New Paper In The Journal of Chemical Physics On Solvation Entropy

Congratulations to Ben Irwin on his publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics: “On the accuracy of one- and two-particle solvation entropies“. Evaluating solvation entropies directly and combining with direct energy calculations is one way of calculating free energies of solvation and is used by Inhomogeneous Fluid Solvation Theory (IFST). The configurational entropy of a fluid is a function of the interatomic correlations and can thus be expressed in terms of correlation functions. The entropies in this work are directly calculated from a truncated series of integrals over these correlation functions. Many studies truncate all terms higher than the solvent-solute correlations. This study includes an additional solvent-solvent correlation term and assesses the associated free energy when IFST is applied to a fixed Lennard-Jones particle solvated in neon. The strength of the central potential is varied to imitate larger solutes. Average free energy estimates with both levels of IFST are able to reproduce the estimate made using the Free energy Perturbation (FEP) to within 0.16 kcal/mol.

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