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Title: Characteristics of methylammonium ion (CH<inf>3</inf>NH<inf>3</inf><sup>+</sup>) in aqueous electrolyte solution: An ONIOM-XS MD simulation study
Authors: Prangthong Chaiyasit
Anan Tongraar
Teerakiat Kerdcharoen
Suranaree University of Technology
Mahidol University
Keywords: Chemistry
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2017
Citation: Chemical Physics. Vol.493, (2017), 91-101
Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. An ONIOM-XS MD simulation has been performed to characterize the CH3NH3+-water hydrogen bonds (HBs) in aqueous solution. The sphere which includes the CH3NH3+ ion and its surrounding waters was treated by the HF/DZP method, while the rest was described by classical pair potentials. The ONIOM-XS MD results clearly reveal a flexible CH3NH3+ solvation, showing various numbers of water molecules, ranging from 3 to 8 and from 12 to 19, cooperatively involved in the primary region of the –NH3+ and –CH3 species, respectively. The –NH3+ group participates in about 3.6 HBs with its nearest-neighbor waters, and the HBs between the –NH3+ hydrogens and their nearest-neighbor waters are relatively weaker than the HBs of bulk water. It is evident that the “hydrophobic effect” of the –CH3 species results in slightly more attractive water-water HB interactions in this region. Such phenomenon corresponds to a clear “structure-breaking” ability of CH3NH3+ in aqueous solution.
ISSN: 03010104
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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