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Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation of Fe3+(aq)
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2005 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 109, no 29, 14235-14242 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The optimized geometry and energetic properties of Fe(D2O)(n)(3+) clusters, with n = 4 and 6, have been studied with density-functional theory calculations and the BLYP functional, and the hydration of a single Fell ion in a periodic box with 32 water molecules at room temperature has been studied with Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and the same functional. We have compared the results from the CPMD simulation with classical MD simulations, using a flexible SPC-based water model and the same number of water molecules, to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two MD methods. The classical MD simulations and the CPMD simulations both give Fe-water distances in good agreement with experiment, but for the intramolecular vibrations, the classical MD yields considerably better absolute frequencies and ion-induced frequency shifts. On the other hand, the CPMD method performs considerably better than the classical MD in describing the intramolecular geometry of the water molecule in the first hydration shell and the average first shell(...)second shell hydrogen-bond distance. Differences between the two methods are also found with respect to the second-shell water orientations. The effect of the small box size (32 vs 512 water molecules) was evaluated by comparing results from classical simulations using different box sizes; non-negligible effects are found for the ion-water distance and the tilt angles of the water molecules in the second hydration shell and for the O-D stretching vibrational frequencies of the water molecules in the first hydration shell.

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2005. Vol. 109, no 29, 14235-14242 p.
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ab-initio, liquid water, aqueous-solution, ferric ions, solvation shell, canonical ensemble, electron-transfer, pair potentials, fe(iii) ions, free-energy
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-14931ISI: 000230698100053OAI: diva2:332972
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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