the surfaces. For dilute and dense gas cases, surface-force field that extends typically 1nm from each wall induces anisotropic normal stress. For liquid case, this effect is further amplified by the density fluctuations that extend beyond the three field penetration region. Outside the wall force-field penetration and density fluctuation regions the normal stress becomes isotropic and recovers the thermodynamic pressure, provided that sufficiently large force cut-off distances are utilized in the computations. Next, non-equilibrium SWMD is utilized to investigate the surface-gas interaction effects on nanoscale shear-driven gas flows in the transition and free molecular flow regimes. For the specified surface properties and gas-surface pair interactions, density and stress profiles exhibit a universal behavior inside the

  8. Fiber lubrication: A molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Liu, Hongyi

    Molecular and mesoscopic level description of friction and lubrication remains a challenge because of difficulties in the phenomenological understanding of to the behaviors of solid-liquid interfaces during sliding. Fortunately, there is the computational simulation approach opens an opportunity to predict and analyze interfacial phenomena, which were studied with molecular dynamics (MD) and mesoscopic dynamics (MesoDyn) simulations. Polypropylene (PP) and cellulose are two of most common polymers in textile fibers. Confined amorphous surface layers of PP and cellulose were built successfully with xenon crystals which were used to compact the polymers. The physical and surface properties of the PP and cellulose surface layers were investigated by MD simulations, including the density, cohesive energy, volumetric thermal expansion, and contact angle with water. The topology method was employed to predict the properties of poly(alkylene glycol) (PAG) diblock copolymers and Pluronic triblock copolymers used as lubricants on surfaces. Density, zero shear viscosity, shear module, cohesive energy and solubility parameter were predicted with each block copolymer. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the interaction energy per unit contact area of block copolymer melts with PP and cellulose surfaces. The interaction energy is defined as the ratio of interfacial interaction energy to the contact area. Both poly(proplene oxide) (PPO) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) segments provided a lipophilic character to both PP and cellulose surfaces. The PPO/PEO ratio and the molecular weight were found to impact the interaction energy on both PP and cellulose surfaces. In aqueous solutions, the interaction energy is complicated due to the presence of water and the cross interactions between the multiple molecular components. The polymer-water-surface (PWS) calculation method was proposed to calculate such complex systems. In a contrast with a vacuum condition, the presence

  9. Assessing the accuracy of improved force-matched water models derived from Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Köster, Andreas; Spura, Thomas; Rutkai, Gábor; Kessler, Jan; Wiebeler, Hendrik; Vrabec, Jadran; Kühne, Thomas D

    2016-07-15

    The accuracy of water models derived from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations by means on an improved force-matching scheme is assessed for various thermodynamic, transport, and structural properties. It is found that although the resulting force-matched water models are typically less accurate than fully empirical force fields in predicting thermodynamic properties, they are nevertheless much more accurate than generally appreciated in reproducing the structure of liquid water and in fact superseding most of the commonly used empirical water models. This development demonstrates the feasibility to routinely parametrize computationally efficient yet predictive potential energy functions based on accurate ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for a large variety of different systems. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27232117

  10. Molecular dynamics study of cyclohexane interconversion

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Chandler, David

    1990-12-01

    Classical molecular dynamics calculations are reported for one C 6H 12 molecule in a bath of 250 CS 2 molecules at roomtemperature and liquid densities of 1.0, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 g/cm 3. The solvent contribution to the free energy of activation for the chair-boat isomerization has been determined to high accuracy. The transmission coefficient and reactive flux correlation functions have also been computed. The results obtained agree with earlier conclusions drawn from RISM integral equation calculations and stochastic molecular dynamics calculations. Namely, the solvent effect on the rate manifests a qualitative breakdown of transition state theory and the RRKM picture of unimolecular kinetics. Analysis of the activated trajectories indicate a significant degree of quasiperiodicity.

  11. Molecular Dynamics and Electron Density Studies of Siderophores and Peptides.

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    Fidelis, Krzysztof Andrzej

    1990-08-01

    The dissertation comprises three separate studies of siderophores and peptides. In the first of these studies the relative potential energies for a series of diastereomers of a siderophore neocoprogen I are evaluated with molecular mechanics force field methods. Charges on the hydroxamate moiety are determined with a synthetic model siderophore compound using valence population refinements, and alternatively, with the theoretical ab initio/ESP calculations. The single diastereomer found in the crystal structure is among four characterized by the low potential energy, while prevalence of Delta vs. Lambda configuration about the iron is found to be a property of the entire series. In the second study the crystal structure of a ferrichrome siderophore ferrirhodin is reported. The crystal structure conformation of the molecular backbone as well as the iron coordination geometry compare well with other ferrichrome structures. The differences between the acyl groups of ferrirubin and ferrirhodin are explored using the methods of molecular mechanics. The third study a 300 ps, 300 K, in vacuo molecular dynamics simulation of didemnin A and B yields distinct molecular conformers, which are different from the one found in the crystal structure or modeled in solution, using the Nuclear Overhauser Effect data. Evaluations of the relative potential energy are performed with short 10 ps simulations in solution. Didemnins are natural depsipeptides isolated from a Caribbean tunicate and characterized by particularly potent antiproliferative and immunomodulatory activity. Conformationally rigid and flexible regions of the molecule are described. A short review of the molecular mechanics methodology is given in the introduction.

  12. A Combined Molecular Dynamics and Experimental Study of Doped Polypyrrole.

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    Fonner, John M; Schmidt, Christine E; Ren, Pengyu

    2010-10-01

    Polypyrrole (PPy) is a biocompatible, electrically conductive polymer that has great potential for battery, sensor, and neural implant applications. Its amorphous structure and insolubility, however, limit the experimental techniques available to study its structure and properties at the atomic level. Previous theoretical studies of PPy in bulk are also scarce. Using ab initio calculations, we have constructed a molecular mechanics force field of chloride-doped PPy (PPyCl) and undoped PPy. This model has been designed to integrate into the OPLS force field, and parameters are available for the Gromacs and TINKER software packages. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of bulk PPy and PPyCl have been performed using this force field, and the effects of chain packing and electrostatic scaling on the bulk polymer density have been investigated. The density of flotation of PPyCl films has been measured experimentally. Amorphous X-ray diffraction of PPyCl was obtained and correlated with atomic structures sampled from MD simulations. The force field reported here is foundational for bridging the gap between experimental measurements and theoretical calculations for PPy based materials. PMID:21052521

  13. A Combined Molecular Dynamics and Experimental Study of Doped Polypyrrole

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    Fonner, John M.; Schmidt, Christine E.; Ren, Pengyu

    2010-01-01

    Polypyrrole (PPy) is a biocompatible, electrically conductive polymer that has great potential for battery, sensor, and neural implant applications. Its amorphous structure and insolubility, however, limit the experimental techniques available to study its structure and properties at the atomic level. Previous theoretical studies of PPy in bulk are also scarce. Using ab initio calculations, we have constructed a molecular mechanics force field of chloride-doped PPy (PPyCl) and undoped PPy. This model has been designed to integrate into the OPLS force field, and parameters are available for the Gromacs and TINKER software packages. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of bulk PPy and PPyCl have been performed using this force field, and the effects of chain packing and electrostatic scaling on the bulk polymer density have been investigated. The density of flotation of PPyCl films has been measured experimentally. Amorphous X-ray diffraction of PPyCl was obtained and correlated with atomic structures sampled from MD simulations. The force field reported here is foundational for bridging the gap between experimental measurements and theoretical calculations for PPy based materials. PMID:21052521

  14. Structural and electronic properties of organo-halide hybrid perovskites from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-04-14

    The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites. PMID:25766785

  15. Aqueous Cation-Amide Binding: Free Energies and IR Spectral Signatures by Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    Pluharova, Eva; Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Schmidt, Burkhard; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2014-07-03

    Understanding specific ion effects on proteins remains a considerable challenge. N-methylacetamide serves as a useful proxy for the protein backbone that can be well characterized both experimentally and theoretically. The spectroscopic signatures in the amide I band reflecting the strength of the interaction of alkali cations and alkali earth dications with the carbonyl group remain difficult to assign and controversial to interpret. Herein, we directly compute the IR shifts corresponding to the binding of either sodium or calcium to aqueous N-methylacetamide using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show that the two cations interact with aqueous N-methylacetamide with different affinities and in different geometries. Since sodium exhibits a weak interaction with the carbonyl group, the resulting amide I band is similar to an unperturbed carbonyl group undergoing aqueous solvation. In contrast, the stronger calcium binding results in a clear IR shift with respect to N-methylacetamide in pure water. Support from the Czech Ministry of Education (grant LH12001) is gratefully acknowledged. EP thanks the International Max-Planck Research School for support and the Alternative Sponsored Fellowship program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PJ acknowledges the Praemium Academie award from the Academy of Sciences. Calculations of the free energy profiles were made possible through generous allocation of computer time from the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN). Calculations of vibrational spectra were performed in part using the computational resources in the National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This work was supported by National Science Foundation grant CHE-0431312. CJM is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy`s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences. PNNL is operated for the Department of Energy by Battelle. MDB is

  16. Finite-temperature elastic constants of paramagnetic materials within the disordered local moment picture from ab initio molecular dynamics calculations

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    Mozafari, E.; Shulumba, N.; Steneteg, P.; Alling, B.; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2016-08-01

    We present a theoretical scheme to calculate the elastic constants of magnetic materials in the high-temperature paramagnetic state. Our approach is based on a combination of disordered local moments picture and ab initio molecular dynamics (DLM-MD). Moreover, we investigate a possibility to enhance the efficiency of the simulations of elastic properties using the recently introduced method: symmetry imposed force constant temperature-dependent effective potential (SIFC-TDEP). We have chosen cubic paramagnetic CrN as a model system. This is done due to its technological importance and its demonstrated strong coupling between magnetic and lattice degrees of freedom. We have studied the temperature-dependent single-crystal and polycrystalline elastic constants of paramagentic CrN up to 1200 K. The obtained results at T = 300 K agree well with the experimental values of polycrystalline elastic constants as well as the Poisson ratio at room temperature. We observe that the Young's modulus is strongly dependent on temperature, decreasing by ˜14 % from T = 300 K to 1200 K. In addition we have studied the elastic anisotropy of CrN as a function of temperature and we observe that CrN becomes substantially more isotropic as the temperature increases. We demonstrate that the use of Birch law may lead to substantial errors for calculations of temperature induced changes of elastic moduli. The proposed methodology can be used for accurate predictions of mechanical properties of magnetic materials at temperatures above their magnetic order-disorder phase transition.

  17. Dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces: tests of dynamical assumptions using quantum models and ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Jackson, Bret; Nattino, Francesco; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2014-08-01

    The dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces is of great practical and fundamental importance. Not only is it the rate-limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, the reaction exhibits interesting mode-selective behavior and a strong dependence on the temperature of the metal. We present a quantum model for this reaction on Ni(100) and Ni(111) surfaces based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. The dissociative sticking probabilities computed using this model agree well with available experimental data with regard to variation with incident energy, substrate temperature, and the vibrational state of the incident molecule. We significantly expand the vibrational basis set relative to earlier studies, which allows reaction probabilities to be calculated for doubly excited initial vibrational states, though it does not lead to appreciable changes in the reaction probabilities for singly excited initial states. Sudden models used to treat the center of mass motion parallel to the surface are compared with results from ab initio molecular dynamics and found to be reasonable. Similar comparisons for molecular rotation suggest that our rotationally adiabatic model is incorrect, and that sudden behavior is closer to reality. Such a model is proposed and tested. A model for predicting mode-selective behavior is tested, with mixed results, though we find it is consistent with experimental studies of normal vs. total (kinetic) energy scaling. Models for energy transfer into lattice vibrations are also examined. PMID:25106565

  18. Dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces: Tests of dynamical assumptions using quantum models and ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Jackson, Bret; Nattino, Francesco; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2014-08-01

    The dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces is of great practical and fundamental importance. Not only is it the rate-limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, the reaction exhibits interesting mode-selective behavior and a strong dependence on the temperature of the metal. We present a quantum model for this reaction on Ni(100) and Ni(111) surfaces based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. The dissociative sticking probabilities computed using this model agree well with available experimental data with regard to variation with incident energy, substrate temperature, and the vibrational state of the incident molecule. We significantly expand the vibrational basis set relative to earlier studies, which allows reaction probabilities to be calculated for doubly excited initial vibrational states, though it does not lead to appreciable changes in the reaction probabilities for singly excited initial states. Sudden models used to treat the center of mass motion parallel to the surface are compared with results from ab initio molecular dynamics and found to be reasonable. Similar comparisons for molecular rotation suggest that our rotationally adiabatic model is incorrect, and that sudden behavior is closer to reality. Such a model is proposed and tested. A model for predicting mode-selective behavior is tested, with mixed results, though we find it is consistent with experimental studies of normal vs. total (kinetic) energy scaling. Models for energy transfer into lattice vibrations are also examined.

  19. Dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces: Tests of dynamical assumptions using quantum models and ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Jackson, Bret; Nattino, Francesco; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2014-08-07

    The dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces is of great practical and fundamental importance. Not only is it the rate-limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, the reaction exhibits interesting mode-selective behavior and a strong dependence on the temperature of the metal. We present a quantum model for this reaction on Ni(100) and Ni(111) surfaces based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. The dissociative sticking probabilities computed using this model agree well with available experimental data with regard to variation with incident energy, substrate temperature, and the vibrational state of the incident molecule. We significantly expand the vibrational basis set relative to earlier studies, which allows reaction probabilities to be calculated for doubly excited initial vibrational states, though it does not lead to appreciable changes in the reaction probabilities for singly excited initial states. Sudden models used to treat the center of mass motion parallel to the surface are compared with results from ab initio molecular dynamics and found to be reasonable. Similar comparisons for molecular rotation suggest that our rotationally adiabatic model is incorrect, and that sudden behavior is closer to reality. Such a model is proposed and tested. A model for predicting mode-selective behavior is tested, with mixed results, though we find it is consistent with experimental studies of normal vs. total (kinetic) energy scaling. Models for energy transfer into lattice vibrations are also examined.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of organic electrolytes, electrodes, and lithium ion transport for Li-ion batteries

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    Kent, P. R. C.; Ganesh, P.; Jiang, De-En; Borodin, O.

    2012-02-01

    Optimizing the choice of electrolyte in lithium ion batteries and an understanding of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) is required to optimize the balance between high-energy storage, high rate capability, and lifetime. We perform accurate ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations of common cyclic carbonates and LiPF6 to build solvation models which explain available Neutron and NMR spectroscopies. Our results corroborate why ethylene carbonate is a preferred choice for battery applications over propylene carbonate and how mixtures with dimethyl carbonate improve Li-ion diffusion. We study the role of functionalization of graphite-anode edges on the reducibility of the electrolyte and the ease of Li-ion intercalation at the initial stages of SEI formation. We find that oxygen terminated edges readily act as strong reductive sites, while hydrogen terminated edges are less reactive and allow faster Li diffusion. Orientational ordering of the solvent molecules precedes reduction at the interphase. Inorganic reductive components are seen to readily migrate to the anode edges, leading to increased surface passivation of the anode. We are currently quantifying Li-intercalation barriers across realistic SEI models, and progress along these lines will be presented.

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics investigations of low-energy recoil events in Ni and NiCo

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    Liu, Bin; Yuan, Fenglin; Jin, Ke; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-10-06

    Low-energy recoil events in pure Ni and the equiatomic NiCo alloy are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We found that the threshold displacement energies are strongly dependent on orientation and weakly dependent on composition. The minimum threshold displacement energies are along the [1 1 0] direction in both pure Ni and the NiCo alloy. Compared to pure Ni, the threshold displacement energies increase slightly in the NiCo alloy due to stronger bonds in the alloy, irrespective of the element type of the PKA. A single Ni interstitial occupying the center of a tetrahedron formed by four Ni atoms and a <1 0 0> split interstitial is produced in pure Ni by the recoils, while only the <1 0 0> split interstitial is formed in the NiCo alloy. Compared to the replacement sequences in pure Ni, anti-site defect sequences are observed in the alloy, which have high efficiency for both producing defects and transporting energy outside of the cascade core. These results provide insights into energy transfer processes occurring in equiatomic alloys under irradiation.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of the static, dynamic and electronic properties of the liquid Bi-Pb alloy

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    Souto, J.; Alemany, M. M. G.; Gallego, L. J.; Gonzalez, L. E.; Gonzalez, D. J.

    2013-03-01

    We perform an ab initio molecular dynamics study of the static, dynamic and electronic properties of the liquid Bi-Pb alloy at three concentrations, including the eutectic one. This alloy is of particular technological interest for its possible use as coolant in fast reactors. Our predictions are in good agreement with the available experimental data. In particular, the computed total static structure factors reproduce accurately the neutron diffraction results, and the predicted adiabatic sound velocity and shear viscosity compare well with the experimental values. The partial dynamic structure factors exhibit clear side peaks indicative of propagating density fluctuations, and the longitudinal and transverse dispersion relations show several branches.The electronic density of states show that the liquid Bi-Pb alloy is a good metal, but with strong deviations from the free-electron parabolic curve. Supported by FIS2008-02490/FIS, FIS2008-04894/FIS, VA068A06, GR120, INCITE09E2R206033ES and INCITE08PXIB206107PR

  3. Structural transformation between long and short-chain form of liquid sulfur from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Plašienka, Dušan; Cifra, Peter; Martoňák, Roman

    2015-04-21

    We present results of ab initio molecular dynamics study of the structural transformation occurring in hot liquid sulfur under high pressure, which corresponds to the recently observed chain-breakage phenomenon and to the electronic transition reported earlier. The transformation is temperature-induced and separates two distinct polymeric forms of liquid sulfur: high-temperature form composed of short chain-like fragments with open endings and low-temperature form with very long chains. We offer a structural description of the two liquid forms in terms of chain lengths, cross-linking, and chain geometry and investigate several physical properties. We conclude that the transformation is accompanied by changes in energy (but not density) as well as in diffusion coefficient and electronic properties—semiconductor-metal transition. We also describe the analogy of the investigated process to similar phenomena that take place in two other chalcogens selenium and tellurium. Finally, we remark that the behavior of heated liquid sulfur at ambient pressure might indicate a possible existence of a critical point in the low-pressure region of sulfur phase diagram. PMID:25903892

  4. On the structure of crystalline and molten cryolite: Insights from the ab initio molecular dynamics in NpT ensemble

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    Bučko, Tomáš; Šimko, František

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in isobaric-isothermal ensemble have been performed to study the low- and the high-temperature crystalline and liquid phases of cryolite. The temperature induced transitions from the low-temperature solid (α) to the high-temperature solid phase (β) and from the phase β to the liquid phase have been simulated using a series of MD runs performed at gradually increasing temperature. The structure of crystalline and liquid phases is analysed in detail and our computational approach is shown to reliably reproduce the available experimental data for a wide range of temperatures. Relatively frequent reorientations of the AlF6 octahedra observed in our simulation of the phase β explain the thermal disorder in positions of the F- ions observed in X-ray diffraction experiments. The isolated AlF63-, AlF52-, AlF4-, as well as the bridged Al 2 Fm 6 - m ionic entities have been identified as the main constituents of cryolite melt. In accord with the previous high-temperature NMR and Raman spectroscopic experiments, the compound AlF5 2 - has been shown to be the most abundant Al-containing species formed in the melt. The characteristic vibrational frequencies for the AlFn 3 - n species in realistic environment have been determined and the computed values have been found to be in a good agreement with experiment.

  5. Structural transformation between long and short-chain form of liquid sulfur from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Plašienka, Dušan Martoňák, Roman; Cifra, Peter

    2015-04-21

    We present results of ab initio molecular dynamics study of the structural transformation occurring in hot liquid sulfur under high pressure, which corresponds to the recently observed chain-breakage phenomenon and to the electronic transition reported earlier. The transformation is temperature-induced and separates two distinct polymeric forms of liquid sulfur: high-temperature form composed of short chain-like fragments with open endings and low-temperature form with very long chains. We offer a structural description of the two liquid forms in terms of chain lengths, cross-linking, and chain geometry and investigate several physical properties. We conclude that the transformation is accompanied by changes in energy (but not density) as well as in diffusion coefficient and electronic properties—semiconductor-metal transition. We also describe the analogy of the investigated process to similar phenomena that take place in two other chalcogens selenium and tellurium. Finally, we remark that the behavior of heated liquid sulfur at ambient pressure might indicate a possible existence of a critical point in the low-pressure region of sulfur phase diagram.

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics investigations of low-energy recoil events in Ni and NiCo

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    Liu, Bin; Yuan, Fenglin; Jin, Ke; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-10-06

    Low-energy recoil events in pure Ni and the equiatomic NiCo alloy are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We found that the threshold displacement energies are strongly dependent on orientation and weakly dependent on composition. The minimum threshold displacement energies are along the [1 1 0] direction in both pure Ni and the NiCo alloy. Compared to pure Ni, the threshold displacement energies increase slightly in the NiCo alloy due to stronger bonds in the alloy, irrespective of the element type of the PKA. A single Ni interstitial occupying the center of a tetrahedron formed by four Ni atomsmore » and a <1 0 0> split interstitial is produced in pure Ni by the recoils, while only the <1 0 0> split interstitial is formed in the NiCo alloy. Compared to the replacement sequences in pure Ni, anti-site defect sequences are observed in the alloy, which have high efficiency for both producing defects and transporting energy outside of the cascade core. These results provide insights into energy transfer processes occurring in equiatomic alloys under irradiation.« less

  7. On the structure of crystalline and molten cryolite: Insights from the ab initio molecular dynamics in NpT ensemble.

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    Bučko, Tomáš; Šimko, František

    2016-02-14

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in isobaric-isothermal ensemble have been performed to study the low- and the high-temperature crystalline and liquid phases of cryolite. The temperature induced transitions from the low-temperature solid (α) to the high-temperature solid phase (β) and from the phase β to the liquid phase have been simulated using a series of MD runs performed at gradually increasing temperature. The structure of crystalline and liquid phases is analysed in detail and our computational approach is shown to reliably reproduce the available experimental data for a wide range of temperatures. Relatively frequent reorientations of the AlF6 octahedra observed in our simulation of the phase β explain the thermal disorder in positions of the F(-) ions observed in X-ray diffraction experiments. The isolated AlF6(3-), AlF5(2-), AlF4(-), as well as the bridged Al2Fm(6-m) ionic entities have been identified as the main constituents of cryolite melt. In accord with the previous high-temperature NMR and Raman spectroscopic experiments, the compound AlF5(2-) has been shown to be the most abundant Al-containing species formed in the melt. The characteristic vibrational frequencies for the AlFn(3-n) species in realistic environment have been determined and the computed values have been found to be in a good agreement with experiment. PMID:26874492

  8. Efficient and accurate determination of lattice-vacancy diffusion coefficients via non equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Sangiovanni, D. G.; Hellman, O.; Alling, B.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    We revisit the color-diffusion algorithm [Aeberhard et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 095901 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.095901] in non equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics (NE-AIMD) and propose a simple efficient approach for the estimation of monovacancy jump rates in crystalline solids at temperatures well below melting. Color-diffusion applied to monovacancy migration entails that one lattice atom (colored atom) is accelerated toward the neighboring defect site by an external constant force F. Considering bcc molybdenum between 1000 and 2800 K as a model system, NE-AIMD results show that the colored-atom jump rate kNE increases exponentially with the force intensity F , up to F values far beyond the linear-fitting regime employed previously. Using a simple model, we derive an analytical expression which reproduces the observed kNE(F ) dependence on F . Equilibrium rates extrapolated by NE-AIMD results are in excellent agreement with those of unconstrained dynamics. The gain in computational efficiency achieved with our approach increases rapidly with decreasing temperatures and reaches a factor of 4 orders of magnitude at the lowest temperature considered in the present study.

  9. Hydration structures of U(III) and U(IV) ions from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Leung, Kevin; Nenoff, Tina M.

    2012-08-21

    We apply DFT+U-based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the hydration structures of U(III) and U(IV) ions, pertinent to redox reactions associated with uranium salts in aqueous media. U(III) is predicted to be coordinated to 8 water molecules, while U(IV) has a hydration number between 7 and 8. At least one of the innershell water molecules of the hydrated U(IV) complex becomes spontaneously deprotonated. As a result, the U(IV)-O pair correlation function exhibits a satellite peak at 2.15 A associated with the shorter U(IV)-(OH{sup -}) bond. This feature is not accounted for in analysis of extended x-ray absorption fine structure and x-ray adsorption near edge structure measurements, which yield higher estimates of U(IV) hydration numbers. This suggests that it may be useful to include the effect of possible hydrolysis in future interpretation of experiments, especially when the experimental pH is close to the reported hydrolysis equilibrium constant value.

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in ceramics

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    Gao, Fei; Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.

    2011-07-15

    The recent progress in the use of large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to investigate low energy recoil events and determine threshold displacement energies, Ed, in ceramics is reviewed. In general, Ed shows a significant dependence on recoil direction and atom. In 3C-SiC, the minimum Ed for both C and Si atoms is found along the <100> direction, with a value of 20 and 49 eV, respectively. The results demonstrate that significant charge transfer occurs during the dynamics process, and defects can enhance charge transfer to surrounding atoms, which provides important insights into the formation of charged defects. It is found that the C vacancy is a positively charged defect, whereas the Si vacancy is in its neutral state. The minimum Ed in GaN is determined to be 17 and 39 eV for N and Ga atoms, respectively, both along the direction. The average Ed for N atoms (32.4 eV) is smaller than that for Ga atoms (73.2 eV). It is of interest to note that the N defects created along different crystallographic directions have a similar configuration (a N-N dumbbell configuration), but various configurations for Ga defects are formed. In Y2Ti2O7 prochlore, the minimum Ed for Y atoms is determined to be 27 eV for a recoil along the <100> direction, 31.5 eV for Ti atoms along the <100> direction, 14.5 eV for O48f atoms along the <110> direction and 13 eV for O8b atoms along the <111> direction. The average Ed values determined are 32.7, 34.2, 14.2 and 16.1 eV for yttrium, titanium, O48f and O8b atoms, respectively. Cation interstitials at vacant 8a sites, which are generally occupied by oxygen anions, and at the bridge sites between two neighboring cations along the <010> direction are observed after low energy recoil events.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in ceramics

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    Gao, Fei; Xiao, Haiyan; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    The recent progress in the use of large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to investigate low energy recoil events and determine threshold displacement energies, Ed, in ceramics is reviewed. In general, Ed shows a significant dependence on recoil direction and atom. In SiC, the minimum Ed for both C and Si atoms is found along the <100> direction, with a value of 20 and 49 eV, respectively. The results demonstrate that significant charge transfer occurs during the dynamics process, and defects can enhance charge transfer to surrounding atoms, which provides important insights into the formation of charged defects. It is found that the C vacancy is a positively charged defect, whereas the Si vacancy is in its neutral state. The minimum Ed in GaN is determined to be 17 and 39 eV for N and Ga atoms, respectively, both along the direction. The average Ed for N atoms (32.4 eV) is smaller than that for Ga atoms (73.2 eV). It is of interest to note that the N defects created along different crystallographic directions have a similar configuration (a N-N dumbbell configuration), but various configurations for Ga defects are formed. In Y2Ti2O7 prochlore, the minimum Ed for Y atoms is determined to be 27 eV for a recoil along the <100> direction, 31.5 eV for Ti atoms along the <100> direction, 14.5 eV for O48f atoms along the <110> direction and 13 eV for O8b atoms along the <111> direction. The average Ed values determined are 32.7, 34.2, 14.2 and 16.1 eV for yttrium, titanium, O48f and O8b atoms, respectively. Cation interstitials at vacant 8a sites, which are generally occupied by oxygen anions, and at the bridge sites between two neighboring cations along the <010> direction are observed after low energy recoil events.

  12. Structure and Dynamics of the Instantaneous Water/Vapor Interface Revisited by Path-Integral and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Kessler, Jan; Elgabarty, Hossam; Spura, Thomas; Karhan, Kristof; Partovi-Azar, Pouya; Hassanali, Ali A; Kühne, Thomas D

    2015-08-01

    The structure and dynamics of the water/vapor interface is revisited by means of path-integral and second-generation Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with an instantaneous surface definition [Willard, A. P.; Chandler, D. J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 1954]. In agreement with previous studies, we find that one of the OH bonds of the water molecules in the topmost layer is pointing out of the water into the vapor phase, while the orientation of the underlying layer is reversed. Therebetween, an additional water layer is detected, where the molecules are aligned parallel to the instantaneous water surface. PMID:26174102

  13. Hard scaling challenges for ab initio molecular dynamics capabilities in NWChem: Using 100,000 CPUs per second

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    Bylaska, Eric J.; Glass, Kevin A.; Baxter, Douglas J.; Baden, Scott B.; Weare, John H.

    2010-09-16

    An overview of the parallel algorithms for ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) used in the NWChem program package is presented, including recent developments for computing exact exchange. These algorithms make use of a two-dimensional processor geometry proposed by Gygi et al for use in AIMD algorithms. Using this strategy, a highly scalable algorithm for exact exchange has been developed and incorporated it into AIMD. This new algorithm for exact exchange employs an incomplete butterfly to overcome the bottleneck associated with exact exchange term, and it makes judicious use of data replication. Initial testing has shown that this algorithm can scale to over 20,000 CPUs even for modest size simulation.

  14. Theoretical design of a novel copper doped gold cluster supported on graphene utilizing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Koizumi, Kenichi; Nobusada, Katsuyuki; Boero, Mauro

    2015-12-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been used to inspect the adsorption of O2 to a small gold-copper alloy cluster supported on graphene. The exposed Cu atom in this cluster acts as a crucial attractive site for the approaching of O2 and consequently widens the reaction channel for the adsorption process. Conversely, a pure Au cluster on the same graphene support is inactive for the O2 adsorption because the corresponding reaction channel for the adsorption is very narrow. These results clearly indicate that doping a different metal to the Au cluster is a way to enhance the oxygen adsorption and to promote catalytic reactions.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of structural transformation in zinc blende GaN under high pressure

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    Xiao, Hai Yan; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Weber, William J.

    2010-02-04

    High-pressure induced zinc blende to rocksalt phase transition in GaN has been investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics method to characterize the transformation mechanism at the atomic level. It was shown that at 100 GPa GaN passes through tetragonal and monoclinic states before rocksalt structure is formed. The transformation mechanism is consistent with that for other zinc blende semiconductors obtained from the same method. Detailed structural analysis showed that there is no bond breaking involved in the phase transition.

  16. Strong electric fields at a prototypical oxide/water interface probed by ab initio molecular dynamics: MgO(001).

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    Laporte, Sara; Finocchi, Fabio; Paulatto, Lorenzo; Blanchard, Marc; Balan, Etienne; Guyot, François; Saitta, Antonino Marco

    2015-08-21

    We report a density-functional theory (DFT)-based study of the interface of bulk water with a prototypical oxide surface, MgO(001), and focus our study on the often-overlooked surface electric field. In particular, we observe that the bare MgO(001) surface, although charge-neutral and defectless, has an intense electric field on the Å scale. The MgO(001) surface covered with 1 water monolayer (1 ML) is investigated via a supercell accounting for the experimentally-observed (2 × 3) reconstruction, stable at ambient temperature, and in which two out of six water molecules are dissociated. This 1 ML-hydrated surface is also found to have a high, albeit short-ranged, normal component of the field. Finally, the oxide/water interface is studied via room-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) using 34 H2O molecules between two MgO(001) surfaces. To our best knowledge this is the first AIMD study of the MgO(001)/liquid water interface in which all atoms are treated using DFT and including several layers above the first adsorbed layer. We observe that the surface electric field, averaged over the AIMD trajectories, is still very strong on the fully-wet surface, peaking at about 3 V Å(-1). Even in the presence of bulk-like water, the structure of the first layer in contact with the surface remains similar to the (2 × 3)-reconstructed ice ad-layer on MgO(001). Moreover, we observe proton exchange within the first layer, and between the first and second layers - indeed, the O-O distances close to the surface are found to be distributed towards shorter distances, a property which has been shown to directly promote proton transfer. PMID:26193818

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics of protonated dialanine and comparison to infrared multiphoton dissociation experiments.

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    Marinica, D C; Grégoire, G; Desfrançois, C; Schermann, J P; Borgis, D; Gaigeot, M P

    2006-07-20

    Finite temperature Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations are performed for the protonated dialanine peptide in vacuo, in relation to infrared multiphoton dissociation experiments. The simulations emphasize the flexibility of the different torsional angles at room temperature and the dynamical exchange between different conformers which were previously identified as stable at 0 K. A proton transfer occurring spontaneously at the N-terminal side is also observed and characterized. The theoretical infrared absorption spectrum is computed from the dipole time correlation function, and, in contrast to traditional static electronic structure calculations, it accounts directly for anharmonic and finite temperature effects. The comparison to the experimental infrared multiphoton dissociation spectrum turns out very good in terms of both band positions and band shapes. It does help the identification of a predominant conformer and the attribution of the different bands. The synergy shown between the experimental and theoretical approaches opens the door to the study of the vibrational properties of complex and floppy biomolecules in the gas phase at finite temperature. PMID:16836443

  18. Non-equilibrium dynamics in disordered materials: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ohmura, Satoshi; Nagaya, Kiyonobu; Yao, Makoto; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2015-08-17

    The dynamic properties of liquid B{sub 2}O{sub 3} under pressure and highly-charged bromophenol molecule are studied by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on density functional theory (DFT). Diffusion properties of covalent liquids under high pressure are very interesting in the sense that they show unexpected pressure dependence. It is found from our simulation that the magnitude relation of diffusion coefficients for boron and oxygen in liquid B{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows the anomalous pressure dependence. The simulation clarified the microscopic origin of the anomalous diffusion properties. Our simulation also reveals the dissociation mechanism in the coulomb explosion of the highly-charged bromophenol molecule. When the charge state n is 6, hydrogen atom in the hydroxyl group dissociates at times shorter than 20 fs while all hydrogen atoms dissociate when n is 8. After the hydrogen dissociation, the carbon ring breaks at about 100 fs. There is also a difference on the mechanism of the ring breaking depending on charge states, in which the ring breaks with expanding (n = 6) or shrink (n = 8)

  19. Infrared Spectroscopy of N-Methylacetamide Revisited by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Gaigeot, M P; Vuilleumier, R; Sprik, M; Borgis, D

    2005-09-01

    The density functional theory based molecular dynamics simulation method ("Car-Parrinello") was applied in a numerical study of the electronic properties, hydrogen bonding, and infrared spectroscopy of the trans and cis isomer of N-methylacetamide in aqueous solution. A detailed analysis of the electronic structure of the solvated molecules, in terms of localized Wannier functions and Born atomic charges, is presented. Two schemes for the computation of the solute infrared absorption spectrum are investigated:  In the first method the spectrum is determined by Fourier transforming the time correlation function of the solute dipole as determined from the Wannier function analysis. The second method uses instead the molecular current-current correlation function computed from the Born charges and atomic velocities. The resulting spectral properties of trans- and cis-NMA are carefully compared to each other and to experimental results. We find that the two solvated isomers can be clearly distinguished by their infrared spectral profile in the 1000-2000 cm(-)(1) range. PMID:26641894

  20. Catalytic Reaction Mechanism of Acetylcholinesterase Determined by Born-Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Zhou, Yanzi; Wang, Shenglong; Zhang, Yingkai

    2010-01-01

    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a remarkably efficient serine hydrolase responsible for the termination of impulse signaling at cholinergic synapses. By employing Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations with B3LYP/6-31G(d) QM/MM potential and the umbrella sampling method, we have characterized its complete catalytic reaction mechanism for hydrolyzing neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) and determined its multi-step free energy reaction profiles for the first time. In both acylation and deacylation reaction stages, the first step involves the nucleophilic attack to the carbonyl carbon with the triad His447 serving as the general base, and leads to a tetrahedral covalent intermediate stabilized by the oxyanion hole. From the intermediate to the product, the orientation of His447 ring needs to be adjusted very slightly, and then the proton transfers from His447 to the product and the break of the scissile bond happen spontaneously. For the three-pronged oxyanion hole, it only makes two hydrogen bonds with the carbonyl oxygen at either the initial reactant or the final product state, but the third hydrogen bond is formed and stable at all transition and intermediate states during the catalytic process. At the intermediate state of the acylation reaction, a short and low-barrier hydrogen bond (LBHB) is found to be formed between two catalytic triad residues His447 and Glu334, and the spontaneous proton transfer between two residues has been observed. However, it is only about 1 ~ 2 kcal/mol stronger than the normal hydrogen bond. In comparison with previous theoretical investigations of the AChE catalytic mechanism, our current study clearly demonstrates the power and advantages of employing Born-Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM MD simulations in characterizing enzyme reaction mechanisms. PMID:20550161

  1. Quantum ring-polymer contraction method: Including nuclear quantum effects at no additional computational cost in comparison to ab initio molecular dynamics

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    John, Christopher; Spura, Thomas; Habershon, Scott; Kühne, Thomas D.

    2016-04-01

    We present a simple and accurate computational method which facilitates ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics simulations, where the quantum-mechanical nature of the nuclei is explicitly taken into account, at essentially no additional computational cost in comparison to the corresponding calculation using classical nuclei. The predictive power of the proposed quantum ring-polymer contraction method is demonstrated by computing various static and dynamic properties of liquid water at ambient conditions using density functional theory. This development will enable routine inclusion of nuclear quantum effects in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of condensed-phase systems.

  2. Theoretical design of a novel copper doped gold cluster supported on graphene utilizing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Koizumi, Kenichi; Nobusada, Katsuyuki; Boero, Mauro

    2015-12-31

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been used to inspect the adsorption of O{sub 2} to a small gold-copper alloy cluster supported on graphene. The exposed Cu atom in this cluster acts as a crucial attractive site for the approaching of O{sub 2} and consequently widens the reaction channel for the adsorption process. Conversely, a pure Au cluster on the same graphene support is inactive for the O{sub 2} adsorption because the corresponding reaction channel for the adsorption is very narrow. These results clearly indicate that doping a different metal to the Au cluster is a way to enhance the oxygen adsorption and to promote catalytic reactions.

  3. Thermal expansion, diffusion and melting of Li2O using a compact forcefield derived from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Asahi, Ryoji; Freeman, Clive M.; Saxe, Paul; Wimmer, Erich

    2014-10-01

    This work shows a straightforward procedure to derive forcefields (FFs) which are able to describe the structural, thermal and transport properties of condensed phases. The approach is based on ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories and an empirical calibration such as the melting point. This is demonstrated for lithium oxide using a Buckingham-type potential and optimized effective atomic charges. The present FF reproduces the density and thermal expansion of Li2O very well, including an anomaly related to the known superionic behaviour, i.e. a pre-melting of the Li sublattice at a critical temperature of Tc = 1200 K. Calculations of the diffusion coefficient as a function of temperature show a strong dependence on vacancy concentration for temperatures below Tc, consistent with previous simulations. Extensions to other ionic systems and compositions are made straightforward by the compact form of the FF and the present methodology employed in the parameter fitting.

  4. Proton affinity of the histidine-tryptophan cluster motif from the influenza A virus from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Bankura, Arindam; Klein, Michael L.; Carnevale, Vincenzo

    2013-08-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations have been used to compare and contrast the deprotonation reaction of a histidine residue in aqueous solution with the situation arising in a histidine-tryptophan cluster. The latter is used as a model of the proton storage unit present in the pore of the M2 proton conducting ion channel. We compute potentials of mean force for the dissociation of a proton from the Nδ and Nɛ positions of the imidazole group to estimate the pKas. Anticipating our results, we will see that the estimated pKa for the first protonation event of the M2 channel is in good agreement with experimental estimates. Surprisingly, despite the fact that the histidine is partially desolvated in the M2 channel, the affinity for protons is similar to that of a histidine in aqueous solution. Importantly, the electrostatic environment provided by the indoles is responsible for the stabilization of the charged imidazolium.

  5. Argon Interaction with Gold Surfaces: Ab Initio-Assisted Determination of Pair Ar-Au Potentials for Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Grenier, Romain; To, Quy-Dong; de Lara-Castells, María Pilar; Léonard, Céline

    2015-07-01

    Global potentials for the interaction between the Ar atom and gold surfaces are investigated and Ar-Au pair potentials suitable for molecular dynamics simulations are derived. Using a periodic plane-wave representation of the electronic wave function, the nonlocal van-der-Waals vdW-DF2 and vdW-OptB86 approaches have been proved to describe better the interaction. These global interaction potentials have been decomposed to produce pair potentials. Then, the pair potentials have been compared with those derived by combining the dispersionless density functional dlDF for the repulsive part with an effective pairwise dispersion interaction. These repulsive potentials have been obtained from the decomposition of the repulsive interaction between the Ar atom and the Au2 and Au4 clusters and the dispersion coefficients have been evaluated by means of ab initio calculations on the Ar+Au2 complex using symmetry adapted perturbation theory. The pair potentials agree very well with those evaluated through periodic vdW-DF2 calculations. For benchmarking purposes, CCSD(T) calculations have also been performed for the ArAu and Ar+Au2 systems using large basis sets and extrapolations to the complete basis set limit. This work highlights that ab initio calculations using very small surface clusters can be used either as an independent cross-check to compare the performance of state-of-the-art vdW-corrected periodic DFT approaches or, directly, to calculate the pair potentials necessary in further molecular dynamics calculations. PMID:26046588

  6. Direct assessment of quantum nuclear effects on hydrogen bond strength by constrained-centroid ab initio path integral molecular dynamics.

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    Walker, Brent; Michaelides, Angelos

    2010-11-01

    The impact of quantum nuclear effects on hydrogen (H-) bond strength has been inferred in earlier work from bond lengths obtained from path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) simulations. To obtain a direct quantitative assessment of such effects, we use constrained-centroid PIMD simulations to calculate the free energy changes upon breaking the H-bonds in dimers of HF and water. Comparing ab initio simulations performed using PIMD and classical nucleus molecular dynamics (MD), we find smaller dissociation free energies with the PIMD method. Specifically, at 50 K, the H-bond in (HF)(2) is about 30% weaker when quantum nuclear effects are included, while that in (H(2)O)(2) is about 15% weaker. In a complementary set of simulations, we compare unconstrained PIMD and classical nucleus MD simulations to assess the influence of quantum nuclei on the structures of these systems. We find increased heavy atom distances, indicating weakening of the H-bond consistent with that observed by direct calculation of the free energies of dissociation. PMID:21054031

  7. Thermal Decomposition of the Solid Phase of Nitromethane: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Chang, Jing; Lian, Peng; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Zhang, Qing-Ming; Gong, Zi-Zheng

    2010-10-01

    The Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate thermal decomposition of the solid nitromethane. It is found that it undergoes chemical decomposition at about 2200 K under ambient pressure. The initiation of reactions involves both proton transfer and commonly known C-N bond cleavage. About 75 species and 100 elementary reactions were observed with the final products being H2O, CO2, N2, and CNCNC. It represents the first complete simulation of solid-phase explosive reactions reported to date, which is of far-reaching implication for design and development of new energetic materials.

  8. Ambient-Potential Composite Ewald Method for ab Initio Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

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    Giese, Timothy J; York, Darrin M

    2016-06-14

    A new approach for performing Particle Mesh Ewald in ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) simulations with extended atomic orbital basis sets is presented. The new approach, the Ambient-Potential Composite Ewald (CEw) method, does not perform the QM/MM interaction with Mulliken charges nor electrostatically fit charges. Instead the nuclei and electron density interact directly with the MM environment, but in a manner that avoids the use of dense Fourier transform grids. By performing the electrostatics with the underlying QM density, the CEw method avoids self-consistent field instabilities that have been encountered with simple charge mapping procedures. Potential of mean force (PMF) profiles of the p-nitrophenyl phosphate dissociation reaction in explicit solvent are computed from PBE0/6-31G* QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations with various electrostatic protocols. The CEw profiles are shown to be stable with respect to real-space Ewald cutoff, whereas the PMFs computed from truncated and switched electrostatics produce artifacts. PBE0/6-311G**, AM1/d-PhoT, and DFTB2 QM/MM simulations are performed to generate two-dimensional PMF profiles of the phosphoryl transesterification reactions with ethoxide and phenoxide leaving groups. The semiempirical models incorrectly produce a concerted ethoxide mechanism, whereas PBE0 correctly produces a stepwise mechanism. The ab initio reaction barriers agree more closely to experiment than the semiempirical models. The failure of Mulliken-charge QM/MM-Ewald is analyzed. PMID:27171914

  9. Melting of Fe and Fe120Si8 at the Earth's Core Pressures by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    Belonoshko, A. B.; Rosengren, A.; Burakovsky, L.; Preston, D. L.; Johansson, B.

    2008-12-01

    The solid Earth's inner core (IC) consists mainly of iron likely alloyed with some light elements. At low temperature iron is stable in hexagonal close packed (hcp) phase up to very high pressures. However, there is an accumulating evidence that under pressures (~ 364 GPa) and temperatures (above 6000 K) in the Earth's IC iron, either pure or alloyed with light elements (e.g. Si), might be stable in the body-centred cubic (bcc) phase1,2. The melting temperature of this phase in the IC is unknown. Conditions of the IC are not achieved in experiment. Previous theoretical studies concentrated mostly on the melting of the hcp phase3. We show, by combination of ab initio molecular dynamics and Z-method4 that pure bcc Fe melts at at the pressure in the center of IC at ~7000 K. Iron, alloyed with 6.25% of Si, melts at a temperature of ~7200 K. While light elements depress hcp Fe melting temperatures5, we show that Si addition has opposite effect on bcc Fe. Melting temperatures of bcc and hcp 2,3 are within mutual error bars, even though bcc melts at a higher temperature. However, the melting temperature of Si-alloyed bcc iron is clearly above that of Si-alloyed hcp phase5. This is because of different bonding of Si-Fe within the bcc as compared to the hcp structure. Therefore, the existing estimates of core temperatures have to be corrected upwards. 1. Brown, J.M. & McQueen, R.G. J. Geophys. Res. 91, 7485(1986). 2. Belonoshko, A.B., Ahuja, R. & Johansson, B. Nature 424, 1032(2003); Belonoshko, A.B., Skorodumova, N.V., Rosengren, A. & Johansson, B. Science 319, 797(2008). 3. Belonoshko, A.B., Ahuja, R. & Johansson, B. Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3638(2000); Alfé, D., Gillan, M.J. & Price, G.D. Nature 401, 462(1999). 4. Kresse, G. & Furthmüller, J. J. Phys. Rev. B 54, 11169(1996); Belonoshko, A.B., Skorodumova, N.V., Rosengren, A. & Johansson, B. Phys. Rev. B 73, 012201(2006). 5. Alfé, D., Price, G.D. & Gillan, M.J. Cont. Phys. 48, 63 (2007).

  10. Studying Interactions by Molecular Dynamics Simulations at High Concentration

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    Fogolari, Federico; Corazza, Alessandra; Toppo, Stefano; Tosatto, Silvio C. E.; Viglino, Paolo; Ursini, Fulvio; Esposito, Gennaro

    2012-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to study molecular encounters and recognition. In recent works, simulations using high concentration of interacting molecules have been performed. In this paper, we consider the practical problems for setting up the simulation and to analyse the results of the simulation. The simulation of beta 2-microglobulin association and the simulation of the binding of hydrogen peroxide by glutathione peroxidase are provided as examples. PMID:22500085

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics with simultaneous electron and phonon excitations: Application to the relaxation of hot atoms and molecules on metal surfaces

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    Novko, D.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Juaristi, J. I.; Alducin, M.

    2015-11-01

    The relaxation dynamics of hot H, N, and N2 on Pd(100), Ag(111), and Fe(110), respectively, is studied by means of ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction. This method is adapted here to account for the electron density changes caused by lattice vibrations, thus treating on an equal footing both electron-hole (e -h ) pair and phonon excitations. We find that even if the latter increasingly dominate the heavier is the hot species, the contribution of e -h pairs is by no means negligible in these cases because it gains relevance at the last stage of the relaxation process. The quantitative details of energy dissipation depend on the interplay of the potential energy surface, electronic structure, and kinetic factors.

  12. Efficient preconditioning of the electronic structure problem in large scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schiffmann, Florian; VandeVondele, Joost

    2015-06-01

    We present an improved preconditioning scheme for electronic structure calculations based on the orbital transformation method. First, a preconditioner is developed which includes information from the full Kohn-Sham matrix but avoids computationally demanding diagonalisation steps in its construction. This reduces the computational cost of its construction, eliminating a bottleneck in large scale simulations, while maintaining rapid convergence. In addition, a modified form of Hotelling's iterative inversion is introduced to replace the exact inversion of the preconditioner matrix. This method is highly effective during molecular dynamics (MD), as the solution obtained in earlier MD steps is a suitable initial guess. Filtering small elements during sparse matrix multiplication leads to linear scaling inversion, while retaining robustness, already for relatively small systems. For system sizes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand atoms, which are typical for many practical applications, the improvements to the algorithm lead to a 2-5 fold speedup per MD step.

  13. New insight on structural properties of hydrated nucleic acid bases from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Furmanchuk, Al'ona; Shishkin, Oleg V; Isayev, Olexandr; Gorb, Leonid; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2010-09-01

    The correlation between hydration of Nucleic Acid Bases (NABs) and their conformational flexibility was analyzed based on the results of Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulations of NABs in bulk water environment. Correlations with quantum chemical results were drawn whenever it was possible. Statistical analysis confirmed that hydration causes bond length alteration in NABs and formation of zwitter-ionic resonance structures. In contrast to the gas phase, bulk hydration results in restricted mobility of amino group and increase in population of its planar-like conformations. At the same time, rings of all NABs become almost equally flexible in the dynamic aqueous environment. Therefore, each NAB possesses a non-planar effective conformation of pyrimidine ring despite the fact that planar geometry corresponds to minimum on the potential energy surface. PMID:20532343

  14. Efficient preconditioning of the electronic structure problem in large scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Schiffmann, Florian; VandeVondele, Joost

    2015-06-28

    We present an improved preconditioning scheme for electronic structure calculations based on the orbital transformation method. First, a preconditioner is developed which includes information from the full Kohn-Sham matrix but avoids computationally demanding diagonalisation steps in its construction. This reduces the computational cost of its construction, eliminating a bottleneck in large scale simulations, while maintaining rapid convergence. In addition, a modified form of Hotelling's iterative inversion is introduced to replace the exact inversion of the preconditioner matrix. This method is highly effective during molecular dynamics (MD), as the solution obtained in earlier MD steps is a suitable initial guess. Filtering small elements during sparse matrix multiplication leads to linear scaling inversion, while retaining robustness, already for relatively small systems. For system sizes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand atoms, which are typical for many practical applications, the improvements to the algorithm lead to a 2-5 fold speedup per MD step. PMID:26133420

  15. Efficient preconditioning of the electronic structure problem in large scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schiffmann, Florian; VandeVondele, Joost

    2015-06-28

    We present an improved preconditioning scheme for electronic structure calculations based on the orbital transformation method. First, a preconditioner is developed which includes information from the full Kohn-Sham matrix but avoids computationally demanding diagonalisation steps in its construction. This reduces the computational cost of its construction, eliminating a bottleneck in large scale simulations, while maintaining rapid convergence. In addition, a modified form of Hotelling’s iterative inversion is introduced to replace the exact inversion of the preconditioner matrix. This method is highly effective during molecular dynamics (MD), as the solution obtained in earlier MD steps is a suitable initial guess. Filtering small elements during sparse matrix multiplication leads to linear scaling inversion, while retaining robustness, already for relatively small systems. For system sizes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand atoms, which are typical for many practical applications, the improvements to the algorithm lead to a 2-5 fold speedup per MD step.

  16. A prototypical ionic liquid explored by ab initio molecular dynamics and Raman spectroscopy

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    Bodo, E.; Sferrazza, A.; Caminiti, R.; Mangialardo, S.; Postorino, P.

    2013-10-01

    We present an analysis of the liquid and of a small isolated cluster of n-ethyl ammonium nitrate based on "first principles" molecular dynamics. We discover that the peculiar properties of ionic liquids make such compounds ideal candidates for such an analysis. We have been able to characterize some important features of the liquid structure and we have validated our simulations by comparing our findings with experimental vibrational spectra of the liquid phase. Theoretical spectra, which present a remarkable agreement with the measurements, besides the assignment of the main spectra features, allow an interpretation of the spectra at high frequencies where the vibrational motions involve the hydrogen-bonded atoms, thus providing a picture of the hydrogen bonding network that exists in such compounds.

  17. A prototypical ionic liquid explored by ab initio molecular dynamics and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Bodo, E; Sferrazza, A; Caminiti, R; Mangialardo, S; Postorino, P

    2013-10-14

    We present an analysis of the liquid and of a small isolated cluster of n-ethyl ammonium nitrate based on "first principles" molecular dynamics. We discover that the peculiar properties of ionic liquids make such compounds ideal candidates for such an analysis. We have been able to characterize some important features of the liquid structure and we have validated our simulations by comparing our findings with experimental vibrational spectra of the liquid phase. Theoretical spectra, which present a remarkable agreement with the measurements, besides the assignment of the main spectra features, allow an interpretation of the spectra at high frequencies where the vibrational motions involve the hydrogen-bonded atoms, thus providing a picture of the hydrogen bonding network that exists in such compounds. PMID:24116621

  18. Sound velocity in shock compressed molybdenum obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Lukinov, T.; Simak, S. I.; Belonoshko, A. B.

    2015-08-01

    The sound velocity of Mo along the Hugoniot adiabat is calculated from first principles using density-functional theory based molecular dynamics. These data are compared to the sound velocity as measured in recent experiments. The theoretical and experimental Hugoniot and sound velocities are in very good agreement up to pressures of 210 GPa and temperatures of 3700 K on the Hugoniot. However, above that point the experiment and theory diverge. This implies that Mo undergoes a phase transition at about the same point. Considering that the melting point of Mo is likely much higher at that pressure, the related change in the sound velocity in experiment can be ascribed to a solid-solid transition.

  19. Sound velocity in shock compressed molybdenum obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Lukinov, Tymofiy; Belonoshko, Anatoly; Simak, Sergey

    The sound velocity of Mo along the Hugoniot adiabat is calculated from first principles using density-functional theory based molecular dynamics. These data are compared to the sound velocity as measured in recent experiments. The theoretical and experimental Hugoniot and sound velocities are in very good agreement up to pressures of 210 GPa and temperatures of 3700 K on the Hugoniot. However, above that point the experiment and theory diverge. This implies that Mo undergoes a phase transition at about the same point. Considering that the melting point of Mo is likely much higher at that pressure, the related change in the sound velocity in experiment can be ascribed to a solid-solid transition.

  20. Structural, dynamic, and vibrational properties during heat transfer in Si/Ge superlattices: A Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics study

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    Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen; Yang, Mo

    2013-12-21

    The structural, dynamic, and vibrational properties during heat transfer process in Si/Ge superlattices are studied by analyzing the trajectories generated by the ab initio Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation. The radial distribution functions and mean square displacements are calculated and further discussions are made to explain and probe the structural changes relating to the heat transfer phenomenon. Furthermore, the vibrational density of states of the two layers (Si/Ge) are computed and plotted to analyze the contributions of phonons with different frequencies to the heat conduction. Coherent heat conduction of the low frequency phonons is found and their contributions to facilitate heat transfer are confirmed. The Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation outputs in the work show reasonable thermophysical results of the thermal energy transport process and shed light on the potential applications of treating the heat transfer in the superlattices of semiconductor materials from a quantum mechanical molecular dynamics simulation perspective.

  1. Graph Theory Meets Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Atomic Structures and Transformations at the Nanoscale

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2011-08-01

    Social permutation invariant coordinates are introduced describing the bond network around a given atom. They originate from the largest eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector of the contact matrix, are invariant under permutation of identical atoms, and bear a clear signature of an order-disorder transition. Once combined with ab initio metadynamics, these coordinates are shown to be a powerful tool for the discovery of low-energy isomers of molecules and nanoclusters as well as for a blind exploration of isomerization, association, and dissociation reactions.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion–solid interactions in Gd2Zr2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7

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    Wang, X. J.; Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Zu, Xiaotao; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2012-12-21

    The development of the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method has made it a powerful tool in describing ion–solid interactions in materials, with the determination of threshold displacement energies with ab initio accuracy, and prediction of a new mechanism for defect generation and new defective states that are different from classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the present work, this method is employed to study the low energy recoil events in Gd2Zr2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7. The weighted average threshold displacement energies in Gd2Zr2O7 are determined to be 38.8 eV for Gd, 41.4 eV for Zr, 18.6 eV for O48f, and 15.6 eV for O8b, which are smaller than the respective values of 41.8, >53.8, 22.6 and 16.2 eV in Gd2Ti2O7. It reveals that all the ions in Gd2Zr2O7 are more easily displaced than those in Gd2Ti2O7, and anion order–disorder is more likely to be involved in the displacement events than cation disordering. The average charge transfer from the primary knock-on atom to its neighbors is estimated to be [similar]0.15, [similar]0.11 to 0.27 and [similar]0.1 to 0.13 |e| for Gd, Zr (or Ti), and O, respectively. Neglecting the charge transfer in the interatomic potentials may result in the larger threshold displacement energies in classical MD.

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in Gd2Zr2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7

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    Wang, X J; Xiao, Haiyan; Zu, X T; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    The development of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method has made it a powerful tool in describing ion-solid interactions in materials, with identification determination of threshold displacement energies with ab initio accuracy, and prediction of new mechanism for defect generation and new defective states that are different from classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the present work, this method is employed to study the low energy recoil events in Gd2Zr2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7. The weighted average threshold displacement energies in Gd2Zr2O7 are determined to be 38.8 eV for Gd, 41.4 eV for Zr, 18.6 eV for O48f, and 15.6 eV for O8b, which are smaller than the respective values of 41.8, >53.8, 22.6 and 16.2 eV in Gd2Ti2O7. It reveals that all the ions in Gd2Zr2O7 are more easily displaced than those in Gd2Ti2O7, and anion order-disorder are more likely to be involved in the displacement events than cation disordering. The average charge transfer from the primary knock-on atom to its neighbors is estimated to be ~0.15, ~0.11-0.27 and ~0.1-0.13 |e| for Gd, Zr (or Ti), and O, respectively. Negligence of the charge transfer in the interatomic potentials may result in the larger threshold displacement energies in classical MD.

  4. Nitrile and thiocyanate IR probes: Molecular dynamics simulation studies

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    Oh, Kwang-Im; Choi, Jun-Ho; Lee, Joo-Hyun; Han, Jae-Beom; Lee, Hochan; Cho, Minhaeng

    2008-04-01

    Nitrile- and thiocyanate-derivatized amino acids have been found to be useful IR probes for investigating their local electrostatic environments in proteins. To shed light on the CN stretch frequency shift and spectral lineshape change induced by interactions with hydrogen-bonding solvent molecules, we carried out both classical and quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for MeCN and MeSCN in water. These QM/MM and conventional force field MD simulation results were found to be inconsistent with the experimental results as well as with the high-level ab initio calculation results of MeCN-water and MeSCN-water potential energies. Thus, a new set of atomic partial charges of MeCN and MeSCN is obtained. By using the MD simulation trajectories and the electrostatic potential model recently developed, the CN and SCN stretching mode frequency trajectories were obtained and used to simulate the IR spectra. The C N frequency blueshifts of MeCN and MeSCN in water are estimated to be 9.0 and 1.9cm-1, respectively, in comparison with those of gas phase values. These values are found to be in reasonable agreement with the experimentally measured IR spectra of MeCN, MeSCN, β-cyano-L-alanine, and cyanylated cysteine in water and other polar solvents.

  5. CO2 capture in amine solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Ma, Changru; Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2014-03-01

    The most mature technology for post-combustion CO2 capture exploits a cyclic process, in which CO2 is selectively and reversibly absorbed in an amine solution, typically monoethanolamine(MEA) at 30%wt concentration. Empirical efforts are ongoing worldwide to reduce the high energy penalty for amine regeneration and to increase the absorption rate. Computer simulations can help by providing new insights and the missing quantitative information. Using extensive large-scale Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations, aided by accelerated sampling techniques, we have characterized the reactions leading to CO2 capture in MEA 30%wt solutions via the formation of the carbamate, and the subsequent CO2 release. Deprotonation and CO2 release turn out to be competitive for an intermediate zwitterion (free-energy barrier ~10kcal/mol), with sizable entropic contribution, whereas CO2 release from the carbamate has a much higher barrier (~50kcal/mol), mainly enthalpic and rather independent of temperature. An unprecedented characterization of structural and vibrational properties of the solution allows us to interpret recent experimental results. More results on other amines, allow us to rationalize their still unexplained better performance relative to MEA. We acknowledge PRACE for awarding us access to resource Juqueen based in Germany at Juelich.

  6. Modification of Defect Structures in Graphene by Electron Irradiation: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Zhou, Yungang; Bang, Junhyeok; Prange, Micah P.; Zhang, Shengbai; Gao, Fei

    2012-08-02

    Defects play an important role on the unique properties of the sp2-bonded materials, such as graphene. The creation and evolution of mono-vacancy, di-vacancy, Stone-Wales (SW) and grain boundaries (GBs) under irradiation in graphene are investigated using density functional theory and time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations. It is of great interest to note that the patterns of these defects can be controlled through electron irradiation. The SW defects can be created by electron irradiation with energy of above the displacement threshold energy (Td, {approx}19 eV) and can be healed with an energy (14-18 eV) lower than Td. The transformation between four types of divacancies, V2(5-8-5), V2(555-777), V2(5555-6-7777), and V2(55-77) can be realized through bond rotation induced by electron irradiation. The migrations of divancancies, SW defects, and GBs can also be controlled by electron irradiation. Thus, electron irradiation can serve as an important tool to modify morphology in a controllable manner, and to tailor the physical properties of graphene.

  7. Fine-grained parallelization of the Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics method on the IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer

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    E. Bohm A. Bhatele L. V. Kale M. E. Tuckerman S. Kumar J. A. Gunnels G. J. Martyna; Bohm, E.; Bhatele, A.; Kale, L. V.; Tuckerman, M. E.; Kumar, S.; Gunnels, J. A.; Martyna, G. J.

    2008-01-01

    Important scientific problems can be treated via ab initio-based molecular modeling approaches, wherein atomic forces are derived from an energy Junction that explicitly considers the electrons. The Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics (CPAIMD) method is widely used to study small systems containing on the order of 10 to 103 atoms. However, the impact of CPAIMD has been limited until recently because of difficulties inherent to scaling the technique beyond processor numbers about equal to the number of electronic states. CPAIMD computations involve a large number of interdependent phases with high interprocessor communication overhead. These phases require the evaluation of various transforms and non-square matrix multiplications that require large interprocessor data movement when efficiently parallelized. Using the Charm++ parallel programming language and runtime system, the phases are discretized into a large number of virtual processors, which are, in turn, mapped flexibly onto physical processors, thereby allowing interleaving of work. Algorithmic and IBM Blue Gene/L(tm) system-specific optimizations are employed to scale the CPAIMD method to at least 30 times the number of electronic states in small systems consisting of 24 to 768 atoms (32 to 1,024 electronic states) in order to demonstrate fine-grained parallelism. The largest systems studied scaled well across the entire machine (20,480 nodes).

  8. Molecular dynamics studies of protein folding and aggregation

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    Ding, Feng

    This thesis applies molecular dynamics simulations and statistical mechanics to study: (i) protein folding; and (ii) protein aggregation. Most small proteins fold into their native states via a first-order-like phase transition with a major free energy barrier between the folded and unfolded states. A set of protein conformations corresponding to the free energy barrier, Delta G >> kBT, are the folding transition state ensemble (TSE). Due to their evasive nature, TSE conformations are hard to capture (probability ∝ exp(-DeltaG/k BT)) and characterize. A coarse-grained discrete molecular dynamics model with realistic steric constraints is constructed to reproduce the experimentally observed two-state folding thermodynamics. A kinetic approach is proposed to identify the folding TSE. A specific set of contacts, common to the TSE conformations, is identified as the folding nuclei which are necessary to be formed in order for the protein to fold. Interestingly, the amino acids at the site of the identified folding nuclei are highly conserved for homologous proteins sharing the same structures. Such conservation suggests that amino acids that are important for folding kinetics are under selective pressure to be preserved during the course of molecular evolution. In addition, studies of the conformations close to the transition states uncover the importance of topology in the construction of order parameter for protein folding transition. Misfolded proteins often form insoluble aggregates, amyloid fibrils, that deposit in the extracellular space and lead to a type of disease known as amyloidosis. Due to its insoluble and non-crystalline nature, the aggregation structure and, thus the aggregation mechanism, has yet to be uncovered. Discrete molecular dynamics studies reveal an aggregate structure with the same structural signatures as in experimental observations and show a nucleation aggregation scenario. The simulations also suggest a generic aggregation mechanism

  9. A molecular dynamics study of polymer/graphene interfacial systems

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    Rissanou, Anastassia N.; Harmandaris, Vagelis

    2014-05-15

    Graphene based polymer nanocomposites are hybrid materials with a very broad range of technological applications. In this work, we study three hybrid polymer/graphene interfacial systems (polystyrene/graphene, poly(methyl methacrylate)/graphene and polyethylene/graphene) through detailed atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Density profiles, structural characteristics and mobility aspects are being examined at the molecular level for all model systems. In addition, we compare the properties of the hybrid systems to the properties of the corresponding bulk ones, as well as to theoretical predictions.

  10. Molecular dynamic study of pressure fluctuations spectrum in plasma

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    Bystryi, R. G.

    2015-11-01

    Pressure of plasma is calculated by using classical molecular dynamics method. The formula based on virial theorem was used. Spectrum pressure's fluctuations of singly ionized non-ideal plasma are studied. 1/f-like spectrum behavior is observed. In other words, flicker noise is observed in fluctuations of pressure equilibrium non-ideal plasma. Relations between the obtained result and pressure fluctuations within the Gibbs and Einstein approaches are discussed. Special attention is paid to features of calculating the pressure in strongly coupled systems.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics with noisy and cheap quantum Monte Carlo forces: accurate calculation of vibrational frequencies

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    Luo, Ye; Sorella, Sandro

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a general and efficient method for the calculation of vibrational frequencies of electronic systems, ranging from molecules to solids. By performing damped molecular dynamics with ab initio forces, we show that quantum vibrational frequencies can be evaluated by diagonalizing the time averaged position-position or force-force correlation matrices, although the ionic motion is treated on the classical level within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The novelty of our approach is to evaluate atomic forces with QMC by means of a highly accurate and correlated variational wave function which is optimized simultaneously during the dynamics. QMC is an accurate and promising many-body technique for electronic structure calculation thanks to massively parallel computers. However, since infinite statistics is not feasible, property evaluation may be affected by large noise that is difficult to harness. Our approach controls the QMC stochastic bias systematically and gives very accurate results with moderate computational effort, namely even with noisy forces. We prove the accuracy and efficiency of our method on the water monomer[A. Zen et al., JCTC 9 (2013) 4332] and dimer. We are currently working on the challenging problem of simulating liquid water at ambient conditions.

  12. Structure, dynamics and stability of water/scCO2/mineral interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lee, Mal-Soon; Peter McGrail, B.; Rousseau, Roger; Glezakou, Vassiliki-Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The boundary layer at solid-liquid interfaces is a unique reaction environment that poses significant scientific challenges to characterize and understand by experimentation alone. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods, we report on the structure and dynamics of boundary layer formation, cation mobilization and carbonation under geologic carbon sequestration scenarios (T = 323 K and P = 90 bar) on a prototypical anorthite (001) surface. At low coverage, water film formation is enthalpically favored, but entropically hindered. Simulated adsorption isotherms show that a water monolayer will form even at the low water concentrations of water-saturated scCO2. Carbonation reactions readily occur at electron-rich terminal Oxygen sites adjacent to cation vacancies that readily form in the presence of a water monolayer. These results point to a carbonation mechanism that does not require prior carbonic acid formation in the bulk liquid. This work also highlights the modern capabilities of theoretical methods to address structure and reactivity at interfaces of high chemical complexity.

  13. Structure, dynamics and stability of water/scCO2/mineral interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lee, Mal-Soon; Peter McGrail, B.; Rousseau, Roger; Glezakou, Vassiliki-Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    The boundary layer at solid-liquid interfaces is a unique reaction environment that poses significant scientific challenges to characterize and understand by experimentation alone. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods, we report on the structure and dynamics of boundary layer formation, cation mobilization and carbonation under geologic carbon sequestration scenarios (T = 323 K and P = 90 bar) on a prototypical anorthite (001) surface. At low coverage, water film formation is enthalpically favored, but entropically hindered. Simulated adsorption isotherms show that a water monolayer will form even at the low water concentrations of water-saturated scCO2. Carbonation reactions readily occur at electron-rich terminal Oxygen sites adjacent to cation vacancies that readily form in the presence of a water monolayer. These results point to a carbonation mechanism that does not require prior carbonic acid formation in the bulk liquid. This work also highlights the modern capabilities of theoretical methods to address structure and reactivity at interfaces of high chemical complexity. PMID:26456362

  14. Dynamical structures of glycol and ethanedithiol examined by infrared spectroscopy, ab initio computation, and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Ma, Xiaoyan; Cai, Kaicong; Wang, Jianping

    2011-02-10

    Infrared (IR) experiment, ab initio computations, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to examine the dynamical structures of ethylene glycol (EG) and 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT) in carbon tetrachloride and deuterated chloroform. Using the O-H and S-H stretching modes as structural probes, EG and EDT were found to exhibit different conformational preferences, even though they share similar molecular formula. Results suggest that the gauche conformation of EG presents and is stabilized by the intramolecular hydrogen bond (IHB), while both the trans and gauche EDT are possible in the two solvents. Exchangeable IHB donor and acceptor pairs were predicted in the case of EG. Anharmonic vibrational frequencies, anharmonicities, and couplings of the O-H and S-H stretching modes were predicted and found to be structurally dependent. Linear IR and two-dimensional IR spectra containing these structural signatures were simulated and discussed. These results demonstrate that a combination of the methods used here is very useful in revealing structural dynamics of small molecules in condensed phases. PMID:21208002

  15. Raman Spectra of Liquid Water from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Vibrational Signatures of Charge Fluctuations in the Hydrogen Bond Network.

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    Wan, Quan; Spanu, Leonardo; Galli, Giulia A; Gygi, François

    2013-09-10

    We report the first ab initio simulations of the Raman spectra of liquid water, obtained by combining first principles molecular dynamics and density functional perturbation theory. Our computed spectra are in good agreement with experiments, especially in the low frequency region. We also describe a systematic strategy to analyze the Raman intensities, which is of general applicability to molecular solids and liquids, and it is based on maximally localized Wannier functions and effective molecular polarizabilities. Our analysis revealed the presence of intermolecular charge fluctuations accompanying the hydrogen bond (HB) stretching modes at 270 cm(-1), in spite of the absence of any Raman activity in the isotropic spectrum. We also found that charge fluctuations partly contribute to the 200 cm(-1) peak in the anisotropic spectrum, thus providing insight into the controversial origin of such peak. Our results highlighted the importance of taking into account electronic effects in interpreting the Raman spectra of liquid water and the key role of charge fluctuations within the HB network; they also pointed at the inaccuracies of models using constant molecular polarizabilities to describe the Raman response of liquid water. PMID:26592405

  16. Hydroxyl-functionalized 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methyl imidazolium ionic liquids: thermodynamic and structural properties using molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio calculations.

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    Fakhraee, Mostafa; Zandkarimi, Borna; Salari, Hadi; Gholami, Mohammad Reza

    2014-12-11

    The influences of hydroxyl functional group (-OH) on the thermodynamic and structural properties of ionic liquids (ILs) composed of 1-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-3-methyl imidazolium ([C2OHmim](+)) cation and the six different conventional anions, including [Cl](-), [NO3](-), [BF4](-), [PF6](-), [TfO](-), and [Tf2N](-) have been extensively investigated using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations combined with ab initio calculations over a wide range of temperature (298-550 K). The volumetric thermodynamic properties, enthalpy of vaporization, cohesive energy density, Hildebrand solubility parameter, and heat capacity at constant pressure were estimated at desired temperature. The simulated densities were in good agreement with the experimental data with a slight overestimation. The interionic interaction of selected ILs was also computed using both the MD simulations and ab initio calculations. It was found that the highest association of cation and anion is attributed to [C2OHmim][Cl] followed by [C2OHmim][NO3], and [C2OHmim][Tf2N] with the bulkiest anion has the weakest interionic interaction among chosen ILs. The similar trend of interactions energies was nearly observed from cohesive energy density results. Additional structural details were comprehensively yielded by calculating radial distribution functions (RDFs) and spatial distribution function (SDFs) at 358 K. The most stable configurations of isolated and dimer ion pairs of these ILs were in excellent consistency with RDFs and SDFs results. Significant changes in arrangement of anions around the [C2OHmim](+) cation in comparison with conventional imidazolium-based ILs can be inferred from the MD simulations and ab initio results. Also, microscopic structural properties disclosed that the most strong cation-cation interaction is ascribed to the hydroxyl-functionalized ILs composed of bulkier anions, whereas ILs incorporating [Cl](-) and [NO3](-) anions are mainly involved in cation-anion interactions. The

  17. Bond dissociation mechanism of ethanol during carbon nanotube synthesis via alcohol catalytic CVD technique: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Oguri, Tomoya; Shimamura, Kohei; Shibuta, Yasushi; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Yamaguchi, Shu

    2014-03-01

    Dissociation of ethanol on a nickel cluster is investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation to reveal the bond dissociation mechanism of carbon source molecules during carbon nanotube synthesis. C-C bonds in only CHxCO fragments are dissociated on the nickel cluster, whereas there is no preferential structure among the fragments for C-O bond dissociation. The dissociation preference is uncorrelated with the bond dissociation energy of corresponding bonds in freestanding molecules but is correlated with the energy difference between fragment molecules before and after dissociation on the nickel surface. Moreover, carbon-chain formation occurs after C-C bond dissociation in a continuous simulation. What determines the chirality of CNTs? What happens at the dissociation stage of carbon source molecules? Regarding the former question, many researchers have pointed out the good epitaxial relationship between a graphite network and a close-packed facet (i.e., fcc(1 1 1) or hcp(0 0 0 1)) of transition metals [17-19]. Therefore, the correlation between the chirality of CNTs and the angle of the step edge on metal (or metal carbide) surfaces has been closely investigated [20-22]. In association with this geometric matching, the epitaxial growth of graphene on Cu(1 1 1) and Ni(1 1 1) surfaces has recently been achieved via CCVD technique [23-25], which is a promising technique for the synthesis of large-area and monolayer graphene.Regarding the latter question, it is empirically known that the yield and quality of CNT products strongly depend on the choice of carbon source molecules and additives. For example, it is well known that the use of ethanol as carbon source molecules yields a large amount of SWNTs without amorphous carbons (called the alcohol CCVD (ACCVD) technique) compared with the CCVD process using hydrocarbons [4]. Moreover, the addition of a small amount of water dramatically enhances the activity and lifetime of the catalytic metal (called the

  18. A web-deployed interface for performing ab initio molecular dynamics, optimization, and electronic structure in FIREBALL

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    Keith, J. Brandon; Fennick, Jacob R.; Junkermeier, Chad E.; Nelson, Daniel R.; Lewis, James P.

    2009-03-01

    FIREBALL is an ab initio technique for fast local orbital simulations of nanotechnological, solid state, and biological systems. We have implemented a convenient interface for new users and software architects in the platform-independent Java language to access FIREBALL's unique and powerful capabilities. The graphical user interface can be run directly from a web server or from within a larger framework such as the Computational Science and Engineering Online (CSE-Online) environment or the Distributed Analysis of Neutron Scattering Experiments (DANSE) framework. We demonstrate its use for high-throughput electronic structure calculations and a multi-100 atom quantum molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Program summaryProgram title: FireballUI Catalogue identifier: AECF_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AECF_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 279 784 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 12 836 145 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Java Computer: PC and workstation Operating system: The GUI will run under Windows, Mac and Linux. Executables for Mac and Linux are included in the package. RAM: 512 MB Word size: 32 or 64 bits Classification: 4.14 Nature of problem: The set up and running of many simulations (all of the same type), from the command line, is a slow process. But most research quality codes, including the ab initio tight-binding code FIREBALL, are designed to run from the command line. The desire is to have a method for quickly and efficiently setting up and running a host of simulations. Solution method: We have created a graphical user interface for use with the FIREBALL code. Once the user has created the files containing the atomic coordinates for each system that they are

  19. Speciation and thermodynamic properties of zinc in sulfur-rich hydrothermal fluids: Insights from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Mei, Yuan; Etschmann, Barbara; Liu, Weihua; Sherman, David M.; Testemale, Denis; Brugger, Joël

    2016-04-01

    Chlorine and sulfur are the main elements involved in the complexing of metals in ore-forming fluids. The nature and thermodynamic properties of the Zn(II)-Cl complexes have been investigated by previous experimental and theoretical studies and are now well established up to high temperatures (600 °C). In contrast, the role of bisulfide complexes for zinc speciation in sulfur-bearing fluids remains poorly known, and a better understanding of Zn(II)-HS complexation is required for modeling zinc transport in magmatic and metamorphic fluids and for optimizing the hydrometallurgical processing of sulfide ores. We have conducted ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to calculate the speciation of Zn(II)-HS complexes from ambient to hydrothermal-magmatic conditions (25-600 °C, up to 2000 bar). These theoretical calculations were complemented by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements of Zn(II) in HS--rich solutions at 200-500 °C and 600-1000 bar. The speciation and geometrical properties predicted by the ab initio MD simulations and the in situ XAS data are in excellent agreement. Upon heating from room temperature to 250 °C, Zn(II) speciation in HS--rich solutions shows a transition from the sixfold octahedral hexaaquo complex [Zn(H2O)6]2+ to fourfold tetrahedral [Zn(HS)n(H2O)4-n]2-n complexes (n = 1-4). Ab initio MD simulations also show that at temperatures > 250 °C, the threefold trigonal-planar [Zn(HS)3]- complex becomes increasingly stable, and predominates in S-rich solutions; in contrast, chloro-complexes display a tetrahedral geometry at 25-500 °C, while trigonal planar ZnCl3- predominates at temperatures > 500 °C. The stability constants of Zn(II)-HS complexes were calculated by thermodynamic integration of constrained ab initio MD simulations at 200, 350 and 600 °C. The stability constants generated from this study predict that zinc can be transported by HS- at high temperature in reduced, neutral to alkaline solutions, while Zn

  20. An energy dispersive x-ray scattering and molecular dynamics study of liquid dimethyl carbonate

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    Gontrani, Lorenzo; Russina, Olga; Marincola, Flaminia Cesare; Caminiti, Ruggero

    2009-12-01

    In this work, we report on the first x-ray diffraction study on liquid dimethyl carbonate. Diffraction spectra were collected with an energy-dispersive instrument, whose wide Q-range allows the structure determination of weakly ordered systems (such as liquids). The structural correlation in this liquid ranges up to about 20 Å. The observed patterns are interpreted with a structural model derived from classical molecular dynamics simulations. The simulations were run using OPLS force field, only slightly modified to restrain bond distances to the experimental values. The model structure function and radial distribution functions, averaged among the productive trajectory frames, are in very good agreement with the corresponding experimental ones. Molecular dynamics results show that the deviations from C2v cis-cis structure, predicted by ab initio calculations and observed by electron diffraction in the gas phase, are small. By analyzing the intra- and intermolecular pair distribution functions, it was possible to assign the peaks of the experimental radial distribution function to specific structural correlations, and to compute the different average intermolecular coordination numbers. The intermolecular methyl-carbonyl oxygen distance is thoroughly discussed to assess the presence of weak C-H⋯ṡO hydrogen bonds.

  1. Mobility of hydrogen-helium clusters in tungsten studied by molecular dynamics

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    Grigorev, Petr; Terentyev, Dmitry; Bonny, Giovanni; Zhurkin, Evgeny E.; van Oost, Guido; Noterdaeme, Jean-Marie

    2016-06-01

    Tungsten is a primary candidate material for plasma facing components in fusion reactors. Interaction of plasma components with the material is unavoidable and will lead to degradation of the performance and the lifetime of the in-vessel components. In order to gain better understanding the mechanisms driving the material degradation at atomic level, atomistic simulations are employed. In this work we study migration, stability and self-trapping properties of pure helium and mixed helium-hydrogen clusters in tungsten by means of molecular dynamics simulations. We test two versions of an embedded atom model interatomic potential by comparing it with ab initio data regarding the binding properties of He clusters. By analysing the trajectories of the clusters during molecular dynamics simulations at finite temperatures we obtain the diffusion parameters. The results show that the diffusivity of mixed clusters is significantly lower, than that of pure helium clusters. The latter suggest that the formation of mixed clusters during mixed hydrogen helium plasma exposure will affect the helium diffusivity in the material.

  2. Thermal conductivity of penta-graphene from molecular dynamics study

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    Xu, Wen; Zhang, Gang; Li, Baowen

    2015-10-01

    Using classical equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and applying the original Tersoff interatomic potential, we study the thermal transport property of the latest two dimensional carbon allotrope, penta-graphene. It is predicted that its room-temperature thermal conductivity is about 167 W/mK, which is much lower than that of graphene. With normal mode decomposition, the accumulated thermal conductivity with respect to phonon frequency and mean free path is analyzed. It is found that the acoustic phonons make a contribution of about 90% to the thermal conductivity, and phonons with mean free paths larger than 100 nm make a contribution over 50%. We demonstrate that the remarkably lower thermal conductivity of penta-graphene compared with graphene results from the lower phonon group velocities and fewer collective phonon excitations. Our study highlights the importance of structure-property relationship and provides better understanding of thermal transport property and valuable insight into thermal management of penta-graphene.

  3. Thermal conductivity of penta-graphene from molecular dynamics study.

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    Xu, Wen; Zhang, Gang; Li, Baowen

    2015-10-21

    Using classical equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and applying the original Tersoff interatomic potential, we study the thermal transport property of the latest two dimensional carbon allotrope, penta-graphene. It is predicted that its room-temperature thermal conductivity is about 167 W/mK, which is much lower than that of graphene. With normal mode decomposition, the accumulated thermal conductivity with respect to phonon frequency and mean free path is analyzed. It is found that the acoustic phonons make a contribution of about 90% to the thermal conductivity, and phonons with mean free paths larger than 100 nm make a contribution over 50%. We demonstrate that the remarkably lower thermal conductivity of penta-graphene compared with graphene results from the lower phonon group velocities and fewer collective phonon excitations. Our study highlights the importance of structure-property relationship and provides better understanding of thermal transport property and valuable insight into thermal management of penta-graphene. PMID:26493918

  4. Using force-matching to reveal essential differences between density functionals in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Izvekov, Sergei; Swanson, Jessica M. J.

    2011-05-01

    The exchange-correlation (XC) functional and value of the electronic fictitious mass μ can be two major sources of systematic errors in ab initio Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulations, and have a significant impact on the structural and dynamic properties of condensed-phase systems. In this work, an attempt is made to identify the origin of differences in liquid water properties generated from CPMD simulations run with the BLYP and HCTH/120 XC functionals and two different values of μ (representative of "small" and "large" limits) by analyzing the effective pairwise atom-atom interactions. The force-matching (FM) algorithm is used to map CPMD interactions into non-polarizable, empirical potentials defined by bonded interactions, pairwise short-ranged interactions in numerical form, and Coulombic interactions via atomic partial charges. The effective interaction models are derived for the BLYP XC functional with μ = 340 a.u. and μ = 1100 a.u. (BLYP-340 and BLYP-1100 simulations) and the HCTH/120 XC functional with μ = 340 a.u. (HCTH-340 simulation). The BLYP-340 simulation results in overstructured water with slow dynamics. In contrast, the BLYP-1100 and HCTH-340 simulations both produce radial distribution functions (indicative of structure) that are in reasonably good agreement with experiment. It is shown that the main difference between the BLYP-340 and HCTH-340 effective potentials arises in the short-ranged nonbonded interactions (in hydrogen bonding regions), while the difference between the BLYP-340 and BLYP-1100 interactions is mainly in the long-ranged electrostatic components. Collectively, these results demonstrate how the FM method can be used to further characterize various simulation ensembles (e.g., density-functional theory via CPMD). An analytical representation of each effective interaction water model, which is easy to implement, is presented.

  5. Zinc complexation in chloride-rich hydrothermal fluids (25-600 °C): A thermodynamic model derived from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Mei, Yuan; Sherman, David M.; Liu, Weihua; Etschmann, Barbara; Testemale, Denis; Brugger, Joël

    2015-02-01

    The solubility of zinc minerals in hydrothermal fluids is enhanced by chloride complexation of Zn2+. Thermodynamic models of these complexation reactions are central to models of Zn transport and ore formation. However, existing thermodynamic models, derived from solubility measurements, are inconsistent with spectroscopic measurements of Zn speciation. Here, we used ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (with the PBE exchange-correlation functional) to predict the speciation of Zn-Cl complexes from 25 to 600 °C. We also obtained in situ XAS measurements of Zn-Cl solutions at 30-600 °C. Qualitatively, the simulations reproduced the main features derived from in situ XANES and EXAFS measurements: octahedral to tetrahedral transition with increasing temperature and salinity, stability of ZnCl42- at high chloride concentration up to ⩾500 °C, and increasing stability of the trigonal planar [ZnCl3]- complex at high temperature. Having confirmed the dominant species, we directly determined the stability constants for the Zn-Cl complexes using thermodynamic integration along constrained Zn-Cl distances in a series of MD simulations. We corrected our stability constants to infinite dilution using the b-dot model for the activity coefficients of the solute species. In order to compare the ab initio results with experiments, we need to re-model the existing solubility data using the species we identified in our MD simulations. The stability constants derived from refitting published experimental data are in reasonable agreement with those we obtained using ab initio MD simulations. Our new thermodynamic model accurately predicts the experimentally observed changes in ZnO(s) and ZnCO3(s) solubility as a function of chloride concentration from 200 (Psat) to 600 °C (2000 bar). This study demonstrates that metal speciation and geologically useful stability constants can be derived for species in hydrothermal fluids from ab initio MD simulations even at the generalized

  6. Molecular Dynamical Study on Ion Channeling through Peptide Nanotube

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    Sumiya, Norihito; Igami, Daiki; Takeda, Kyozaburo

    2011-12-01

    We theoretically study the possibility of ion channeling through peptide nanotubes (PNTs). After designing the minimal peptide nanorings (PNRs) and their aggregated form (peptide nanotubes, PNT) computationally, we carry out molecular dynamics (MD) calculations for cation channeling. The present MD calculations show that cation channeling through PNTs occurs. Furthermore, inter-ring hydrogen bonds (HBs) survive and maintain the tubular form of PNTs during cation channeling. We introduce mobility such that cation channeling can be evaluated quantitatively. As the ionic radius of the cation becomes smaller, the effective relaxation time τ becomes larger. Accordingly, mobilities of 10-2˜10-3[cm2/volt/sec] are calculated. In contrast, when an anion (F-) passes through the PNT, the inter-ring HBs are broken, thus inducing breakdown of the peptide backbone. Consequently, H atoms from the broken HBs surround the channeling anion (F-) and halt its motion.

  7. Deformation of hypernuclei studied with antisymmetrized molecular dynamics

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    Isaka, M.; Kimura, M.; Dote, A.; Ohnishi, A.

    2011-04-15

    An extended version of antisymmetrized molecular dynamics was developed to study the structure of p-sd shell hypernuclei. By using an effective {Lambda}N interaction, we investigated the energy curves of {sub {Lambda}}{sup 9}Be, {sub {Lambda}}{sup 13}C, and {sub {Lambda}}{sup 20,21}Ne as a function of nuclear quadrupole deformation. The changes to nuclear deformation caused by {Lambda} particles are discussed. We found that {Lambda} in the p wave enhances nuclear deformation, while that in the s wave reduces it. This effect is most prominent in {sub {Lambda}}{sup 13}C. The possibility of parity inversion in {sub {Lambda}}{sup 20}Ne is also examined.

  8. Molecular dynamics studies of U1A-RNA complexes.

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    Reyes, C M; Kollman, P A

    1999-01-01

    The U1A protein binds to a hairpin RNA and an internal-loop RNA with picomolar affinities. To probe the molecular basis of U1A binding, we performed state-of-the-art nanosecond molecular dynamics simulations on both complexes. The good agreement with experimental structures supports the protocols used in the simulations. We compare the dynamics, hydrogen-bonding occupancies, and interfacial flexibility of both complexes and also describe a rigid-body motion in the U1A-internal loop complex that is not observed in the U1A-hairpin simulation. We relate these observations to experimental mutational studies and highlight their significance in U1A binding affinity and specificity. PMID:10024175

  9. Erbium Implantation in Silica Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Du, Jincheng; Corrales, Louis R.

    2007-02-01

    Defect formation induced by erbium implantation in silica glass and cristobalite was studied using molecular dynamics simulations employing a partial charge model in combination with the ZBL potential. The results show that the number of displaced atoms generated at the same PKA energy is similar in silica and cristobalite but the number of coordination defects created is much lower in the cristobalite than in silica glass. In both cases, the erbium ion is able to create an optimal coordination environment at the end of the collision cascade. Subsequent thermal annealing causes the relaxation of the silicon oxygen network structure along with a reduction of silicon and oxygen defects. This research is supported by the Divisions of Materials Sciences and Engineering and Chemical Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

  10. Molecular dynamics study of the stress singularity at a corner

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    Vafek, Oskar; Robbins, Mark O.

    1999-11-01

    Linear elasticity theory predicts a power-law singularity in the internal stress at the corner between dissimilar materials under a wide range of conditions. We have studied this singular region using molecular dynamics simulations with harmonic and Lennard-Jones interactions. For the harmonic potential the singularity is cut off by the discreteness of the lattice at a distance of one or two lattice constants from the corner. Anharmonicity leads to much longer range deviations for the Lennard-Jones potential, and plastic flow is observed in some cases. The prefactor of the singularity shows a power-law divergence with increasing system size. This implies that yield will always occur if the system is sufficiently large.

  11. A molecular dynamics study of the ionic liquid, choline acetate.

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    Willcox, Jon A L; Kim, Hyunjin; Kim, Hyung J

    2016-06-01

    Structural and dynamic properties of the ionic liquid (IL) choline acetate are studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The hydroxyl group of choline shows significant hydrogen-bonding interactions with the oxygen atoms of acetate. Nearly all choline cations are found to form a hydrogen bond with acetate anions at 400 K, while about 67% of cations participate in hydrogen-bonding interactions at 600 K. At 400 K, subdiffusive and prominent non-Gaussian behavior persist for t > 10 ns. At 600 K, the usual diffusion regime is obtained after a few hundred ps of subdiffusive behavior. Analysis of reorientational motions of acetate ions, particularly those of their short axes, indicates a high degree of dynamic heterogeneity, in agreement with previous work on different IL systems. PMID:27188287

  12. Anisotropic mechanical properties of graphene: a molecular dynamics study

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    Yu, Ming; Zeng, Anna; Zeng, Kevin

    2014-03-01

    The anisotropic mechanical properties of monolayer graphene with different shapes have been studied using an efficient quantum mechanics molecular dynamics scheme based on a semi-empirical Hamiltonian (refereed as SCED-LCAO) [PRB 74, 15540; PHYSE 42, 1]. We have found the anisotropic nature of the membrane stress. The stresses along the armchair direction are slightly stronger than that along the zigzag direction, showing strong direction selectivity. The graphene with the rectangular shape could sustain strong load (i . e ., 20%) in both armchair and zigzag directions. The graphene with the rhombus shape show large difference in the strain direction: it will quickly crack after 18 % of strain in armchair the direction, but slowly destroyed after 20% in the zigzag direction. The obtained 2D Young's modulus at infinitesimal strain and the third-order (effective nonlinear) elastic modulus are in good consistent with the experimental observation.

  13. Water and formic acid aggregates: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Vardanega, Delphine; Picaud, Sylvain

    2014-09-14

    Water adsorption around a formic acid aggregate has been studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations in a large temperature range including tropospheric conditions. Systems of different water contents have been considered and a large number of simulations has allowed us to determine the behavior of the corresponding binary formic acid-water systems as a function of temperature and humidity. The results clearly evidence a threshold temperature below which the system consists of water molecules adsorbed on a large formic acid grain. Above this temperature, formation of liquid-like mixed aggregates is obtained. This threshold temperature depends on the water content and may influence the ability of formic acid grains to act as cloud condensation nuclei in the Troposphere. PMID:25217941

  14. Ab initio molecular dynamics of H2O adsorbed on solid MgO

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    Langel, Walter; Parrinello, Michele

    1995-08-01

    The Car-Parrinello method has been applied to study the adsorption of water on solid magnesium oxide with surface defects. A step consisting of an (100) and an (010) surface on an (011) base plane allows us to model the experimentally observed microfaceting. In and on this step dissociation of water into a hydroxyl group and a H-atom took place following a complicated pathway only accessible by the simulation of thermal motion. Under comparable conditions physisorption only was observed on a regular (001) plane. This solves an experimental controversy and it is in agreement with the observation, that disordered surfaces are more active in initiating the dissociation of the water molecules. Our work allows us to identify an important active center. We can also account for the experimentally observed broadening and shifting to the red of the stretching mode of hydrogen bonded hydroxyl groups, and we provide a detailed explanation of the origin of this effect. This allows us to verify earlier theories of hydrogen bonding such as that of the adiabatic separation of the proton dynamics.

  15. Excess electron reactivity in amino acid aqueous solution revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation: anion-centered localization and anion-relayed electron transfer dissociation.

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    Wu, Xiuxiu; Gao, Liang; Liu, Jinxiang; Yang, Hongfang; Wang, Shoushan; Bu, Yuxiang

    2015-10-28

    Studies on the structure, states, and reactivity of excess electrons (EEs) in biological media are of great significance. Although there is information about EE interaction with desolvated biological molecules, solution effects are hardly explored. In this work, we present an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study on the interaction and reactivity of an EE with glycine in solution. Our simulations reveal two striking results. Firstly, a pre-solvated EE partially localizes on the negatively charged -COO(-) group of the zwitterionic glycine and the remaining part delocalizes over solvent water molecules, forming an anion-centered quasi-localized structure, due to relative alignment of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy levels of potential sites for EE residence in the aqueous solution. Secondly, after a period of anion-centered localization of an EE, the zwitterionic glycine is induced to spontaneously fragment through the cleavage of the N-Cα bond, losing ammonia (deamination), and leaving a ˙CH2-COO(-) anion radical, in good agreement with experimental observations. Introduction of the same groups (-COO(-) or -NH3(+)) in the side chain (taking lysine and aspartic acid as examples) can affect EE localization, with the fragmentation of the backbone part of these amino acids dependent on the properties of the side chain groups. These findings provide insights into EE interaction mechanisms with the backbone parts of amino acids and low energy EE induced fragmentation of amino acids and even peptides and proteins. PMID:26399512

  16. Modeling surface motion effects in N2 dissociation on W(110): Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations and generalized Langevin oscillator model

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    Nattino, Francesco; Galparsoro, Oihana; Costanzo, Francesca; Díez Muiño, Ricardo; Alducin, Maite; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2016-06-01

    Accurately modeling surface temperature and surface motion effects is necessary to study molecule-surface reactions in which the energy dissipation to surface phonons can largely affect the observables of interest. We present here a critical comparison of two methods that allow to model such effects, namely, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method and the generalized Langevin oscillator (GLO) model, using the dissociation of N2 on W(110) as a benchmark. AIMD is highly accurate as the surface atoms are explicitly part of the dynamics, but this advantage comes with a large computational cost. The GLO model is much more computationally convenient, but accounts for lattice motion effects in a very approximate way. Results show that, despite its simplicity, the GLO model is able to capture the physics of the system to a large extent, returning dissociation probabilities which are in better agreement with AIMD than static-surface results. Furthermore, the GLO model and the AIMD method predict very similar energy transfer to the lattice degrees of freedom in the non-reactive events, and similar dissociation dynamics.

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons <0,0,12,0> is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially <0,2,8,2> and <0,2,8,1>, are prominent. And the <0,2,8,2> polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centeredmore » clusters, while the <0,0,12,0> in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of the effects of stacking faults on the radiation response of 3C-SiC

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    Jiang, M.; Peng, S. M.; Zhang, H. B.; Xu, C. H.; Xiao, H. Y.; Zhao, F. A.; Liu, Z. J.; Zu, X. T.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to investigate how the existence of stacking faults (SFs) influences the response of SiC to low energy irradiation. It reveals that the C and Si atoms around the SFs are generally more difficult to be displaced than those in unfaulted SiC, and the corresponding threshold displacement energies for them are generally larger, indicative of enhanced radiation tolerance caused by the introduction of SFs, which agrees well with the recent experiment. As compared with the unfaulted state, more localized point defects are generated in faulted SiC. Also, the efficiency of damage production for Si recoils is generally higher than that of C recoils. The calculated potential energy increases for defect generation in SiC with intrinsic and extrinsic SFs are found to be higher than those in unfaulted SiC, due to the stronger screen-Coulomb interaction between the PKA and its neighbors. The presented results provide a fundamental insight into the underlying mechanism of displacement events in faulted SiC and will help to advance the understanding of the radiation response of SiC with and without SFs. PMID:26880027

  19. Theoretical studies of lipid bilayer electroporation using molecular dynamics simulations

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    Levine, Zachary Alan

    Computer simulations of physical, chemical, and biological systems have improved tremendously over the past five decades. From simple studies of liquid argon in the 1960s to fully atomistic simulations of entire viruses in the past few years, recent advances in high-performance computing have continuously enabled simulations to bridge the gap between scientific theory and experiment. Molecular dynamics simulations in particular have allowed for the direct observation of spatial and temporal events which are at present inaccessible to experiments. For this dissertation I employ all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to study the transient, electric field-induced poration (or electroporation) of phospholipid bilayers at MV/m electric fields. Phospholipid bilayers are the dominant constituents of cell membranes and act as both a barrier and gatekeeper to the cell interior. This makes their structural integrity and susceptibility to external perturbations an important topic for study, especially as the density of electromagnetic radiation in our environment is increasing steadily. The primary goal of this dissertation is to understand the specific physical and biological mechanisms which facilitate electroporation, and to connect our simulated observations to experiments with live cells and to continuum models which seek to describe the underlying biological processes of electroporation. In Chapter 1 I begin with a brief introduction to phospholipids and phospholipid bilayers, followed by an extensive overview of electroporation and atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. The following chapters will then focus on peer-reviewed and published work we performed, or on existing projects which are currently being prepared for submission. Chapter 2 looks at how external electric fields affect both oxidized and unoxidized lipid bilayers as a function of oxidation concentration and oxidized lipid type. Oxidative damage to cell membranes represents a physiologically relevant

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations on scattering of hyperthermal H atoms from Cu(111) and Au(111)

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    Kroes, Geert-Jan Pavanello, Michele; Blanco-Rey, María; Alducin, Maite

    2014-08-07

    Energy loss from the translational motion of an atom or molecule impinging on a metal surface to the surface may determine whether the incident particle can trap on the surface, and whether it has enough energy left to react with another molecule present at the surface. Although this is relevant to heterogeneous catalysis, the relative extent to which energy loss of hot atoms takes place to phonons or electron-hole pair (ehp) excitation, and its dependence on the system's parameters, remain largely unknown. We address these questions for two systems that present an extreme case of the mass ratio of the incident atom to the surface atom, i.e., H + Cu(111) and H + Au(111), by presenting adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) predictions of the energy loss and angular distributions for an incidence energy of 5 eV. The results are compared to the results of AIMDEFp calculations modeling energy loss to ehp excitation using an electronic friction (“EF”) model applied to the AIMD trajectories, so that the energy loss to the electrons is calculated “post” (“p”) the computation of the AIMD trajectory. The AIMD calculations predict average energy losses of 0.38 eV for Cu(111) and 0.13-0.14 eV for Au(111) for H-atoms that scatter from these surfaces without penetrating the surface. These energies closely correspond with energy losses predicted with Baule models, which is suggestive of structure scattering. The predicted adiabatic integral energy loss spectra (integrated over all final scattering angles) all display a lowest energy peak at an energy corresponding to approximately 80% of the average adiabatic energy loss for non-penetrative scattering. In the adiabatic limit, this suggests a way of determining the approximate average energy loss of non-penetratively scattered H-atoms from the integral energy loss spectrum of all scattered H-atoms. The AIMDEFp calculations predict that in each case the lowest energy loss peak should show additional energy loss

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations on scattering of hyperthermal H atoms from Cu(111) and Au(111)

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    Kroes, Geert-Jan; Pavanello, Michele; Blanco-Rey, María; Alducin, Maite; Auerbach, Daniel J.

    2014-08-01

    Energy loss from the translational motion of an atom or molecule impinging on a metal surface to the surface may determine whether the incident particle can trap on the surface, and whether it has enough energy left to react with another molecule present at the surface. Although this is relevant to heterogeneous catalysis, the relative extent to which energy loss of hot atoms takes place to phonons or electron-hole pair (ehp) excitation, and its dependence on the system's parameters, remain largely unknown. We address these questions for two systems that present an extreme case of the mass ratio of the incident atom to the surface atom, i.e., H + Cu(111) and H + Au(111), by presenting adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) predictions of the energy loss and angular distributions for an incidence energy of 5 eV. The results are compared to the results of AIMDEFp calculations modeling energy loss to ehp excitation using an electronic friction ("EF") model applied to the AIMD trajectories, so that the energy loss to the electrons is calculated "post" ("p") the computation of the AIMD trajectory. The AIMD calculations predict average energy losses of 0.38 eV for Cu(111) and 0.13-0.14 eV for Au(111) for H-atoms that scatter from these surfaces without penetrating the surface. These energies closely correspond with energy losses predicted with Baule models, which is suggestive of structure scattering. The predicted adiabatic integral energy loss spectra (integrated over all final scattering angles) all display a lowest energy peak at an energy corresponding to approximately 80% of the average adiabatic energy loss for non-penetrative scattering. In the adiabatic limit, this suggests a way of determining the approximate average energy loss of non-penetratively scattered H-atoms from the integral energy loss spectrum of all scattered H-atoms. The AIMDEFp calculations predict that in each case the lowest energy loss peak should show additional energy loss in the

  2. Molecular-dynamics study of structure II hydrogen clathrates.

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    Alavi, Saman; Ripmeester, J A; Klug, D D

    2005-07-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations are used to study the stability of structure II hydrogen clathrates with different H2 guest occupancies. Simulations are done at pressures of 2.5 kbars and 1.013 bars and for temperatures ranging from 100 to 250 K. For a structure II unit cell with 136 water molecules, H2 guest molecule occupancies of 0-64 are studied with uniform occupancies among each type of cage. The simulations show that at 100 K and 2.5 kbars, the most stable configurations have single occupancy in the small cages and quadruple occupancy in the large cages. The optimum occupancy for the large cages decreases as the temperature is raised. Double occupancy in the small cages increases the energy of the structures and causes tetragonal distortion in the unit cell. The spatial distribution of the hydrogen guest molecules in the cages is determined by studying the guest-water and guest-guest radial distribution functions at various temperatures. PMID:16050759

  3. Mechanical properties of irradiated nanowires - A molecular dynamics study

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    Figueroa, Emilio; Tramontina, Diego; Gutiérrez, Gonzalo; Bringa, Eduardo

    2015-12-01

    In this work we study, by means of molecular dynamics simulation, the change in the mechanical properties of a gold nanowire with pre-existing radiation damage. The gold nanowire is used as a simple model for a nanofoam, made of connected nanowires. Radiation damage by keV ions leads to the formation of a stacking fault tetrahedron (SFT), and this defect leads to a reduced plastic threshold, as expected, when the nanowire is subjected to tension. We quantify dislocation and twin density during the deformation, and find that the early activation of the SFT as a dislocation source leads to reduced dislocation densities compared to the case without radiation damage. In addition, we observed a total destruction of the SFT, as opposed to a recent simulation study where it was postulated that SFTs might act as self-generating dislocation sources. The flow stress at large deformation is also found to be slightly larger for the irradiated case, in agreement with recent experiments.

  4. An Inside Look at Traube's Rule: A Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Dickey, Allison; Faller, Roland

    2006-03-01

    According to Traube's Rule [1], the alcohol concentration required to maintain the interfacial tension (γ) of a bilayer is reduced by a factor of three for each additional CH2 group that is added to the alkyl chain of the alcohol. Recent experimental work confirmed that Traube’s Rule applies to 1-stearoyl, 2-oleoyl phosphatidylcholine (SOPC) lipid bilayers that are exposed to alcohol solutions of methanol, ethanol, propanol, and butanol [2]. To examine the molecular mechanisms leading to Traube’s Rule, we use molecular dynamics simulations to study the interactions between a dipalmitoylphsphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer and ethanol, propanol, and butanol solutions. We first examine how the bilayer structure variation depends on alcohol chain length via the area per lipid headgroup, lipid chain disorder, and electron distribution functions. We also study the alcohol dynamics within the bilayer by monitoring the time length, number, and location of hydrogen bonds. Lipid mean squared displacements are also calculated to determine the extent to which lipid mobility is affected by alcohols. [1] I. Traube Liebigs Annalen (1891)[2] H. Ly, M. Longo Biophys J (2004)

  5. Phase separation in antisymmetric films: A molecular dynamics study

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    Krishnan, Raishma; Puri, Sanjay; Jaiswal, Prabhat K.

    2013-11-07

    We have used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study phase-separation kinetics in a binary fluid mixture (AB) confined in an antisymmetric thin film. One surface of the film (located at z = 0) attracts the A-atoms, and the other surface (located at z = D) attracts the B-atoms. We study the kinetic processes which lead to the formation of equilibrium morphologies subsequent to a deep quench below the miscibility gap. In the initial stages, one observes the formation of a layered structure, consisting of an A-rich layer followed by a B-rich layer at z = 0; and an analogous structure at z = D. This multi-layered morphology is time-dependent and propagates into the bulk, though it may break up into a laterally inhomogeneous structure at a later stage. We characterize the evolution morphologies via laterally averaged order parameter profiles; the growth laws for wetting-layer kinetics and layer-wise length scales; and the scaling properties of layer-wise correlation functions.

  6. Molecular Dynamics Study of Naturally Existing Cavity Couplings in Proteins

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    Barbany, Montserrat; Meyer, Tim; Hospital, Adam; Faustino, Ignacio; D'Abramo, Marco; Morata, Jordi; Orozco, Modesto; de la Cruz, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Couplings between protein sub-structures are a common property of protein dynamics. Some of these couplings are especially interesting since they relate to function and its regulation. In this article we have studied the case of cavity couplings because cavities can host functional sites, allosteric sites, and are the locus of interactions with the cell milieu. We have divided this problem into two parts. In the first part, we have explored the presence of cavity couplings in the natural dynamics of 75 proteins, using 20 ns molecular dynamics simulations. For each of these proteins, we have obtained two trajectories around their native state. After applying a stringent filtering procedure, we found significant cavity correlations in 60% of the proteins. We analyze and discuss the structure origins of these correlations, including neighbourhood, cavity distance, etc. In the second part of our study, we have used longer simulations (≥100ns) from the MoDEL project, to obtain a broader view of cavity couplings, particularly about their dependence on time. Using moving window computations we explored the fluctuations of cavity couplings along time, finding that these couplings could fluctuate substantially during the trajectory, reaching in several cases correlations above 0.25/0.5. In summary, we describe the structural origin and the variations with time of cavity couplings. We complete our work with a brief discussion of the biological implications of these results. PMID:25816327

  7. Investigation of structural and dynamical properties of hafnium(IV) ion in liquid ammonia: An ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics simulation

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    Suwardi; Pranowo, Harno Dwi; Armunanto, Ria

    2015-09-01

    The structure and dynamics of Hf4+ ion in liquid ammonia have been investigated by an ab initio quantum mechanics molecular mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics simulation. The structural data was obtained in terms of radial distribution, coordination number and angular distribution, and then the dynamics in mean ligand residence time. The Hf4+ ion is coordinated by five ammonia molecules in the first solvation shell showing a distorted square pyramidal structure with an average Hf4+-N distance of 2.38 Å. No ammonia ligand was observed for exchange processes between the first and second shells.

  8. Defect-Enhanced Charge Transfer by Ion-Solid Interactions in SiC using Large-Scale Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Gao, Fei; Xiao, H. Y.; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Posselt, Matthias; Weber, William J.

    2009-07-10

    Large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in SiC reveal that significant charge-transfer occurs between atoms and defects can enhance charge transfer to surrounding atoms. The results demonstrate that charge transfer to and from recoiling atoms can alter the energy barriers and dynamics for stable defect formation. The present simulations illustrate in detail the dynamic processes for charged defect formation. The averaged values of displacement threshold energies along four main crystallographic directions are smaller than those determined by empirical potentials due to charge transfer effects on recoil atoms.

  9. Defect-Enhanced Charge Transfer by Ion-Solid Interactions in SiC using Large-Scale Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Gao Fei; Weber, William J.; Xiao Haiyan; Zu Xiaotao; Posselt, Matthias

    2009-07-10

    Large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in SiC reveal that significant charge transfer occurs between atoms, and defects can enhance charge transfer to surrounding atoms. The results demonstrate that charge transfer to and from recoiling atoms can alter the energy barriers and dynamics for stable defect formation. The present simulations illustrate in detail the dynamic processes for charged defect formation. The averaged values of displacement threshold energies along four main crystallographic directions are smaller than those determined by empirical potentials due to charge-transfer effects on recoil atoms.

  10. Molecular Dynamics Study of Ripples in Graphene and Bilayer Graphene

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    Singh, Arunima; Hennig, Richard G.

    2012-02-01

    Transmission electron microscopy experiments have shown that suspended graphene is not perfectly flat, but displays ripples such that the surface normal of graphene varies by several degrees [1,2]. For multi-layered graphene, the ripples are suppressed with increasing numbers of layers. Recent experiments demonstrated that ripples in suspended graphene can also be controlled by mechanical and thermally induced strain [3]. Knowledge of and control over the ripples in graphene is desirable for fabricating and designing of strain-based devices. We show using molecular dynamics simulation that thermally induced ripples in suspended single and multi-layer graphene at room temperature result in deviations of the local surface normal by ± 7 ^o and ± 4 ^o for single and bilayer graphene, respectively. These angular deviations are in excellent agreement with transmission electron microscopy results [2] and confirm that these ripples can be dynamic and thermally induced. We also study how these angles change as a function of applied tensile and shear strain. [1] Meyer J. C., Geim A. K., et al. Solid State Communications, 143, 101 (2007). [2] Meyer J.C., Geim A.K., et al. Nature, 446, 60 (2007). [3] Bao W., Miao F., et al. Nature Nanotechnology, 4 (9), 562 (2009).

  11. First principles molecular dynamics study of filled ice hydrogen hydrate.

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    Zhang, Jingyun; Kuo, Jer-Lai; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2012-08-28

    We investigated structural changes, phase diagram, and vibrational properties of hydrogen hydrate in filled-ice phase C(2) by using first principles molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that the experimentally reported "cubic" structure is unstable at low temperature and/or high pressure: The "cubic" structure reflects the symmetry at high (room) temperature where the hydrogen bond network is disordered and the hydrogen molecules are orientationally disordered due to thermal rotation. In this sense, the "cubic" symmetry would definitely be lowered at low temperature where the hydrogen bond network and the hydrogen molecules are expected to be ordered. At room temperature and below 30 GPa, it is the thermal effects that play an essential role in stabilizing the structure in "cubic" symmetry. Above 60 GPa, the hydrogen bonds in the framework would be symmetrized and the hydrogen bond order-disorder transition would disappear. These results also suggest the phase behavior of other filled-ice hydrates. In the case of rare gas hydrate, there would be no guest molecules' rotation-nonrotation transition since the guest molecules keep their spherical symmetry at any temperature. On the contrary methane hydrate MH-III would show complex transitions due to the lower symmetry of the guest molecule. These results would encourage further experimental studies, especially nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and neutron scattering, on the phases of filled-ice hydrates at high pressures and/or low temperatures. PMID:22938248

  12. First principles molecular dynamics study of filled ice hydrogen hydrate

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    Zhang, Jingyun; Kuo, Jer-Lai; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2012-08-01

    We investigated structural changes, phase diagram, and vibrational properties of hydrogen hydrate in filled-ice phase C2 by using first principles molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that the experimentally reported "cubic" structure is unstable at low temperature and/or high pressure: The "cubic" structure reflects the symmetry at high (room) temperature where the hydrogen bond network is disordered and the hydrogen molecules are orientationally disordered due to thermal rotation. In this sense, the "cubic" symmetry would definitely be lowered at low temperature where the hydrogen bond network and the hydrogen molecules are expected to be ordered. At room temperature and below 30 GPa, it is the thermal effects that play an essential role in stabilizing the structure in "cubic" symmetry. Above 60 GPa, the hydrogen bonds in the framework would be symmetrized and the hydrogen bond order-disorder transition would disappear. These results also suggest the phase behavior of other filled-ice hydrates. In the case of rare gas hydrate, there would be no guest molecules' rotation-nonrotation transition since the guest molecules keep their spherical symmetry at any temperature. On the contrary methane hydrate MH-III would show complex transitions due to the lower symmetry of the guest molecule. These results would encourage further experimental studies, especially nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and neutron scattering, on the phases of filled-ice hydrates at high pressures and/or low temperatures.

  13. MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY OF DIFFUSIONAL CREEP IN NANOCRYSTALLINE UO2

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    Tapan G. Desai; Paul C. Millett; Dieter Wolf

    2008-09-01

    We present the results of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study hightemperature deformation of nanocrystalline UO2. In qualitative agreement with experimental observations, the oxygen sub-lattice undergoes a structural transition at a temperature of about 2200 K (i.e., well below the melting point of 3450 K of our model system), whereas the uranium sub-lattice remains unchanged all the way up to melting. At temperatures well above this structural transition, columnar nanocrystalline model microstructures with a uniform grain size and grain shape were subjected to constantstress loading at levels low enough to avoid microcracking and dislocation nucleation from the GBs. Our simulations reveal that in the absence of grain growth, the material deforms via GB diffusion creep (also known as Coble creep). Analysis of the underlying self-diffusion behavior in undeformed nanocrystalline UO2 reveals that, on our MD time scale, the uranium ions diffuse only via the grain boundaries (GBs) whereas the much faster moving oxygen ions diffuse through both the lattice and the GBs. As expected for the Coble-creep mechanism, the creep activation energy agrees well with that for GB diffusion of the slowest moving species, i.e., of the uranium ions.

  14. Reactive Molecular Dynamics Studies of Thermal Induced Chemistry in TATB

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    Germann, Timothy; Quenneville, Jason

    2007-03-01

    Equilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of high explosives can provide important information on their thermal decomposition by helping to characterize processes with timescales that are much longer than those attainable with non-equilibrium MD shock studies. A reactive force field is used with MD to probe the chemisty induced by intense heating (`cook-off') of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB). The force field (ReaxFF) was developed by van Duin, Goddard and coworkers [1] at CalTech and has already shown promise in predicting the chemistry in small samples of RDX under either shock compression or intense heat. Large-system simulations are desired for TATB because of the high degree of carbon clustering expected in this material. We will show results of 800-particle simulations at several temperatures, and detail current capabilities for large-scale (10^4 -- 10^5 atoms) systems carried out with the massively parallel GRASP MD software developed at Sandia National Lab. Finally, we will compare the reaction timescales with those of RDX and HMX. [1] A. C. T. Van Duin, et al, J. Phys. Chem. A, 1005, 9396 (2001).

  15. Molecular Dynamics study on the Micellization of Rhamnolipids.

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    Munusamy, Elango; Schwartz, Steven D.

    2015-03-01

    Oil spills have become one of the most serious environmental and ecological problems owing to the growth of oil exploration, production and transportation. Millions of gallons of crude oil and refined products are spilled into marine waters worldwide each year. Large volumes of surfactants are applied to the ocean as a remediation strategy. Environmental and toxicity issues arise when such a voluminous amounts of chemical surfactants are applied. One prospective solution to this problem is to use greener surfactants that possess excellent biodegradation and toxicity characteristics relative to existing classes of commonly used surfactants. In this context, we are interested in designing and developing greener surfactants that are patterned after naturally occurring glycolipids. In the present work, we concentrate on one of the more commonly studied glycolipid, rhamnolipid (Rha1C10C10) . Despite the available experimental data, the molecular structure, shape and geometry of micelles formed by rhamnolipid is unknown. Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to understand the aggregation behavior of rhamnolipids in aqueous solution and at air-water interface. All calculations were performed in NPT ensembles at 300 K using NAMD 2.8, a parallel code designed for high-performance simulation of large biological macromolecule using the CHARMM force field. The results obtained from MD simulations on the aggregation of rhamnolipids in water and at air-water interface will be presented.

  16. Molecular Dynamics Study of Bipolar Tetraether Lipid Membranes

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    Shinoda, Wataru; Shinoda, Keiko; Baba, Teruhiko; Mikami, Masuhiro

    2005-01-01

    Membranes composed of bipolar tetraether lipids have been studied by a series of 25-ns molecular dynamics simulations to understand the microscopic structure and dynamics as well as membrane area elasticity. By comparing macrocyclic and acyclic tetraether and diether archaeal lipids, the effect of tail linkage of the two phytanyl-chained lipids on the membrane properties is elucidated. Tetraether lipids show smaller molecular area and lateral mobility. For the latter, calculated diffusion coefficients are indeed one order-of-magnitude smaller than that of the diether lipid. These two tetraether membranes are alike in many physical properties except for membrane area elasticity. The macrocyclic tetraether membrane shows a higher elastic area expansion modulus than its acyclic counterpart by a factor of three. Free energy profiles of a water molecule crossing the membranes show no major difference in barrier height; however, a significant difference is observed near the membrane center due to the lack of the slip-plane in tetraether membranes. PMID:16100279

  17. Studying properties of RNA nanotubes via molecular dynamics

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    Badu, Shyam; Melnik, Roderick; Prabhakar, Sanjay

    2015-04-01

    RNA molecules are very flexible in nature. This feature allows us to build various motifs which are essential in bionanotechnological applications. Based on our earlier developed models of RNA nanoclusters, in this contribution we analyze the structure and properties of RNA nanotubes in physiological solutions at different concentrations. Our major tool here is the molecular dynamics (MD) method that was implemented by using the NAMD and VMD packages, with which we study the structural and thermal properties of the nanotubes in physiological solutions. In particular, we have analyzed such characteristics as the Root Mean Square Deviation (RMSD), the radius of gyration, the number of hydrogen bonds per base pairs, and the radial distribution function (RDF) of a RNA nanotube at different concentrations of the physiological solution. Furthermore, the number of 23Na+ and 35Cl-ions around the nanotubes within the distance of 5 Å at two different concentrations has also been analyzed in detail. It has been found that the number of ions accumulated around the nanotubes within the particular distance is growing by small amount while the concentrations of the 23Na+ and 35Cl-ions are substantially increased.

  18. Molecular-dynamics study of detonation. II. The reaction mechanism

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    Rice, Betsy M.; Mattson, William; Grosh, John; Trevino, S. F.

    1996-01-01

    In this work, we investigate mechanisms of chemical reactions that sustain an unsupported detonation. The chemical model of an energetic crystal used in this study consists of heteronuclear diatomic molecules that, at ambient pressure, dissociate endothermically. Subsequent association of the products to form homonuclear diatomic molecules provides the energy release that sustains the detonation. A many-body interaction is used to simulate changes in the electronic bonding as a function of local atomic environment. The consequence of the many-body interaction in this model is that the intramolecular bond is weakened with increasing density. The mechanism of the reaction for this model was extracted by investigating the details of the molecular properties in the reaction zone with two-dimensional molecular dynamics. The mechanism for the initiation of the reaction in this model is pressure-induced atomization. There was no evidence of excitation of vibrational modes to dissociative states. This particular result is directly attributable to the functional form and choice of parameters for this model, but might also have more general applicability.

  19. The interstitialcy diffusion in FCC copper: A molecular dynamics study

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    Bukkuru, S. Rao, A. D. P.; Warrier, M.

    2015-06-24

    Damage of materials due to neutron irradiation occurs via energetic cascades caused by energetic primary knock-on atoms (PKA) created by the energetic neutron as it passes through the material. These cascades result in creation of Frenkel Pairs (interstitials and vacancies). The interstitials and vacancies diffuse and recombine to (I) nullify the damage when an interstitial recombines with a vacancy, (II) form interstitial clusters when two or more interstitials recombine, and (III) form vacancy clusters when several vacancies come together. The latter two processes result in change of material properties. Interstitial diffusion has reported time-scales of microseconds and vacancy diffusion has diffusion time-scales of the order of seconds. We have carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of interstitial diffusion in crystal Cu to study the mechanism of diffusion. It is found that interstitialcy diffusion – wherein an interstitial displaces a lattice atom thereby making the lattice atom an interstitial – has time-scales of a few tens of pico-seconds. Therefore we propose that the “interstitialcy diffusion” mechanism could play a major part in the diffusive-recombinations of the Frenkel Pairs created during the cascade.

  20. Aggregation of model asphaltenes: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Costa, J L L F S; Simionesie, D; Zhang, Z J; Mulheran, P A

    2016-10-01

    Natural asphaltenes are defined as polyaromatic compounds whose chemical composition and structure are dependent on their geological origin and production history, hence are regarded as complex molecules with aromatic cores and aliphatic tails that occur in the heaviest fraction of crude oil. The aggregation of asphaltenes presents a range of technical challenges to the production and processing of oil. In this work we study the behaviour of the model asphaltene-like molecule hexa-tert-butylhexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HTBHBC) using molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that the regular arrangement of the tert-butyl side chains prevents the formation of strongly-bound dimers by severely restricting the configurational space of the aggregation pathway. In contrast, a modified molecule with only 3 side chains is readily able to form dimers. This work therefore confirms the influence of the molecular structure of polyaromatic compounds on their aggregation mechanism, and reveals the unexpected design rules required for model systems that can mimic the behavior of asphaltenes. PMID:27465036

  1. Excitons in a photosynthetic light-harvesting system: A combined molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, and polaron model study

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    Damjanović, Ana; Kosztin, Ioan; Kleinekathöfer, Ulrich; Schulten, Klaus

    2002-03-01

    The dynamics of pigment-pigment and pigment-protein interactions in light-harvesting complexes is studied with an approach that combines molecular dynamics simulations with quantum chemistry calculations and a polaron model analysis. The molecular dynamics simulation of light-harvesting (LH) complexes was performed on an 87 055 atom system comprised of a LH-II complex of Rhodospirillum molischianum embedded in a lipid bilayer and surrounded with appropriate water layers. For each of the 16 B850 bacteriochlorophylls (BChls), we performed 400 ab initio quantum chemistry calculations on geometries that emerged from the molecular dynamical simulations, determining the fluctuations of pigment excitation energies as a function of time. From the results of these calculations we construct a time-dependent Hamiltonian of the B850 exciton system from which we determine within linear response theory the absorption spectrum. Finally, a polaron model is introduced to describe both the excitonic and coupled phonon degrees of freedom by quantum mechanics. The exciton-phonon coupling that enters into the polaron model, and the corresponding phonon spectral function, are derived from the molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry simulations. The model predicts that excitons in the B850 BChl ring are delocalized over five pigments at room temperature. Also, the polaron model permits the calculation of the absorption and circular dichroism spectra of the B850 excitons from the sole knowledge of the autocorrelation function of the excitation energies of individual BChls, which is readily available from the combined molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry simulations. The obtained results are found to be in good agreement with the experimentally measured absorption and circular dichroism spectra.

  2. Anisotropic mechanoresponse of energetic crystallites: a quantum molecular dynamics study of nano-collision

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    Li, Ying; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Misawa, Masaaki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-Ichi; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-05-01

    At the nanoscale, chemistry can happen quite differently due to mechanical forces selectively breaking the chemical bonds of materials. The interaction between chemistry and mechanical forces can be classified as mechanochemistry. An example of archetypal mechanochemistry occurs at the nanoscale in anisotropic detonating of a broad class of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by inter-layer van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, we introduce an ab initio study of the collision, in which quantum molecular dynamic simulations of binary collisions between energetic vdW crystallites, TATB molecules, reveal atomistic mechanisms of anisotropic shock sensitivity. The highly sensitive lateral collision was found to originate from the twisting and bending to breaking of nitro-groups mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. This causes the closing of the electronic energy gap due to an inverse Jahn-Teller effect. On the other hand, the insensitive collisions normal to multilayers are accomplished by more delocalized molecular deformations mediated by inter-layer interactions. Our nano-collision studies provide a much needed atomistic understanding for the rational design of insensitive energetic nanomaterials and the detonation synthesis of novel nanomaterials.At the nanoscale, chemistry can happen quite differently due to mechanical forces selectively breaking the chemical bonds of materials. The interaction between chemistry and mechanical forces can be classified as mechanochemistry. An example of archetypal mechanochemistry occurs at the nanoscale in anisotropic detonating of a broad class of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by inter-layer van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, we introduce an ab initio study of the collision, in which quantum molecular dynamic simulations of binary collisions between energetic vdW crystallites, TATB molecules, reveal atomistic mechanisms of anisotropic shock sensitivity. The highly sensitive lateral collision

  3. Molecular dynamics studies on the buffalo prion protein.

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    Zhang, Jiapu; Wang, Feng; Chatterjee, Subhojyoti

    2016-01-01

    It was reported that buffalo is a low susceptibility species resisting to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) (same as rabbits, horses, and dogs). TSEs, also called prion diseases, are invariably fatal and highly infectious neurodegenerative diseases that affect a wide variety of species (except for rabbits, dogs, horses, and buffalo), manifesting as scrapie in sheep and goats; bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or "mad-cow" disease) in cattle; chronic wasting disease in deer and elk; and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, fatal familial insomnia, and Kulu in humans etc. In molecular structures, these neurodegenerative diseases are caused by the conversion from a soluble normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)), predominantly with α-helices, into insoluble abnormally folded infectious prions (PrP(Sc)), rich in β-sheets. In this article, we studied the molecular structure and structural dynamics of buffalo PrP(C) (BufPrP(C)), in order to understand the reason why buffalo is resistant to prion diseases. We first did molecular modeling of a homology structure constructed by one mutation at residue 143 from the NMR structure of bovine and cattle PrP(124-227); immediately we found that for BufPrP(C)(124-227), there are five hydrogen bonds (HBs) at Asn143, but at this position, bovine/cattle do not have such HBs. Same as that of rabbits, dogs, or horses, our molecular dynamics studies also revealed there is a strong salt bridge (SB) ASP178-ARG164 (O-N) keeping the β2-α2 loop linked in buffalo. We also found there is a very strong HB SER170-TYR218 linking this loop with the C-terminal end of α-helix H3. Other information, such as (i) there is a very strong SB HIS187-ARG156 (N-O) linking α-helices H2 and H1 (if mutation H187R is made at position 187, then the hydrophobic core of PrP(C) will be exposed (L.H. Zhong (2010). Exposure of hydrophobic core in human prion protein pathogenic mutant H187R. Journal of

  4. MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDIES OF MODULAR POLYKETIDE SYNTHASE KETOREDUCTASE STEREOSPECIFICITY

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    Mugnai, Mauro L.; Shi, Yue; Keatinge-Clay, Adrian T.; Elber, Ron

    2015-01-01

    Ketoreductases (KRs) from modular polyketide synthases (PKSs) can perform stereospecific catalysis, selecting a polyketide with a D-α or an L-α-methyl substituent for NADPH-mediated reduction. In this report Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to investigate the interactions that control stereospecificity. We studied the A1-type KR from the second module of the amphotericin PKS (A1), which is known to be stereospecific for a D-α-methyl-substituted diketide substrate (dkD). MD simulations of two ternary complexes comprised of the enzyme, NADPH, and either the correct substrate, dkD, or its enantiomer (dkL) were performed. The coordinates for the A1/NADPH binary complex were obtained from a crystal structure [Zheng, J. T. et al. (2010) Structure 18, 913–922], and substrates were modeled in the binding pocket in conformations appropriate for reduction. Simulations were intended to reproduce the initial weak binding of the polyketide substrate to the enzyme. Long (tens of nanoseconds) MD simulations show that the correct substrate is retained in a conformation closer to the reactive configuration. Many short (up to a nanosecond) MD runs starting from the initial structures display evidence that Q364, three residues N-terminal to the catalytic tyrosine, forms a hydrogen bond to the incorrect dkL substrate to yield an unreactive conformation that is more favorable than the reactive configuration. This interaction is not as strong for dkD, as the D-α-methyl substituent is positioned between the glutamine and the reactive site. This result correlates with experimental findings [Zheng, J. T. et al. (2010) Structure 18, 913–922] in which a Q364H mutant was observed to lose stereospecificity. PMID:25835227

  5. Mechanistic Insights into Radical-Mediated Oxidation of Tryptophan from ab Initio Quantum Chemistry Calculations and QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Wood, Geoffrey P F; Sreedhara, Alavattam; Moore, Jamie M; Wang, John; Trout, Bernhardt L

    2016-05-12

    An assessment of the mechanisms of (•)OH and (•)OOH radical-mediated oxidation of tryptophan was performed using density functional theory calculations and ab initio plane-wave Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics simulations. For the (•)OH reactions, addition to the pyrrole ring at position 2 is the most favored site with a barrierless reaction in the gas phase. The subsequent degradation of this adduct through a H atom transfer to water was intermittently observed in aqueous-phase molecular dynamics simulations. For the (•)OOH reactions, addition to the pyrrole ring at position 2 is the most favored pathway, in contrast to the situation in the model system ethylene, where concerted addition to the double bond is preferred. From the (•)OOH position 2 adduct QM/MM simulations show that formation of oxy-3-indolanaline occurs readily in an aqueous environment. The observed transformation starts from an initial rupture of the O-O bond followed by a H atom transfer with the accompanying loss of an (•)OH radical to solution. Finally, classical molecular dynamics simulations were performed to equate observed differential oxidation rates of various tryptophan residues in monoclonal antibody fragments. It was found that simple parameters derived from simulation correlate well with the experimental data. PMID:27082439

  6. Electron trapping in amorphous silicon: A quantum molecular dynamics study

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    Yang, Lin H.; Kalia, R.K.; Vashishta, P.

    1990-12-01

    Quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations provide the real-time dynamics of electrons and ions through numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrodinger and Newton equations, respectively. Using the QMD approach we have investigated the localization behavior of an excess electron in amorphous silicon at finite temperatures. For time scales on the order of a few picoseconds, we find the excess electron is localized inside a void of radius {approximately}3 {Angstrom} at finite temperatures. 12 refs.

  7. Molecular dynamics investigations of ozone on an ab initio potential energy surface with the utilization of pattern-recognition neural network for accurate determination of product formation.

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    Le, Hung M; Dinh, Thach S; Le, Hieu V

    2011-10-13

    The singlet-triplet transformation and molecular dissociation of ozone (O(3)) gas is investigated by performing quasi-classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on an ab initio potential energy surface (PES) with visible and near-infrared excitations. MP4(SDQ) level of theory with the 6-311g(2d,2p) basis set is executed for three different electronic spin states (singlet, triplet, and quintet). In order to simplify the potential energy function, an approximation is adopted by ignoring the spin-orbit coupling and allowing the molecule to switch favorably and instantaneously to the spin state that is more energetically stable (lowest in energy among the three spin states). This assumption has previously been utilized to study the SiO(2) system as reported by Agrawal et al. (J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 124 (13), 134306). The use of such assumption in this study probably makes the upper limits of computed rate coefficients the true rate coefficients. The global PES for ozone is constructed by fitting 5906 ab initio data points using a 60-neuron two-layer feed-forward neural network. The mean-absolute error and root-mean-squared error of this fit are 0.0446 eV (1.03 kcal/mol) and 0.0756 eV (1.74 kcal/mol), respectively, which reveal very good fitting accuracy. The parameter coefficients of the global PES are reported in this paper. In order to identify the spin state with high confidence, we propose the use of a pattern-recognition neural network, which is trained to predict the spin state of a given configuration (with a prediction accuracy being 95.6% on a set of testing data points). To enhance the prediction effectiveness, a buffer series of five points are validated to confirm the spin state during the MD process to gain better confidence. Quasi-classical MD simulations from 1.2 to 2.4 eV of total internal energy (including zero-point energy) result in rate coefficients of singlet-triplet transformation in the range of 0.027 ps(-1) to 1.21 ps(-1). Also, we find very

  8. Molecular dynamics studies of thin film nucleation and substrate modification

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    Hu, Yanhong

    Deposition of energetic particles on solid surfaces has found increasing application in surface science. However, the detailed surface chemistry and relevant atomic mechanisms are not well understood. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are an ideal method to study these processes atomistically because they usually occur on short time scales (of the order of a few picoseconds). In this dissertation, MD simulations are performed to investigate thin film formation through organic cluster beam deposition and chemical modification of carbon nanotube/polymer composites via polyatomic ion beam deposition. The interatomic forces are calculated from the reactive empirical bond-order (REBO) potential for carbon-based systems coupled with the Lennard-Jones potentials. The reliability of this approach is examined by comparing its predictions for ethylene-cluster beam deposition with the results of a more accurate order-N nonorthogonal tight-binding method. The results show that the REBO potential captures the general characters of the relevant chemistry. The deposition processes of interest occur at room temperature; hence, appropriate temperature control methods must be employed in the simulations. A comparison study of four temperature control methods during the simulation of cluster deposition finds that the generalized Langevin equation approach is sufficient for dissipation of excess system energy if the deposition occurs on a large enough substrate at a moderate incident energy (<40 eV/cluster-atom). A new temperature control method has been developed for use at higher incident energies. In the simulations of thin film formation through organic cluster beam deposition, the dependence of the results on the intracluster bonding, incident angle and deposition direction is examined. Beams of ethylene clusters, adamantane molecules, and C20 molecules are thus deposited on a diamond surface with varying lateral momenta along two different crystallographic orientations at

  9. Molecular dynamics simulation studies of liquid crystalline materials

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    Tian, Pu

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies of the phase behavior, the response to an applied field of nematic liquid crystalline (LC) materials and interactions of nanoparticles in isotropic mesogenic materials are presented in this work. Molecular models used include the rigid bead-necklace model and soft spherocylinders. Free energy calculations applying thermodynamic integration and the Gibbs-Duhem integration method were used to establish the (T, P) phase diagram of the repulsive bead-necklace model, subsequently the Gibbs-Duhem integration method was further utilized to investigate the influence of attractive interactions on the phase behavior of the bead-necklace model. Analysis of order and thermodynamics of LC phase transitions (Isotropic-Nematic transition and Nematic-Smectic A transition) demonstrate that this simple model can capture the basic physics of liquid crystalline phases, and good agreement with experimental results is obtained. Further addition of chemical details to this multiple interaction sites model is much easier than to the idealized models (Gay-Berne, Spherocylinders) while the computation cost increase with respect to these idealized models is minimal. With a mean field representation of field-molecules interaction, MD simulation studies of the switching behavior of nematic LC, which is the basis of many LC devices, were performed. The switching mechanisms were explained in terms of the compromise between the elastic energy and field-molecules interactions. Qualitative agreement with experiments confirmed the validity of the mean field approximation. Finally, using the standard umbrella sampling technique and MD simulations, the potential of mean force between two nanoparticles in solvent of spherocylinders is calculated. It is found that while dispersed nanoparticles will delay the Isotropic-Nematics transition to higher density (lower temperature), they can induce local ordering fluctuations (within a few molecular lengths of the

  10. Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics Studied with Vacuum Ultraviolet Pulses

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    Wright, Travis William

    Studying the ultrafast dynamics of small molecules can serve as the first step in understanding the dynamics in larger chemically and biologically relevant molecules. To make direct comparisons with existing computational techniques, the photons used in pump-probe spectroscopy must make perturbative transitions between the electronic states of isolated small molecules. In this dissertation experimental investigations of ultrafast dynamics in electronic excitations of neutral ethylene and carbon dioxide are discussed. These experiments are performed using VUV/XUV femtosecond pulses as pump and probe. To make photons with sufficient energy for single photon transitions, VUV and XUV light is generated by high harmonic generation (HHG) using a high pulse energy (≈30--40 mJ) Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser. Sufficient flux must be generated to enable splitting of the HHG light into pump and probe arms. The system produces >1010 photons per shot, corresponding to nearly 10 MW of peak power in the XUV. Using a high flux of high energy photons creates a unique set of challenges when designing a detector capable of performing pump-probe experiments. A velocity map imaging (VMI) detector has been designed to address these challenges, and has become a successful tool facilitating studies into molecular dynamics that were not possible before its implementation. The emphasis on using high energy, single photon transitions allowed theoretical calculations to be directly compared to experimental yields for the first time. This comparison resolved a long standing issue in the excited state lifetime of ethylene, and provided a confirmation of the branching ratio between the two nonadiabatic relaxation pathways that return ethylene back to its ground state from the pi*. The participation of the 3s Rydberg state has also been measured by collecting the time resolved photoelectron spectrum during the dynamics on ethylene's pi* excited state, confirming calculations predicting the

  11. Scattering studies of molecular dynamics of complex fluids

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    Liao, Ciya

    The dynamics of complex fluids is studied by modeling the spectrum of density fluctuation: dynamic structure factor. The theoretic models are compared with experimental measurements by X-ray and molecular dynamics simulation results. In time scale, the dynamics of supercooled water can be well separated into short time and long time dynamics. While the long time dynamics is modeled well by a stretch exponential and explained as cage relaxations by mode coupling theory, the short time dynamics is under study in this thesis. We introduce two models for the short time dynamics. One model assumes that the short time movement of particles inside a cage is in a harmonic potential well with a vibrational frequency distribution function having a two-peak structure. The relationship of density of state with the single particle dynamic structure factor is employed to formulate the model. The other model treats the in-cage rattlings as collisions between hard sphere particles which can be modeled by a kinetic theory. A modification of the kinetic theory has to be used to account for the cage effect on the short time dynamics. The idea that the short time dynamics can be considered separately from long time dynamics is verified by the potential landscape view. The inherent structure which is defined as a local minimum in the potential function varies from time to time as the result of the crossing- basin of system in the potential landscape. The within basin movement regarded as short time rattlings can be eliminated by calculating the intermediate scattering function of the inherent structure, which shows an almost identical behavior as the long time part of original intermediate scattering function. A recent development of high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering technique brings a challenge on how to deal with the form factors of different atoms in the explanation of the measured dynamic structure factor. A generalized dynamic structure factor is defined to include the

  12. Reactivity of aldehydes at the air-water interface. Insights from molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio calculations.

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    Martins-Costa, Marilia T C; García-Prieto, Francisco F; Ruiz-López, Manuel F

    2015-02-14

    Understanding the influence of solute-solvent interactions on chemical reactivity has been a subject of intense research in the last few decades. Theoretical studies have focused on bulk solvation phenomena and a variety of models and methods have been developed that are now widely used by both theoreticians and experimentalists. Much less attention has been paid, however, to processes that occur at liquid interfaces despite the important role such interfaces play in chemistry and biology. In this study, we have carried out sequential molecular dynamics simulations and quantum mechanical calculations to analyse the influence of the air-water interface on the reactivity of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and benzaldehyde, three simple aldehydes of atmospheric interest. The calculated free-energy profiles exhibit a minimum at the interface, where the average reactivity indices may display large solvation effects. The study emphasizes the role of solvation dynamics, which are responsible for large fluctuations of some molecular properties. We also show that the photolysis rate constant of benzaldehyde in the range 290-308 nm increases by one order of magnitude at the surface of a water droplet, from 2.7 × 10(-5) s(-1) in the gas phase to 2.8 × 10(-4) s(-1) at the air-water interface, and we discuss the potential impact of this result on the chemistry of the troposphere. Experimental data in this domain are still scarce and computer simulations like those presented in this work may provide some insights that can be useful to design new experiments. PMID:25451554

  13. Anisotropic mechanoresponse of energetic crystallites: a quantum molecular dynamics study of nano-collision.

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    Li, Ying; Kalia, Rajiv K; Misawa, Masaaki; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-Ichi; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-05-14

    At the nanoscale, chemistry can happen quite differently due to mechanical forces selectively breaking the chemical bonds of materials. The interaction between chemistry and mechanical forces can be classified as mechanochemistry. An example of archetypal mechanochemistry occurs at the nanoscale in anisotropic detonating of a broad class of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by inter-layer van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, we introduce an ab initio study of the collision, in which quantum molecular dynamic simulations of binary collisions between energetic vdW crystallites, TATB molecules, reveal atomistic mechanisms of anisotropic shock sensitivity. The highly sensitive lateral collision was found to originate from the twisting and bending to breaking of nitro-groups mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. This causes the closing of the electronic energy gap due to an inverse Jahn-Teller effect. On the other hand, the insensitive collisions normal to multilayers are accomplished by more delocalized molecular deformations mediated by inter-layer interactions. Our nano-collision studies provide a much needed atomistic understanding for the rational design of insensitive energetic nanomaterials and the detonation synthesis of novel nanomaterials. PMID:27110831

  14. Early stage oxynitridation process of Si(001) surface by NO gas: Reactive molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Cao, Haining; Srivastava, Pooja; Choi, Keunsu; Kim, Seungchul; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol

    2016-03-01

    Initial stage of oxynitridation process of Si substrate is of crucial importance in fabricating the ultrathin gate dielectric layer of high quality in advanced MOSFET devices. The oxynitridation reaction on a relaxed Si(001) surface is investigated via reactive molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. A total of 1120 events of a single nitric oxide (NO) molecule reaction at temperatures ranging from 300 to 1000 K are statistically analyzed. The observed reaction kinetics are consistent with the previous experimental or calculation results, which show the viability of the reactive MD technique to study the NO dissociation reaction on Si. We suggest the reaction pathway for NO dissociation that is characterized by the inter-dimer bridge of a NO molecule as the intermediate state prior to NO dissociation. Although the energy of the inter-dimer bridge is higher than that of the intra-dimer one, our suggestion is supported by the ab initio nudged elastic band calculations showing that the energy barrier for the inter-dimer bridge formation is much lower. The growth mechanism of an ultrathin Si oxynitride layer is also investigated via consecutive NO reactions simulation. The simulation reveals the mechanism of self-limiting reaction at low temperature and the time evolution of the depth profile of N and O atoms depending on the process temperature, which would guide to optimize the oxynitridation process condition.

  15. Molecular modeling study of dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors. Molecular dynamics simulations, quantum mechanical calculations, and experimental corroboration.

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    Tosso, Rodrigo D; Andujar, Sebastian A; Gutierrez, Lucas; Angelina, Emilio; Rodríguez, Ricaurte; Nogueras, Manuel; Baldoni, Héctor; Suvire, Fernando D; Cobo, Justo; Enriz, Ricardo D

    2013-08-26

    A molecular modeling study on dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) inhibitors was carried out. By combining molecular dynamics simulations with semiempirical (PM6), ab initio, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, a simple and generally applicable procedure to evaluate the binding energies of DHFR inhibitors interacting with the human enzyme is reported here, providing a clear picture of the binding interactions of these ligands from both structural and energetic viewpoints. A reduced model for the binding pocket was used. This approach allows us to perform more accurate quantum mechanical calculations as well as to obtain a detailed electronic analysis using the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) technique. Thus, molecular aspects of the binding interactions between inhibitors and the DHFR are discussed in detail. A significant correlation between binding energies obtained from DFT calculations and experimental IC₅₀ values was obtained, predicting with an acceptable qualitative accuracy the potential inhibitor effect of nonsynthesized compounds. Such correlation was experimentally corroborated synthesizing and testing two new inhibitors reported in this paper. PMID:23834278

  16. Molecular dynamics study of V 2O 5 glass

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    Seshasayee, M.; Muruganandam, K.

    1998-01-01

    Structure of V 2O 5 glass has been simulated by constant volume molecular dynamics technique. It was found that the glass is made up of a mixture of corner sharing VO 4, VO 5 and VO 6 polyhedra with VO 5 dominating the matrix, having a 75% share of the total. Angular distribution of OVO bond angle shows VO 4 to be a tetrahedron, VO 5 to be square pyramidal and VO 6 to be an octahedron. Extensive bridging amongst the VO n polyhedra in all directions is observed.

  17. Molecular dynamics study of temperature behavior in a graphene nanoribbon

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    Wang, Xianqiao

    2014-01-01

    Unlike an independent variable in classical continuum mechanics, temperature at molecular dynamics simulation is perceived as a spatiotemporal averaged quantity from the velocity field of atoms in system of interest. Following this definition, an intriguing correlation between displacement and temperature in graphene nanoribbon under impulsive loading has been captured at the early stage of simulation to demonstrate that temperature variation along a specific direction behaves like a wave motion, while at the end of simulation temperature field reaches to a steady state like a classical diffusion equation of temperature. This riveting phenomenon offers insights into the thermal-mechanical coupling phenomena of nanodevices.

  18. Thermal conductivity at the nanoscale: A molecular dynamics study

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    Lyver, John W., IV

    With the growing use of nanotechnology and nanodevices in many fields of engineering and science, a need for understanding the thermal properties of such devices has increased. The ability for nanomaterials to conduct heat is highly dependent on the purity of the material, internal boundaries due to material changes and the structure of the material itself. Experimentally measuring the heat transport at the nanoscale is extremely difficult and can only be done as a macro output from the device. Computational methods such as various Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) techniques for studying the contribution of atomic vibrations associated with heat transport properties are very useful. The Green--Kubo method in conjunction with Fourier's law for calculating the thermal conductivity, kappa, has been used in this study and has shown promise as one approach well adapted for understanding nanosystems. Investigations were made of the thermal conductivity using noble gases, modeled with Lennard-Jones (LJ) interactions, in solid face-centered cubic (FCC) structures. MC and MD simulations were done to study homogeneous monatomic and binary materials as well as slabs of these materials possessing internal boundaries. Additionally, MD simulations were done on silicon carbide nanowires, nanotubes, and nanofilaments using a potential containing two-body and three-body terms. The results of the MC and MD simulations were matched against available experimental and other simulations and showed that both methods can accurately simulate real materials in a fraction of the time and effort. The results of the study show that in compositionally disordered materials the selection of atomic components by their mass, hard-core atomic diameter, well depth, and relative concentration can change the kappa by as much as an order of magnitude. It was found that a 60% increase in mass produces a 25% decrease in kappa. A 50% increase in interatomic strength produces a 25% increase in

  19. Molecular-Dynamics Study Melting Aluminum at High Pressures

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    Gubin, S. A.; Maklashova, I. V.; Selezenev, A. A.; Kozlova, S. A.

    The dependence of the melting temperature versus the pressure under static conditions and under shock-wave compression of aluminum was calculated by molecular-dynamic modeling technique. The Morse potential and EAM potential (embedded atom method) was used for the interatomic interaction for the solid and liquid phases of aluminum. The calculations show a change of crystal structure of aluminum close to the melting range static compression and compression in the shock wave. Melting point was determined by analysis of the radial distribution function and the standard deviation of the atoms with the visualization of crystal structure. The results of molecular dynamics calculations are consistent with experimental data on the compressibility of the shock wave up to 200 GPa. Static melting results are consistent across the field of experimental data up to 30 GPa. A short-term compression in the shock wave, accompanied by the increase of entropy can be leads to overheating nonequilibrium substances. Under these conditions, the melting temperature under static and shock compression may be different from each other. However, the calculations showed on pressure in the shock wave 122 GPa aluminum melting occurs at temperatures close to the melting temperature in static conditions.

  20. Accelerated Molecular Dynamics studies of He Bubble Growth in Tungsten

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    Uberuaga, Blas; Sandoval, Luis; Perez, Danny; Voter, Arthur

    2015-11-01

    Understanding how materials respond to extreme environments is critical for predicting and improving performance. In materials such as tungsten exposed to plasmas for nuclear fusion applications, novel nanoscale fuzzes, comprised of tendrils of tungsten, form as a consequence of the implantation of He into the near surface. However, the detailed mechanisms that link He bubble formation to the ultimate development of fuzz are unclear. Molecular dynamics simulations provide insight into the He implantation process, but are necessarily performed at implantation rates that are orders of magnitudes faster than experiment. Here, using accelerated molecular dynamics methods, we examine the role of He implantation rates on the physical evolution of He bubbles in tungsten. We find that, as the He rate is reduced, new types of events involving the response of the tungsten matrix to the pressure in the bubble become competitive and change the overall evolution of the bubble as well as the subsequent morphology of the tungsten surface. We have also examined how bubble growth differs at various microstructural features. These results highlight the importance of performing simulations at experimentally relevant conditions in order to correctly capture the contributions of the various significant kinetic processes and predict the overall response of the material.

  1. Molecular dynamics studies of organic-coated nano aerosols

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    Chakraborty, Purnendu

    2008-10-01

    Atmospheric aerosols play an important role in atmospheric processes. These aerosol particles can affect climate through scattering, transmission and absorption of radiation as well as acting as cloud condensation nuclei. It has recently been found that fatty acids reside on the surfaces of marine and continental aerosols. In this research, an attempt has been made to understand the structures and properties of such organic coated aerosols using Molecular Dynamics simulation. The model particle consisted of a water droplet coated with fatty acid. The density profile (using both Coarse-Grained and Atomistic/United atom models) demonstrated that such aerosol particles have an inverted micelle structure consisting of an aqueous core and with the hydrophobic hydrocarbon tails exposed to the atmosphere. For smaller chains, with the organic molecules directed radially outwards from the water---organic interface) the normal pressure profile showed that the organic coating is under tension resulting in a 'negative' surface tension. As a result, such particles would have an inverse Kelvin vapor pressure effect and would be able to process water vapor despite the hydrophobic surface. Following the work on surface tension, the rate of water uptake by coated aerosols was computed. It was found that the sticking coefficient of water vapor on such particles was about a sixth of that on pure water droplets. This may seem to imply that the net condensation rate is lower, but we also need to take into account the evaporation of water from such particles. With a significant reduction in the evaporation rate (the coating lends greater stability to the particle resulting in reduced evaporation rate), the equilibrium vapor pressure of water on such particles reduced, resulting in a "net water attractor". Thus if such structures were created in sufficient concentration, they might be important contributors in the cloud condensation process. Next the effect of longer Fatty acid molecules

  2. Lithium(I) in liquid ammonia: A quantum mechanical charge field (QMCF) molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Prasetyo, Niko; Canaval, Lorenz R.; Wijaya, Karna; Armunanto, Ria

    2015-01-01

    The solvation of Li(I) in liquid ammonia has been investigated by an ab initio quantum mechanical charge-field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) simulation. Being the first simulation of a metal cation in liquid ammonia employing this methodology, the work yields a wide range of accurate structural and dynamical data. Li(I) is tetrahedrally coordinated by four ammonia molecules in the first solvation shell at a distance of 2.075 Å. Two ligand exchange attempts have been observed within 12 ps of simulation time. The second solvation shell shows a more labile structure with numerous successful exchanges. The results are in excellent agreement with experiments.

  3. Ab inito molecular-dynamics study of EC decomposition process on Li2O2 surfaces

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    Ando, Yasunobu; Ikeshoji, Tamio; Otani, Minoru

    2015-03-01

    We have simulated electrochemical reactions of the EC molecule decomposition on Li2O2 substrate by ab initio molecular dynamics combined with the effective screening medium method. EC molecules adsorb onto the peroxide spontaneously. We find through the analysis of density of states that the adsorption state is stabilized by hybridization of the sp2 orbital and the surface states of the Li2O2. After adsorption, EC ring opens, which leads to the decomposition of the peroxide and the formation of a carboxy group. This kind of alkyl carbonates formed on the Li2O2 substrate was found in experiments actually Nanosystem Research Institute, AIST; ESICB, Kyoto University

  4. Nano-crystallization and magnetic mechanisms of Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 amorphous alloy by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, Yaocen; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Liang, Yunye; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2014-05-01

    Iron-based amorphous and nano-crystalline alloys have attracted a growing interest due to their potential in the application of magnetic coil production. However, fundamental understanding of the nano-crystallization mechanisms and magnetic features in the amorphous structure are still lack of knowledge. In the present work, we performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulation to clarify the ionic and electronic structure in atomic scale, and to derive the origin of the good magnetic property of Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 amorphous alloy. The simulation gave a direct evidence of the Cu-P bonding preference in the amorphous alloy, which may promote nucleation in nano-crystallization process. On the other hand, the electron transfer and the band/orbital features in the amorphous alloy suggests that alloying elements with large electronegativity and the potential to expand Fe disordered matrix are preferred for enhancing the magnetization.

  5. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ground-state geometries and the stability of some ? clusters investigated using density-based ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Shah, Vaishali; Kanhere, D. G.

    1996-04-01

    Density-based ab initio molecular dynamics has been used to investigate the stability and ground-state geometries of heteronuclear clusters of 0953-8984/8/17/001/img2 and 0953-8984/8/17/001/img3. Our investigations of these clusters indicate that the s - p bonded electrons favour a tetrahedral coordination, which plays a significant role in stabilizing the geometries of these clusters. We also report a remarkable ground-state structure for the 0953-8984/8/17/001/img4 cluster, namely a face-centred cube with the Al atoms at the face centres forming an octahedron and Li atoms at the corners of the cube. The stability analysis based on the energetics shows that these clusters do not conform to the magic shell numbers observed for homonuclear alkali atom clusters.

  6. Molecular dynamics study on the electrostatic effect of protein conformation

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    Sook Kang, Nam; Kwang Shin, Jae; Hyeok Yoon, Jeong; Shik John, Mu

    1993-05-01

    In order to examine in detail the effect of ionizable residues on the stability of α-helical structures, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations on melittin under controlled pH using a macroscopic dielectric model. We simulated at + 3-charged, + 6-charged and totally uncharged states of melittin. From these calculations, we obtained various conformational properties such as helical content, torsion angle trajectories, temperature factors and end-to-end distances. The +3-charged state corresponding to the basic pH range showed the most stable structure. Our analysis concluded that the helix is least stable at neutral pH including six positively charged residues, and helicity increases as the pH approaches the basic range. In addition, our results showed qualitatively the differences in the hinge-bending flexibility of the α-helix according to the pH.

  7. Molecular dynamics study of a polymeric reverse osmosis membrane.

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    Harder, Edward; Walters, D Eric; Bodnar, Yaroslav D; Faibish, Ron S; Roux, Benoît

    2009-07-30

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to investigate the properties of an atomic model of an aromatic polyamide reverse osmosis membrane. The monomers forming the polymeric membrane are cross-linked progressively on the basis of a heuristic distance criterion during MD simulations until the system interconnectivity reaches completion. Equilibrium MD simulations of the hydrated membrane are then used to determine the density and diffusivity of water within the membrane. Given a 3 MPa pressure differential and a 0.125 microm width membrane, the simulated water flux is calculated to be 1.4x10(-6) m/s, which is in fair agreement with an experimental flux measurement of 7.7x10(-6) m/s. PMID:19586002

  8. Temperature Effects on Soft Polymeric Nanoparticles: Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Maskey, Sabina; Grest, Gary S.; Perahia, Dvora

    Luminescent polymers collapsed into soft nanoparticles or polydots have emerged as the potential candidates for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and biosensing. Here, using fully atomistic molecular dynamics simulation, the temperatures effects on the stability, internal structure and dynamics of polydots formed by substituted and bare dialkyl paraphenylene ethynylenes (PPEs) will be discussed. We find that with increasing temperature from 300 K to 600K both substituted and bare PPE polydots expand but do not fully unfold and remain in their confined state. As observed visually and by measurement of structure factor S(q), the overall shape of the both type of polydots changes from spherical to elongated with the increase in temperature. These effects are more pronounced for bare PPE polydots which show that interdigitation of side chains in substituted PPE polydots enhances stability. In addition, the side chains are more dynamic than the backbone.. NSF CHE 1308298 2013-2016.

  9. Molecular dynamics study of a polymeric reverse osmosis membrane.

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    Harder, E.; Walters, D. E.; Bodnar, Y. D.; Faibish, R. S.; Roux, B.

    2009-07-30

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to investigate the properties of an atomic model of an aromatic polyamide reverse osmosis membrane. The monomers forming the polymeric membrane are cross-linked progressively on the basis of a heuristic distance criterion during MD simulations until the system interconnectivity reaches completion. Equilibrium MD simulations of the hydrated membrane are then used to determine the density and diffusivity of water within the membrane. Given a 3 MPa pressure differential and a 0.125 {micro}m width membrane, the simulated water flux is calculated to be 1.4 x 10{sup -6} m/s, which is in fair agreement with an experimental flux measurement of 7.7 x 10{sup -6} m/s.

  10. Molecular dynamics studies of interfacial water at the alumina surface.

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    Argyris, Dr. Dimitrios; Ho, Thomas; Cole, David

    2011-01-01

    Interfacial water properties at the alumina surface were investigated via all-atom equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations at ambient temperature. Al-terminated and OH-terminated alumina surfaces were considered to assess the structural and dynamic behavior of the first few hydration layers in contact with the substrates. Density profiles suggest water layering up to {approx}10 {angstrom} from the solid substrate. Planar density distribution data indicate that water molecules in the first interfacial layer are organized in well-defined patterns dictated by the atomic terminations of the alumina surface. Interfacial water exhibits preferential orientation and delayed dynamics compared to bulk water. Water exhibits bulk-like behavior at distances greater than {approx}10 {angstrom} from the substrate. The formation of an extended hydrogen bond network within the first few hydration layers illustrates the significance of water?water interactions on the structural properties at the interface.

  11. Molecular Dynamics Studies of Thermal Induced Chemistry in Tatb

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    Quenneville, J.; Germann, T. C.; Thompson, A. P.; Kober, E. M.

    2007-12-01

    A reactive force field (ReaxFF) is used with molecular dynamics to probe the chemistry induced by intense heating (`accelerated cook-off') of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB). Large-system simulations are desired for TATB because of the high degree of carbon clustering expected in this material. Using small, 32-molecule simulations, we calculate the reaction rate as a function of temperature and compare the Arrhenius-predicted activation energy with experiment. Decomposition product evolution (mainly N2, H2O, CO2 and graphitic carbon clusters) is followed using a 576-molecule larger simulation, which also illustrates the effect of system size on both carbon clustering and reaction rate.

  12. Molecular Dynamics Studies on the HIV-1 Integrase Catalytic Domain

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    Lins, Roberto D.; Briggs, J. M.; Straatsma, TP; Carlson, Heather A.; Greenwald, Jason; Choe, Senyon; Mccammon, Andy

    1999-06-30

    The HIV-1 integrase, which is essential for viral replication, catalyzes the insertion of viral DNA into the host chromosome, thereby recruiting host cell machinery into making viral proteins. It represents the third main HIV enzyme target for inhibitor design, the first two being the reverse transcriptase and the protease. Two 1-ns molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out on completely hydrated models of the HIV-1 integrase catalytic domain, one with no metal ions and another with one magnesium ion in the catalytic site. The simulations predict that the region of the active site that is missing in the published crystal structures has (at the time of this work) more secondary structure than previously thought. The flexibility of this region has been discussed with respect to the mechanistic function of the enzyme. The results of these simulations will be used as part of inhibitor design projects directed against the catalytic domain of the enzyme.

  13. Quantum molecular dynamics study of warm dense iron

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    Wang, Cong; Wang, Zhe-Bin; Chen, Qi-Feng; Zhang, Ping

    2014-02-01

    The equation of state, the self-diffusion coefficient and viscosity of fluid iron in the warm dense regime at densities from 12.5 to 25.0g/cm3, and temperatures from 0.5 to 15.0 eV have been calculated via quantum molecular dynamics simulations. The principal Hugoniot is in good agreement with nuclear explosive experiments up to ˜50Mbar but predicts lower pressures compared with high intensity laser results. The self-diffusion coefficient and viscosity have been simulated and have been compared with the one-component plasma model. The Stokes-Einstein relationship, defined by connections between the viscosity and the self-diffusion coefficient, has been determined and has been found to be fairly well described by classical predictions.

  14. A molecular dynamics simulation study of defect production in vanadium

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    Morishita, K. |; Diaz de la Rubia, T.

    1995-01-23

    We performed molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the process of defect production in pure vanadium. The interaction of atoms was described by the EAM interatomic potential modified at short range to merge smoothly with the universal potential for description of the high energy recoils in cascades. The melting point of this EAM model of vanadium was found to be consistent with the experimental melting temperature. The threshold energies of displacement events in the model system are also consistent with experimental minimum threshold in vanadium, and its average was found to be 44 eV. We evaluated the efficiencies of defect production in the displacement events initiated by recoils with kinetic energy up to 5 keV, and found that the probability of cluster formation is smaller than that of simulated events in fcc metals reported in the literature.

  15. Accurate path integral molecular dynamics simulation of ab-initio water at near-zero added cost

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    Elton, Daniel; Fritz, Michelle; Soler, José; Fernandez-Serra, Marivi

    It is now established that nuclear quantum motion plays an important role in determining water's structure and dynamics. These effects are important to consider when evaluating DFT functionals and attempting to develop better ones for water. The standard way of treating nuclear quantum effects, path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD), multiplies the number of energy/force calculations by the number of beads, which is typically 32. Here we introduce a method whereby PIMD can be incorporated into a DFT molecular dynamics simulation at virtually zero cost. The method is based on the cluster (many body) expansion of the energy. We first subtract the DFT monomer energies, using a custom DFT-based monomer potential energy surface. The evolution of the PIMD beads is then performed using only the more-accurate Partridge-Schwenke monomer energy surface. The DFT calculations are done using the centroid positions. Various bead thermostats can be employed to speed up the sampling of the quantum ensemble. The method bears some resemblance to multiple timestep algorithms and other schemes used to speed up PIMD with classical force fields. We show that our method correctly captures some of key effects of nuclear quantum motion on both the structure and dynamics of water. We acknowledge support from DOE Award No. DE-FG02-09ER16052 (D.E.) and DOE Early Career Award No. DE-SC0003871 (M.V.F.S.).

  16. Ab initio molecular dynamics of liquid water using embedded-fragment second-order many-body perturbation theory towards its accurate property prediction.

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    Willow, Soohaeng Yoo; Salim, Michael A; Kim, Kwang S; Hirata, So

    2015-01-01

    A direct, simultaneous calculation of properties of a liquid using an ab initio electron-correlated theory has long been unthinkable. Here we present structural, dynamical, and response properties of liquid water calculated by ab initio molecular dynamics using the embedded-fragment spin-component-scaled second-order many-body perturbation method with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set. This level of theory is chosen as it accurately and inexpensively reproduces the water dimer potential energy surface from the coupled-cluster singles, doubles, and noniterative triples with the aug-cc-pVQZ basis set, which is nearly exact. The calculated radial distribution function, self-diffusion coefficient, coordinate number, and dipole moment, as well as the infrared and Raman spectra are in excellent agreement with experimental results. The shapes and widths of the OH stretching bands in the infrared and Raman spectra and their isotropic-anisotropic Raman noncoincidence, which reflect the diverse local hydrogen-bond environment, are also reproduced computationally. The simulation also reveals intriguing dynamic features of the environment, which are difficult to probe experimentally, such as a surprisingly large fluctuation in the coordination number and the detailed mechanism by which the hydrogen donating water molecules move across the first and second shells, thereby causing this fluctuation. PMID:26400690

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics of liquid water using embedded-fragment second-order many-body perturbation theory towards its accurate property prediction

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    Willow, Soohaeng Yoo; Salim, Michael A.; Kim, Kwang S.; Hirata, So

    2015-01-01

    A direct, simultaneous calculation of properties of a liquid using an ab initio electron-correlated theory has long been unthinkable. Here we present structural, dynamical, and response properties of liquid water calculated by ab initio molecular dynamics using the embedded-fragment spin-component-scaled second-order many-body perturbation method with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set. This level of theory is chosen as it accurately and inexpensively reproduces the water dimer potential energy surface from the coupled-cluster singles, doubles, and noniterative triples with the aug-cc-pVQZ basis set, which is nearly exact. The calculated radial distribution function, self-diffusion coefficient, coordinate number, and dipole moment, as well as the infrared and Raman spectra are in excellent agreement with experimental results. The shapes and widths of the OH stretching bands in the infrared and Raman spectra and their isotropic-anisotropic Raman noncoincidence, which reflect the diverse local hydrogen-bond environment, are also reproduced computationally. The simulation also reveals intriguing dynamic features of the environment, which are difficult to probe experimentally, such as a surprisingly large fluctuation in the coordination number and the detailed mechanism by which the hydrogen donating water molecules move across the first and second shells, thereby causing this fluctuation. PMID:26400690

  18. Enhanced Fluid Mixing in Nanochannels: A Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Oliver, Eric C. J.; Slater, Gary W.

    2006-03-01

    The efficient mixing of fluids is of paramount importance in several applications such as lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic devices. The main limitation to efficiency is that on small scales where the Reynolds number of the flow is low, mixing is dominated by diffusion. Purely diffusive motion is very slow and is an inefficient mixing mechanism unless the channel width is extremely small. Starting with the basic result for diffusive mixing of a binary fluid in a Poiseuille flow we explore methods to enhance the level of mixing between the two fluid species. We simulate the system using Molecular Dynamics and model the fluids as assemblies of Lennard-Jones beads. In order to increase the rate of mixing we have forced lateral motion in the fluid using configurations of mid-stream posts. Specifically, posts set in a prism-like structure have proven to be extremely well suited to reducing the channel length required to achieve complete mixing. In order to measure efficiency we have proposed a mathematical function that quantifies the level mixing associated with a fluid element. Furthermore, we have developed a basic theory for the position of the mixing front in a flow with spatially dependent velocity and diffusion coefficient.

  19. Molecular Dynamics Study of RDX/AMMO Propellant

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    Li, Miao-miao; Li, Feng-sheng; Shen, Rui-qi

    2011-04-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate well-known energetic material cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) crystal, 3-azidomethyl-3-methyloxetane (AMMO) and RDX/AMMO propellant. The results show that the binding energies on different crystalline surface of RDX changes in the order of (010) > (100) > (001). The interactions between RDX and AMMO have been analyzed by means of pair correlation functions. The mechanical properties of RDX/AMMO propellant, i.e. elastic coefficients, modulus, Cauchy pressure, and Poisson's ratio, etc., have been obtained. It is found that mechanical properties are effectively improved by adding some amounts of AMMO polymers, and the overall effect of AMMO on three crystalline surfaces of RDX changes in the order of (100) > (010) > (001). The energetic properties of RDX/AMMO propellant have also been calculated and the results show that compared with the pure RDX crystal, the standard theoretical specific impulse of RDX/AMMO propellant decrease, but they are still superior to those of double base propellant.

  20. Molecular dynamics study of nanojoining between axially positioned Ag nanowires

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    Cui, Jianlei; Theogene, Barayavuga; Wang, Xuewen; Mei, Xuesong; Wang, Wenjun; Wang, Kedian

    2016-08-01

    The miniaturization of electronics devices into nanometer scale is indispensable for next-generation semiconductor technology. Ag nanowires (Ag NWs) are considered to be the promising candidates for future electronic circuit owing to the excellent electrical and thermal properties. The nanojoining of axially positioned Ag NWs was performed by molecular dynamics simulation. Through the detailed atomic evolution during the nanojoining, the results indicate that the temperature and the distance between Ag NWs in axial direction have a great impact on nanojoining effect. When the nanojoining temperature is relatively high, the atoms are disordered and the atomic queues become to distort with strong thermodynamic properties and weak effect of metal bonds. At the relatively low temperature, the Ag NWs can be well connected with good junction quality and their own morphology, which is similar to the cold welding without fusion, while the distance between Ag NWs should be controlled for interaction and diffusion of interfacial atoms at nanowires head. When the Ag NWs are placed on Si and SiO2 substrate, because the atomic species and lattice structure of substrate material can differently affect the motions of Ag atoms through the interactive force between the atoms, the nanojoining quality of Ag NWs on Si substrate is better than that on the SiO2 substrate. So, for getting effective and reliable nanojoining without nanosolders and other materials, the temperature, distance and substrate surface should be reasonably controlled and selected, providing helpful theoretical guidance for experiment and application of nanojoining.

  1. Molecular dynamics study of anisotropic growth of silicon

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    Naigen, Zhou; Bo, Liu; Chi, Zhang; Ke, Li; Lang, Zhou

    2016-07-01

    Based on the Tersoff potential, molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate the kinetic coefficients and growth velocities of Si (100), (110), (111), and (112) planes. The sequences of the kinetic coefficients and growth velocities are μ (100) > μ (110) > μ (112) > μ (111) and v (100) > v (110) > v (112) > v (111), respectively, which are not consistent with the sequences of the interface energies, interplanar spacings, and melting points of the four planes. However, they agree well with the sequences of the distributions and diffusion coefficients of the melting atoms near the solid–liquid interfaces. It indicates that the atomic distributions and diffusion coefficients affected by the crystal orientations determine the anisotropic growth of silicon. The formation of stacking fault structure will further decrease the growth velocity of the Si (111) plane. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51361022, 51561022, and 61464007) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant No. 20151BAB206001).

  2. Molecular dynamics study of surfactant-like peptide based nanostructures.

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    Colherinhas, Guilherme; Fileti, Eudes

    2014-10-23

    Surfactant-like peptide (SLP) based nanostructures are investigated using all-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We report structure properties of nanostructures belonging to the ANK peptide group. In particular, the mathematical models for the two A3K membranes, A6K nanotube, and A9K nanorod were developed. Our MD simulation results are consistent with the experimental data, indicating that A3K membranes are stable in two different configurations: (1) SLPs are tilted relative to the normal membrane plane; (2) SLPs are interdigitated. The former configuration is energetically more stable. The cylindrical nanostructures feature a certain order of the A6K peptides. In turn, the A9K nanorod does not exhibit any long-range ordering. Both nanotube and nanorod structure contain large amounts of water inside. Consequently, these nanostructures behave similar to hydrogels. This property may be important in the context of biotechnology. Binding energy analysis-in terms of Coulomb and van der Waals contributions-unveils an increase as the peptide size increases. The electrostatic interaction constitutes 70-75% of the noncovalent attraction energy between SLPs. The nanotubular structures are notably stable, confirming that A6K peptides preferentially form nanotubes and A9K peptides preferentially form nanorods. PMID:25264942

  3. Molecular dynamics studies of the conformation of sorbitol

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    Lerbret, A.; Mason, P.E.; Venable, R.M.; Cesàro, A.; Saboungi, M.-L.; Pastor, R.W.; Brady, J.W.

    2009-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of a 3 m aqueous solution of D-sorbitol (also called D-glucitol) have been performed at 300 K, as well as at two elevated temperatures to promote conformational transitions. In principle, sorbitol is more flexible than glucose since it does not contain a constraining ring. However, a conformational analysis revealed that the sorbitol chain remains extended in solution, in contrast to the bent conformation found experimentally in the crystalline form. While there are 243 staggered conformations of the backbone possible for this open-chain polyol, only a very limited number were found to be stable in the simulations. Although many conformers were briefly sampled, only eight were significantly populated in the simulation. The carbon backbones of all but two of these eight conformers were completely extended, unlike the bent crystal conformation. These extended conformers were stabilized by a quite persistent intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxyl groups of carbon C-2 and C-4. The conformational populations were found to be in good agreement with the limited available NMR data except for the C-2–C-3 torsion (spanned by the O-2–O-4 hydrogen bond), where the NMR data supports a more bent structure. PMID:19744646

  4. A preliminary study of molecular dynamics on reconfigurable computers

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    Wolinski, C.; Trouw, F. R.; Gokhale, M.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we investigate the performance of platform FPGAs on a compute-intensive, floating-point-intensive supercomputing application, Molecular Dynamics (MD). MD is a popular simulation technique to track interacting particles through time by integrating their equations of motion. One part of the MD algorithm was implemented using the Fabric Generator (FG)[l I ] and mapped onto several reconfigurable logic arrays. FG is a Java-based toolset that greatly accelerates construction of the fabrics from an abstract technology independent representation. Our experiments used technology-independent IEEE 32-bit floating point operators so that the design could be easily re-targeted. Experiments were performed using both non-pipelined and pipelined floating point modules. We present results for the Altera Excalibur ARM System on a Programmable Chip (SoPC), the Altera Strath EPlS80, and the Xilinx Virtex-N Pro 2VP.50. The best results obtained were 5.69 GFlops at 8OMHz(Altera Strath EPlS80), and 4.47 GFlops at 82 MHz (Xilinx Virtex-II Pro 2VF50). Assuming a lOWpower budget, these results compare very favorably to a 4Gjlop/40Wprocessing/power rate for a modern Pentium, suggesting that reconfigurable logic can achieve high performance at low power on jloating-point-intensivea pplications.

  5. Molecular dynamics study of helium bubble pressure in tungsten

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    Cui, Jiechao; Li, Min; Wang, Jun; Hou, Qing

    2015-06-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to calculate the stress field in a tungsten matrix containing a nano-scale helium bubble. A helium bubble in tungsten is found to consist of a core and an interface of finite thickness of approximately 0.6 nm. The core contains only helium atoms that are uniformly distributed. The interface is composed of both helium and tungsten atoms. In the periphery region of the helium bubble, the stress filed is found to follow the stress formula based on the elasticity theory of solid. The pressure difference between both sides of the interface can be well described by the Young-Laplace equation for the core size of a helium bubble as small as 0.48 nm. A comparison was performed between the pressure in the helium bubble core and the pressure in pure helium. For a core size larger than 0.3 nm, the pressure in the core of a helium bubble is in good agreement with the pressure in pure helium of the same helium density. These results provide guidance to larger scale simulation methods, such as in kinetic Monte Carlo methods and rate theory.

  6. A First Principles Molecular Dynamics Study Of Calcium Ion In Water

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    Lightstone, F; Schwegler, E; Allesch, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2005-01-28

    In this work we report on Car-Parrinello simulations of the divalent calcium ion in water, aimed at understanding the structure of the hydration shell and at comparing theoretical results with a series of recent experiments. Our paper shows some of the progress in the investigation of aqueous solutions brought about by the advent of ab initio molecular dynamics and highlights the importance of accessing subtle details of ion-water interactions from first-principles. Calcium plays a vital role in many biological systems, including signal transduction, blood clotting and cell division. In particular, calcium ions are known to interact strongly with proteins as they tend to bind well to both negatively charged (e.g. in aspartate and glutamate) and uncharged oxygens (e.g. in main-chain carbonyls). The ability of calcium to coordinate multiple ligands (from 6 to 8 oxygen atoms) with an asymmetric coordination shell enables it to cross-link different segments of a protein and induce large conformational changes. The great biochemical importance of the calcium ion has led to a number of studies to determine its hydration shell and its preferred coordination number in water. Experimental studies have used a variety of techniques, including XRD, EXAFS, and neutron diffraction to elucidate the coordination of Ca{sup 2+} in water. The range of coordination numbers (n{sub C}) inferred by X-ray diffraction studies varies from 6 to 8, and is consistent with that reported in EXAFS experiments (8 and 7.2). A wider range of values (6 to 10) was found in early neutron diffraction studies, depending on concentration, while a more recent measurement by Badyal, et al. reports a value close to 7. In addition to experimental measurements, many theoretical studies have been carried out to investigate the solvation of Ca{sup 2+} in water and have also reported a wide range of coordination numbers. Most of the classical molecular dynamics (MD) and QM/MM simulations report n{sub C} in the

  7. Thermal conductivity of model zeolites: molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Murashov, Vladimir V.

    1999-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of model zeolites was investigated using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics calculations. This type of calculation was found to overestimate the thermal conductivity of low-density silica polymorphs. A better reproduction of the experimental results was found for zeolites, and this was related to the lower phonon mean free path. The thermal conductivity of framework silicates was shown to be determined primarily by the vibrations of the continuous oxygen sublattice. Thus, the most drastic suppression of the heat transfer was related to alterations of the O-O distances; for example, a sixfold reduction in thermal conductivity compared to that of siliceous LTA zeolite was found for LTA-A1PO4. Framework cations were shown to affect the heat transfer by changing the vibrational modes of the structural building units of the framework and non-framework counter-cations, by disturbing the oxygen sublattice locally and acting as Rayleigh and resonant scatterers. A model assuming the heat transfer to be due only to non-dispersive acoustic phonons failed to reproduce the dependence of the thermal conductivity on the mass of the cations and the unit-cell dimension, thus suggesting a more sophisticated mechanism of heat transfer to be operative in framework materials. The effect of non-framework non-ionic species on the thermal conductivity was shown to be determined by their effect on the characteristics of the oxygen framework vibrations. Thus, repulsive interactions between the oxygen sublattice and Xe8 clusters, reducing the anisotropy and anharmonicity of the oxygen vibrations, give rise to enhanced heat transfer in LTA-SiO2 at ambient conditions.

  8. Molecular dynamics study of proton binding to silica surfaces

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    Rustad, J.R.; Wasserman, E.; Felmy, A.R.; Wilke, C.

    1998-02-01

    Molecular statics calculations on gas-phase and solvated clusters and on gas-phase and solvated slabs representing aqueous species and surfaces were applied to investigate acid/base reactions on silica surfaces. The gas-phase approach, which was previously applied to goethite, predicts a surface pK{sub a} of 8.5 for the reaction > SiOH {yields} > SiO{sup {minus}} + H{sup +} which is in good agreement with estimates based on potentiometric titration. However, the model gives an unrealistically large pK{sub a} for the reaction > SiOH{sub 2}{sup +} {yields} > SiOH + H{sup +}. The model dependence of this result was checked by using two different types of interaction potentials, one based on quantum mechanical calculations on H{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} clusters, and another empirical model fitted to the structure and elastic properties of {alpha}-quartz. Because these models gave similar results, the authors hypothesize that the failure of the gas-phase models is due to intrinsic solvation effects not accounted for by previously developed correlations. They tested this idea by carrying out energy minimization calculations on gas-phase clusters with one hydration shell as well as molecular dynamics simulations on fully-solvated H{sub 5}SiO{sub 4}{sup +} and a fully solvated (0001) surface of {beta}-quartz. Though the authors are unable to establish a quantitative measure of the pK{sub a} of SiOH{sub 2} groups, the solvated systems do indicate that SiOH groups do not protonate in any of the solvated models.

  9. Size dependence of cavity volume: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Patel, Nisha; Dubins, David N; Pomès, Régis; Chalikian, Tigran V

    2012-02-01

    Partial molar volume, V°, has been used as a tool to sample solute hydration for decades. The efficacy of volumetric investigations of hydration depends on our ability to reliably discriminate between the cavity, V(C), and interaction, V(I), contributions to the partial molar volume. The cavity volume, V(C), consists of the intrinsic volume, V(M), of a solute molecule and the thermal volume, V(T), with the latter representing the volume of the effective void created around the solute. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with the Kirkwood-Buff theory to compute the partial molar volumes for organic solutes of varying sizes in water. We perform our computations using the Lennard-Jones and Coulombic pair potentials as well as truncated potentials which contain only the Lennard-Jones but not the Coulombic contribution. The partial molar volume computed with the Lennard-Jones potentials in the absence of the Coulombic term nearly coincides with the cavity volume, V(C). We determine the thermal volume, V(T), for each compound by subtracting its van der Waals volume, V(W), from V(C). Finally, we apply the spherical approximation of solute geometry to evaluate the thickness of the thermal volume, δ. Our results reveal an increase in the thickness of thermal volume, δ, with an increase in the size of the solute. This finding may be related to dewetting of large nonpolar solutes and the concomitant increase in the compressibility of water of hydration. PMID:22133917

  10. Molecular dynamics simulation studies of tailored nanostructured polymers

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    Liu, Lixin

    With recent advancements in the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials, scientists are able to create multi-scale novel polymers with various cases of chemical functionalities, diversified topologies, as well as cross-linking networks. Due to those remarkable achievements, there are a broad range of possible applications of smart polymers in catalysis, in environmental remediation, and especially in drug-delivery. Because of rising interest in developing therapeutic drug binding to specific treating target, polymer chemists are in particular interests in design and engineering the drug delivery materials to be not only bio-compatible, but also to be capable of self-assembly at various in-vivo physiological stimulus. Both experimental and theoretical work indicate that the thermodynamic properties relating to the hydrophobic effect play an important role in determining self-assembly process. At the same time, computational simulation and modeling are powerful instruments to contribute to microscopic thermodynamics' understanding toward self-assembly phenomenon. Along with statistical approaches, constructing empirical model based on simulation results would also help predict for further development of tailored nano-structured materials. My Research mainly focused on investigating physical and chemical characteristics of polymer materials through molecular dynamics simulation and probing the fundamental thermodynamic driving force of self-assembly behavior. We tried to surmount technological obstacles in computational chemistry and build an efficient scheme to identify the physical and chemical Feature of molecules, to reproduce underlying properties, to understand the origin of thermodynamic signatures, and to speed up current trial and error process in screening new materials.

  11. XAFS And Molecular Dynamics Study of Natural Minerals, Analogues of Ceramics for Nuclear Waste Storage

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    Harfouche, M.; Farges, F.; Crocombette, J.P.; Flank, A.M.; /SLAC, SSRL

    2006-10-27

    Natural actinides (U and Th) are harmful for the crystalline structure of natural minerals, due to their irradiation. Natural minerals can then become amorphous to x-ray diffraction ('metamict') after being irradiated throughout a long period of time (10{sup 8} years). Then, they are used as natural analogues of ceramics for nuclear waste storage. XAFS studies were performed in zircon, monazite and titanite to understand the effect of radiation damage on the local structure around Th, U, Zr and P and compared to available molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In zircon, a local expansion around actinides (when substituting for Zr) is found. The radial expansion is a function of the metamictisation degree: up to {approx}4 {angstrom} in crystalline zircon and larger in the metamict counterparts. Ab-initio calculations (FEFF7) were performed around Zr ({approx}23000 sites) and around U (1000 to 3000 sites) in various crystalline and alpha-decay damaged zircon MD simulations. The calculated averaged EXAFS spectra confirms this expansion, which validates the use of the potentials used in the simulations as well as the alpha decay damage model considered in these MD simulations. Tetravalent actinides were found to be 8-coordinated in the undamaged structure, whereas their coordination drops to 7 in the damaged structures. In contrast to zircon, no local expansion around actinides in monazite was detected, despite some polymerization around P is measured (related to radiation damage). Finally, in some phases (such as titanite), actinides are found as oxyde-type clusters (ThO{sub 2}, UO{sub 2}). Consequently, actinides do not 'systematically' substitute for major actions in these structure, in contrast to the common belief in mineralogy.

  12. Quantum chemical and molecular dynamics study of the coordination of Th(IV) in aqueous solvent.

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    Réal, Florent; Trumm, Michael; Vallet, Valérie; Schimmelpfennig, Bernd; Masella, Michel; Flament, Jean-Pierre

    2010-12-01

    In this work, we investigate the solvation of tetravalent thorium Th(IV) in aqueous solution using classical molecular dynamics simulations at the 10 ns scale and based on polarizable force-field approaches, which treat explicitly the covalent character of the metal-water interaction (and its inherent cooperative character). We have carried out a thorough analysis of the accuracy of the ab initio data that we used to adjust the force-field parameters. In particular, we show that large atomic basis sets combined with wave function-based methods (such as the MP2 level) have to be preferred to density functional theory when investigating Th(IV)/water aggregates in gas phase. The information extracted from trajectories in solution shows a well-structured Th(IV) first hydration shell formed of 8.25 ± 0.2 water molecules and located at about 2.45 ± 0.02 Å and a second shell of 17.5 ± 0.5 water molecules at about 4.75 Å. Concerning the first hydration sphere, our results correspond to the lower bounds of experimental estimates (which range from 8 to 12.7); however, they are in very good agreement with the average of existing experimental data, 2.45 ± 0.02 Å. All our results demonstrate the predictable character of the proposed approach, as well as the need of accounting explicitly for the cooperative character of charge-transfer phenomena affecting the Th(IV)/water interaction to build up reliable and accurate force-field approaches devoted to such studies. PMID:21070066

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of ethanol decomposition on platinum cluster at initial stage of carbon nanotube growth

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    Shibuta, Yasushi; Shimamura, Kohei; Arifin, Rizal; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2015-09-01

    Ethanol decomposition on a platinum cluster is investigated by ab initio MD simulation. As the dehydrogenation proceeds, the Mulliken charge of the methylene carbon becomes a positive value, whereas that of the methyl carbon keeps a negative value. Especially, the Mulliken charge of the methylene carbon in CHxCO (x = 0, 1, 2 and 3) fragment molecules takes a large positive value. These fragment molecules correspond to those with Csbnd C bond that dissociated in the MD simulation. It suggests the large deviation in the Mulliken charge between methylene and methyl carbons is the key factor inducing the Csbnd C bond dissociation.

  14. Molecular dynamics

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    Ladd, A.J.C.

    1988-08-01

    The basic methodology of equilibrium molecular dynamics is described. Examples from the literature are used to illustrate how molecular dynamics has been used to resolve theoretical controversies, provide data to test theories, and occasionally to discover new phenomena. The emphasis is on the application of molecular dynamics to an understanding of the microscopic physics underlying the transport properties of simple fluids. 98 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Non-adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics of supersonic beam epitaxy of silicon carbide at room temperature

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    Taioli, Simone; Garberoglio, Giovanni; Simonucci, Stefano; Beccara, Silvio a; Aversa, Lucrezia; Nardi, Marco; Verucchi, Roberto; Iannotta, Salvatore; Dapor, Maurizio; and others

    2013-01-28

    In this work, we investigate the processes leading to the room-temperature growth of silicon carbide thin films by supersonic molecular beam epitaxy technique. We present experimental data showing that the collision of fullerene on a silicon surface induces strong chemical-physical perturbations and, for sufficient velocity, disruption of molecular bonds, and cage breaking with formation of nanostructures with different stoichiometric character. We show that in these out-of-equilibrium conditions, it is necessary to go beyond the standard implementations of density functional theory, as ab initio methods based on the Born-Oppenheimer approximation fail to capture the excited-state dynamics. In particular, we analyse the Si-C{sub 60} collision within the non-adiabatic nuclear dynamics framework, where stochastic hops occur between adiabatic surfaces calculated with time-dependent density functional theory. This theoretical description of the C{sub 60} impact on the Si surface is in good agreement with our experimental findings.

  16. A centroid molecular dynamics study of liquid para-hydrogen and ortho-deuterium.

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    Hone, Tyler D; Voth, Gregory A

    2004-10-01

    Centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) is applied to the study of collective and single-particle dynamics in liquid para-hydrogen at two state points and liquid ortho-deuterium at one state point. The CMD results are compared with the results of classical molecular dynamics, quantum mode coupling theory, a maximum entropy analytic continuation approach, pair-product forward- backward semiclassical dynamics, and available experimental results. The self-diffusion constants are in excellent agreement with the experimental measurements for all systems studied. Furthermore, it is shown that the method is able to adequately describe both the single-particle and collective dynamics of quantum liquids. PMID:15446940

  17. Structural studies on choline-carboxylate bio-ionic liquids by x-ray scattering and molecular dynamics

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    Tanzi, Luana; Ramondo, Fabio; Caminiti, Ruggero; Campetella, Marco; Di Luca, Andrea; Gontrani, Lorenzo

    2015-09-01

    We report a X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics study on three choline-based bio-ionic liquids, choline formate, [Ch] [For], choline propanoate, [Ch][Pro], and choline butanoate, [Ch][But]. For the first time, this class of ionic liquids has been investigated by X-ray diffraction. Experimental and theoretical structure factors have been compared for each term of the series. Local structural organization has been obtained from ab initio calculations through static models of isolated ion pairs and dynamic simulations of small portions of liquids through twelve, ten, and nine ion pairs for [Ch][For], [Ch][Pro], and [Ch][But], respectively. All the theoretical models indicate that cations and anions are connected by strong hydrogen bonding and form stable ion pairs in the liquid that are reminiscent of the static ab initio ion pairs. Different structural aspects may affect the radial distribution function, like the local structure of ion pairs and the conformation of choline. When small portions of liquids have been simulated by dynamic quantum chemical methods, some key structural features of the X-ray radial distribution function were well reproduced whereas the classical force fields here applied did not entirely reproduce all the observed structural features.

  18. Structural studies on choline-carboxylate bio-ionic liquids by x-ray scattering and molecular dynamics

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    Tanzi, Luana; Ramondo, Fabio; Caminiti, Ruggero; Campetella, Marco; Di Luca, Andrea; Gontrani, Lorenzo

    2015-09-21

    We report a X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics study on three choline-based bio-ionic liquids, choline formate, [Ch] [For], choline propanoate, [Ch][Pro], and choline butanoate, [Ch][But]. For the first time, this class of ionic liquids has been investigated by X-ray diffraction. Experimental and theoretical structure factors have been compared for each term of the series. Local structural organization has been obtained from ab initio calculations through static models of isolated ion pairs and dynamic simulations of small portions of liquids through twelve, ten, and nine ion pairs for [Ch][For], [Ch][Pro], and [Ch][But], respectively. All the theoretical models indicate that cations and anions are connected by strong hydrogen bonding and form stable ion pairs in the liquid that are reminiscent of the static ab initio ion pairs. Different structural aspects may affect the radial distribution function, like the local structure of ion pairs and the conformation of choline. When small portions of liquids have been simulated by dynamic quantum chemical methods, some key structural features of the X-ray radial distribution function were well reproduced whereas the classical force fields here applied did not entirely reproduce all the observed structural features.

  19. Multiscale reactive molecular dynamics

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    Knight, Chris; Lindberg, Gerrick E.; Voth, Gregory A.

    2012-12-01

    Many processes important to chemistry, materials science, and biology cannot be described without considering electronic and nuclear-level dynamics and their coupling to slower, cooperative motions of the system. These inherently multiscale problems require computationally efficient and accurate methods to converge statistical properties. In this paper, a method is presented that uses data directly from condensed phase ab initio simulations to develop reactive molecular dynamics models that do not require predefined empirical functions. Instead, the interactions used in the reactive model are expressed as linear combinations of interpolating functions that are optimized by using a linear least-squares algorithm. One notable benefit of the procedure outlined here is the capability to minimize the number of parameters requiring nonlinear optimization. The method presented can be generally applied to multiscale problems and is demonstrated by generating reactive models for the hydrated excess proton and hydroxide ion based directly on condensed phase ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The resulting models faithfully reproduce the water-ion structural properties and diffusion constants from the ab initio simulations. Additionally, the free energy profiles for proton transfer, which is sensitive to the structural diffusion of both ions in water, are reproduced. The high fidelity of these models to ab initio simulations will permit accurate modeling of general chemical reactions in condensed phase systems with computational efficiency orders of magnitudes greater than currently possible with ab initio simulation methods, thus facilitating a proper statistical sampling of the coupling to slow, large-scale motions of the system.

  20. Multiscale reactive molecular dynamics

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    Knight, Chris; Lindberg, Gerrick E.; Voth, Gregory A.

    2012-01-01

    Many processes important to chemistry, materials science, and biology cannot be described without considering electronic and nuclear-level dynamics and their coupling to slower, cooperative motions of the system. These inherently multiscale problems require computationally efficient and accurate methods to converge statistical properties. In this paper, a method is presented that uses data directly from condensed phase ab initio simulations to develop reactive molecular dynamics models that do not require predefined empirical functions. Instead, the interactions used in the reactive model are expressed as linear combinations of interpolating functions that are optimized by using a linear least-squares algorithm. One notable benefit of the procedure outlined here is the capability to minimize the number of parameters requiring nonlinear optimization. The method presented can be generally applied to multiscale problems and is demonstrated by generating reactive models for the hydrated excess proton and hydroxide ion based directly on condensed phase ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The resulting models faithfully reproduce the water-ion structural properties and diffusion constants from the ab initio simulations. Additionally, the free energy profiles for proton transfer, which is sensitive to the structural diffusion of both ions in water, are reproduced. The high fidelity of these models to ab initio simulations will permit accurate modeling of general chemical reactions in condensed phase systems with computational efficiency orders of magnitudes greater than currently possible with ab initio simulation methods, thus facilitating a proper statistical sampling of the coupling to slow, large-scale motions of the system. PMID:23249062

  1. Conformational features of an actuator containing calix[4]arene and thiophene: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Zanuy, David; Casanovas, Jordi; Aleman, Carlos

    2006-05-25

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed for poly(calix[4]arene bis(bithiophene)) in dichloromethane solution. This material responds to its electronic structure variations with significant conformational changes, producing contraction-expansion movements. Simulations have been performed for the three states of this molecular actuator (reduced, oxidized-nondeprotonated, and oxidized-deprotonated), a specific force-field being developed for each case. Results, which are fully consistent with previous ab initio quantum mechanical calculations on an isolated actuating unit, have revealed important findings about the dynamics of the system. Analyses of the flexibility/rigidity of the molecular chain with the state, the interaction of the polymer with the solvent molecules and the influence of environmental factors (as the viscosity of solvent, the counterions and the thermal agitation) on the dynamics have provided important insights to the actuation mechanism. PMID:16706442

  2. Vibrational circular dichroism from ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear velocity perturbation theory in the liquid phase.

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    Scherrer, Arne; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2016-08-28

    We report the first fully ab initio calculation of dynamical vibrational circular dichroism spectra in the liquid phase using nuclear velocity perturbation theory (NVPT) derived electronic currents. Our approach is rigorous and general and thus capable of treating weak interactions of chiral molecules as, e.g., chirality transfer from a chiral molecule to an achiral solvent. We use an implementation of the NVPT that is projected along the dynamics to obtain the current and magnetic dipole moments required for accurate intensities. The gauge problem in the liquid phase is resolved in a twofold approach. The electronic expectation values are evaluated in a distributed origin gauge, employing maximally localized Wannier orbitals. In a second step, the gauge invariant spectrum is obtained in terms of a scaled molecular moments, which allows to systematically include solvent effects while keeping a significant signal-to-noise ratio. We give a thorough analysis and discussion of this choice of gauge for the liquid phase. At low temperatures, we recover the established double harmonic approximation. The methodology is applied to chiral molecules ((S)-d2-oxirane and (R)-propylene-oxide) in the gas phase and in solution. We find an excellent agreement with the theoretical and experimental references, including the emergence of signals due to chirality transfer from the solute to the (achiral) solvent. PMID:27586898

  3. Molecular Dynamics Study on the Biophysical Interactions of Seven Green Tea Catechins with Cell Membranes

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    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the interactions of bioactive catechins (flavonoids) commonly found in green tea with lipid bilayers, as model for cell membranes. Previously, a number of experimental studies rationalized catechin’s anticarcinogenic, antibacterial, and other be...

  4. Avoiding fractional electrons in subsystem DFT based ab-initio molecular dynamics yields accurate models for liquid water and solvated OH radical

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    Genova, Alessandro; Ceresoli, Davide; Pavanello, Michele

    2016-06-01

    In this work we achieve three milestones: (1) we present a subsystem DFT method capable of running ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations accurately and efficiently. (2) In order to rid the simulations of inter-molecular self-interaction error, we exploit the ability of semilocal frozen density embedding formulation of subsystem DFT to represent the total electron density as a sum of localized subsystem electron densities that are constrained to integrate to a preset, constant number of electrons; the success of the method relies on the fact that employed semilocal nonadditive kinetic energy functionals effectively cancel out errors in semilocal exchange-correlation potentials that are linked to static correlation effects and self-interaction. (3) We demonstrate this concept by simulating liquid water and solvated OH• radical. While the bulk of our simulations have been performed on a periodic box containing 64 independent water molecules for 52 ps, we also simulated a box containing 256 water molecules for 22 ps. The results show that, provided one employs an accurate nonadditive kinetic energy functional, the dynamics of liquid water and OH• radical are in semiquantitative agreement with experimental results or higher-level electronic structure calculations. Our assessments are based upon comparisons of radial and angular distribution functions as well as the diffusion coefficient of the liquid.

  5. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses.

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C Z; Kramer, M J; Ho, K M

    2016-03-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons [Formula: see text] is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], are prominent. And the [Formula: see text] polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the [Formula: see text] in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5. PMID:26828778

  6. Efficient solution of Poisson's equation using discrete variable representation basis sets for Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with cluster boundary conditions.

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    Lee, Hee-Seung; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2008-12-14

    An efficient computational approach to perform Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics (CPAIMD) simulations under cluster (free) boundary conditions is presented. The general approach builds upon a recent real-space CPAIMD formalism using discrete variable representation (DVR) basis sets [Y. Liu et al., Phys. Rev. B 12, 125110 (2003); H.-S. Lee and M. E. Tuckerman, J. Phys. Chem. A 110, 5549 (2006)]. In order to satisfy cluster boundary conditions, a DVR based on sinc functions is utilized to expand the Kohn-Sham orbitals and electron density. Poisson's equation is solved in order to calculate the Hartree potential via an integral representation of the 1/r singularity. Excellent convergence properties are achieved with respect to the number of grid points (or DVR functions) and the size of the simulation cell. A straightforward implementation of the present approach leads to near linear scaling [O(N(4/3))] of the computational cost with respect to the system size (N) for the solution of Poisson's equation. The accuracy and stability of CPAIMD simulations based on sinc DVR are tested for a model problem as well as for N(2) and a water dimer. PMID:19071908

  7. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-03-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0> is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2> and < 0,2,8,1> , are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2> polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0> in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.

  8. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0 > is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2 > and < 0,2,8,1 >, are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2 > polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5more » MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0 > in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. Lastly, the relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  9. Comparison of Free Energy Surfaces Calculations from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamic Simulations at the Example of Two Transition Metal Catalyzed Reactions

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    Brüssel, Marc; di Dio, Philipp J.; Muñiz, Kilian; Kirchner, Barbara

    2011-01-01

    We carried out ab initio molecular dynamic simulations in order to determine the free energy surfaces of two selected reactions including solvents, namely a rearrangement of a ruthenium oxoester in water and a carbon dioxide addition to a palladium complex in carbon dioxide. For the latter reaction we also investigated the gas phase reaction in order to take solvent effects into account. We used two techniques to reconstruct the free energy surfaces: thermodynamic integration and metadynamics. Furthermore, we gave a reasonable error estimation of the computed free energy surface. We calculated a reaction barrier of ΔF = 59.5 ± 8.5 kJ mol−1 for the rearrangement of a ruthenium oxoester in water from thermodynamic integration. For the carbon dioxide addition to the palladium complex in carbon dioxide we found a ΔF = 44.9 ± 3.3 kJ mol−1 from metadynamics simulations with one collective variable. The investigation of the same reactions in the gas phase resulted in ΔF = 24.9 ± 6.7 kJ mol−1 from thermodynamic integration, in ΔF = 26.7 ± 2.3 kJ mol−1 from metadynamics simulations with one collective variable, and in ΔF = 27.1 ± 5.9 kJ mol−1 from metadynamics simulations with two collective variables. PMID:21541065

  10. Bifurcate localization modes of excess electron in aqueous Ca(2+)amide solution revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation: towards hydrated electron versus hydrated amide anion.

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    Zhang, Ru; Bu, Yuxiang

    2016-07-28

    In this work, we conduct ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on the localization dynamics of an excess electron (EE) in acetamide/Ca(2+) aqueous solutions with three different interaction modes of Ca(2+) with acetamide: tight contact, solvent-shared state, and separated interaction. The simulated results reveal that an EE could exhibit two different localization behaviors in these acetamide/Ca(2+) aqueous solutions depending on different amideCa(2+) interactions featuring different contact distances. For the tight contact and solvent-shared state of amideCa(2+) solutions, vertically injected diffuse EEs follow different mechanisms with different dynamics, forming a cavity-shaped hydrated electron or a hydrated amide anion, respectively. Meanwhile, for the separated state, only one localization pattern of a vertically injected diffuse EE towards the formation of hydrated amide anion is observed. The hindrance of hydrated Ca(2+) and the attraction of the hydrated amide group originating from its polarity and low energy π* orbital are the main driving forces. Additionally, different EE localization modes have different effects on the interaction between the amide group and Ca(2+) in turn. This work provides an important basis for further understanding the mechanisms and dynamics of localizations/transfers of radiation-produced EEs and associated EE-induced lesions and damage to biological species in real biological environments or other aqueous solutions. PMID:27351489

  11. States and migration of an excess electron in a pyridinium-based, room-temperature ionic liquid: an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation exploration.

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    Wang, Zhiping; Zhang, Liang; Cukier, Robert I; Bu, Yuxiang

    2010-02-28

    The structural and electronic properties of an excess electron (EE) in the ionic liquid (IL) 1-methylpyridinium chloride were explored using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemical calculations to give an overall understanding of the solvation and transport behavior of an EE in this IL. The results show that the EE resides in cation pi*-type orbitals and that the electronic states can be characterized by the alternating appearance of localized and delocalized states during the time evolution. The characters of the EE electronic states are determined by the number of cations contributing to the LUMO of the IL. In a localized state one or two cations contribute to the LUMO of the bulk ionic liquid, while in the delocalized state the IL LUMO is composed of pi*-type orbitals spanning nearly all the cations in the cell. The arrangement and fluctuation-induced changes of the orbital components in the empty band produce an alternation of different states and leads to the migration of the excess electron. These findings can be attributed to the special features of the electronic structures and geometries of the IL, and they can be used to explain similarities and differences between pyridinium-based and imidazolium-based ILs in mediating electron migration. PMID:20145852

  12. Ab Initio Investigation of O-H Dissociation from the Al-OH2 Complex Using Molecular Dynamics and Neural Network Fitting.

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    Ho, Thi H; Pham-Tran, Nguyen-Nguyen; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Le, Hung M

    2016-01-28

    The dissociation dynamics of the O-H bond in Al-OH2 is investigated on an approximated ab initio potential energy surface (PES). By adopting a dynamic sampling method, we obtain a database of 92 834 configurations. The potential energy for each point is calculated using MP2/6-311G (3df, 2p) calculations; then, a 60-neuron feed-forward neural network is utilized to fit the data to construct an analytic PES. The root-mean-square error (rmse) for the training set is reported as 0.0036 eV, while the rmse for the independent testing set is 0.0034 eV. Such excellent fitting accuracy indeed confirms the reliability of the constructed PES. Subsequently, quasi-classical molecular dynamics (MD) trajectories are performed on the constructed PES at various levels of vibrational excitation in the range of 1.03 to 2.23 eV to investigate the probability of O-H bond dissociation. The results indicate a linear relationship between reaction probability and internal energy, from which we can determine the minimum activation internal energy required for the dissociation as 0.62 eV. Moreover, the O-H bond rupture is shown to be highly correlated with the formation of Al-O bond. PMID:26741404

  13. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of ..beta..-D-Glucose and ..beta..-D-Xylose Degradation Mechanisms in Acidic Aqueous Solution

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    Qian, X.; Nimlos, M. R.; Davis, M.; Johnson, D. K.; Himmel, M. E.

    2005-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate, with explicit solvent water molecules, {beta}-d-glucose and {beta}-d-xylose degradation mechanisms in acidic media. The rate-limiting step in sugar degradation was found to be protonation of the hydroxyl groups on the sugar ring. We found that the structure of water molecules plays a significant role in the acidic sugar degradation pathways. Firstly, a water molecule competes with the hydroxyl group on the sugar ring for protons. Secondly, water forms hydrogen bonds with the hydroxyl groups on the sugar rings, thus weakening the C-C and C-O bonds (each to a different degree). Note that the reaction pathways could be altered due to the change of relative stability of the C-C and C-O bonds. Thirdly, water molecules that are hydrogen-bonded to sugar hydroxyls could easily extract a proton from the reaction intermediate, terminating the reaction. Indeed, the sugar degradation pathway is complex due to multiple protonation probabilities and the surrounding water structure. Our experimental data support multiple sugar acidic degradation pathways.

  14. Sodium diffusion through amorphous silica surfaces: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Rarivomanantsoa, Michaël; Jund, Philippe; Jullien, Rémi

    2004-03-01

    We have studied the diffusion inside the silica network of sodium atoms initially located outside the surfaces of an amorphous silica film. We have focused our attention on structural and dynamical quantities, and we have found that the local environment of the sodium atoms is close to the local environment of the sodium atoms inside bulk sodo-silicate glasses obtained by quench. This is in agreement with recent experimental results. PMID:15267353

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations reveal localization and time evolution dynamics of an excess electron in heterogeneous CO{sub 2}–H{sub 2}O systems

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    Liu, Ping; Zhao, Jing; Liu, Jinxiang; Zhang, Meng; Bu, Yuxiang

    2014-01-28

    In view of the important implications of excess electrons (EEs) interacting with CO{sub 2}–H{sub 2}O clusters in many fields, using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation technique, we reveal the structures and dynamics of an EE associated with its localization and subsequent time evolution in heterogeneous CO{sub 2}–H{sub 2}O mixed media. Our results indicate that although hydration can increase the electron-binding ability of a CO{sub 2} molecule, it only plays an assisting role. Instead, it is the bending vibrations that play the major role in localizing the EE. Due to enhanced attraction of CO{sub 2}, an EE can stably reside in the empty, low-lying π{sup *} orbital of a CO{sub 2} molecule via a localization process arising from its initial binding state. The localization is completed within a few tens of femtoseconds. After EE trapping, the ∠OCO angle of the core CO{sub 2}{sup −} oscillates in the range of 127°∼142°, with an oscillation period of about 48 fs. The corresponding vertical detachment energy of the EE is about 4.0 eV, which indicates extreme stability of such a CO{sub 2}-bound solvated EE in [CO{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub n}]{sup −} systems. Interestingly, hydration occurs not only on the O atoms of the core CO{sub 2}{sup −} through formation of O⋯H–O H–bond(s), but also on the C atom, through formation of a C⋯H–O H–bond. In the latter binding mode, the EE cloud exhibits considerable penetration to the solvent water molecules, and its IR characteristic peak is relatively red-shifted compared with the former. Hydration on the C site can increase the EE distribution at the C atom and thus reduce the C⋯H distance in the C⋯H–O H–bonds, and vice versa. The number of water molecules associated with the CO{sub 2}{sup −} anion in the first hydration shell is about 4∼7. No dimer-core (C{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup −}) and core-switching were observed in the double CO{sub 2} aqueous media. This work provides molecular dynamics

  16. A molecular dynamics study of freezing in a confined geometry

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    Ma, Wen-Jong; Banavar, Jayanth R.; Koplik, Joel

    1992-01-01

    The dynamics of freezing of a Lennard-Jones liquid in narrow channels bounded by molecular walls is studied by computer simulation. The time development of ordering is quantified and a novel freezing mechanism is observed. The liquid forms layers and subsequent in-plane ordering within a layer is accompanied by a sharpening of the layer in the transverse direction. The effects of channel size, the methods of quench, the liquid-wall interaction and the roughness of walls on the freezing mechanism are elucidated. Comparison with recent experiments on freezing in confined geometries is presented.

  17. Molecular dynamics studies of the dissociated screw dislocation in silicon.

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    Choudhury, R; Gattinoni, C; Makov, G; De Vita, A

    2010-02-24

    Characterizing the motion of dislocations through covalent, high Peierls barrier materials is a key problem in materials science, while despite the progress in experimental studies the actual observation of the atomistic behaviour involved in core migration remains limited. We have applied a hybrid embedding scheme to investigate the dissociated screw dislocation in silicon, consisting of two 30° partials separated by a stacking fault ribbon, under the influence of a constant external strain. Our 'learn on the fly' hybrid technique allows us to calculate the forces on atoms in the vicinity of the core region using the tight binding Kwon potential, whilst the remainder of the bulk matrix is treated within a classical approximation. Applying a 5% strain to the dissociated screw dislocation, for a simulation time of 100 ps at a temperature of 600 K, we observe movement of the partials through two different mechanisms: double kink formation and square ring diffusion at the core. Our results suggest that in these conditions, the role of solitons or anti-phase defects in seeding kink formation and subsequent migration is an important one, which should be taken into account in future studies. PMID:21386388

  18. Ab initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Enzyme Catalysis: The Case of Histone Lysine Methyltransferase SET7/9

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    Wang, Shenglong; Hu, Po; Zhang, Yingkai

    2008-01-01

    In order to elucidate enzyme catalysis through computer simulation, a prerequisite is to reliably compute free energy barriers for both enzyme and solution reactions. By employing on-the-fly Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations with the ab initio QM/MM approach and the umbrella sampling method, we have determined free energy profiles for the methyl-transfer reaction catalyzed by the histone lysine methyl- transferase SET7/9 and its corresponding uncatalyzed reaction in aqueous solution, respectively. Our calculated activation free energy barrier for the enzyme catalyzed reaction is 22.5 kcal/mol, which agrees very well with the experimental value of 20.9 kcal/mol. The difference in potential of mean force between a corresponding pre-reaction state and the transition state for the solution reaction is computed to be 30.9 kcal/mol. Thus our simulations indicate that the enzyme SET7/9 plays an essential catalytic role in significantly lowering the barrier for the methyl-transfer reaction step. For the reaction in solution, it is found that the hydrogen bond network near the reac- tion center undergoes a significant change and there is a strong shift in electrostatic field from the pre-reaction state to the transition state. While for the enzyme reaction, such an effect is much smaller and the enzyme SET7/9 is found to provide a pre-organized electrostatic environment to facilitate the methyl-transfer reaction. Meanwhile, we find that the transition state in the enzyme reaction is a little more dissociative than that in solution. PMID:17388541

  19. Anisotropic structure and dynamics of the solvation shell of a benzene solute in liquid water from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Choudhary, Ashu; Chandra, Amalendu

    2016-02-17

    The anisotropic structure and dynamics of the hydration shell of a benzene solute in liquid water have been investigated by means of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations using the BLYP (Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr) and dispersion corrected BLYP-D functionals. The main focus has been to look at the influence of π-hydrogen-bonding and hydrophobic interactions on the distance and angle resolved various structural and dynamic properties of solvation shell. The structure of hydration shell water molecules around benzene is found to be highly anisotropic as revealed by the radial distribution functions of different conical regions and joint radial/angular distribution functions. The benzene-water dimer potential energy curves are calculated for a variety of orientations of water along the axial and equatorial directions for both BLYP and BLYP-D functionals. The simulation results of the hydration shell structure of benzene, particularly the axial and equatorial benzene-water RDFs are discussed based on the differences in the benzene-water potential energies for different orientations and functionals. The inter-particle distance/angle correlations show an enhanced water structure in the solvation shell of benzene compared to that between the solvation shell and bulk and also between the bulk molecules. On average, a single πH-bond is found to be formed between water and benzene in the 45° axial conical region of the solvation shell. The πH-bonded water molecules are found to have faster translational dynamics and also found to follow a fast jump mechanism of reorientation to change their hydrogen bonded partners. The presence of π-hydrogen-bonded water makes the overall dynamics of the axial region faster than that of the equatorial region where the water molecules are hydrophobically solvated and hydrogen bonded to other water molecules. PMID:26847163

  20. Vibrational Properties of Hydrogen-Bonded Systems Using the Multireference Generalization to the "On-the-Fly" Electronic Structure within Quantum Wavepacket ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (QWAIMD).

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    Li, Junjie; Li, Xiaohu; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2014-06-10

    We discuss a multiconfigurational treatment of the "on-the-fly" electronic structure within the quantum wavepacket ab initio molecular dynamics (QWAIMD) method for coupled treatment of quantum nuclear effects with electronic structural effects. Here, multiple single-particle electronic density matrices are simultaneously propagated with a quantum nuclear wavepacket and other classical nuclear degrees of freedom. The multiple density matrices are coupled through a nonorthogonal configuration interaction (NOCI) procedure to construct the instantaneous potential surface. An adaptive-mesh-guided set of basis functions composed of Gaussian primitives are used to simplify the electronic structure calculations. Specifically, with the replacement of the atom-centered basis functions positioned on the centers of the quantum-mechanically treated nuclei by a mesh-guided band of basis functions, the two-electron integrals used to compute the electronic structure potential surface become independent of the quantum nuclear variable and hence reusable along the entire Cartesian grid representing the quantum nuclear coordinates. This reduces the computational complexity involved in obtaining a potential surface and facilitates the interpretation of the individual density matrices as representative diabatic states. The parametric nuclear position dependence of the diabatic states is evaluated at the initial time-step using a Shannon-entropy-based sampling function that depends on an approximation to the quantum nuclear wavepacket and the potential surface. This development is meant as a precursor to an on-the-fly fully multireference electronic structure procedure embedded, on-the-fly, within a quantum nuclear dynamics formalism. We benchmark the current development by computing structural, dynamic, and spectroscopic features for a series of bihalide hydrogen-bonded systems: FHF(-), ClHCl(-), BrHBr(-), and BrHCl(-). We find that the donor-acceptor structural features are in good

  1. Ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics of the ultrafast electron injection from a PbSe quantum dot into the TiO2 surface.

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    Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2011-11-30

    Following recent experiments [Science 2010, 328, 1543; PNAS 2011, 108, 965], we report an ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics (NAMD) simulation of the ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from a PbSe quantum dot (QD) into the rutile TiO(2) (110) surface. The system forms the basis for QD-sensitized semiconductor solar cells and demonstrates that ultrafast interfacial ET is instrumental for achieving high efficiencies in solar-to-electrical energy conversion. The simulation supports the observation that the ET successfully competes with energy losses due to electron-phonon relaxation. The ET proceeds by the adiabatic mechanism because of strong donor-acceptor coupling. High frequency polar vibrations of both QD and TiO(2) promote the ET, since these modes can rapidly influence the donor-acceptor state energies and coupling. Low frequency vibrations generate a distribution of initial conditions for ET, which shows a broad variety of scenarios at the single-molecule level. Compared to the molecule-TiO(2) interfaces, the QD-TiO(2) system exhibits pronounced differences that arise due to the larger size and higher rigidity of QDs relative to molecules. Both donor and acceptor states are more delocalized in the QD system, and the ET is promoted by optical phonons, which have relatively low frequencies in the QD materials composed of heavy elements. In contrast, in molecular systems, optical phonons are not thermally accessible under ambient conditions. Meanwhile, TiO(2) acceptor states resemble surface impurities due to the local influence of molecular chromophores. At the same time, the photoinduced ET at both QD-TiO(2) and molecule-TiO(2) interfaces is ultrafast and occurs by the adiabatic mechanism, as a result of strong donor-acceptor coupling. The reported state-of-the-art simulation generates a detailed time-domain atomistic description of the interfacial ET process that is fundamental to a wide variety of applications. PMID:22007727

  2. Floating orbital molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Perlt, Eva; Brüssel, Marc; Kirchner, Barbara

    2014-04-21

    We introduce an alternative ab initio molecular dynamics simulation as a unification of Hartree-Fock molecular dynamics and the floating orbital approach. The general scheme of the floating orbital molecular dynamics method is presented. Moreover, a simple but sophisticated guess for the orbital centers is provided to reduce the number of electronic structure optimization steps at each molecular dynamics step. The conservation of total energy and angular momentum is investigated in order to validate the floating orbital molecular dynamics approach with and without application of the initial guess. Finally, a water monomer and a water dimer are simulated, and the influence of the orbital floating on certain properties like the dipole moment is investigated. PMID:24600690

  3. Origins of entropy change for the amphiphilic molecule in micellization: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Liu, Guokui; Wei, Yaoyao; Gao, Fengfeng; Yuan, Shiling; Liu, Chengbu

    2016-04-20

    The micellization of amphiphilic molecules is an important phenomenon in the natural world. However, the origin of entropy change during micellization is still unclear. Molecular dynamics simulation was applied to study configurational entropy change of amphiphilic molecules in micellization. The entropy change of polar heads, hydrophobic chains, vibration, translation and rotation are discussed. Analyses provide a clear physical picture of the entropy increase in micellization, and thus foundations for further study. PMID:27056091

  4. Theoretical studies of amorphous silicon and hydrogenated amorphous silicon with molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kwon, I.

    1991-12-20

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) and hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) have been studied with molecular dynamics simulations. The structural, vibrational, and electronic properties of these materials have been studied with computer-generated structural models and compare well with experimental observations. The stability of a-si and a-Si:H have been studied with the aim of understanding microscopic mechanisms underlying light-induced degradation in a-Si:H (the Staebler-Wronski effect). With a view to understanding thin film growth processes, a-Si films have been generated with molecular dynamics simulations by simulating the deposition of Si-clusters on a Si(111) substrate. A new two- and three-body interatomic potential for Si-H interactions has been developed. The structural properties of a-Si:H networks are in good agreement with experimental measurements. The presence of H atoms reduces strain and disorder relative to networks without H.

  5. Self Diffusion in Nano Filled Polymer Melts: a Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study

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    Desai, Tapan; Keblinski, Pawel

    2003-03-01

    SELF DIFFUSION IN NANO FILLED POLYMER MELTS: A MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION STUDY* T. G. Desai,P. Keblinski, Material Science and Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we studied the dynamics of the polymeric systems containing immobile and analytically smooth spherical nanoparticles. Each chain consisted of N monomers connected by an anharmonic springs described by the finite extendible nonlinear elastic, FENE potential. The system comprises of 3nanoparticles and the rest by freely rotating but not overlapping chains. The longest chain studied has a Radius of gyration equal to particle size radius and comparable to inter-particle distance. There is no effect on the structural characteristics such as Radius of gyration or end to end distance due to the nanoparticles. Diffusion of polymeric chains is not affected by the presence of either attractive or repulsive nanoparticles. In all cases Rouse dynamics is observed for short chains with a crossover to reptation dynamics for longer chains.

  6. Proton transport in triflic acid hydrates studied via path integral car-parrinello molecular dynamics.

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    Hayes, Robin L; Paddison, Stephen J; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2009-12-31

    The mono-, di-, and tetrahydrates of trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, which contain characteristic H(3)O(+), H(5)O(2)(+), and H(9)O(4)(+) structures, provide model systems for understanding proton transport in materials with high perfluorosulfonic acid density such as perfluorosulfonic acid membranes commonly employed in hydrogen fuel cells. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations indicate that protons in these solids are predisposed to transfer to the water most strongly bound to sulfonate groups via a Grotthuss-type mechanism, but quickly return to the most solvated defect structure either due to the lack of a nearby species to stabilize the new defect or a preference for the proton to be maximally hydrated. Path integral molecular dynamics of the mono- and dihydrate reveal significant quantum effects that facilitate proton transfer to the "presolvated" water or SO(3)(-) in the first solvation shell and increase the Zundel character of all the defects. These trends are quantified in free energy profiles for each bonding environment. Hydrogen bonding criteria for HOH-OH(2) and HOH-O(3)S are extracted from the two-dimensional potential of mean force. The quantum radial distribution function, radius of gyration, and root-mean-square displacement position correlation function show that the protonic charge is distributed over two or more water molecules. Metastable structural defects with one excess proton shared between two sulfonate groups and another Zundel or Eigen type cation defect are found for the mono- and dihydrate but not for the tetrahydrate crystal. Results for the tetrahydrate native crystal exhibit minor differences at 210 and 250 K. IR spectra are calculated for all native and stable defect structures. Graph theory techniques are used to characterize the chain lengths and ring sizes in the hydrogen bond network. Low conductivities when limited water is present may be attributable to trapping of protons between SO(3)(-) groups and the increased

  7. Discotic columnar liquid crystal studied in the bulk and nanoconfined states by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Busselez, Rémi; Cerclier, Carole V.; Ndao, Makha; Ghoufi, Aziz; Lefort, Ronan; Morineau, Denis

    2014-10-01

    A prototypical Gay Berne discotic liquid crystal was studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations both in the bulk state and under confinement in a nanoporous channel. The phase behavior of the confined system strongly differs from its bulk counterpart: the bulk isotropic-to-columnar transition is replaced by a continuous ordering from a paranematic to a columnar phase. Moreover, a new transition is observed at a lower temperature in the confined state, which corresponds to a reorganization of the intercolumnar order. It reflects the competing effects of pore surface interaction and genuine hexagonal packing of the columns. The translational molecular dynamics in the different phases has been thoroughly studied and discussed in terms of collective relaxation modes, non-Gaussian behavior, and hopping processes.

  8. Discotic columnar liquid crystal studied in the bulk and nanoconfined states by molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Busselez, Rémi; Cerclier, Carole V; Ndao, Makha; Ghoufi, Aziz; Lefort, Ronan; Morineau, Denis

    2014-10-01

    A prototypical Gay Berne discotic liquid crystal was studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations both in the bulk state and under confinement in a nanoporous channel. The phase behavior of the confined system strongly differs from its bulk counterpart: the bulk isotropic-to-columnar transition is replaced by a continuous ordering from a paranematic to a columnar phase. Moreover, a new transition is observed at a lower temperature in the confined state, which corresponds to a reorganization of the intercolumnar order. It reflects the competing effects of pore surface interaction and genuine hexagonal packing of the columns. The translational molecular dynamics in the different phases has been thoroughly studied and discussed in terms of collective relaxation modes, non-Gaussian behavior, and hopping processes. PMID:25296832

  9. Nanoindentation of silicon nitride: A multimillion-atom molecular dynamics study

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    Walsh, Phillip; Omeltchenko, Andrey; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya; Saini, Subhash

    2003-01-01

    Nanoindentation of crystalline and amorphous silicon nitride films is studied using 10-million-atom molecular dynamics simulations. A rigid pyramid-shaped indenter tip is used. Load-displacement curves are computed and are used to derive hardness and elastic moduli of the simulated crystalline and amorphous films. Computer images of local pressure distributions and configuration snapshots show that plastic deformation in the film extends to regions far from the actual indent.

  10. Solvation of fullerene in a course grained water: A molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Patawane, Sanwardhini; Pant, Shashank; Choudhury, Niharendu

    2015-06-01

    We present a detailed molecular dynamics simulation investigation on hydration of C60 fullerene in a coarse-grained water-like solvent. Based on our recent study (J. Chem. Phys. 2013), which has demonstrated the capability of a coarse-grained, core-soft model of water to describe water-like anomalies, we report here the applicability of this model to describe hydration characteristic of C60 fullerenes. Molecular dynamics simulation has been performed in NVE ensemble and structural characteristics of water around C60 fullerene have been analyzed by calculating C60-water radial distribution function. The computational economy and simplicity of the coarse-grained model will allow us to investigate self-assembly processes that require simulations of a much larger system over a longer period of time.

  11. Reduced thermal conductivity of a nanoparticle decorated nanowire: A non-equilibrium molecular dynamics study

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    Masnoon, Ahmed Shafkat; Bipasha, Ferdaushi Alam; Morshed, A. K. M. M.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of nanoparticles decoration on the thermal conductivity of a nanowire is studied using Non Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics (NEMD) simulation. The simulation was conducted using simplified molecular model with Lennard-Jones potential. Argon-like solid was used as the material for both the nanowire and nanoparticles. Nanoparticles were placed on the surface of the nanowire and also embedded inside the structure. Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation was conducted by imposing temperature gradient along the length of the nanowire and thermal conductivity of the nanowire was calculated. Nanowire without any nanoparticles was used as the baseline data. Due to presence of nanoparticles thermal conductivity of the nanowire was observed to decrease and up to 40% reduction in thermal conductivity was observed. With the increase in number of the nanoparticles, thermal conductivity was observed to decrease; however size of nanoparticles has little effect.

  12. Removal of trihalomethanes from aqueous solution through armchair carbon nanotubes: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Azamat, Jafar; Khataee, Alireza; Joo, Sang Woo; Yin, Binfeng

    2015-04-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the removal of trihalomethanes (THMs) including CH3Cl, CH2Cl2 and CHCl3 from aqueous solutions by armchair carbon nanotubes (CNTs) under induced pressure. The studied system involved the armchair CNTs embedded between two graphene sheets with an aqueous solution of THMs in the simulation box. An external pressure was applied to the system along the z-axis of the simulation box. Six types of armchair CNTs with different diameter were used in this work, included (4,4), (5,5), (6,6), (7,7), (8,8) and (9,9) CNTs. The results of molecular dynamics simulation display that the armchair CNTs behave differently relative to THMs and water molecules. The permeation of THMs and water molecules through the armchair CNTs was dependent on the diameter of CNTs and the applied pressure. PMID:25682360

  13. Water structure as a function of temperature from X-ray scatteringexperiments and ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Hura, Greg; Russo, Daniela; Glaeser, Robert M.; Head-Gordon,Teresa; Krack, Matthias; Parrinello, Michele

    2003-03-01

    We present high-quality X-ray scattering experiments on pure water taken over a temperature range of 2 to 77 C using a synchrotron beam line at the advanced light source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The ALS X-ray scattering intensities are qualitatively different in trend of maximum intensity over this temperature range compared to older X-ray experiments. While the common procedure is to report both the intensity curve and radial distribution function(s), the proper extraction of the real-space pair correlation functions from the experimental scattering is very difficult due to uncertainty introduced in the experimental corrections, the proper weighting of OO, OH, and HH contributions, and numerical problems of Fourier transforming truncated data in Q-space. Instead, we consider the direct calculation of X-ray scattering spectra using electron densities derived from density functional theory based on real-space configurations generated with classical water models. The simulation of the experimental intensity is therefore definitive for determining radial distribution functions over a smaller Q-range. We find that the TIP4P, TIP5P and polarizable TIP4P-Pol2 water models, with DFT-LDA densities, show very good agreement with the experimental intensities, and TIP4P-Pol2 in particular shows quantitative agreement over the full temperature range. The resulting radial distribution functions from TIP4P-Pol2 provide the current best benchmarks for real-space water structure over the biologically relevant temperature range studied here.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulation of effective thermal conductivity and study of enhanced thermal transport mechanism in nanofluids

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    Sarkar, Suranjan; Selvam, R. Panneer

    2007-10-01

    Nanofluids have been proposed as a route for surpassing the performance of currently available heat transfer liquids in the near future. In this study an equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation was used to model a nanofluid system. The thermal conductivity of the base fluid and nanofluid was computed using the Green-Kubo method for various volume fractions of nanoparticle loadings. This study showed the ability of molecular dynamics to predict the enhanced thermal conductivity of nanofluids. Through molecular dynamics calculation of mean square displacements for liquid phase in base fluid and for liquid and solid phases in nanofluid, this study tried to investigate the mechanisms involved in thermal transport of nanofluids at the atomic level. The result showed that the thermal transport enhancement of nanofluids was mostly due to the increased movement of liquid atoms in the presence of nanoparticle. Diffusion coefficients were also calculated for base fluid and nanofluids. Similarity of enhancement in thermal conductivity and diffusion coefficient for nanofluids indicates similar transport process for mass and heat.

  15. Towards SiC Surface Functionalization: An Ab Initio Study

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    Cicero, G; Catellani, A

    2005-01-28

    We present a microscopic model of the interaction and adsorption mechanism of simple organic molecules on SiC surfaces as obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our results open the way to functionalization of silicon carbide, a leading candidate material for bio-compatible devices.

  16. Probing ultrafast molecular dynamics in O2 using XUV/IR pump-probe studies

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    Ray, D.; Sturm, F. P.; Wright, T. W.; Ranitovic, P.; Shivaram, N. H.; Bocharova, I.; Belkacem, A.; Weber, Th.

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the molecular dynamics via different dissociative and autoionizing pathways in molecular oxygen using a pump-probe scheme with ultrashort extreme ultraviolet (XUV) laser pulses. Our primary focus is to study the molecular dynamics in the superexcited Rydberg states in a time-resolved manner. The O2 molecules are pumped by 20.2 eV and 23.1 eV XUV pulses (13th and 15th harmonics). Probing the relaxation dynamics with an infrared (IR) pulse at very long delays (100s of fs) enables us to measure the lifetimes of these Rydberg states. We also observe an enhancement and suppression of vibrational levels of the O2+ion due to the presence of IR. The high flux XUV pulses used for this experiment are generated in an Ar gas by IR pulses from our state-of-the-art 30 mJ, 50 Hz laser system. The pulses are overlapped with the supersonic jet in our Momentum Imaging for TimE Resolved Studies (MISTERS) setup. The cold target in our setup, combined with a very tight focussing geometry and a 3D momentum detection capability gives a high kinetic energy resolution. Molecular dynamics in other polyatomic molecules are also under investigation. Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  17. Stiffness and toughness prediction of Co-Fe-Ta-B metallic glasses, alloyed with Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Hf, W, C, N and O by ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Schnabel, Volker; Evertz, Simon; Rueß, Holger; Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2015-03-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to systematically explore the influence of alloying on the stiffness and plasticity of Co-Fe-Ta-B metallic glasses. The Co43.5Ta6.1B50.4 metallic glass studied in this work, with a Young's modulus of 295 GPa, is the stiffest metallic glass known in literature. From the analysis of the density of the states it is suggested that the very large stiffness is due to strong covalent metal to boron bonding. Furthermore it has been observed that by alloying with Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Hf, W, C, N and O the bulk to shear modulus ratio can be varied from 2.08 to 2.82. As noted by Lewandowski et al (2005 Phil. Mag. Lett. 85 77) a brittle to plastic transition for metallic glasses can be identified in the range of 2.33 to 2.44. Hence, it is evident that the whole range from brittle to plastic behaviour can be covered, with the systems studied in this work. This evolution from brittle to plastic behaviour can be attributed to a change from predominately covalent to predominately metallic bond character.

  18. Stiffness and toughness prediction of Co–Fe–Ta–B metallic glasses, alloyed with Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Hf, W, C, N and O by ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Schnabel, Volker; Evertz, Simon; Rueß, Holger; Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M

    2015-03-18

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to systematically explore the influence of alloying on the stiffness and plasticity of Co–Fe–Ta–B metallic glasses. The Co(43.5)Ta(6.1)B(50.4) metallic glass studied in this work, with a Young’s modulus of 295 GPa, is the stiffest metallic glass known in literature. From the analysis of the density of the states it is suggested that the very large stiffness is due to strong covalent metal to boron bonding. Furthermore it has been observed that by alloying with Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Hf, W, C, N and O the bulk to shear modulus ratio can be varied from 2.08 to 2.82. As noted by Lewandowski et al (2005 Phil. Mag. Lett.85 77) a brittle to plastic transition for metallic glasses can be identified in the range of 2.33 to 2.44. Hence, it is evident that the whole range from brittle to plastic behaviour can be covered,with the systems studied in this work. This evolution from brittle to plastic behaviour can be attributed to a change from predominately covalent to predominately metallic bond character. PMID:25710383

  19. Comparative modeling and molecular dynamics studies of the delta, kappa and mu opioid receptors.

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    Strahs, D; Weinstein, H

    1997-09-01

    Molecular models of the trans-membrane domains of delta, kappa and mu opioid receptors, members of the G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily, were developed using techniques of homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulations. Structural elements were predicted from sequence alignments of opioid and related receptors based on (i) the consensus, periodicities and biophysical interpretations of alignment-derived properties, and (ii) tertiary structure homology to rhodopsin. Initial model structures of the three receptors were refined computationally with energy minimization and the result of the first 210 ps of a 2 ns molecular dynamics trajectory at 300K. Average structures from the trajectory obtained for each receptor subtype after release of the initial backbone constraints show small backbone deviations, indicating stability. During the molecular dynamics phase, subtype-differentiated residues of the receptors developed divergent structures within the models, including changes in regions common to the three subtypes and presumed to belong to ligand binding regions. The divergent features developed by the model structures appear to be consistent with the observed ligand binding selectivities of the opioid receptors. The results thus implicate identifiable receptor microenvironments as primary determinants of some of the observed subtype specificities in opiate ligand binding and in functional effects of mutagenesis. Networks of interacting residues observed in the models are common to the opiate receptors and other GPCRs, indicating core interfaces that are potentially responsible for structural integrity and signal transduction. Analysis of extended molecular dynamics trajectories reveals concerted motions of distant parts of ligand-binding regions, suggesting motion-sensitive components of ligand binding. The comparative modeling results from this study help clarify experimental observations of subtype differences and suggest both structural and

  20. Molecular Dynamics Study on the Distributed Plasticity of Penta-twinned Silver Nanowires

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    Lee, Sangryun; Ryu, Seunghwa

    2015-08-01

    The distributed plasticity of pentatwinned silver nanowires has been revealed in recent computational and experimental studies. However, the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have not considered the imperfections seen in experiments, such as irregular surface undulations, the high aspect ratio of nanowires, and the stiffness of loading devices. In this work, we report the effect of such inherent imperfections on the distributed plasticity of penta-twinned silver nanowires in MD simulations. We find that the distributed plasticity occurs for nanowires having undulations that are less than 5% of the nanowire diameter. The elastic stress field induced by a stacking fault promotes the nucleation of successive stacking fault decahedrons (SFDs) at long distance, making it hard for necking to occur. By comparing the tensile simulation using the steered molecular dynamics (SMD) method with the tensile simulation with periodic boundary condition (PBC), we show that a sufficiently long nanowire must be used in the constant strain rate simulations with PBC, because the plastic displacement burst caused by the SFD formation induces compressive stress, promoting the removal of other SFDs. Our finding can serve as a guidance for the molecular dynamics simulation of crystalline materials with large plastic deformation, and in the design of mechanically reliable devices based on silver nanowires.

  1. Evaporation characteristics of thin film liquid argon in nano-scale confinement: A molecular dynamics study

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim; Shavik, Sheikh Mohammad; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Haque, Mominul

    2016-07-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation has been carried out to explore the evaporation characteristics of thin liquid argon film in nano-scale confinement. The present study has been conducted to realize the nano-scale physics of simultaneous evaporation and condensation inside a confined space for a three phase system with particular emphasis on the effect of surface wetting conditions. The simulation domain consisted of two parallel platinum plates; one at the top and another at the bottom. The fluid comprised of liquid argon film at the bottom plate and vapor argon in between liquid argon and upper plate of the domain. Considering hydrophilic and hydrophobic nature of top and bottom surfaces, two different cases have been investigated: (i) Case A: Both top and bottom surfaces are hydrophilic, (ii) Case B: both top and bottom surfaces are hydrophobic. For all cases, equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) was performed to reach equilibrium state at 90 K. Then the lower wall was set to four different temperatures such as 110 K, 120 K, 130 K and 140 K to perform non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD). The variation of temperature and density as well as the variation of system pressure with respect to time were closely monitored for each case. The heat fluxes normal to top and bottom walls were estimated and discussed to illuminate the effectiveness of heat transfer in both hydrophilic and hydrophobic confinement at various boundary temperatures of the bottom plate.

  2. Hydrogen passivation of silicon surfaces: A classical molecular-dynamics study

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    Hansen, U.; Vogl, P.

    1998-05-01

    We present a computationally efficient classical many-body potential that is capable of predicting the energetics of bulk silicon, silicon surfaces, and the interaction of hydrogen with silicon. The potential includes well established models for one-component Si and H systems and incorporates a newly developed Si-H interaction. It is shown that the present model yields hydrogen diffusion barriers, hydrogen abstraction, and H2 desorption reactions on silicon surfaces in excellent agreement with experiment and/or previous ab initio results. Detailed molecular-dynamics simulations are performed that elucidate the complex balance between adsorption and abstraction reactions during hydrogen passivation on Si(100) surfaces. We find a very high sticking coefficient of 0.6 for atomic hydrogen on clean Si(100)2×1 surfaces and provide a detailed qualitative and quantitative explanation for this prediction. Furthermore, we find that there are two efficient competing surface reactions of atomic hydrogen with monohydride Si surfaces. One is the Eley-Rideal abstraction of H2 molecules, and the other one is adsorption. Additionally, adsorbed hydrogen on hydrogenated Si surfaces acts as a reservoir that can lead to complete passivation of Si surfaces despite the efficient creation of voids in the hydrogen layer by the abstraction.

  3. NMR J-coupling constants in cisplatin derivatives studied by molecular dynamics and relativistic DFT.

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    Sutter, Kiplangat; Truflandier, Lionel A; Autschbach, Jochen

    2011-06-01

    Solvent effects on J((195)Pt-(15)N) one-bond nuclear spin-spin coupling constants (J(PtN)) of cisplatin [cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II)] and three cisplatin derivatives are investigated using a combination of density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) and all-electron relativistic DFT NMR calculations employing the two-component relativistic zeroth-order regular approximation (ZORA). Good agreement with experiment is obtained when explicit solvent molecules are considered and when the computations are performed with a hybrid functional. Spin-orbit coupling causes only small effects on J(PtN) . Key factors contributing to the magnitude of coupling constants are elucidated, with the most significant being the presence of solvent as well as the quality of the density functional and basis set combination. The solvent effects are of the same magnitude as J(PtN) calculated for gas-phase geometries. However, the trends of J(PtN) among the complexes are already present in the gas phase. Results obtained with a continuum solvent model agree quite well with the aiMD results, provided that the Pt solvent-accessible radius is carefully chosen. The aiMD results support the existence of a partial hydrogen-bond-like inverse-hydration-type interaction affording a weak (1)J(Pt⋅⋅⋅H(w)) coupling between the complexes and the coordinating water molecule. PMID:21381179

  4. The mechanism of the initial step of germanosilicate formation in solution: a first-principles molecular dynamics study.

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    Trinh, Thuat T; Rozanska, Xavier; Delbecq, Françoise; Tuel, Alain; Sautet, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    The condensation reactions between Ge(OH)4 and Si(OH)4 units in solution are studied to understand the mechanism and stable species during the initial steps of the formation process of Ge containing zeolites under basic conditions. The free energy of formation of (OH)3Ge-O-Ge-(OH)2O(-), (OH)3Si-O-Si-(OH)2O(-), (OH)3Ge-O-Si-(OH)2O(-) and (OH)3Si-O-Ge-(OH)2O(-) dimers is calculated with ab initio molecular dynamics and thermodynamic integration, including an explicit description of the water solvent molecules. Calculations show that the attack of the conjugated base (Ge(OH)3O(-) and Si(OH)3O(-)) proceeds with a smaller barrier at the Ge center. In addition, the formation of the pure germanate dimer is more favorable than that of the germano-silicate structure. These results explain the experimental observation of Ge-Ge and Si-Ge dimer species in solutions, with a few Si-Si ones. PMID:27172391

  5. Nanomaterials under extreme environments: A study of structural and dynamic properties using reactive molecular dynamics simulations

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    Shekhar, Adarsh

    Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly important with the continuing advances in experimental techniques. As researchers around the world are trying to expand the current understanding of the behavior of materials at the atomistic scale, the limited resolution of equipment, both in terms of time and space, act as roadblocks to a comprehensive study. Numerical methods, in general and molecular dynamics, in particular act as able compliment to the experiments in our quest for understanding material behavior. In this research work, large scale molecular dynamics simulations to gain insight into the mechano-chemical behavior under extreme conditions of a variety of systems with many real world applications. The body of this work is divided into three parts, each covering a particular system: 1) Aggregates of aluminum nanoparticles are good solid fuel due to high flame propagation rates. Multi-million atom molecular dynamics simulations reveal the mechanism underlying higher reaction rate in a chain of aluminum nanoparticles as compared to an isolated nanoparticle. This is due to the penetration of hot atoms from reacting nanoparticles to an adjacent, unreacted nanoparticle, which brings in external heat and initiates exothermic oxidation reactions. 2) Cavitation bubbles readily occur in fluids subjected to rapid changes in pressure. We use billion-atom reactive molecular dynamics simulations on a 163,840-processor BlueGene/P supercomputer to investigate chemical and mechanical damages caused by shock-induced collapse of nanobubbles in water near amorphous silica. Collapse of an empty nanobubble generates high-speed nanojet, resulting in the formation of a pit on the surface. The pit contains a large number of silanol groups and its volume is found to be directly proportional to the volume of the nanobubble. The gas-filled bubbles undergo partial collapse and consequently the damage on the silica surface is mitigated. 3) The structure and dynamics of water confined in

  6. Modified embedded-atom method interatomic potential and interfacial thermal conductance of Si-Cu systems: A molecular dynamics study

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    Abs da Cruz, Carolina; Chantrenne, Patrice; Gomes de Aguiar Veiga, Roberto; Perez, Michel; Kleber, Xavier

    2013-01-01

    Thermal contact conductance of metal-dielectric systems is a key parameter that has to be taken into account for the design and reliability of nanostructured microelectronic systems. This paper aims to predict this value for Si-Cu interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations. To achieve this goal, a modified embedded atom method interatomic potential for Si-Cu system has been set based upon previous MEAM potentials for pure Cu and pure Si. The Si-Cu cross potential is determined by fitting key properties of the alloy to results obtained by ab initio calculations. It has been further evaluated by comparing the structure and energies of Cu dimmers in bulk Si and CumSin clusters to ab initio calculations. The comparison between MD and ab initio calculation also concerns the energy barrier of Cu migration along the (110) channel in bulk Si. Using this interatomic potential, non equilibrium molecular dynamics has been performed to calculate the thermal contact conductance of a Si-Cu interface at different temperature level. The results obtained are in line with previous experimental results for different kind of interfaces. This confirms that the temperature variation of the thermal conductance might not find its origin in the electron-phonon interactions at the interface nor in the quantification of the energy of the vibration modes. The diffuse mismatch model is also used in order to discuss these results.

  7. Molecular dynamics study of the sputtering of Al cluster by Ar and Kr atoms

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    Král, Vítězslav

    2005-04-01

    The numerical studies of the dynamics of the crystaline lattice formed by atoms requires the detailed knowledge of the forces between these atoms. In our contribution we concentrate on molecular dynamics study of sputtering of Al cluster in the form of the cube (i.e. eight Al atoms). The sputtering is due to impact of Ar and Kr atoms of energy 550 eV. We compare the use of the potential between atoms either of Molière type or the embedded atom potential which has been proposed recently. For the choice of both potential the spectra of sputtered particles were calulated and the comparison was made.

  8. Numerical study: Iron corrosion-resistance in lead-bismuth eutectic coolant by molecular dynamics method

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    Arkundato, Artoto; Su'ud, Zaki; Abdullah, Mikrajuddin; Widayani,; Celino, Massimo

    2012-06-06

    In this present work, we report numerical results of iron (cladding) corrosion study in interaction with lead-bismuth eutectic coolant of advanced nuclear reactors. The goal of this work is to study how the oxygen can be used to reduce the corrosion rate of cladding. The molecular dynamics method was applied to simulate corrosion process. By evaluating the diffusion coefficients, RDF functions, MSD curves of the iron and also observed the crystal structure of iron before and after oxygen injection to the coolant then we concluded that a significant and effective reduction can be achieved by issuing about 2% number of oxygen atoms to lead-bismuth eutectic coolant.

  9. Molecular dynamics studies of pathways of water movement in cyanobacterial photosystem II

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    Gabdulkhakov, A. G. Kljashtorny, V. G.; Dontsova, M. V.

    2015-01-15

    Photosystem II (PSII) catalyzes the light-induced generation of oxygen from water. The oxygen-evolving complex is buried deep in the protein on the lumenal side of PSII, and water molecules need to pass through protein subunits to reach the active site—the manganese cluster. Previous studies on the elucidation of water channels in PSII were based on an analysis of the cavities in the static PSII structure determined by X-ray diffraction. In the present study, we perform molecular dynamics simulations of the water movement in the transport system of PSII.

  10. Molecular dynamics study of electron-irradiation effects in single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Yasuda, Masaaki; Kimoto, Yoshihisa; Tada, Kazuhiro; Mori, Hideki; Akita, Seiji; Hirai, Yoshihiko; Nakayama, Yoshikazu

    2007-05-15

    Molecular dynamics studies are carried out to investigate electron-irradiation effects in single-walled carbon nanotubes. We have proposed a simulation model which includes the interaction between a high-energy incident electron and a carbon atom, based on Monte Carlo method using the elastic-scattering cross section. The atomic level behavior of a single-walled carbon nanotube under electron irradiation is demonstrated in nanosecond time scale. The incident electron energy, tube diameter, and tube temperature dependences of electron-irradiation effects are studied with the simulation.

  11. Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics study of the thermal decomposition of sodium fulminate.

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    Damianos, Konstantina; Frank, Irmgard

    2010-07-19

    Depending on the metal cation, metal fulminates exhibit a characteristic sensitivity with respect to heat and mechanical stress. In the present paper we study the high-temperature reactions of bulk sodium fulminate using Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the initiating reaction is the formation of the fulminate dimer, while in earlier studies an electron transfer was assumed to be the first reaction step. The initial carbon--carbon bond formation is followed by fast consecutive reactions leading to polymerisation. The resulting species remain charged on the timescale of the simulations. PMID:20521277

  12. Study of critical dynamics in fluids via molecular dynamics in canonical ensemble.

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    Roy, Sutapa; Das, Subir K

    2015-12-01

    With the objective of understanding the usefulness of thermostats in the study of dynamic critical phenomena in fluids, we present results for transport properties in a binary Lennard-Jones fluid that exhibits liquid-liquid phase transition. Various collective transport properties, calculated from the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in canonical ensemble, with different thermostats, are compared with those obtained from MD simulations in microcanonical ensemble. It is observed that the Nosé-Hoover and dissipative particle dynamics thermostats are useful for the calculations of mutual diffusivity and shear viscosity. The Nosé-Hoover thermostat, however, as opposed to the latter, appears inadequate for the study of bulk viscosity. PMID:26687057

  13. Molecular Dynamics Study of Void Growth and Dislocations in Dynamic Fracture of FCC and BCC Metals

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    Seppala, E T; Belak, J; Rudd, R E

    2003-06-17

    Void growth with concomitant dislocation formation has been studied in single crystal face-centered-cubic and body-centered-cubic metals using molecular dynamics method with Embedded-Atom and Finnis-Sinclair potentials for copper and tantalum, respectively. We have concentrated on the quantitative analysis of the void shape evolution, on the structure of dislocations, which emerge from the void, and on the continuum measures such as plastic strain. The effects of strain-rate, differences between lattice structures, and loading conditions as uniaxial, biaxial, and triaxial expansion on the shape of the void and on the dislocations have been investigated.

  14. Interaction of monovalent ions with the water liquid-vapor interface - A molecular dynamics study

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    Wilson, Michael A.; Pohorille, Andrew

    1991-01-01

    Results of molecular dynamics calculations are presented for a series of ions at infinite dilution near the water liquid-vapor interface. The free energies of ion transfer from the bulk to the interface are discussed, as are the accompanying changes of water structure at the surface and ion mobilities as a function of their proximity to the interface. It is shown that simple dielectric models do not provide an accurate description of ions at the water surface. The results of the study should be useful in the development of better models incorporating the shape and molecular structure of the interface.

  15. Deformation behavior of bulk and nanostructured metallic glasses studied via molecular dynamics simulations

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    Sopu, D.; Ritter, Y.; Albe, K.; Gleiter, H.

    2011-03-01

    In this study, we characterize the mechanical properties of Cu{sub 64}Zr{sub 36} nanoglasses under tensile load by means of large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and compare the deformation behavior to the case of a homogeneous bulk glass. The simulations reveal that interfaces act as precursors for the formation of multiple shear bands. In contrast, a bulk metallic glass under uniaxial tension shows inhomogeneous plastic flow confined in one dominant shear band. The results suggest that controlling the microstructure of a nanoglass can pave the way for tuning the mechanical properties of glassy materials.

  16. Molecular dynamics study of ion capture from water by a model ionophore, tetraprotonated cryptand SC24

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    Owenson, Brian; Macelroy, Robert D.; Pohorille, Andrew

    1988-01-01

    The molecular dynamics of chloride capture from water by the tetraprotonated cryptand SC24 has been studied for the cases of 19 distances between the criptand and the chloride. The chloride capture is found to be characterized by a rapid cooperative change in the conformation of the cryptand when the Cl(-) begins to enter the ligand and just as it encounters the energy barrier. The conformational transition is associated with a shift of three N-H bonds from the pure endo orientation, such that they point toward the chloride.

  17. Molecular dynamics studies of displacement cascades in Fe-Y2TiO5 system

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    Dholakia, Manan; Chandra, Sharat; Jaya, S. Mathi

    2016-05-01

    The effect of displacement cascade on Fe-Y2TiO5 bilayer is studied using classical molecular dynamics simulations. Different PKA species - Fe, Y, Ti and O - with the same PKA energy of 8 keV are used to produce displacement cascades that encompass the interface. It is shown that Ti atom has the highest movement in the ballistic regime of cascades which can lead to Ti atoms moving out of the oxide clusters into the Fe matrix in ODS alloys.

  18. Edge cracks in nickel and aluminium single crystals: A molecular dynamics study

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    Chandra, Sagar; Samal, M. K.; Chavan, V. M.; Patel, R. J.

    2016-05-01

    A molecular dynamics study of edge cracks in Ni and Al single crystals under mode-I loading conditions is presented. Simulations are performed using embedded-atom method potentials for Ni and Al at a temperature of 0.5K. The results reveal that Ni and Al show different fracture mechanisms. Overall failure behavior of Ni is brittle, while fracture in Al proceeds through void nucleation and coalescence with a zig-zag pattern of crack growth. The qualitative nature of results is discussed in the context of vacancy-formation energies and surface energies of the two FCC metals.

  19. Molecular dynamics study of liquid methanol with a flexible three-site model

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    Palinkas, G.; Hawlicka, E.; Heinzinger, K.

    1987-07-30

    A new potential is presented which describes the methanol-methanol interactions on the basis of a flexible three-site model. The intramolecular part of the potential has been derived from spectroscopic data. A molecular dynamics study has been performed with this potential at 286 K. The structural properties of liquid methanol calculated from the simulations are in good agreement with X-ray measurements. The average geometrical arrangement of nearest neighbors and their hydrogen bonding are discussed. The potential describes correctly the gas-liquid frequency shifts of the intramolecular vibrations. Several thermodynamic properties calculated from the simulation compare favorably with experimental results.

  20. A molecular dynamics study of the thermal properties of thorium oxide

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    Martin, Paul; Cooke, David J.; Cywinski, Robert

    2012-10-01

    There is growing interest in the exploitation of the thorium nuclear fuel cycle as an alternative to that of uranium. As part of a wider study of the suitability of thorium dioxide (thoria) as a nuclear fuel, we have used molecular dynamics to investigate the thermal expansion, oxygen diffusion, and heat capacity of pure thoria and uranium doped (1-10%) thoria between 1500 K and 3600 K. Our results indicate that the thermal performance of the thoria matrix, even when doped with 10%U, is comparable to, and possibly better than, that of UO2.

  1. Lattice constants of pure methane and carbon dioxide hydrates at low temperatures. Implementing quantum corrections to classical molecular dynamics studies

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    Costandy, Joseph; Michalis, Vasileios K.; Tsimpanogiannis, Ioannis N.; Stubos, Athanassios K.; Economou, Ioannis G.

    2016-03-01

    We introduce a simple correction to the calculation of the lattice constants of fully occupied structure sI methane or carbon dioxide pure hydrates that are obtained from classical molecular dynamics simulations using the TIP4PQ/2005 water force field. The obtained corrected lattice constants are subsequently used in order to obtain isobaric thermal expansion coefficients of the pure gas hydrates that exhibit a trend that is significantly closer to the experimental behavior than previously reported classical molecular dynamics studies.

  2. Density functional theory and molecular dynamics study of the uranyl ion (UO₂)²⁺.

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    Rodríguez-Jeangros, Nicolás; Seminario, Jorge M

    2014-03-01

    The detection of uranium is very important, especially in water and, more importantly, in the form of uranyl ion (UO₂)²⁺, which is one of its most abundant moieties. Here, we report analyses and simulations of uranyl in water using ab initio modified force fields for water with improved parameters and charges of uranyl. We use a TIP4P model, which allows us to obtain accurate water properties such as the boiling point and the second and third shells of water molecules in the radial distribution function thanks to a fictitious charge that corrects the 3-point models by reproducing the exact dipole moment of the water molecule. We also introduced non-bonded interaction parameters for the water-uranyl intermolecular force field. Special care was taken in testing the effect of a range of uranyl charges on the structure of uranyl-water complexes. Atomic charges of the solvated ion in water were obtained using density functional theory (DFT) calculations taking into account the presence of nitrate ions in the solution, forming a neutral ensemble. DFT-based force fields were calculated in such a way that water properties, such as the boiling point or the pair distribution function stand. Finally, molecular dynamics simulations of a water box containing uranyl cations and nitrate anions are performed at room temperature. The three peaks in the oxygen-oxygen radial distribution function for water were found to be kept in the presence of uranyl thanks to the improvement of interaction parameters and charges. Also, we found three shells of water molecules surrounding the uranyl ion instead of two as was previously thought. PMID:24573498

  3. Molecular dynamics and simulations study on the vibrational and electronic solvatochromism of benzophenone

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    Ravi Kumar, Venkatraman; Verma, Chandra; Umapathy, Siva

    2016-02-01

    Solvent plays a key role in diverse physico-chemical and biological processes. Therefore, understanding solute-solvent interactions at the molecular level of detail is of utmost importance. A comprehensive solvatochromic analysis of benzophenone (Bzp) was carried out in various solvents using Raman and electronic spectroscopy, in conjunction with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations of supramolecular solute-solvent clusters generated using classical Molecular Dynamics Simulations (c-MDSs). The >C=O stretching frequency undergoes a bathochromic shift with solvent polarity. Interestingly, in protic solvents this peak appears as a doublet: c-MDS and ad hoc explicit solvent ab initio calculations suggest that the lower and higher frequency peaks are associated with the hydrogen bonded and dangling carbonyl group of Bzp, respectively. Additionally, the dangling carbonyl in methanol (MeOH) solvent is 4 cm-1 blue-shifted relative to acetonitrile solvent, despite their similar dipolarity/polarizability. This suggests that the cybotactic region of the dangling carbonyl group in MeOH is very different from its bulk solvent structure. Therefore, we propose that this blue-shift of the dangling carbonyl originates in the hydrophobic solvation shell around it resulting from extended hydrogen bonding network of the protic solvents. Furthermore, the 11nπ∗ (band I) and 11ππ∗ (band II) electronic transitions show a hypsochromic and bathochromic shift, respectively. In particular, these shifts in protic solvents are due to differences in their excited state-hydrogen bonding mechanisms. Additionally, a linear relationship is obtained for band I and the >C=O stretching frequency (cm-1), which suggests that the different excitation wavelengths in band I correspond to different solvation states. Therefore, we hypothesize that the variation in excitation wavelengths in band I could arise from different solvation states leading to varying solvation dynamics. This will have

  4. Molecular dynamics and simulations study on the vibrational and electronic solvatochromism of benzophenone.

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    Ravi Kumar, Venkatraman; Verma, Chandra; Umapathy, Siva

    2016-02-14

    Solvent plays a key role in diverse physico-chemical and biological processes. Therefore, understanding solute-solvent interactions at the molecular level of detail is of utmost importance. A comprehensive solvatochromic analysis of benzophenone (Bzp) was carried out in various solvents using Raman and electronic spectroscopy, in conjunction with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations of supramolecular solute-solvent clusters generated using classical Molecular Dynamics Simulations (c-MDSs). The >C=O stretching frequency undergoes a bathochromic shift with solvent polarity. Interestingly, in protic solvents this peak appears as a doublet: c-MDS and ad hoc explicit solvent ab initio calculations suggest that the lower and higher frequency peaks are associated with the hydrogen bonded and dangling carbonyl group of Bzp, respectively. Additionally, the dangling carbonyl in methanol (MeOH) solvent is 4 cm(-1) blue-shifted relative to acetonitrile solvent, despite their similar dipolarity/polarizability. This suggests that the cybotactic region of the dangling carbonyl group in MeOH is very different from its bulk solvent structure. Therefore, we propose that this blue-shift of the dangling carbonyl originates in the hydrophobic solvation shell around it resulting from extended hydrogen bonding network of the protic solvents. Furthermore, the 1(1)nπ(∗) (band I) and 1(1)ππ(∗) (band II) electronic transitions show a hypsochromic and bathochromic shift, respectively. In particular, these shifts in protic solvents are due to differences in their excited state-hydrogen bonding mechanisms. Additionally, a linear relationship is obtained for band I and the >C=O stretching frequency (cm(-1)), which suggests that the different excitation wavelengths in band I correspond to different solvation states. Therefore, we hypothesize that the variation in excitation wavelengths in band I could arise from different solvation states leading to varying solvation dynamics. This

  5. Molecular dynamics and kinetic study of carbon coagulation in the release wave of detonation products.

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    Chevrot, Guillaume; Sollier, Arnaud; Pineau, Nicolas

    2012-02-28

    We present a combined molecular dynamics and kinetic study of a carbon cluster aggregation process in thermodynamic conditions relevant for the detonation products of oxygen deficient explosives. Molecular dynamics simulations with the LCBOPII potential under gigapascal pressure and high temperatures indicate that (i) the cluster motion in the detonation gas is compatible with Brownian diffusion and (ii) the coalescence probability is 100% for two clusters entering the interaction cutoff distance. We used these results for a subsequent kinetic study with the Smoluchowski model, with realistic models applied for the physical parameters such as viscosity and cluster size. We found that purely aggregational kinetics yield too fast clustering, with moderate influence of the model parameters. In agreement with previous studies, the introduction of surface reactivity through a simple kinetic model is necessary to approach the clustering time scales suggested by experiments (1000 atoms after 100 ns, 10 000 atoms after 1 μs). However, these models fail to reach all experimental criteria simultaneously and more complex modelling of the surface process seems desirable to go beyond these current limitations. PMID:22380052

  6. Studying the unfolding kinetics of proteins under pressure using long molecular dynamic simulation runs.

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    Chara, Osvaldo; Grigera, José Raúl; McCarthy, Andrés N

    2007-12-01

    The usefulness of computational methods such as molecular dynamics simulation has been extensively established for studying systems in equilibrium. Nevertheless, its application to complex non-equilibrium biological processes such as protein unfolding has been generally regarded as producing results which cannot be interpreted straightforwardly. In the present study, we present results for the kinetics of unfolding of apomyoglobin, based on the analysis of long simulation runs of this protein in solution at 3 kbar (1 atm = 1.01325, bar = 101,325 Pa). We hereby demonstrate that the analysis of the data collected within a simulated time span of 0.18 mus suffices for producing results, which coincide remarkably with the available unfolding kinetics experimental data. This not only validates molecular dynamics simulation as a valuable alternative for studying non-equilibrium processes, but also enables a detailed analysis of the actual structural mechanism which underlies the unfolding process of proteins under elusive denaturing conditions such as high pressure. PMID:19669536

  7. Molecular dynamics simulation for ligand-receptor studies. Carbohydrates interactions in aqueous solutions.

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    Grigera, J Raul

    2002-01-01

    The review deals with the problem of the study of ligand-receptor interactions and the use of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation to approach such a problem. After a short review of the fundamentals of MD we describe the medium in which all biology takes place, water. Emphasis is put on the water models appropriate for simulation of macromolecular systems explicitly including the water molecules. We consider the quality of the water model both in terms of simplicity and performance to describe the liquid water properties. Heavy water, although not a biologically viable medium, is considered since many experiments make use of it as a solvent. Sweetness of carbohydrates is considered as an example of the procedure suitable to characterize active sites on the ligands. Consideration is given to the computation of the binding constants through molecular dynamics. The computation of the Free Energy is described and illustrated. The potentiality of MD for studies of ligand-receptor interactions is limited by the computer resources, for even with large computing facilities the need of relatively long simulation times severely restricts the study of large systems. A method is described in which several shells are treated at different levels of approximation, form mechanical response and mean electrical field to quantum mechanics, through stochastic dynamics and atomic classical MD. The review closes with a brief account of the perspectives of the method. PMID:12052202

  8. Disorder-driven nonequilibrium melting studied by electron diffraction, brillouis scattering, and molecular dynamics

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    Okamoto, P. R.; Lam, N. Q.; Grimsditch, M.

    1999-12-21

    In the present paper, a brief overview of the electron diffraction, Brillouin scattering and molecular dynamics studies of radiation-induced amorphization of ordered intermetallic compounds is presented. In these studies, measured changes in the velocity of surface acoustic phonons, lattice constant, and the Bragg-Williams long-range order parameter induced by irradiation were compared with the results of computer simulations of defect-induced amorphization. The results indicate that progressive chemical disordering of the superlattice structure during irradiation is accompanied by an expansion of the lattice and a large change in sound velocity corresponding to a {approximately} 50% decrease in the average shear modulus. The onset of amorphization occurs when the average shear modulus of the crystalline compound becomes equal to that of the amorphous phase. This elastic softening criterion for the onset of amorphization and the dependence of the average shear modulus on the long-range-order parameter are in excellent agreement with molecular dynamics simulations. Both the experimental observations and computer simulations confirm the predictions of the generalized Lindemann melting criterion which stipulates that thermodynamic melting of a defective crystal occurs when the sum of the dynamic and static mean-square atomic displacements reaches a critical value identical to that for melting of the defect-free crystal. In this broader view of melting, the crystal-to-glass transformation is a disorder-driven nonequilibrium melting process occurring at temperatures below the Kauzmann isentropic glass-transition temperature.

  9. Integrating atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, experiments, and network analysis to study protein dynamics: strength in unity

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    Papaleo, Elena

    2015-01-01

    In the last years, we have been observing remarkable improvements in the field of protein dynamics. Indeed, we can now study protein dynamics in atomistic details over several timescales with a rich portfolio of experimental and computational techniques. On one side, this provides us with the possibility to validate simulation methods and physical models against a broad range of experimental observables. On the other side, it also allows a complementary and comprehensive view on protein structure and dynamics. What is needed now is a better understanding of the link between the dynamic properties that we observe and the functional properties of these important cellular machines. To make progresses in this direction, we need to improve the physical models used to describe proteins and solvent in molecular dynamics, as well as to strengthen the integration of experiments and simulations to overcome their own limitations. Moreover, now that we have the means to study protein dynamics in great details, we need new tools to understand the information embedded in the protein ensembles and in their dynamic signature. With this aim in mind, we should enrich the current tools for analysis of biomolecular simulations with attention to the effects that can be propagated over long distances and are often associated to important biological functions. In this context, approaches inspired by network analysis can make an important contribution to the analysis of molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:26075210

  10. A Combined Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Study of Iodide-Based Ionic Liquid and Water Mixtures.

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    Nickerson, Stella D; Nofen, Elizabeth M; Chen, Haobo; Ngan, Miranda; Shindel, Benjamin; Yu, Hongyu; Dai, Lenore L

    2015-07-16

    Iodide-based ionic liquids have been widely employed as iodide sources in electrolytes for applications utilizing the triiodide/iodide redox couple. While adding a low-viscosity solvent such as water to ionic liquids can greatly enhance their usefulness, mixtures of highly viscous iodide-containing ILs with water have never been studied. This paper investigates, for the first time, mixtures of water and the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide ([BMIM][I]) through a combined experimental and molecular dynamics study. The density, melting point, viscosity, and conductivity of these mixtures were measured by experiment. The composition region below 50% water by mole was found to differ dramatically from the region above 50% water, with trends in density and melting point differing before and after that point. Water was found to have a profound effect on viscosity and conductivity of the IL, and the effect of hydrogen bonding was discussed. Molecular dynamics simulations representing the same mixture compositions were performed. Molecular ordering was observed, as were changes in this ordering corresponding to water content. Molecular ordering was related to the experimentally measured mixture properties, providing a possible explanation for the two distinct composition regions identified by experiment. PMID:26090562

  11. Methodology for solid state NMR off-resonance study of molecular dynamics in heteronuclear systems.

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    Jurga, Kazimierz; Woźniak-Braszak, Aneta; Baranowski, Mikołaj

    2015-10-01

    Methodology for the study of dynamics in heteronuclear systems in the laboratory frame was described in the previous paper [1]. Now the methodology for the study of molecular dynamics in the solid state heteronuclear systems in the rotating frame is presented. The solid state NMR off-resonance experiments were carried out on a homemade pulse spectrometer operating at the frequency of 30.2 MHz for protons. This spectrometer includes a specially designed probe which contains two independently tuned and electrically isolated coils installed in the coaxial position on the dewar. A unique probe design allows working at three slightly differing frequencies off and on resonance for protons and at the frequency of 28.411 MHz for fluorine nuclei with complete absence of their electrical interference. The probe allows simultaneously creating rf magnetic fields at off-resonance frequencies within the range of 30.2-30.6 MHz and at the frequency of 28.411 MHz. Presented heteronuclear cross-relaxation off-resonance experiments in the rotating frame provide information about molecular dynamics. PMID:26272112

  12. NMR and molecular dynamics studies of the interaction of melatonin with calmodulin.

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    Turjanski, Adrián G; Estrin, Darío A; Rosenstein, Ruth E; McCormick, John E; Martin, Stephen R; Pastore, Annalisa; Biekofsky, Rodolfo R; Martorana, Vincenzo

    2004-11-01

    Pineal hormone melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is thought to modulate the calcium/calmodulin signaling pathway either by changing intracellular Ca(2+) concentration via activation of its G-protein-coupled membrane receptors, or through a direct interaction with calmodulin (CaM). The present work studies the direct interaction of melatonin with intact calcium-saturated CaM both experimentally, by fluorescence and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, and theoretically, by molecular dynamics simulations. The analysis of the experimental data shows that the interaction is calcium-dependent. The affinity, as obtained from monitoring (15)N and (1)H chemical shift changes for a melatonin titration, is weak (in the millimolar range) and comparable for the N- and C-terminal domains. Partial replacement of diamagnetic Ca(2+) by paramagnetic Tb(3+) allowed the measurement of interdomain NMR pseudocontact shifts and residual dipolar couplings, indicating that each domain movement in the complex is not correlated with the other one. Molecular dynamics simulations allow us to follow the dynamics of melatonin in the binding pocket of CaM. Overall, this study provides an example of how a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches can shed light on a weakly interacting system of biological and pharmacological significance. PMID:15498938

  13. Extra precision docking, free energy calculation and molecular dynamics simulation studies of CDK2 inhibitors.

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    Tripathi, Sunil Kumar; Muttineni, Ravikumar; Singh, Sanjeev Kumar

    2013-10-01

    Molecular docking, free energy calculation and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies have been performed, to explore the putative binding modes of 3,5-diaminoindazoles, imidazo(1,2-b)pyridazines and triazolo(1,5-a) pyridazines series of Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK2) inhibitors. To evaluate the effectiveness of docking protocol in flexible docking, we have selected crystallographic bound compound to validate our docking procedure as evident from root mean square deviations (RMSDs). We found different binding sites namely catalytic, inhibitory phosphorylation, cyclin binding and CKS-binding site of the CDK2 contributing towards the binding of these compounds. Moreover, correlation between free energy of binding and biological activity yielded a statistically significant correlation coefficient. Finally, three representative protein-ligand complexes were subjected to molecular dynamics simulation to determine the stability of the predicted conformations. The low value of the RMSDs between the initial complex structure and the energy minimized final average complex structure suggests that the derived docked complexes are close to equilibrium. We suggest that the phenylacetyl type of substituents and cyclohexyl moiety make the favorable interactions with a number of residues in the active site, and show better inhibitory activity to improve the pharmacokinetic profile of compounds against CDK2. The structure-based drug design strategy described in this study will be highly useful for the development of new inhibitors with high potency and selectivity. PMID:23727278

  14. NMR and molecular dynamics studies of the interaction of melatonin with calmodulin

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    Turjanski, Adrián G.; Estrin, Darío A.; Rosenstein, Ruth E.; McCormick, John E.; Martin, Stephen R.; Pastore, Annalisa; Biekofsky, Rodolfo R.; Martorana, Vincenzo

    2004-01-01

    Pineal hormone melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is thought to modulate the calcium/calmodulin signaling pathway either by changing intracellular Ca2+ concentration via activation of its G-protein–coupled membrane receptors, or through a direct interaction with calmodulin (CaM). The present work studies the direct interaction of melatonin with intact calcium-saturated CaM both experimentally, by fluorescence and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, and theoretically, by molecular dynamics simulations. The analysis of the experimental data shows that the interaction is calcium-dependent. The affinity, as obtained from monitoring 15N and 1H chemical shift changes for a melatonin titration, is weak (in the millimolar range) and comparable for the N- and C-terminal domains. Partial replacement of diamagnetic Ca2+ by paramagnetic Tb3+ allowed the measurement of interdomain NMR pseudocontact shifts and residual dipolar couplings, indicating that each domain movement in the complex is not correlated with the other one. Molecular dynamics simulations allow us to follow the dynamics of melatonin in the binding pocket of CaM. Overall, this study provides an example of how a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches can shed light on a weakly interacting system of biological and pharmacological significance. PMID:15498938

  15. From protein denaturant to protectant: Comparative molecular dynamics study of alcohol/protein interactions

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    Shao, Qiang; Fan, Yubo; Yang, Lijiang; Qin Gao, Yi

    2012-03-01

    It is well known that alcohols can have strong effects on protein structures. For example, monohydric methanol and ethanol normally denature, whereas polyhydric glycol and glycerol protect, protein structures. In a recent combined theoretical and NMR experimental study, we showed that molecular dynamics simulations can be effectively used to understand the molecular mechanism of methanol denaturing protein. In this study, we used molecular dynamics simulations to investigate how alcohols with varied hydrophobicity and different numbers of hydrophilic groups (hydroxyl groups) exert effects on the structure of the model polypeptide, BBA5. First, we showed that methanol and trifluoroethanol (TFE) but not glycol or glycerol disrupt hydrophobic interactions. The latter two alcohols instead protect the assembly of the α- and β-domains of the polypeptide. Second, all four alcohols were shown to generally increase the stability of secondary structures, as revealed by the increased number of backbone hydrogen bonds formed in alcohol/water solutions compared to that in pure water, although individual hydrogen bonds can be weakened by certain alcohols, such as TFE. The two monohydric alcohols, methanol and TFE, display apparently different sequence-dependence in affecting the backbone hydrogen bond stability: methanol tends to enhance the stability of backbone hydrogen bonds of which the carbonyl groups are from polar residues, whereas TFE tends to stabilize those involving non-polar residues. These results demonstrated that subtle differences in the solution environment could have distinct consequences on protein structures.

  16. A new force field for molecular dynamics studies of Li + and Na +-nafion

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    Soolo, Endel; Liivat, Anti; Kasemägi, Heiki; Tamm, Tarmo; Brandell, Daniel; Aabloo, Alvo

    2008-03-01

    Nafion is widely known as one of the most popular membrane materials for low temperature fuel cell applications. However, the particular exchange membrane material properties make it also valuable for other applications. One of the electroactive polymer (EAP) subclasses, ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC) commonly exploits Nafion as the ion exchange polymer membrane. The ion conducting properties of Nafion are extremely important for IPMCs. Although, ion conductivity depends strongly on the structural properties of the polymer matrix, there has been very little insight at the atomistic level. Molecular dynamics simulations are one of the possibilities to study the ion conduction mechanism at atomistic level. So far, the simulation results have been rather contradictory and very much dependent from the force fields and polymer matrix setup used. In the present work, new force field parameters for Li + and Na + - nafion based on DFT calculations are presented. The developed potentials and the force field were tested by molecular dynamics simulations. It can be concluded that Li + and Na + ions are coordinated to different Nafion side-chain terminal group (SO 3 -) oxygens and to very few water molecules. One cation is coordinated to three different side-chains. Oxygens of SO 3 groups and cations form complicated multi-header systems. In the equilibrium state, no cations dissociated from side chains were found.

  17. A molecular dynamics and circular dichroism study of a novel synthetic antimicrobial peptide

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    Rodina, N. P.; Yudenko, A. N.; Terterov, I. N.; Eliseev, I. E.

    2013-08-01

    Antimicrobial peptides are a class of small, usually positively charged amphiphilic peptides that are used by the innate immune system to combat bacterial infection in multicellular eukaryotes. Antimicrobial peptides are known for their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and thus can be used as a basis for a development of new antibiotics against multidrug-resistant bacteria. The most challengeous task on the way to a therapeutic use of antimicrobial peptides is a rational design of new peptides with enhanced activity and reduced toxicity. Here we report a molecular dynamics and circular dichroism study of a novel synthetic antimicrobial peptide D51. This peptide was earlier designed by Loose et al. using a linguistic model of natural antimicrobial peptides. Molecular dynamics simulation of the peptide folding in explicit solvent shows fast formation of two antiparallel beta strands connected by a beta-turn that is confirmed by circular dichroism measurements. Obtained from simulation amphipatic conformation of the peptide is analysed and possible mechanism of it's interaction with bacterial membranes together with ways to enhance it's antibacterial activity are suggested.

  18. Dispersion of carbon nanotubes using mixed surfactants: experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Sohrabi, B; Poorgholami-Bejarpasi, N; Nayeri, N

    2014-03-20

    The ability of cationic-rich and anionic-rich mixtures of CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) and SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) for dispersing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in aqueous media has been studied through both the experimental and molecular dynamics simulation methods. Compared to the pure CTAB and SDS, these mixtures are more effective with the lower concentrations and more individual CNTs, reflecting a synergistic effect in these mixtures. The synergistic effects observed in mixed surfactant systems are mainly due to the electrostatic attractions between surfactant heads. In addition, the surface charge related to the colloidal stability of mixed surfactant-covered nanotubes has been characterized by means of ζ-potential measurements. The results indicate that the hydrophobic interactions between surfactant tails also give rise to the higher adsorption of surfactant molecules. Furthermore, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed to provide insight about the structure of surfactant aggregates onto nanotubes and to attempt an explanation of the experimental results. The MD simulation results indicate that the random and disordered adsorption of mixed surfactants onto carbon nanotubes may be preferred for a low surfactant concentration. Our research may provide experimental and theoretical bases for using mixed surfactants to disperse CNTs, which can open an avenue for new applications of mixed surfactants. PMID:24555914

  19. Structural organization of surfactant aggregates in vacuo: a molecular dynamics and well-tempered metadynamics study.

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    Longhi, Giovanna; Fornili, Sandro L; Turco Liveri, Vincenzo

    2015-07-01

    Experimental investigations using mass spectrometry have established that surfactant molecules are able to form aggregates in the gas phase. However, there is no general consensus on the organization of these aggregates and how it depends on the aggregation number and surfactant molecular structure. In the present paper we investigate the structural organization of some surfactants in vacuo by molecular dynamics and well-tempered metadynamics simulations to widely explore the space of their possible conformations in vacuo. To study how the specific molecular features of such compounds affect their organization, we have considered as paradigmatic surfactants, the anionic single-chain sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), the anionic double-chain sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) and the zwitterionic single-chain dodecyl phosphatidyl choline (DPC) within a wide aggregation number range (from 5 to 100). We observe that for low aggregation numbers the aggregates show in vacuo the typical structure of reverse micelles, while for large aggregation numbers a variety of globular aggregates occur that are characterized by the coexistence of interlaced domains formed by the polar or ionic heads and by the alkyl chains of the surfactants. Well-tempered metadynamics simulations allows us to confirm that the structural organizations obtained after 50 ns of molecular dynamics simulations are practically the equilibrium ones. Similarities and differences of surfactant aggregates in vacuo and in apolar media are also discussed. PMID:26050747

  20. Study on the thermal resistance in secondary particles chain of silica aerogel by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Liu, M.; Qiu, L. E-mail: jzzhengxinghua@163.com; Zheng, X. H. E-mail: jzzhengxinghua@163.com; Zhu, J.; Tang, D. W.

    2014-09-07

    In this article, molecular dynamics simulation was performed to study the heat transport in secondary particles chain of silica aerogel. The two adjacent particles as the basic heat transport unit were modelled to characterize the heat transfer through the calculation of thermal resistance and vibrational density of states (VDOS). The total thermal resistance of two contact particles was predicted by non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations (NEMD). The defects were formed by deleting atoms in the system randomly first and performing heating and quenching process afterwards to achieve the DLCA (diffusive limited cluster-cluster aggregation) process. This kind of treatment showed a very reasonable prediction of thermal conductivity for the silica aerogels compared with the experimental values. The heat transport was great suppressed as the contact length increased or defect concentration increased. The constrain effect of heat transport was much significant when contact length fraction was in the small range (<0.5) or the defect concentration is in the high range (>0.5). Also, as the contact length increased, the role of joint thermal resistance played in the constraint of heat transport was increasing. However, the defect concentration did not affect the share of joint thermal resistance as the contact length did. VDOS of the system was calculated by numerical method to characterize the heat transport from atomic vibration view. The smaller contact length and greater defect concentration primarily affected the longitudinal acoustic modes, which ultimately influenced the heat transport between the adjacent particles.

  1. Thermo-responsive behavior of borinic acid polymers: experimental and molecular dynamics studies.

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    Wan, Wen-Ming; Zhou, Peng; Cheng, Fei; Sun, Xiao-Li; Lv, Xin-Hu; Li, Kang-Kang; Xu, Hai; Sun, Miao; Jäkle, Frieder

    2015-09-28

    The thermo-responsive properties of borinic acid polymers were investigated by experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies. The homopolymer poly(styrylphenyl(tri-iso-propylphenyl)borinic acid) (PBA) exhibits an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in polar organic solvents that is tunable over a wide temperature range by addition of small amounts of H2O. The UCST of a 1 mg mL(-1) PBA solution in DMSO can be adjusted from 20 to 100 °C by varying the H2O content from ∼0-2.5%, in DMF from 0 to 100 °C (∼3-17% H2O content), and in THF from 0 to 60 °C (∼4-19% H2O). The UCST increases almost linearly from the freezing point of the solvent with higher freezing point to the boiling point of the solvent with the lower boiling point. The mechanistic aspects of this process were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The latter indicate rapid and strong hydrogen-bond formation between BOH moieties and H2O molecules, which serve as crosslinkers to form an insoluble network. Our results suggest that borinic acid-containing polymers are promising as new "smart" materials, which display thermo-responsive properties that are tunable over a wide temperature range. PMID:26256052

  2. Morphology and aggregation of RADA-16-I peptide Studied by AFM, NMR and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Bagrov, Dmitry; Gazizova, Yuliya; Podgorsky, Victor; Udovichenko, Igor; Danilkovich, Alexey; Prusakov, Kirill; Klinov, Dmitry

    2016-01-01

    RADA-16-I is a self-assembling peptide which forms biocompatible fibrils and hydrogels. We used molecular dynamics simulations, atomic-force microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and thioflavin T binding assay to examine size, structure, and morphology of RADA-16-I aggregates. We used the native form of RADA-16-I (H-(ArgAlaAspAla)4 -OH) rather than the acetylated one commonly used in the previous studies. At neutral pH, RADA-16-I is mainly in the fibrillar form, the fibrils consist of an even number of stacked β-sheets. At acidic pH, RADA-16-I fibrils disassemble into monomers, which form an amorphous monolayer on graphite and monolayer lamellae on mica. RADA-16-I fibrils were compared with the fibrils of a similar peptide RLDL-16-I. Thickness of β-sheets measured by AFM was in excellent agreement with the molecular dynamics simulations. A pair of RLDL-16-I β-sheets was thicker (2.3 ± 0.4 nm) than a pair of RADA-16-I β-sheets (1.9 ± 0.1 nm) due to the volume difference between alanine and leucine residues. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers (Pept Sci) 106: 72-81, 2016. PMID:26501800

  3. Nanoindentation experiments for single-layer rectangular graphene films: a molecular dynamics study

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    2014-01-01

    A molecular dynamics study on nanoindentation experiments is carried out for some single-layer rectangular graphene films with four edges clamped. Typical load–displacement curves are obtained, and the effects of various factors including indenter radii, loading speeds, and aspect ratios of the graphene film on the simulation results are discussed. A formula describing the relationship between the load and indentation depth is obtained according to the molecular dynamics simulation results. Young’s modulus and the strength of the single-layer graphene film are measured as about 1.0 TPa and 200 GPa, respectively. It is found that the graphene film ruptured in the central point at a critical indentation depth. The deformation mechanisms and dislocation activities are discussed in detail during the loading-unloading-reloading process. It is observed from the simulation results that once the loading speed is larger than the critical loading speed, the maximum force exerted on the graphene film increases and the critical indentation depth decreases with the increase of the loading speed. PMID:24447765

  4. L-alanine in a droplet of water: a density-functional molecular dynamics study.

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    Degtyarenko, Ivan M; Jalkanen, Karl J; Gurtovenko, Andrey A; Nieminen, Risto M

    2007-04-26

    We report the results of a Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics study on an L-alanine amino acid in neutral aqueous solution. The whole system, the L-alanine zwitterion and 50 water molecules, was treated quantum mechanically. We found that the hydrophobic side chain (R = CH3) defines the trajectory path of the molecule. Initially fully hydrated in an isolated droplet of water, the amino acid moves to the droplet's surface, exposing its hydrophobic methyl group and alpha-hydrogen out of the water. The structure of an L-alanine with the methyl group exposed to the water surface was found to be energetically favorable compared to a fully hydrated molecule. The dynamic behavior of the system suggests that the first hydration shell of the amino acid is localized around carboxylate (CO2-) and ammonium (NH3+) functional groups; it is highly ordered and quite rigid. In contrast, the hydration shell around the side chain is much less structured, suggesting a modest influence of the methyl group on the structure of water. The number of water molecules in the first hydration shell of an alanine molecule is constantly changing; the average number was found to equal 7. The molecular dynamics results show that L-alanine in water does not have a preferred conformation, as all three of the molecule's functional sites (i.e., CH3, NH3+, CO2-) perform rotational movements around the C(alpha)-site bond. PMID:17407339

  5. Ion Transport through Membrane-Spanning Nanopores Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Continuum Electrostatics Calculations

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    Peter, Christine; Hummer, Gerhard

    2005-01-01

    Narrow hydrophobic regions are a common feature of biological channels, with possible roles in ion-channel gating. We study the principles that govern ion transport through narrow hydrophobic membrane pores by molecular dynamics simulation of model membranes formed of hexagonally packed carbon nanotubes. We focus on the factors that determine the energetics of ion translocation through such nonpolar nanopores and compare the resulting free-energy barriers for pores with different diameters corresponding to the gating regions in closed and open forms of potassium channels. Our model system also allows us to compare the results from molecular dynamics simulations directly to continuum electrostatics calculations. Both simulations and continuum calculations show that subnanometer wide pores pose a huge free-energy barrier for ions, but a small increase in the pore diameter to ∼1 nm nearly eliminates that barrier. We also find that in those wider channels the ion mobility is comparable to that in the bulk phase. By calculating local electrostatic potentials, we show that the long range Coulomb interactions of ions are strongly screened in the wide water-filled channels. Whereas continuum calculations capture the overall energetics reasonably well, the local water structure, which is not accounted for in this model, leads to interesting effects such as the preference of hydrated ions to move along the pore wall rather than through the center of the pore. PMID:16006629

  6. A Conformational Analysis Study on the Melanocortin 4 Receptor Using Multiple Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Shahlaei, Mohsen; Mousavi, Atefeh

    2015-09-01

    Taking into account the uncertainties involved in 3D model of biomolecule developed by homology modeling (HM), it is important to opportunely validate the initial structure before employing for different purposes such as drug design. Extended simulation times and the necessity of correct representation of interactions within the protein and the nearby molecules impose significant limitations on molecular dynamics (MD)-based refinement of structures developed by HM. Consequently, there is a pressing requirement for more efficient methods for HM and subsequent validation of developed structure. Multiple MD simulation runs are well suited for producing ensembles of structures. In this context, a computational investigation was presented to study the structure of melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in explicit phospholipids bilayer. Several MD runs with different initial velocities were employed to sample conformations in the neighborhood of the native structure of receptor, collecting trajectories spanning 0.21 ms. The coherence between the results, different structural analysis, and the convergence of parameters derived by principal component analysis (PCA) shows that an accurate description of the MC4R conformational space around the native state was achieved by multiple MD trajectories. PMID:25487745

  7. Effect of Composition and Chain Length on χ Parameter of Polyolefin Blends: A Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Khare, Rajesh; Ravichandran, Ashwin; Chen, Chau-Chyun

    Polymer blends exhibit complex phase behavior which is governed by several factors including temperature, composition and molecular weight of components. The thermodynamics of polymer blends is commonly described using the χ parameter. While variety of experimental studies exist on identifying the factors affecting the χ parameter, a detailed molecular scale understanding of these is a topic of current research. We have studied the effect of blend composition and chain length on χ parameter values for two model polyolefin blends. The blends studied are: polyisobutylene (PIB)/polybutadiene (PBD) and polyethylene (PE)/atactic polypropylene (aPP). Molecular dynamics simulations in combination with the integral equation theory formalism proposed by Schweizer and Curro [Journal of Chemical Physics, 91, 5059 (1989)] are used to determine the χ parameter for these systems and thereby study the effect of blend composition and chain length. The resulting χ parameter values are explained in terms of the molecular structure of these polymeric systems.

  8. Mechanical properties of stanene under uniaxial and biaxial loading: A molecular dynamics study

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    Mojumder, Satyajit; Amin, Abdullah Al; Islam, Md Mahbubul

    2015-09-28

    Stanene, a graphene like two dimensional honeycomb structure of tin has attractive features in electronics application. In this study, we performed molecular dynamics simulations using modified embedded atom method potential to investigate mechanical properties of stanene. We studied the effect of temperature and strain rate on mechanical properties of α-stanene for both uniaxial and biaxial loading conditions. Our study suggests that with the increasing temperature, both the fracture strength and strain of the stanene decrease. Uniaxial loading in zigzag direction shows higher fracture strength and strain compared to the armchair direction, while no noticeable variation in the mechanical properties is observed for biaxial loading. We also found at a higher loading rate, material exhibits higher fracture strength and strain. These results will aid further investigation of stanene as a potential nano-electronics substitute.

  9. 'Structure, Dynamics and Vibrational Spectrum of Supercritical CO2/H2O Mixtures from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics as a Function of Water Cluster Formation

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    Glezakou, Vassiliki Alexandra; Rousseau, Roger J.; Dang, Liem X.; McGrail, B. Peter

    2010-08-21

    We have studied the effect of water in the supercritical phase of CO2 as a function of water self-association using DFT-based molecular dynamics simulations. The dependence of the intermolecular and intramolecular structure and dynamic properties upon water concentration in the supercritical CO2/H2O phase at a density of 0.81g/cm3 and temperature of 318.15K is investigated in detail and compared to previous studies of the pure sc-CO2 system and Monte-Carlo simulations of water in sc-CO2 phase. Analysis of radial and orientational distribution functions of the intermolecular interactions shows that the presence of water molecules does not disturb the previously established distorted T-shaped orientation of CO2 molecules, though there is strong evidence of perturbation of the second shell structure which enhances the preference for the slipped parallel orientation in this region. There is also evidence of short-lived hydrogen bonds between CO2 and water molecules. For higher water concentrations, water clustering is observed, consistent with the expected phase separation under these conditions of temperature and pressure. Finally, the water-water and water-CO2 interactions are discussed and analyzed in terms of the water self-association and thermodynamic quantities derived from the corresponding radial distribution functions. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  10. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of an Excess Proton in a Triethylene Glycol-Water Solution: Solvation Structure, Mechanism, and Kinetics.

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    McDonnell, Marshall T; Xu, Haixuan; Keffer, David J

    2016-06-16

    We investigate the solvation shell structures, the distribution of protonic defects, mechanistic details, kinetics, and dynamics of proton transfer for an excess proton in bulk water and for an excess proton in an aqueous solution of triethylene glycol (TEG) via Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations. The PW91, PBE, and PBE with the Tkatchenko-Scheffler (TS) density-dependent dispersion functionals were used and compared for bulk water and the TEG-water mixtures. The excess proton is found to reside predominantly on water molecules but also resides on hydroxyl groups of TEG. The lifetimes associated with structural diffusion time scales of the protonated water were found to be on the order of ∼1 ps. All three functionals studied support the presolvation requirement for structural diffusion. The highest level of theory shows a reduction in the free energy barrier for water-water proton transfer in TEG-water mixtures compared to bulk water. The effect of TEG shows no strong change in the kinetics for TEG-water mixtures compared to bulk water for this same level of theory. The excess proton displays burst-rest behavior in the presence of TEG, similar to that found in bulk water. We find that the TEG chain disrupts the hydrogen-bond network, causing the solvation shell around water to be populated by TEG chain groups instead of other waters, reducing the rigidity of the hydrogen-bond network. Methylene is a dominant hydrogen bond donor for the protonated water in hydrogen-bond networks associated with proton transfer and structural diffusion. This is consistent with previous studies that have found the hydronium ion to be amphiphilic in nature and to have higher proton mobility at oil-water interfaces. PMID:27218455

  11. Molecular dynamics study of phase separation in fluids with chemical reactions

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    Krishnan, Raishma; Puri, Sanjay

    2015-11-01

    We present results from the first d =3 molecular dynamics (MD) study of phase-separating fluid mixtures (AB) with simple chemical reactions (A ⇌B ). We focus on the case where the rates of forward and backward reactions are equal. The chemical reactions compete with segregation, and the coarsening system settles into a steady-state mesoscale morphology. However, hydrodynamic effects destroy the lamellar morphology which characterizes the diffusive case. This has important consequences for the phase-separating structure, which we study in detail. In particular, the equilibrium length scale (ℓeq) in the steady state suggests a power-law dependence on the reaction rate ɛ :ℓeq˜ɛ-θ with θ ≃1.0 .

  12. Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics study of the uranyl behaviour at the gibbsite/water interface

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    Lectez, Sébastien; Roques, Jérôme; Salanne, Mathieu; Simoni, Eric

    2012-10-01

    The uranyl cation UO22+ adsorption on the basal face of gibbsite is studied via Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics. In a first step, we study the water sorption on a gibbsite surface. Three different sorption modes are observed and their hydrogen bond patterns are, respectively, characterized. Then we investigate the sorption properties of an uranyl cation, in the presence of water. In order to take into account the protonation state of the (001) gibbsite face, both a neutral (001) face and a locally deprotonated (001) face are modeled. In the first case, three adsorbed uranyl complexes (1 outer sphere and 2 inner spheres) with similar stabilities are identified. In the second case, when the gibbsite face is locally deprotonated, two adsorbed complexes (1 inner sphere and 1 outer one) are characterized. The inner sphere complex appears to be the most strongly linked to the gibbsite face.

  13. Carbon nanotube self-assembly with lipids and detergent: a molecular dynamics study

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    Wallace, E. Jayne; Sansom, Mark S. P.

    2009-01-01

    The dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in aqueous media is of potential importance in a number of biomedical applications. CNT solubilization has been achieved via the non-covalent adsorption of lipids and detergent onto the tube surface. We use coarse-grained molecular dynamics to study the self-assembly of CNTs with various amphiphiles, namely a bilayer-forming lipid, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), and two species of detergent, dihexanoylphosphatidylcholine (DHPC) and lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). We find that for a low amphiphile/CNT ratio, DPPC, DHPC and LPC all wrap around the CNT. Upon increasing the number of amphiphiles, a transition in adsorption is observed: DPPC encapsulates the CNT within a cylindrical micelle, whilst both DHPC and LPC adsorb onto CNTs in hemimicelles. This study highlights differences in adsorption mechanism of bilayer-forming lipids and detergents on CNTs which may in the future be exploitable to enable enhancement of CNT solubilization whilst minimizing perturbation of cell membrane integrity.

  14. Molecular Dynamics Studies of Transportan 10 (Tp10) Interacting with a POPC Lipid Bilayer

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    Dunkin, Christina M.; Pokorny, Antje; Almeida, Paulo F.; Lee, Hee-Seung

    2011-01-01

    We performed a series of molecular dynamics simulations to study the nature of interactions between transportan 10 (tp10) and a zwitterionic POPC bilayer. Tp10 is an amphipathic cell-penetrating peptide with a net positive charge of +5 and is known to adopt an α-helical secondary structure on the surface of POPC membranes. The study showed that tp10 preferentially binds to the membrane surface with its hydrophobic side facing the hydrophobic lipid core. Such orientation allows Lys residues, with positively charged long side chains, to stay in the polar environment during the insertion process. The simulations revealed that the Lys–phosphate salt bridge is a key factor in determining the orientation of the peptide in the interfacial region as well as in stabilizing the peptide-membrane interaction. The electrostatic attraction between Lys and phosphate groups is also believed to be the main bottleneck for the translocation of tp10 across the membrane. PMID:21194203

  15. Analysis of molecular oxygen exit pathways in cyanobacterial photosystem II: Molecular dynamics studies

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    Gabdulkhakov, A. G.; Kljashtorny, V. G.; Dontsova, M. V.

    2015-11-01

    In thylakoids of cyanobacteria and other photosynthetic organisms, the light-induced production of molecular oxygen is catalyzed by the giant lipid-pigment-protein complex called photosystem II (PSII). The oxygen-evolving complex is buried deep in the lumenal part of PSII, and dioxygen molecules need to pass through the protein environment in order to leave the active site of the enzyme free. Previous studies aimed at finding oxygen channels in PSII were based on either an analysis of the cavities within is static structure or experiments on the insertion of noble gas molecules into PSII crystals under elevated pressure. In these studies, some possible exit pathways for the molecules were found and the static positions of molecular oxygen were determined. In the present work, the oxygen movement in the transport system of PSII is simulated by molecular dynamics.

  16. Effect of temperature on structural and dynamic properties of liquid silver - A study in molecular dynamics

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    Banuelos, E. U.; Amarillas, A. P.

    2004-02-01

    In this work we studied the temperature-induced changes in the structural and dynamical properties of liquid Ag using molecular dynamics (DM) computer simulation. The atomic interactions are modeled through a semiempirical potential function which incorporates n-body effects and is based on the second moments approximation of the density of states of a tight-binding Hamiltonian. The caloric curve was used to calculate the latent heat of fusion and the pair distribution function, g(r), was calculated from a set of atomic configurations collected at several time-steps. The dynamical properties are studied through the velocity autocorrelation function and the mean-square displacement. The self-diffusion coefficient and its behavior with the temperature, obtained from our simulations, shows the typical behavior of the simple liquids. Our results are compared to available experimental data.

  17. Molecular dynamics study of the stability of methane structure H clathrate hydrates.

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    Alavi, Saman; Ripmeester, J A; Klug, D D

    2007-03-28

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the stability of structure H (sH) methane clathrate hydrates in a 3 x 3 x 3 sH unit cell replica. Simulations are performed at experimental conditions of 300 K and 2 GPa for three methane intermolecular potentials. The five small cages of the sH unit cell are assigned methane guest occupancies of one and large cage guest occupancies of one to five are considered. Radial distribution functions, unit cell volumes, and configurational energies are studied as a function of large cage CH(4) occupancy. Free energy calculations are carried out to determine the stability of clathrates for large cage occupancies. Large cage occupancy of five is the most stable configuration for a Lennard-Jones united-atom potential and the Tse-Klein-McDonald potential parametrized for condensed methane phases and two for the most stable configuation for the Murad and Gubbins potential. PMID:17411153

  18. Molecular dynamic and docking interaction study of Heterodera glycines serine proteinase with Vigna mungo proteinase inhibitor.

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    Prasad, C V S Siva; Gupta, Saurabh; Gaponenko, Alex; Tiwari, Murlidhar

    2013-08-01

    Many plants do produce various defense proteins like proteinase inhibitors (PIs) to protect them against various pests. PIs function as pseudosubstrates of digestive proteinase, which inhibits proteolysis in pests and leads to amino acid deficiency-based mortality. This work reports the structural interaction studies of serine proteinase of Heterodera glycines (SPHG) with Vigna mungo proteinase inhibitor (VMPI). 3D protein structure modeling, validation of SPHG and VMPI, and their putative protein-protein binding sites were predicted. Protein-protein docking followed by molecular dynamic simulation was performed to find the reliable confirmation of SPHG-VMPI complex. Trajectory analysis of each successive conformation concludes better interaction of first loop in comparison with second loop. Lysine residues of first loop were actively participating in complex formation. Overall, this study discloses the structural aspects and interaction mechanisms of VMPI with SPHG, and it would be helpful in the development of pest-resistant genetically modified crops. PMID:23813339

  19. Molecular dynamics study of phase separation in fluids with chemical reactions.

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    Krishnan, Raishma; Puri, Sanjay

    2015-11-01

    We present results from the first d=3 molecular dynamics (MD) study of phase-separating fluid mixtures (AB) with simple chemical reactions (A⇌B). We focus on the case where the rates of forward and backward reactions are equal. The chemical reactions compete with segregation, and the coarsening system settles into a steady-state mesoscale morphology. However, hydrodynamic effects destroy the lamellar morphology which characterizes the diffusive case. This has important consequences for the phase-separating structure, which we study in detail. In particular, the equilibrium length scale (ℓ(eq)) in the steady state suggests a power-law dependence on the reaction rate ε:ℓ(eq)∼ε(-θ) with θ≃1.0. PMID:26651704

  20. Molecular dynamics study of diffusion of krypton in water at different temperatures

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    Bhandari, Dipendra; Adhikari, N. P.

    2016-04-01

    Molecular dynamics study of diffusion of two krypton atoms in 300 SPC/E water molecules at temperatures 293, 303, 313, 323 and 333 K has been carried out. Self-diffusion coefficient of krypton and water along with their mutual diffusion coefficients are estimated. Self-diffusion coefficient for krypton is calculated by using Mean Square Displacement (MSD) method and Velocity Autocorrelation (VACF) method, while that for water is calculated by using MSD method only. The mutual diffusion coefficient is estimated by using the Darken’s relation. The diffusion coefficients are found to follow the Arrhenius behavior. The structural properties of the system have been estimated by the study of solute-solute, solvent-solvent, and solute-solvent Radial Distribution Function (RDF).

  1. A molecular dynamics study of melting and dissociation of tungsten nanoparticles

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    Li, Min; Wang, Jun; Fu, Baoqin; Hou, Qing

    2015-12-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to study the melting and dissociation of free tungsten nanoparticles. For the various interatomic potentials applied, the melting points of the tungsten nanoparticles increased with increasing nanoparticle diameter. Combining these results with the melting point of bulk tungsten in the experiment, the melting point of nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 4 to 12 nm could be determined. As the temperature increases, free nanoparticles are subject to dissociation phenomena. The dissociation rate was observed to follow Arrhenius behavior, and the Meyer-Neldel rule was obeyed. These results are useful in understanding the behavior of tungsten dust generated in nuclear fusion devices as well as for the preparation, formation, and application of tungsten powders.

  2. A molecular dynamics study of chloride binding by the cryptand SC24

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    Owenson, B.; MacElroy, R. D.; Pohorille, A.

    1988-01-01

    The capture of chloride from water by the tetraprotonated form of the spherical macrotricyclic molecule SC24 was studied using molecular dynamics simulation methods. This model ionophore represents a broad class of molecules which remove ions from water. Two binding sites for the chloride were found, one inside and one outside the ligand. These sites are separated by a potential energy barrier of approximately 20 kcal mol-1. The major contribution to this barrier comes from dehydration of the chloride. The large, unfavorable dehydration effect is compensated for by an increase in electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged chloride and cryptand, and by energetically favorable rearrangements of water structure. Additional assistance in crossing the barrier and completing the dehydration of the ion is provided by the shift of three positively charged hydrogen atoms of the cryptand towards the chloride. This structural rigidity is partially responsible for its selectivity.

  3. Molecular dynamics study on the wettability of a hydrophobic surface textured with nanoscale pillars.

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    Zhang, Zhengqing; Kim, Hyojeong; Ha, Man Yeong; Jang, Joonkyung

    2014-03-28

    Using molecular dynamics simulation, we studied the wetting properties of a surface textured with hydrophobic pillars, several nanometers in size. The drying transition of water confined between square or circular pillars was related to the Wenzel (WZ) to Cassie-Baxter (CB) transition of a water droplet deposited on periodic pillars. The inter-pillar spacing at which the drying occurs was compared to that predicted from the continuum theory. Such a comparison revealed that the line tension plays an important role in the drying behavior of the present nm-sized pillars. The water molecules near the pillar walls were layered and ordered in orientation. Our simulation showed a long-lived CB state which eventually turns into the WZ state. In this transition, water slowly penetrated down into the inter-pillar gap until it reached the half height of the pillar, and then quickly reached the base of the pillar. PMID:24513852

  4. Molecular dynamics study of electrostatic potential along lipid bilayer with gramicidin A

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    Saito, Hiroaki; Nishimura, Megumi; Takagi, Hiroyuki; Miyakawa, Takeshi; Kawaguchi, Kazutomo; Nagao, Hidemi

    2013-02-01

    The structure and electrostatic potential profile of the DMPC lipid bilayers with a gramicidin A (GA) were studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The MD simulation reproduced the effect of GA on the membrane structure; the area per lipid decreases and membrane thickness increases, and the observed membrane structures correspond to the experimental data. The polar headgroup of lipid was found to orient toward the membrane normal as the lipid approaches the GA. The observed electrostatic potential map showed that the electrostatic potential around the region of GA gate was lower than the others at the same level of the membrane normal and the values of electrostatic potential in the pore region of GA were negative. These results indicate that a cation in the aqueous region of membrane can be electrostatically led to the GA entrance and penetrate the GA channel following the gradient of ion concentration.

  5. Docking Studies and Molecular Dynamic Simulations Reveal Different Features of IDO1 Structure.

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    Greco, Francesco Antonio; Bournique, Answald; Coletti, Alice; Custodi, Chiara; Dolciami, Daniela; Carotti, Andrea; Macchiarulo, Antonio

    2016-09-01

    In the last decade, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) has attracted a great deal of attention being recognized as key regulator of immunosuppressive pathways in the tumor immuno-editing process. Several classes of inhibitors have been developed as potential anticancer agents, but only few of them have advanced in clinical trials. Hence, the quest of novel potent and selective inhibitors of the enzyme is still active and mostly pursued by structure-based drug design strategies based on early and more recent crystal structures of IDO1. Combining docking studies and molecular dynamic simulations, in this work we have comparatively investigated the structural features of each crystal structure of IDO1. The results pinpoint different features in specific crystal structures of the enzyme that may benefit the medicinal chemistry arena aiding the design of novel potent and selective inhibitors of IDO1. PMID:27546049

  6. A molecular dynamics computer simulation study of the hydration of bis(methylsulphonyl)methane in water

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    Remerie, Klaas; van Gunsteren, Wilfred F.; Engberts, Jan B. F. N.

    The molecular dynamics computer simulation technique has been applied to study the hydration of bis(methylsulphonyl)methane (1) in water. This 1,3-disulphone has water-structure breaking properties as is deduced from both simulated time-averaged and time-dependent properties. The time-averaged properties of water molecules in the various atomic hydration shells can be directly related to the solute atom under consideration. Time-dependent properties show a mutual influencing of the hydration shells of neighbouring atoms. Moderate sulphonyl oxygen-water hydrogen bonding competes with water-water hydrogen bonding in the same hydration shell, while methylene hydrogen-water hydrogen bonding is stronger than water-water hydrogen bonding. These results are in accord with previous interpretations of 1H-N.M.R. chemical shift data for the central methylene moiety of (1) in mixtures of water with 1,4-dioxane, 1,3-dioxane, and 1,2-dimethoxyethane.

  7. Influence of Nanotwin Boundary on the Bauschinger's Effect in Cu: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study

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    Zhu, D.; Zhang, H.; Li, D. Y.

    2013-09-01

    Plastic pre-strain may decrease the yield strength of metallic materials when stressed in the opposite direction, known as Bauschinger's effect, which could considerably influence the performance of the materials during cyclic loading processes such as fatigue and fretting. In this study, effects of twin boundary (TW) as an ordered obstacle in a nanoscaled Cu crystal on defects' generation and annihilation during cyclic tension-compression loading processes were investigated, in comparison with those occurring in a single crystal (SC), using a molecular dynamics simulation technique. It was observed that the Bauschinger's effect in the nanoscaled TW system was weaker with higher residual strain energy, compared to the SC system; and, the ductility of both the SC and TW systems was increased by the cycling loading, but this increase was smaller for the TW system. Efforts were made to elucidate the mechanisms involved.

  8. Effect of hydrogen on degradation mechanism of zirconium: A molecular dynamics study

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    Chakraborty, Poulami; Moitra, Amitava; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-11-01

    Using large scale molecular dynamics simulation, we investigate the deleterious effect of hydrogen in Zr. We consider both dilute and concentrated limit of H. In the dilute and concentrated H limits, we study the effect of 1-5 atomic percentage of hydrogen, and that of ε-ZrH2 precipitate having 5-10 nm diameters, respectively. From the stress-strain curves and micro-structure analysis at different strain values, we characterize the deformation behavior and correlate our result with previously reported mechanisms. We show hydrogen atoms in dilute limit help in dislocation multiplication, following the hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity mechanism. In the concentrated limit, on the other hand, dislocations and cracks nucleate from precipitate-matrix interface, indicating the decohesion mechanism as primary method for Zr degradation. These findings are corroborated with a nucleation and growth model as expressed in Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation.

  9. Correlation between electron-irradiation defects and applied stress in graphene: A molecular dynamics study

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    Kida, Shogo; Yamamoto, Masaya; Kawata, Hiroaki; Hirai, Yoshihiko; Yasuda, Masaaki; Tada, Kazuhiro

    2015-09-15

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to study the correlation between electron irradiation defects and applied stress in graphene. The electron irradiation effect is introduced by the binary collision model in the MD simulation. By applying a tensile stress to graphene, the number of adatom-vacancy (AV) and Stone–Wales (SW) defects increase under electron irradiation, while the number of single-vacancy defects is not noticeably affected by the applied stress. Both the activation and formation energies of an AV defect and the activation energy of an SW defect decrease when a tensile stress is applied to graphene. Applying tensile stress also relaxes the compression stress associated with SW defect formation. These effects induced by the applied stress cause the increase in AV and SW defect formation under electron irradiation.

  10. Temperature Dependence Study of Noncontact Afm Images Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Nejat Pishkenari, Hossein; Meghdari, Ali

    The effect of temperature on the noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) surface imaging is investigated with the aid of molecular dynamics (MD) analysis based on the Sutton-Chen (SC) interatomic potential. Particular attention is devoted to the tip and sample flexibility at different temperatures. When a gold coated probe is brought close to the Au (001) surface at high temperatures, the tip and surface atoms are pulled together and their distance becomes smaller. The tip and sample atoms displacement varies in the different environment temperatures and this leads to the different interaction forces. Along this line, to study the effect of temperature on the resulting images, we have employed the well-known NC-AFM model and carried out realistic non-equilibrium MD 3D simulations of atomic scale imaging at different close approach positions to the surface.

  11. Shell and cluster states of {sub {Lambda}}{sup 21}Ne studied with antisymmetrized molecular dynamics

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    Isaka, Masahiro; Kimura, Masaaki; Dote, Akinobu; Ohnishi, Akira

    2011-05-15

    The low-lying states of {sub {Lambda}}{sup 21}Ne are studied with antisymmetrized molecular dynamics for hypernuclei. We have obtained ten rotational bands where the number of bands are increased compared to {sup 20}Ne by adding a {Lambda} hyperon. Among them, we focus on the K{sup {pi}=}0{sub 1}{sup +} x {Lambda}{sub s} and K{sup {pi}=}0{sub 1}{sup -} x {Lambda}{sub s} bands. The former has a shell-model-like structure that has {Lambda} in an s wave coupled to the ground band of {sup 20}Ne. The latter is a cluster state that has a {alpha}+{sub {Lambda}}{sup 17}O dicluster structure. The difference between their structures leads to the binding energy of {Lambda} particle B{sub {Lambda}} and reduction of the E2 transition probabilities B(E2).

  12. Molecular dynamics study of the aqueous core of a reversed ionic micelle

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    Linse, Per

    1989-05-01

    The molecular structure and dynamics of a molecular electric double layer have been examined with the molecular dynamics simulation technique. A 50 ps trajectory from a simulation of a model system comprising 50 sodium ions and 1000 water molecules, spherically enclosed by a hydrophobic interface carrying 50 carboxylate groups, has been analyzed. The results show that the water structure is strongly distorted by the strong local fields and that the hydrophobic interface plays only a secondary role. The orientational polarization of the interfacial water molecules has been examined and compared with dielectric continuum theory. The dynamical results of this study show a reduced rate of translational as well as rotational motions of ionic hydrating water by a factor of 2-4 as compared to bulk water.

  13. A molecular dynamics study of melting and dissociation of tungsten nanoparticles

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    Li, Min; Wang, Jun; Fu, Baoqin; Hou, Qing

    2015-12-15

    Molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to study the melting and dissociation of free tungsten nanoparticles. For the various interatomic potentials applied, the melting points of the tungsten nanoparticles increased with increasing nanoparticle diameter. Combining these results with the melting point of bulk tungsten in the experiment, the melting point of nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 4 to 12 nm could be determined. As the temperature increases, free nanoparticles are subject to dissociation phenomena. The dissociation rate was observed to follow Arrhenius behavior, and the Meyer–Neldel rule was obeyed. These results are useful in understanding the behavior of tungsten dust generated in nuclear fusion devices as well as for the preparation, formation, and application of tungsten powders.

  14. A hybrid molecular dynamics study of the translocation of DNA through entropic traps

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    Hotmar, Petr

    2010-11-01

    The interplay between thermal diffusion and electrophoretic migration of λ-phage DNA in entropic traps was studied using a hybrid molecular dynamics algorithm. The governing systems of field equations are discretized by finite differences on curvilinear overlapping grids with the solvent modeled as a continuum in unsteady creeping flow. Similar to Brownian dynamics, the polymer segments are coarse-grained into a bead-spring model that follows Langevin dynamics. The hydrodynamic interactions are captured on a semi-empirical level with localized force-transfer. We have established the non-monotonic dependence of electrophoretic mobility on chain length, which characterizes the transition from the free flowing to the trapping behavior. We further quantify the subtle effects of dielectrophoresis and induced-charge electroosmosis on the polymer dynamics.

  15. Hydrogen bonding in liquid methanol, methylamine, and methanethiol studied by molecular-dynamics simulations

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    Kosztolányi, T.; Bakó, I.; Pálinkás, G.

    2003-03-01

    Molecular-dynamics computer simulations have been carried out on liquid methanol, methylamine, and methanethiol. The local structure of the liquids was studied based on radial distribution functions and the density projections of the neighboring molecules obtained on the basis of simulated molecular configurations. The extent of hydrogen bonding was investigated by direct analysis of the connectivity of molecules forming hydrogen-bonded clusters in these liquids. By this analysis, the methanol molecules were found to form linear chainlike structures. The local structure of hydrogen-bonded molecules of methylamine proved to be rather space filling due to the great extent of chain branching. Methanethiol molecules also proved to form hydrogen bonds forming small compact clusters. No evidence was found, however, for the clustering of hydrophobic methyl groups in any of the liquids. The quality of simulations was checked by derivation of neutron total and composite radial distribution functions and by comparison of those with available experimental data.

  16. Molecular-dynamics study of amorphous SiO{sub 2} relaxation

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    Fadhilah, Irfan Muhammad; Rosandi, Yudi

    2015-09-30

    Using Molecular-Dynamics simulation we observed the generation of amorphous SiO{sub 2} target from a randomly distributed Si and O atoms. We applied a sequence of annealing of the target with various temperature and quenching to room temperature. The relaxation time required by the system to form SiO{sub 4} tetrahedral mesh after a relatively long simulation time, is studied. The final amorphous target was analyzed using the radial distribution function method, which can be compared with the available theoretical and experimental data. We found that up to 70% of the target atoms form the tetrahedral SiO{sub 4} molecules. The number of formed tetrahedral increases following the growth function and the rate of SiO{sub 4} formation follows Arrhenius law, depends on the annealing temperature. The local structure of amorphous SiO{sub 2} after this treatment agrees well with those reported in some literatures.

  17. Redox condition in molten salts and solute behavior: A first-principles molecular dynamics study

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    Nam, Hyo On; Morgan, Dane

    2015-10-01

    Molten salts technology is of significant interest for nuclear, solar, and other energy systems. In this work, first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) was used to model the solute behavior in eutectic LiCl-KCl and FLiBe (Li2BeF4) melts at 773 K and 973 K, respectively. The thermo-kinetic properties for solute systems such as the redox potential, solute diffusion coefficients and structural information surrounding the solute were predicted from FPMD modeling and the calculated properties are generally in agreement with the experiments. In particular, we formulate an approach to model redox energetics vs. chlorine (or fluorine) potential from first-principles approaches. This study develops approaches for, and demonstrates the capabilities of, FPMD to model solute properties in molten salts.

  18. Material transport via the emission of shear loops during void growth: A molecular dynamics study

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    Cui, Yi; Chen, Zengtao

    2016-06-01

    The growth of a nanovoid in single-crystal copper has been studied via molecular dynamics (MD) method. The objective is to build the correlation between material transport pattern and dislocation structures. MD results are examined by characterizing the material transport via the "relative displacement" of atoms, where the homogenous elastic deformation has been excluded. Through this novel approach, we are able to illustrate the feasibility of void growth induced by shear loops/curves. At a smaller scale, the formation and emission of shear loops/curves contribute to the local mass transport. At a larger scale, a new mechanism of void growth via frustum-like dislocation structure is revealed. A phenomenological description of void growth via frustum-like dislocation structure is also proposed.

  19. Diffusion in a Cu-Zr metallic glass studied by microsecond-scale molecular dynamics simulations

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    Zhang, Y.; Wang, C. Z.; Mendelev, M. I.; Zhang, F.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2015-05-01

    Icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) has been widely accepted to be dominant in Cu-Zr metallic glasses (MGs). However, the diffusion mechanism and correlation of ISRO and medium-range order (MRO) to diffusion in MGs remain largely unexplored. Here, we perform a long time annealing up to 1.8 μs in molecular dynamics simulations to study the diffusion mechanism and the relationship between atomic structures and the diffusion path in a C u64.5Z r35.5 MG. It is found that most of the diffusing events performed by the diffusing atoms are outside ISRO and the Bergman-type MRO. The long-range diffusion in MGs is highly heterogeneous, via collective diffusing events through the liquidlike channels in the glass. Our results clearly demonstrate a strong correlation between the atomic structures and transport in MGs.

  20. Unbinding of Retinoic Acid from its Receptor Studied by Steered Molecular Dynamics

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    Kosztin, D.

    1999-01-01

    Retinoic acid receptor (RAR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor that regulates the expression of genes involved in cell growth, differentiation, and development. Binding of the retinoic acid hormone to RAR is accompanied by conformational changes in the protein which induce transactivation or transrepression of the target genes. In this paper we present a study of the hormone binding/unbinding process in order to clarify the role of some of the amino acid contacts and identify possible pathways of the all-trans retinoic acid binding/unbinding to/from human retinoic acid receptor (hRAR)-g. Three possible pathways were explored using steered molecular dynamics simulations. Unbinding was induced on a time scale of 1 ns by applying external forces to the hormone. The simulations suggest that the hormone may employ one pathway for binding and an alternative "back door" pathway for unbinding.

  1. Dynamic self-assembly of non-Brownian spheres studied by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Carvente, O.; Salazar-Cruz, M.; Peñuñuri, F.; Ruiz-Suárez, J. C.

    2016-02-01

    Granular self-assembly of confined non-Brownian spheres under gravity is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. Starting from a disordered phase, dry or cohesive spheres organize, by vibrational annealing, into body-centered-tetragonal or face-centered-cubic structures, respectively. During the self-assembling process, isothermal and isodense points are observed. The existence of such points indicates that both granular temperature and packing fraction undergo an inversion process that may be in the core of crystal nucleation. Around the isothermal point, a sudden growth of granular clusters having the maximum coordination number takes place, indicating the outcome of a first-order phase transition. We propose a heuristic equation that successfully describes the dynamic evolution of the local packing fraction in terms of the local granular temperature, along the entire crystallization process.

  2. Dissimilar stability of proteins in graphene bilayer: a molecular dynamics study

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    Sun, Tiedong; Kiong Chan, Kwok; Su, Haibin; Zhang, Dawei

    2013-02-01

    In order to study protein stability on graphene surface and in a confined space simultaneously, two parallel graphene single layers were built and two structurally dissimilar protein molecules were placed in between. Molecular dynamics simulation results showed a significant denaturing effect of graphene layers on GA module, a 3-α helices bundle protein, while another α/β structure protein, protein G, kept its NMR structure intact throughout all simulations. Such extremely different denaturation behaviours of the proteins offer a good chance to investigate the mechanism of graphene toxicity. Further analysis showed Van der Waals interaction could be the main cause of the denaturing effect. Although the solvation effect can contribute, its contribution is not comparable with the Van der Waals interaction.

  3. Molecular Dynamic Study of a Single Dislocation in a Two-Dimensional Lennard Jones System

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    Robles, Miguel; Mustonen, Ville; Kaski, Kimmo

    In this work the motion of a single dislocation in a two-dimensional triangular lattice is studied by using classical Molecular Dynamics method with the Lennard Jones inter-atomic potential. The dislocation motion is investigated with an interactive simulation program developed to track automatically the movement of lattice defects. Constant strain and constant strain-rate deformations were applied to the system. From constant strain simulations a curve of shear stress versus dislocation velocity is obtained, showing a nonlinear power law relation. An equation of motion for the dislocation is proposed and found to be applicable when the movement of dislocation follows a quasi-static process. Numerical simulations at different strain rates show an elastic-to-plastic transition that modifies the dynamics of the dislocation motion.

  4. First Principle Molecular Dynamics Study of Melting in Silicon and Germanium

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    Wang, Xiaofei; Scandolo, Sandro; Car, Roberto

    2003-03-01

    We present a scheme to compute the phase diagrams of materials with Density Functional Theory (DFT). Our approach is based on first principle molecular dynamics simulations combined with the scaling algorithm proposed by M. Koning, A. Antonelli and S. Yip. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3973 (1999)) to improve the efficiency of thermodynamic integration techniques. This approach allows us to compute the free energy of a given material phase over a finite temperature range using a single simulation run. We have applied this scheme to study the melting transition in Silicon and Germanium, using both LDA and GGA approximations of density functional theory. Both approximations give qualitatively similar results. In the Silicon case, the calculated melting temperature is in better agreement with experiment when the GGA approximation is used.

  5. Atomistic mechanisms of amorphization during nanoindentation of SiC: A molecular dynamics study

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    Szlufarska, Izabela; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2005-05-01

    Atomistic mechanisms underlying the nanoindentation-induced amorphization in SiC crystal has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers. The calculated load-displacement curve consists of a series of load drops, corresponding to plastic deformation, in addition to a shoulder at a smaller displacement, which is fully reversible upon unloading. The peaks in the load-displacement curve are shown to reflect the crystalline structure and dislocation activities under the surface. The evolution of indentation damage and defect accumulation are also discussed in terms of bond angles, local pressure, local shear stress, and spatial rearrangements of atoms. These structural analyses reveal that the defect-stimulated growth and coalescence of dislocation loops are responsible for the crystalline-to-amorphous transition. The shortest-path-ring analysis is effectively employed to characterize nanoindentation-induced structural transformations and dislocation activities.

  6. Structure and dynamics of DNA loops on nucleosomes studied with atomistic, microsecond-scale molecular dynamics

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    Pasi, Marco; Lavery, Richard

    2016-01-01

    DNA loop formation on nucleosomes is strongly implicated in chromatin remodeling and occurs spontaneously in nucleosomes subjected to superhelical stress. The nature of such loops depends crucially on the balance between DNA deformation and DNA interaction with the nucleosome core. Currently, no high-resolution structural data on these loops exist. Although uniform rod models have been used to study loop size and shape, these models make assumptions concerning DNA mechanics and DNA–core binding. We present here atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulations for two different loop sizes. The results point to the key role of localized DNA kinking within the loops. Kinks enable the relaxation of DNA bending strain to be coupled with improved DNA–core interactions. Kinks lead to small, irregularly shaped loops that are asymmetrically positioned with respect to the nucleosome core. We also find that loop position can influence the dynamics of the DNA segments at the extremities of the nucleosome. PMID:27098037

  7. Relaxation processes and glass transition in confined 1,4-polybutadiene films: A Molecular Dynamics study

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    Paul, Wolfgang; Solar, Mathieu

    We will present results from Molecular Dynamics simulations of a chemically realistic model of 1,4-polybutadiene (PB) chains confined by graphite walls. Relaxation processes in this system are heterogeneous and anisotropic. We will present evidence for a slow additional relaxation process related to chain desorption from the walls. We also study the structural relaxation resolved with respect to the distance from the graphite walls and show the influence of structural changes on the relaxation behavior. The temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation in layers of different thickness near the walls shows no indication of a shift of Tg as a function of thickness when analyzed with a Vogel-Fulcher fit. We explain this by the importance of intramolecular dihedral barriers for the glass transition in PB which dominate over the density changes next to a wall except for a 1 nm thick layer directly at the wall.

  8. Molecular dynamics study of two-dimensional sum frequency generation spectra at vapor/water interface

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    Ishiyama, Tatsuya; Morita, Akihiro; Tahara, Tahei

    2015-06-07

    Two-dimensional heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (2D HD-VSFG) spectra at vapor/water interface were studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation with a classical flexible and nonpolarizable model. The present model well describes the spectral diffusion of 2D infrared spectrum of bulk water as well as 2D HD-VSFG at the interface. The effect of isotopic dilution on the 2D HD-VSFG was elucidated by comparing the normal (H{sub 2}O) water and HOD water. We further performed decomposition analysis of 2D HD-VSFG into the hydrogen-bonding and the dangling (or free) OH vibrations, and thereby disentangled the different spectral responses and spectral diffusion in the 2D HD-VSFG. The present MD simulation demonstrated the role of anharmonic coupling between these modes on the cross peak in the 2D HD-VSFG spectrum.

  9. The study of dynamics heterogeneity and slow down of silica by molecular dynamics simulation

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    San, L. T.; Hung, P. K.; Hue, H. V.

    2016-06-01

    We have numerically studied the diffusion in silica liquids via the SiOx → SiOx±1, OSiy → OSiy±1 reactions and coordination cells (CC). Five models with temperatures from 1000 to 3500 K have been constructed by molecular dynamics simulation. We reveal that the reactions happen not randomly in the space. In addition, the reactions correlated strongly with the mobility of CC atom. Further we examine the clustering of atoms having unbroken bonds and restored bonds. The time evolution of these clusters under temperature is also considered. The simulation shows that both slow down and dynamic heterogeneity (DH) is related not only to the percolation of restored-rigid clusters near glass transition but also to their long lifetime.

  10. Role of temperature in the formation and growth of gold monoatomic chains: A molecular dynamics study

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    Cortes-Huerto, R.; Sondon, T.; Saúl, A.

    2013-12-01

    The effect of temperature on the formation and growth of monoatomic chains is investigated by extensive molecular dynamics simulations using a semiempirical potential based on the second-moment approximation to the tight-binding Hamiltonian. Gold nanowires, with an aspect ratio of ˜13 and a cross section of ˜1 nm2, are stretched at a rate of 3 m /s in the range of temperatures 5-600 K with 50 initial configurations per temperature. A detailed study on the probability to form monoatomic chains (MACs) is presented. Two domains are apparent in our simulations: one at T <100 K, where MACs develop from crystalline disorder at the constriction, and the other at T >100 K, where MACs form as a consequence of plastic deformation of the nanowire. Our results show that the average length of the formed MACs maximizes at T =150 K, which is supported by simple energy arguments.

  11. Structure and dynamics of DNA loops on nucleosomes studied with atomistic, microsecond-scale molecular dynamics.

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    Pasi, Marco; Lavery, Richard

    2016-06-20

    DNA loop formation on nucleosomes is strongly implicated in chromatin remodeling and occurs spontaneously in nucleosomes subjected to superhelical stress. The nature of such loops depends crucially on the balance between DNA deformation and DNA interaction with the nucleosome core. Currently, no high-resolution structural data on these loops exist. Although uniform rod models have been used to study loop size and shape, these models make assumptions concerning DNA mechanics and DNA-core binding. We present here atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulations for two different loop sizes. The results point to the key role of localized DNA kinking within the loops. Kinks enable the relaxation of DNA bending strain to be coupled with improved DNA-core interactions. Kinks lead to small, irregularly shaped loops that are asymmetrically positioned with respect to the nucleosome core. We also find that loop position can influence the dynamics of the DNA segments at the extremities of the nucleosome. PMID:27098037

  12. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study on Energy Exchange Between Vibration Modes of a Square Graphene Nanoflake Oscillator.

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    Lee, Eunae; Kang, Jeong Won; Kim, Ki-Sub; Kwon, Oh-Kuen

    2016-02-01

    Superlubricity in nanoscale graphene structures has been of interest for developing graphene-based nanoelectromechanical systems, as well as for the study of basic mechanical properties. Here, we investigated the translational and rotational motions of a square graphene nanoflake with retracting motions by performing classical molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show that the kinetic energy of the translational motion was exchanged into the kinetic energy of the rotational motion. Thus, square graphene nanoflake oscillators have very low quality factors in translational motions. We discuss that square graphene nanoflakes have great potential to be a core component in nanoelectromechanical systems by detecting their motions with ultrahigh sensitivity to facilitate the development of sensor, memory, and quantum computing. PMID:27433628

  13. Molecular dynamics simulation studies of structural and dynamical properties of rapidly quenched Al

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    Shen, B.; Liu, C. Y.; Jia, Y.; Yue, G. Q.; Ke, F. S.; Zhao, H. B.; Chen, L. Y.; Wang, S. Y.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2013-06-11

    The structural and dynamical properties of rapidly quenched Al are studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The pair-correlation function of high temperature liquid Al agrees well with the experimental results. Different cooling rates are applied with high cooling rates leading to glass formation, while low cooling rates leading to crystallization. The local structures are characterized by Honeycutt–Andersen indices and Voronoi tessellation analysis. The results show that for high cooling rates, the local structures of the liquid and glassy Al are predominated by icosahedral clusters, together with considerable amount of face-centered cubic and hexagonal close packed short-range orders. These short-range order results are further confirmed using the recently developed atomic cluster alignment method. Moreover, the atomic cluster alignment clearly shows the crystal nucleation process in supercooled liquid of Al. Finally, the mean square displacement for the liquid is also analyzed, and the corresponding diffusion coefficient as a function of temperature is calculated.

  14. Binding hot-spots in an antibody-ssDNA interface: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Wang, Yeng-Tseng; Lee, Wen-Jay

    2012-10-30

    Simulating antigen-antibody interactions is essential for elucidating antigen-antibody mechanics. Proteins interactions are vital for elucidating antibody-ssDNA associations in immunology. Therefore, this study investigated the dissociation of the human systemic lupus erythematosus antibody-ssDNA complex structure. Dissociation (i.e. the distance between the center of mass of the ssDNA and the antibody) is also studied using the potential of mean force calculations based on molecular dynamics and the explicit water model. The MM-PBSA method is also used to prove our dissociation simulations. With 605 nanosecond molecular dynamics simulations, the results indicate that the 8 residues (i.e. Gly44 (HCDR2), Asn54 (HCDR2), Arg98 (HCDR3), Tyr100 (HCDR3), Asp101 (HCDR3), Tyr32 (LCDR1), Tyr49 (LCDR2) and Asn50 (LCDR2)), and the five inter-protein molecular hydrogen bonds may profoundly impact the antibody-ssDNA interaction, a finding which may be useful for protein engineering of this antibody-ssDNA structure. Experimental binding affinity of this antibody-ssDNA complex equals 7.00 kcal mol(-1). Our dissociation binding affinity is 7.96 ± 0.33 kcal mol(-1) and MM-PBSA binding affinity is 9.12 ± 1.65 kcal mol(-1), which is close to the experimental value. Additionally, the 8 residues Gly44 (HCDR2), Asn54 (HCDR2), Arg98 (HCDR3), Tyr100 (HCDR3), Asp101 (HCDR3), Tyr32 (LCDR1), Tyr49 (LCDR2) and Asn50 (LCDR2) may play a more significant role in developing bioactive antibody analogues. PMID:23079742

  15. Electronic Absorption Spectra from MM and ab initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics: Environmental Effects on the Absorption Spectrum of Photoactive Yellow Protein

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    Isborn, Christine M.; Götz, Andreas W.; Clark, Matthew A.; Walker, Ross C.; Martínez, Todd J.

    2012-01-01

    We describe a new interface of the GPU parallelized TeraChem electronic structure package and the Amber molecular dynamics package for quantum mechanical (QM) and mixed QM and molecular mechanical (MM) molecular dynamics simulations. This QM/MM interface is used for computation of the absorption spectra of the photoactive yellow protein (PYP) chromophore in vacuum, aqueous solution, and protein environments. The computed excitation energies of PYP require a very large QM region (hundreds of atoms) covalently bonded to the chromophore in order to achieve agreement with calculations that treat the entire protein quantum mechanically. We also show that 40 or more surrounding water molecules must be included in the QM region in order to obtain converged excitation energies of the solvated PYP chromophore. These results indicate that large QM regions (with hundreds of atoms) are a necessity in QM/MM calculations. PMID:23476156

  16. Evaluation of Kirkwood-Buff integrals via finite size scaling: a large scale molecular dynamics study

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    Dednam, W.; Botha, A. E.

    2015-01-01

    Solvation of bio-molecules in water is severely affected by the presence of co-solvent within the hydration shell of the solute structure. Furthermore, since solute molecules can range from small molecules, such as methane, to very large protein structures, it is imperative to understand the detailed structure-function relationship on the microscopic level. For example, it is useful know the conformational transitions that occur in protein structures. Although such an understanding can be obtained through large-scale molecular dynamic simulations, it is often the case that such simulations would require excessively large simulation times. In this context, Kirkwood-Buff theory, which connects the microscopic pair-wise molecular distributions to global thermodynamic properties, together with the recently developed technique, called finite size scaling, may provide a better method to reduce system sizes, and hence also the computational times. In this paper, we present molecular dynamics trial simulations of biologically relevant low-concentration solvents, solvated by aqueous co-solvent solutions. In particular we compare two different methods of calculating the relevant Kirkwood-Buff integrals. The first (traditional) method computes running integrals over the radial distribution functions, which must be obtained from large system-size NVT or NpT simulations. The second, newer method, employs finite size scaling to obtain the Kirkwood-Buff integrals directly by counting the particle number fluctuations in small, open sub-volumes embedded within a larger reservoir that can be well approximated by a much smaller simulation cell. In agreement with previous studies, which made a similar comparison for aqueous co-solvent solutions, without the additional solvent, we conclude that the finite size scaling method is also applicable to the present case, since it can produce computationally more efficient results which are equivalent to the more costly radial distribution

  17. The oxidation of tyrosine and tryptophan studied by a molecular dynamics normal hydrogen electrode

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    Costanzo, Francesca; Valle, Raffaele Guido Della; Sulpizi, Marialore; Sprik, Michiel

    2011-06-28

    The thermochemical constants for the oxidation of tyrosine and tryptophan through proton coupled electron transfer in aqueous solution have been computed applying a recently developed density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics method for reversible elimination of protons and electrons. This method enables us to estimate the solvation free energy of a proton (H{sup +}) in a periodic model system from the free energy for the deprotonation of an aqueous hydronium ion (H{sub 3}O{sup +}). Using the computed solvation free energy of H{sup +} as reference, the deprotonation and oxidation free energies of an aqueous species can be converted to pK{sub a} and normal hydrogen electrode (NHE) potentials. This conversion requires certain thermochemical corrections which were first presented in a similar study of the oxidation of hydrobenzoquinone [J. Cheng, M. Sulpizi, and M. Sprik, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 154504 (2009)]. Taking a different view of the thermodynamic status of the hydronium ion, these thermochemical corrections are revised in the present work. The key difference with the previous scheme is that the hydronium is now treated as an intermediate in the transfer of the proton from solution to the gas-phase. The accuracy of the method is assessed by a detailed comparison of the computed pK{sub a}, NHE potentials and dehydrogenation free energies to experiment. As a further application of the technique, we have analyzed the role of the solvent in the oxidation of tyrosine by the tryptophan radical. The free energy change computed for this hydrogen atom transfer reaction is very similar to the gas-phase value, in agreement with experiment. The molecular dynamics results however, show that the minimal solvent effect on the reaction free energy is accompanied by a significant reorganization of the solvent.

  18. Thermomechanical coupling, heat conduction and director rotation in cholesteric liquid crystals studied by molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Sarman, Sten; Laaksonen, Aatto

    2013-03-14

    The lack of a centre of inversion in a cholesteric liquid crystal allows linear cross couplings between thermodynamic forces and fluxes that are polar vectors and pseudovectors, respectively. This makes it possible for a temperature gradient parallel to the cholesteric axis to induce a torque that rotates the director, a phenomenon known as the Lehmann effect or thermomechanical coupling. The converse is also possible: a torque applied parallel to the cholesteric axis rotates the director and drives a heat flow. In order to study this phenomenon, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation algorithms and Green-Kubo relations evaluated by equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation have been used to calculate the Leslie coefficient, i.e. the cross coupling coefficient between the temperature gradient and the director angular velocity, for a model system composed of soft prolate ellipsoids of revolution interacting via the Gay-Berne potential augmented by a chiral interaction potential causing the formation of a cholesteric phase. It is found that the Leslie coefficient is two orders of magnitudes smaller than other transport coefficients such as the heat conductivity and the twist viscosity, so that very long simulations are required to evaluate it. The Leslie coefficient decreases with the pitch but it has not been possible to determine the exact functional dependence of this coefficient on the pitch. Since very long simulations have been performed to evaluate the Leslie coefficient, very accurate values have been obtained for the twist viscosity and the heat conductivity as a by-product and it is found that they are very similar to the values of the corresponding quantities in the achiral nematic phase that arises when the pitch goes to infinity. PMID:23223192

  19. Graphite-diamond phase coexistence study employing a neural-network mapping of the ab initio potential energy surface

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    Khaliullin, Rustam Z.; Eshet, Hagai; Kühne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jörg; Parrinello, Michele

    2010-03-01

    An interatomic potential for the diamond and graphite phases of carbon has been created using a neural-network (NN) representation of the ab initio potential energy surface. The NN potential combines the accuracy of a first-principles description of both phases with the efficiency of empirical force fields and allows one to perform a molecular-dynamics study, of ab initio quality, of the thermodynamics of graphite-diamond coexistence. Good agreement between the experimental and calculated coexistence curves is achieved if nuclear quantum effects are included in the simulation.

  20. Infrared Spectroscopy and Hydrogen-Bond Dynamics of Liquid Water from Centroid Molecular Dynamics with an Ab Initio-Based Force Field

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    Paesani, Francesco; Xantheas, Sotiris S.; Voth, Gregory A.

    2009-10-01

    A molecular-level description of the unique properties of hydrogen-bond networks is critical for understanding many fundamental physico-chemical processes in aqueous environments. In this article a novel simulation approach, combining an ab-initio based force field for water with a quantum treatment of the nuclear motion, is applied to investigate hydrogen-bond dynamics in liquid water with a specific focus on the relationship of these dynamics to vibrational spectroscopy. Linear and nonlinear infrared (IR) spectra are calculated for liquid water, HOD in D2O and HOD in H2O and discussed in the context of the results obtained using other approaches that have been employed in studies of water dynamics. A comparison between the calculated spectra and the available experimental data yields an overall good agreement, indicating the accuracy of the present simulation approach in describing the properties of liquid water at ambient conditions. Possible improvements on the representation of the underlying water interactions as well as the treatment of the molecular motion at the quantum-mechanical level are also discussed. This research was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Biosciences and Geosciences, US Department of Energy. Battelle operates the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy.

  1. Molecular Dynamics Study on the Particle Dispersion Mechanism of Polyamide-imide/Silica Nano-composite Materials

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    Kikuchi, Hideyuki; Iwasaki, Tomio; Hanawa, Hidehito; Honda, Yuki

    We studied the particle dispersion mechanism of polyamide-imide/silica nano-composite material by using molecular-dynamics simulation technique based on Newtonian dynamics and quantum mechanics. In simulations, adhesive fracture energies at the interfaces between silica and solvents were calculated, and Brownian motions of silica particles were simulated to clarify dispersion properties. The simulation results showed that the colloidal state of silica was maintained by covering the silica surface with a new low hygroscopicity solvent and that the chemical structure of polymer contributed to the dispersion of silica. It is found that the results obtained from molecular dynamics agree well with those obtained by experiments, and that molecular-dynamics simulation technique will become very useful for the development of nano-composite materials in the future.

  2. Solute–solute correlations responsible for the prepeak in structure factors of undercooled Al-rich liquids: A molecular dynamics study

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    Zhang, Feng; Sun, Yang; Ye, Zhuo; Zhang, Yue; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Mendelev, Mikhail I.; Ott, Ryan T.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Ding, Ze -Jun; Ho, Kai -Ming

    2015-05-06

    In this study, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations on a typical Al-based alloy Al90Sm10. The short-range and medium-range correlations of the system are reliably produced by ab initio calculations, whereas the long-range correlations are obtained with the assistance of a semi-empirical potential well-fitted to ab initio data. Our calculations show that a prepeak in the structure factor of this system emerges well above the melting temperature, and the intensity of the prepeak increases with increasing undercooling of the liquid. These results are in agreement with x-ray diffraction experiments. The interplay between the short-range order of the system originating frommore » the large affinity between Al and Sm atoms, and the intrinsic repulsion between Sm atoms gives rise to a stronger correlation in the second peak than the first peak in the Sm–Sm partial pair correlation function (PPCF), which in turn produces the prepeak in the structure factor.« less

  3. Solute–solute correlations responsible for the prepeak in structure factors of undercooled Al-rich liquids: A molecular dynamics study

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    Zhang, Feng; Sun, Yang; Ye, Zhuo; Zhang, Yue; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Mendelev, Mikhail I.; Ott, Ryan T.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Ding, Ze -Jun; Ho, Kai -Ming

    2015-05-06

    In this study, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations on a typical Al-based alloy Al90Sm10. The short-range and medium-range correlations of the system are reliably produced by ab initio calculations, whereas the long-range correlations are obtained with the assistance of a semi-empirical potential well-fitted to ab initio data. Our calculations show that a prepeak in the structure factor of this system emerges well above the melting temperature, and the intensity of the prepeak increases with increasing undercooling of the liquid. These results are in agreement with x-ray diffraction experiments. The interplay between the short-range order of the system originating from the large affinity between Al and Sm atoms, and the intrinsic repulsion between Sm atoms gives rise to a stronger correlation in the second peak than the first peak in the Sm–Sm partial pair correlation function (PPCF), which in turn produces the prepeak in the structure factor.

  4. Atomic packing and diffusion in Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 9}P{sub 4} amorphous alloy analyzed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, Yaocen; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Liang, Yunye; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2015-05-07

    In the work reported in this paper, ab initio molecular dynamics simulation was performed on Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 9}P{sub 4} amorphous alloy. Preferred atomic environment of the elements was analyzed with Voronoi polyhedrons. It showed that B and P atoms prefer less neighbors compared with Fe and Si, making them structurally incompatible with Fe rich structure and repulsive to the formation of α-Fe. However, due to the low bonding energy of B and P caused by low coordination number, the diffusion rates of them were considerably large, resulting in the requirement of fast annealing for achieving optimum nano-crystallization for its soft magnetic property. The simulation work also indicates that diffusion rate in amorphous alloy is largely determined by bonding energy rather than atomic size.

  5. Lattice constants of pure methane and carbon dioxide hydrates at low temperatures. Implementing quantum corrections to classical molecular dynamics studies.

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    Costandy, Joseph; Michalis, Vasileios K; Tsimpanogiannis, Ioannis N; Stubos, Athanassios K; Economou, Ioannis G

    2016-03-28

    We introduce a simple correction to the calculation of the lattice constants of fully occupied structure sI methane or carbon dioxide pure hydrates that are obtained from classical molecular dynamics simulations using the TIP4PQ/2005 water force field. The obtained corrected lattice constants are subsequently used in order to obtain isobaric thermal expansion coefficients of the pure gas hydrates that exhibit a trend that is significantly closer to the experimental behavior than previously reported classical molecular dynamics studies. PMID:27036466

  6. Formation and atomic configuration of binary metallic glasses studied by ion beam mixing and molecular dynamics simulation

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    Tai, K. P.; Gao, N.; Dai, X. D.; Li, J. H.; Liu, B. X.

    2007-06-15

    Metallic glasses are obtained in an immiscible Ag-Nb system with overall composition ranging from 25 to 90 at. % of Nb by ion beam mixing. Interestingly, the diffraction analysis shows that the formed Nb-rich metallic glass features are two distinct atomic configurations. In atomistic modeling, an n-body Ag-Nb potential is derived, under the assistance of ab initio calculation, and then applied in molecular dynamics simulations. An atomic configuration is discovered, i.e., an icositetrahedral ordering, and as well as an icosahedral ordering observed in the Ag-Nb metallic glasses and in some previously reported systems. Simulations confirm that the two dominate local atomic packing units are formed through a structural phase transition from the Nb-based bcc and fcc solid solutions, respectively, suggesting a concept of structural heredity that the crystalline structure of the constituent metals play a decisive role in determining the atomic structure of the resultant metallic glasses.

  7. A path integral molecular dynamics study of the hyperfine coupling constants of the muoniated and hydrogenated acetone radicals

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    Oba, Yuki; Kawatsu, Tsutomu; Tachikawa, Masanori

    2016-08-01

    The on-the-fly ab initio density functional path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) simulations, which can account for both the nuclear quantum effect and thermal effect, were carried out to evaluate the structures and "reduced" isotropic hyperfine coupling constants (HFCCs) for muoniated and hydrogenated acetone radicals (2-muoxy-2-propyl and 2-hydoxy-2-propyl) in vacuo. The reduced HFCC value from a simple geometry optimization calculation without both the nuclear quantum effect and thermal effect is -8.18 MHz, and that by standard ab initio molecular dynamics simulation with only the thermal effect and without the nuclear quantum effect is 0.33 MHz at 300 K, where these two methods cannot distinguish the difference between muoniated and hydrogenated acetone radicals. In contrast, the reduced HFCC value of the muoniated acetone radical by our PIMD simulation is 32.1 MHz, which is about 8 times larger than that for the hydrogenated radical of 3.97 MHz with the same level of calculation. We have found that the HFCC values are highly correlated with the local molecular structures; especially, the Mu—O bond length in the muoniated acetone radical is elongated due to the large nuclear quantum effect of the muon, which makes the expectation value of the HFCC larger. Although our PIMD result calculated in vacuo is about 4 times larger than the measured experimental value in aqueous solvent, the ratio of these HFCC values between muoniated and hydrogenated acetone radicals in vacuo is in reasonable agreement with the ratio of the experimental values in aqueous solvent (8.56 MHz and 0.9 MHz); the explicit presence of solvent molecules has a major effect on decreasing the reduced muon HFCC of in vacuo calculations for the quantitative reproduction.

  8. Enhancing mechanical toughness of aluminum surfaces by nano-boron implantation: An ab initio study

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    Zhu, Zhen; Kwon, Dae-Gyeon; Kwon, Young-Kyun; Tománek, David

    2015-01-01

    Searching for ways to enhance surface hardness of aluminum, we study the equilibrium structure, stability, elastic properties and formation dynamics of a boron-enriched surface using ab initio density functional calculations. We used molecular dynamics simulations to model the implantation of energetic boron nanoparticles in Al and identify structural arrangements that optimize the formation of strong covalent Bsbnd Al bonds. Nano-indentation simulations based on constrained optimization suggest that presence of boron nanostructures in the subsurface region enhances significantly the mechanical hardness of aluminum surfaces.

  9. Ab Initio Study of Polonium

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    Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Shrivastava, Keshav N.

    2008-05-20

    Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s{sup 2}6p{sup 4} (Z = 84). The low temperature {alpha}-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) {beta} structure at {approx}348 K. The sc {alpha}-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 A. The beta form of polonium ({beta}-Po) has the lattice parameters, a{sub R} = 3.359 A and a rhombohedral angle 98 deg. 13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by using the density functional theory. We have performed the calculation with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling by using both the LDA and the GGA for the exchange-correlations. The k-points in a simple cubic BZ are determined by R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5), {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the {gamma} point in the GGA+SO scheme for {alpha}-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the {beta}-Po these are 0.03 eV and 0.97 eV. We have also calculated the vibrational spectra for the unit cells in both the structures. We find that exchanging of a Po atom by Pb atom produces several more bands and destabilizes the {beta} phase.

  10. Molecular Dynamics Studies on Application of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Sheets as Nanoresonator Sensors

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    Arash, Behrouz

    The main objective of the research is to study the potential application of carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets as nano-resonator sensors in the detection of atoms/molecules with vibration and wave propagation analyses. It is also aimed to develop and examine new methods in the design of nano-resonator sensors for differentiating distinct gas atoms and different macromolecules, such as DNA molecules. The hypothesis in the detection techniques is that atoms or molecules attached on the surface of the nano-resonator sensors would induce a recognizable shift in the resonant frequency of or wave velocity in the sensors. With this regard, a sensitivity index based on the shift in resonant frequency of the sensors in the vibration analysis and/or a shift in wave velocity in the sensors in the wave propagation analysis is defined and examined. In order to achieve the objective, the vibration characteristics of carbon nanotubes and graphenes are studied using molecular dynamics simulations to first propose nano-resonator sensors, which are able to differentiate distinct gas atoms with high enough resolutions even at low concentration. It is also indicated that the nano-resonator sensors are effective devices to identify different genes even with the same number of nucleobases in the structure of single-strand DNA macromolecules. The effect of various parameters such as size and restrained boundary conditions of the sensors, the position of attached atoms/molecules being detected, and environment temperature on the sensitivity of the sensors is investigated in detail. Following the studies on vibration-based sensors, the wave propagation analysis in carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets is first investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations to design nano-resonator sensors. Moreover, a nonlocal finite element model is presented and calibrated for the first time to model propagation of mechanical waves in graphene sensors attached with atoms through a verification

  11. Study of glass transition temperature (Tg) of novel stress-sensitive composites using molecular dynamic simulation

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    Koo, B.; Liu, Y.; Zou, J.; Chattopadhyay, A.; Dai, L. L.

    2014-09-01

    This study investigates the glass transition temperature (Tg) of novel stress-sensitive composites capable of detecting a damage precursor using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The molecular structures of a cross-linked epoxy network (which consist of epoxy resin, hardener and stress-sensitive material) have been simulated and experimentally validated. The chemical constituents of the molecular structures are di-glycidyl ether of bisphenol F (DGEBF: epoxy resin), di-ethylene tri-amine (DETA: hardener) and tris-(cinnamoyloxymethyl)-ethane (TCE: stress-sensitive material). The cross-linking degree is varied by manipulating the number of covalent bonds through tuning a cutoff distance between activated DGEBF and DETA during the non-equilibrium MD simulation. A relationship between the cross-linking degree and Tgs has been studied numerically. In order to validate a proposed MD simulation framework, MD-predicted Tgs of materials used in this study have been compared to the experimental results obtained by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Two molecular models have been constructed for comparative study: (i) neat epoxy (epoxy resin with hardener) and (ii) smart polymer (neat epoxy with stress-sensitive material). The predicted Tgs show close agreement with the DSC results.

  12. Temperature-induced crystallization in concentrated suspensions of multiarm star polymers: A molecular dynamics study

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    Rissanou, Anastassia N.; Yiannourakou, Marianna; Economou, Ioannis G.; Bitsanis, Ioannis A.

    2006-01-01

    In this work, we study temperature-induced crystallization in dense suspensions of multiarm star polymers. This is a continuation of a previous study, which identified and studied the emergence of "glassy" amorphous states, in accordance with experimental observations. We performed molecular dynamics simulations on two types of star polymers: 128-arm stars and 64-arm stars dissolved in n-decane in the temperature range of 20-60 °C. These supramolecules are modeled as "soft spheres" interacting via a theoretically developed potential of mean field. Both systems attain a crystalline structure with the characteristics of a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal beyond a certain temperature. Kinetics is sensitive on initial configuration. Interestingly, kinetic trapping in "temporary" energy wells leads to highly crystalline structures, yet less ordered than their genuine equilibrium fcc structure. This complication illustrates the difficulty in reaching the equilibrium state, which is crystalline at high temperatures. A structural analysis of the final conformations is presented. The effect of size dispersity and star functionality of soft spheres on microstructure is also examined. Both factors influence crystallization and their effect is quantified by our study.

  13. Resonance of graphene nanoribbons doped with nitrogen and boron: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Wei, Ye; Zhan, Haifei; Xia, Kang; Zhang, Wendong; Sang, Shengbo; Gu, Yuantong

    2014-01-01

    Based on its enticing properties, graphene has been envisioned with applications in the area of electronics, photonics, sensors, bio-applications and others. To facilitate various applications, doping has been frequently used to manipulate the properties of graphene. Despite a number of studies conducted on doped graphene regarding its electrical and chemical properties, the impact of doping on the mechanical properties of graphene has been rarely discussed. A systematic study of the vibrational properties of graphene doped with nitrogen and boron is performed by means of a molecular dynamics simulation. The influence from different density or species of dopants has been assessed. It is found that the impacts on the quality factor, Q, resulting from different densities of dopants vary greatly, while the influence on the resonance frequency is insignificant. The reduction of the resonance frequency caused by doping with boron only is larger than the reduction caused by doping with both boron and nitrogen. This study gives a fundamental understanding of the resonance of graphene with different dopants, which may benefit their application as resonators. PMID:24991509

  14. Conformation study of ɛ-cyclodextrin: Replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Khuntawee, Wasinee; Rungrotmongkol, Thanyada; Wolschann, Peter; Pongsawasdi, Piamsook; Kungwan, Nawee; Okumura, Hisashi; Hannongbua, Supot

    2016-05-01

    There is growing interest in large-ring cyclodextrins (LR-CDs) which are known to be good host molecules for larger ligands. The isolation of a defined size LR-CD is an essential prerequisite for studying their structural properties. Unfortunately the purification procedure of these substances turned out to be very laborious. Finally the problem could be circumvented by a theoretical consideration: the highly advantageous replica exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) simulation (particularly suitable for studies of conformational changes) offers an ideal approach for studying the conformational change of ɛ-cyclodextrin (CD10), a smaller representative of LR-CDs. Three carbohydrate force fields and three solvent models were tested. The conformational behavior of CD10 was analyzed in terms of the flip (turn) of the glucose subunits within the macrocyclic ring. In addition a ranking of conformations with various numbers of turns was preformed. Our findings might be also helpful in the temperature controlled synthesis of LR-CDs as well as other experimental conditions, in particular for the host-guest reaction. PMID:26877001

  15. Vibrational spectra and anharmonic effects in crystals studied by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Dolgusheva, E. B.; Trubitsin, V. Yu.

    2012-12-01

    Using the molecular-dynamics method with pair and many-body potentials of interatomic interaction we study the role of the lattice vibrations and anharmonicity in structural stability and structural transformations in both bulk crystals (periodic boundary conditions) and nanoparticles (free boundary conditions) in a wide range of temperatures and pressures. In particular, the structural stability and lattice dynamics of the high-temperature bcc phase in zirconium and iron are studied under various thermodynamical conditions (P-const, V-const). The dispersion curves of the vibrational spectrum of Zr are calculated at high temperature and pressure. The anharmonic corrections (frequency shift and phonon damping) are estimated for different volumes. It is shown that the lattice vibrations in bcc Zr, remaining strongly anharmonic in a wide interval of volumes and temperatures, determine the peculiarities of the zirconium P-T phase diagram. The effect of the cluster size on physical properties of bcc Zr and Fe nanoparticles is studied. It is found that in bcc Zr nanocrystals the temperature and mechanism of the structural bcc → hcp transition depend substantially on the particle size and shape. The effect of lattice vibrations on the mechanism of structural bcc → hcp transformation and the local lattice distortions is discussed.

  16. Self-assembly of Spherical Macroions in Solution: A Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Liu, Zhuonan; Liu, Tianbo; Tsige, Mesfin

    2015-03-01

    Macroions (such as polyoxometalates) in solution can form a stable hollow spherical super-molecular structure called blackberry when they have moderate surface charge density and size (1-10 nm). Depending on the surface charge density of macroions, the size of the blackberry can be from 20 to more than 100 nm. Other macroions such as dendrimers can also self-assemble into similar super-molecular structure in solution. Existing theories such as Debye-Hückel and DLVO theories cannot explain this phenomenon and we are not aware of any other theory that can explain this. Previous studies using all-atom Molecular Dynamics simulations have shown identical macroions forming oligomers mediated by counterions. Due to the limitations in all-atom simulation and available computational capabilities, these studies handled only small systems with simple macroions, leading to less conclusive but still relevant results on the self-assembly behavior. To overcome these limitations, in this work large-scale coarse-grained modeling of macroions in solution is used. In order to understand the origin of the attractive force that is responsible for the self-assembly of macroions, different types of macroions in different solution conditions are studied. This work was supported by NSF Grant DMR0847580.

  17. Molecular dynamics studies of the interface between a model membrane and an aqueous solution.

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    Nicklas, K; Böcker, J; Schlenkrich, M; Brickmann, J; Bopp, P

    1991-01-01

    Molecular Dynamics (MD) computer simulation studies are reported for a system consisting of two model membranes in contact with an aqueous solution. The influence of the membrane on the adjacent liquid is of main interest in the present study. It is therefore attempted to make the system sufficiently large to encompass the entire region between bulk liquid and the membranes. The latter are modeled by two-dimensional arrays of COO- groups with rotational and translational degrees of freedom. The water molecules are represented by the well-tested TIP4P model. The intermolecular potentials are parametrized in terms of Coulomb interactions between partial charges on the molecular frames and empirical, mostly Lennard-Jones (12-6), interactions centered at the atomic positions. A strong layering of the liquid accompanied by an increase in average water density is found in the vicinity of the membrane. The structural perturbation reaches approximately 8 A into the liquid. We discuss the static structure in these layers in terms of atom-atom distance distribution functions and study the average orientation of the water molecule dipoles with respect to the membrane. From the distribution of the ions, we find that less than 50% of the surface charge of the membrane is neutralized by Na+ ions in the first layer above the membrane. A simplified model of the adsorption site of the ion on the membrane is developed from the distance distributions. Finally the hydration of the Na+ in the first adsorbed layer is discussed. PMID:1883941

  18. Thermal boundary conductance enhancement using experimentally achievable nanostructured interfaces - analytical study combined with molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Lee, Eungkyu; Zhang, Teng; Hu, Ming; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-06-22

    Interfacial thermal resistance presents great challenges to the thermal management of modern electronics. In this work, we perform an analytical study to enhance the thermal boundary conductance (TBC) of nanostructured interfaces with square-shape pillar arrays, extendable to the characteristic lengths that can be fabricated in practice. As a representative system, we investigate a SiC substrate with the square-shape pillar array combined with epitaxial GaN as the nanostructured interface. By applying a first-order ray tracing method and molecular dynamics simulations to analyze phonon incidence and transmission at the nanostructured interface, we systematically study the impact of the characteristic dimensions of the pillar array on the TBC. Based on the multi-scale analysis we provide a general guideline to optimize the nanostructured interfaces to achieve higher TBC, demonstrating that the optimized TBC value of the nanostructured SiC/GaN interfaces can be 42% higher than that of the planar SiC/GaN interfaces without nanostructures. The model used and results obtained in this study will guide the further experimental realization of nanostructured interfaces for better thermal management in microelectronics. PMID:27275647

  19. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of the Selectivity of a Silica Polymer for Ibuprofen.

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    Concu, Riccardo; Cordeiro, M Natalia D S

    2016-01-01

    In the past few years, the sol-gel polycondensation technique has been increasingly employed with great success as an alternative approach to the preparation of molecularly imprinted materials (MIMs). The main aim of this study was to study, through a series of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the selectivity of an imprinted silica xerogel towards a new template-the (±)-2-(P-Isobutylphenyl) propionic acid (Ibuprofen, IBU). We have previously demonstrated the affinity of this silica xerogel toward a similar molecule. In the present study, we simulated the imprinting process occurring in a sol-gel mixture using the Optimized Potentials for Liquid Simulations-All Atom (OPLS-AA) force field, in order to evaluate the selectivity of this xerogel for a template molecule. In addition, for the first time, we have developed and verified a new parameterisation for the Ibuprofen(®) based on the OPLS-AA framework. To evaluate the selectivity of the polymer, we have employed both the radial distribution functions, interaction energies and cluster analyses. PMID:27399685

  20. Molecular dynamics study of the bulk temperature effect on primary radiation damage in uranium dioxide

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    Martin, G.; Sabathier, C.; Wiktor, J.; Maillard, S.

    2015-06-01

    The effect of bulk temperature on the primary damage induced by a displacement cascade was investigated in uranium dioxide using classical molecular dynamics simulations. In this study, the Morelon potentials were used to model the middle-range interactions between the atoms that constitute the host matrix during the radiation events. Cascades were initiated by accelerating a uranium primary knock-on atom at 10keV inside a perfect UO2 lattice at a temperature between 700K and 1800K , a range which comprises in-pile temperatures of oxide fuels in light water reactors in standard operating conditions. Cascade overlap sequences were also simulated at 700K and 1400K in order to study the radiation damage accumulation in the oxide fuel. This study reveals the maximum damage level which the material can accommodate for decreases with the temperature. Furthermore the direct formation of vacancy clusters under irradiation is considerably slowed down above 1000K , notably during cascade overlap sequences.