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Molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous glycine solutions

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Simulations of glycine aqueous solutions have been carried out to study the effect of increasing solute concentration on the aggregation of glycine zwitterions. AMBER force field coupled with three atomic charge sets was employed for the simulations of the aqueous solutions. The number of glycine monomers in solutions rapidly decreases with increase in concentration. The properties of the glycine clusters in the solutions were studied. It was shown that the clusters are strongly hydrated entities with a liquid-like character. The residence lifetimes of water and glycine from the first solvation shell of glycine molecules were calculated. The lifetime values show that the clusters are highly dynamic solutes that change configuration within hundreds of picoseconds. We observed long-living pairs of glycine molecules, which move together in the solutions for ca. 1 ns. The effect of the electric-field-induced orientation of the highly polar glycine molecules in the clusters was studied. A preferential parallel arrangement of the molecules was observed as the distinctive feature of the γ-polymorph, which was crystallized from the solutions in a static electric field.

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The article was received on 11 Jul 2017, accepted on 07 Nov 2017 and first published on 07 Nov 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01271C
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article
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    Molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous glycine solutions

    Y. G. Bushuev, S. V. Davletbaeva and O. I. Koifman, CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01271C

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