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Molecular Dynamics Simulation of an Aqueous MgCl2 Solution. Structural Results

  • W. Dietz , W. O. Riede and K. Heinzinger


A molecular dynamics simulation of a 1.1 molal aqueous MgCl2 solution has been performed employing the central force model for water. The effective pair potentials for ion-water have been derived from ab initio calculations. The basic box with a sidelength of 18.30 Å contained 200 water molecules, 8 anions and 4 cations, corresponding to an experimental density of 1.079 g/cm3 . The simulation extended over about 3.3 picoseconds at an average temperature of 309 K. The structure of the solution is described by radial distribution functions and the orientation of the water molecules in respect to physically meaningful directions. Values for the dielectric constant and hydration energies have been calculated. The strong influences of the twofold charged magnesium ion on the geometry of the water molecules and the structure of the hydration shell is discussed in comparison with the results of a previous simulation of a 2.2 molal NaCl solution.

Received: 1982-6-12
Published Online: 2014-6-2
Published in Print: 1982-9-1

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