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Hydration of iron–porphyrins: ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation study

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Abstract

The ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) simulation approach was successfully applied to Fe2+–P and Fe3+–P in water to evaluate their structural, dynamical and energetic properties. Based on the structural data, it was found that Fe2+–P accommodates one water molecule in the first coordination sphere of the Fe2+ ion including the four nitrogen atoms of the porphyrin system coordinating with central metal species. On the other hand, two water molecules were coordinated to Fe3+–P, thus forming a hexa-coordinated species. Comparison of dynamical properties such as the vibrational power spectrum and ligand mean residence times to other metal-free porphyrin systems demonstrate the ions' influence on the hydration structure, enabling a characterisation of the strong interaction of the ions which greatly reduces the hydrogen bonding potential of the complex. The association of water molecules with the metal ions in both solutes was quantified by computing the free energy of binding obtained via the potential of mean force. This further confirmed the strong association of water to the metal ions which was conversely weak as inferred from the energetic data for the Fe2+–P system.

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The article was received on 01 Jul 2017, accepted on 03 Nov 2017 and first published on 03 Nov 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04436D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article
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    Hydration of iron–porphyrins: ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation study

    S. T. Moin and T. S. Hofer, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04436D

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