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Accounting for non-optimal interactions in molecular recognition: a study of ion–π complexes using a QM/MM model with a dipole-polarisable MM region

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For a quantitative understanding of molecular structure, interaction and dynamics, accurate modelling of the energetics of both near-equilibrium and less optimal contacts is important. In this work, we explore the potential energy surfaces of representative ion–π complexes. We examine the performance of a semi-empirical QM/MM approach and the corresponding QM/MMpol model, where inducible point dipoles are additionally employed in the MM region. The predicted potential energy surfaces of cation–benzene complexes are improved by inclusion of explicit MM polarisation of the π-molecule. For cationformamide complexes, inducible dipoles appreciably improve energetic estimates at geometries forming non-optimal interactions. Energetic component analysis suggests that the implicit MM polarisation of the fixed charge QM/MM model mirrors the behaviour of the QM/MMpol dipole model for the energetics of near-equilibrium conformations. However, for complexes at less optimal orientations, the QM/MM model exhibits higher errors than the QM/MMpol approach, being unable to capture orientation-dependent variations in polarisation energy.

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The article was received on 15 Jun 2011, accepted on 02 Sep 2011 and first published on 29 Sep 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP21944H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 19401-19408
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    Accounting for non-optimal interactions in molecular recognition: a study of ion–π complexes using a QM/MM model with a dipole-polarisable MM region

    Q. Wang and R. A. Bryce, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 19401
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP21944H

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