Modification and Validation of the DREIDING Force Field for Molecular Liquid Simulations (DREIDING-UT).

Affiliation

Sasaki K(1), Yamashita T(1).
Author information:
(1)Laboratory for Systems Biology and Medicine, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904, Japan.

Abstract

In this study, we modified Lennard-Jones (LJ) parameters and point-charge parameters of the DREIDING force field (the modified force-field model is named DREIDING-UT). While the original LJ parameters of DREIDING were derived through an analytical formula to reproduce the potential depths and the equilibrium lengths of the Buckingham potentials of DREIDING/X6, the modified LJ parameters were derived through the least square fitting of the Buckingham potentials. Because the Gasteiger-Marsili (GM) charges of the original DREIDING underestimated electrostatic interactions, we replaced it with the restrained electrostatic potential (RESP) charges calculated from the ab initio wavefunctions, taking the dynamic electron correlation and solvation effects into account. To confirm how the modified force field works, we conducted molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of typical liquids. It was found that the densities and self-diffusion coefficients of the DREIDING-UT model agreed with the experimental ones much better than those of the original model.