Vibrational analysis of x-ray absorption fine structure thermal factors by ab initio molecular dynamics: The Zn(II) ion in aqueous solution as a case study

Research Area: Uncategorized Year: 2011
Type of Publication: Article
Number: 7
Month: February
ISSN: 0021-9606
In this work, we consider a new combination of vibrational analysis and normal-like mode decomposition of Debye-Waller factors of solvated ions entirely based on molecular dynamics data. Such a novel time-dependent analysis procedure provides a direct link between x-ray absorption fine structure parameters and normal mode contributions for an ion-solvent system. The potentialities of such a methodology rely on two fundamental aspects which distinguish it from already available tools. First, a general vibrational analysis that does not require any Gaussian or harmonic model for describing atomic fluctuations in liquids. Second, a very accurate sampling of the short range motions around the structural probe via the recently developed atom centered density matrix propagation/general liquid optimized boundary method. This novel molecular dynamics methodology is based on an integrated ab initio/classical potential using localized basis functions and nonperiodic boundary conditions. As a case study we have chosen the Zn(II) ion in aqueous solution. The consistency of our results and the observed good agreement with experiments show how the key support to advanced structural techniques from molecular dynamics can be further expanded and investigated. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3549827]
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