TraPPE-zeo: Transferable potentials for phase equilibria force field for all-silica zeolites

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The transferable potentials for phase equilibria (TraPPE) force field is extended to all-silica zeolites. This novel force field is parametrized to match the experimental adsorption isotherms of n-heptane, propane, carbon dioxide, and ethanol with the Lennard-Jones parameters for sorbate-framework interactions determined in a consistent manner using the Lorentz-Berthelot combining rules as for other parts of the TraPPE force field. The TraPPE-zeo force field allows for accurate predictions for both adsorption and diffusion of alkanes, alcohols, carbon dioxide, and water over a wide range of pressures and temperatures. In order to achieve transferability to a wider range of molecule types, ranging from nonpolar to dipolar and hydrogen-bonding compounds, Lennard-Jones interaction sites and partial charges are placed at both the oxygen and the silicon atoms of the zeolite lattice, which allows for a better balance of dispersive and first-order electrostatic interactions than is achievable with the Lennard-Jones potential used only for the oxygen atoms. The use of the Lorentz-Berthelot combining rules for unlike interactions makes the TraPPE-zeo force field applicable to any sorbate as long as the relevant TraPPE sorbate-sorbate parameters are available. The TraPPE-zeo force field allows for greatly improved predictive power compared to force fields that explicitly tabulate the individual cross-interaction parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24375-24387
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 21 2013


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