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Atomistic Insight into Orthoborate-Based Ionic Liquids: Force Field Development and Evaluation
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.). Ghent University, Belgium . (System and Component Design)
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 118, no 29, 8711-8723 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have developed an all-atomistic force field for a new class of halogen-free chelated orthoborate-phosphonium ionic liquids. The force field is based on an AMBER framework with determination of force field parameters for phosphorus and boron atoms, as well as refinement of several available parameters. The bond and angle force constants were adjusted to fit vibration frequency data derived from both experimental measurements and ab initio calculations. The force field parameters for several dihedral angles were obtained by fitting torsion energy profiles deduced from ab initio calculations. To validate the proposed force field parameters, atomistic simulations were performed for 12 ionic liquids consisting of tetraalkylphosphonium cations and chelated orthoborate anions. The predicted densities for neat ionic liquids and the [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14][BOB] sample, with a water content of approximately 2.3-2.5 wt %, are in excellent agreement with available experimental data. The potential energy components of 12 ionic liquids were discussed in detail. The radial distribution functions and spatial distribution functions were analyzed and visualized to probe the microscopic ionic structures of these ionic liquids. There are mainly four high-probability regions of chelated orthoborate anions distributed around tetraalkylphosphonium cations in the first solvation shell, and such probability distribution functions are strongly influenced by the size of anions.

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2014. Vol. 118, no 29, 8711-8723 p.
Keyword [en]
Ab initio calculations, Atomistic simulations, Energy components, Force field development, Force field parameters, Radial distribution functions, Solvation shell, Vibration frequency, Calculations, Chelation, Distribution functions, Oil field development, Positive ions, Probability distributions
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Physical Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149501DOI: 10.1021/jp503029dISI: 000339540600028ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84905002841OAI: diva2:740019
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2012.0078Swedish Research Council, 2013-5171

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Available from: 2014-08-22 Created: 2014-08-22 Last updated: 2014-08-22Bibliographically approved

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