Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Maintenance: Tuesday, 5.7.2016, 07:00-08:00

Maintenance work on ZORA and JDB on Tuesday, 5th July, 07h00-08h00. During this time there will be a brief unavailability for about 1 hour. Please be patient.

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3155

Todorova, T; Hünenberger, P H; Hutter, J (2008). Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations of CaCl2 aqueous solutions. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 4(5):779-789.

[img]Accepted Version
PDF - Registered users only
View at publisher
[img] PDF - Registered users only


Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulations are used to investigate the structural properties of 1 and 2 molal (m) CaCl2 aqueous solutions and, in particular, the radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and dipole moments of water molecules in the first solvation shell. According to these simulations, the first solvation shell of the Ca2+ ion consists of six water molecules, that are characterized by an increased averaged dipole moment compared to that of bulk water, and a first-shell Ca-O radial distribution function peak at 2.39 angstrom. The results are compared to those of CPMD simulations of Ca2+ (no counterions), and no significant differences are found. This indicates that the homogeneous neutralizing background charge density implicitly included in simulations of non-neutral systems appropriately mimics the presence of the counterions (at least in terms of reproducing the solvation structure properties and for the box sizes considered). Classical molecular dynamics (MID) simulations of aqueous Ca2+ using varying box sizes confirm this suggestion.. The CPMD simulations at 2 m concentration also reveal additional possibilities for the structural arrangement of water molecules and chloride ions around Ca2+. In particular, they support the stability of Ca2+-Cl-(contact) and Ca2+-H2O-Cl- (solvent-separated) ion pairs. In addition, the solvent-separated cation pair is found to occur in a deprotonated Ca2+-OH--Ca2+ form. The existence of such a species has, to our knowledge, never been invoked previously to account for experimental data on CaCl2 solutions.


37 citations in Web of Science®
38 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™



3 downloads since deposited on 22 Aug 2008
0 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Date:April 2008
Deposited On:22 Aug 2008 09:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:26
Publisher:American Chemical Society
Publisher DOI:10.1021/ct700302m

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page