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Title: Computational Studies of Water Exchange around Aqueous Li+ with Polarizable Potential Models

To enhance our understanding of the mechanism of water-exchange around the aqueous Li+, we carried out a systematic study on this system using molecular dynamics simulations with many-body potential models. The mechanistic properties associated with the water-exchange process, such as potentials of mean force, time dependent transmission coefficients, and the corresponding rate constants, were examined using transition rate theory, the reactive flux method, and Grote-Hynes treatments of the dynamic response of the solvent. We compared the computed rate theory results with the results from previous corresponding studies in which classical non-polarizable force fields were used. Our computed barrier heights for water exchange are significantly larger than those obtained using classical non-polarizable force fields. We also studied the effect of pressure on water-exchange rates and the corresponding activation volume. Our computed rate results for water exchange increase with pressure; therefore, a small negative activation volume is observed. This work was funded by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Battelle operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for DOE. The calculations were carried out using computer resources provided by BES.
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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics, 139(8):084506
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States