The right isotherms for the right reasons?: validation of generic force fields for prediction of methane adsorption in metal-organic frameworks

Lennox, Matthew J. and Bound, Michelle and Henley, Alice and Besley, Elena (2017) The right isotherms for the right reasons?: validation of generic force fields for prediction of methane adsorption in metal-organic frameworks. Molecular Simulation, 43 . pp. 828-837. ISSN 1029-0435

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Abstract

In recent years, the use of computational tools to aid in the evaluation, understanding and design of advanced porous materials for gas storage and separation processes has become ever-more widespread. High-performance computing facilities have become more powerful and more accessible and molecular simulation of gas adsorption has become routine, often involving the use of a number of default and commonly-used parameters as a result. In this work, we consider the application of molecular simulation in one particular field of adsorption – the prediction of methane adsorption in metal-organic frameworks in the low-loading regime – and employ a range of computational techniques to evaluate the appropriateness of many commonly chosen simulation parameters to these systems. In addition to confirming the power of relatively simple generic force fields to quickly and accurately predict methane adsorption isotherms in a range of MOFs, we demonstrate that these force fields are capable of providing detailed molecular-level information which is in very good agreement with quantum chemical predictions. We highlight a number of chemical systems in which molecular-level insight from generic force fields should be approached with a degree of caution and provide some general recommendations for best-practice in simulations of CH4 adsorption in MOFs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Molecular Simulation on 15 March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08927022.2017.1301665.
Keywords: methane adsorption, binding, DFT, force field validation, metal-organic frameworks
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Identification Number: 10.1080/08927022.2017.1301665
Depositing User: Smith, Ruth
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 15:20
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 05:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42672

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