Monte Carlo simulations of an isolated N-octadecane chain solvated in water-acetonitrile mixtures

Li Sun, J. Ilja Siepmann, Mark R. Schure

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To investigate conformational properties of an isolated n-octadecane chain solvated in water-acetonitrile mixtures, configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulations in the isobaric-isothermal ensemble were performed at T = 323 K and p = 10 atm. The united-atom version of the transferable potentials for phase equilibria force field was used to represent n-octadecane and acetonitrile, and the TIP-4P model was used for water. In all four environments (neat water, 33 and 67 mole percent acetonitrile, and neat acetonitrile), similar conformational distributions are observed as in a previous study for water-methanol solvent mixtures; that is, the n-octadecane chain is found to predominantly adopt extended but not all-trans conformations, and only a small fraction of more collapsed conformations is observed for aqueous hydration, water-rich solvent environments. Analysis of the local solvation structures in the water-acetonitrile mixtures shows an enrichment of the acetonitrile molecules near the methylene and methyl segments of the n-octadecane chain. However, upon increasing the concentration of acetonitrile, the enhancement of acetonitrile and the depletion of water is more pronounced than for water-methanol mixtures because of the weaker interactions between acetonitrile and water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-357
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


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