Applicability of tail-corrections in the molecular simulations of porous materials

Authors: Berend Smit1*, Kevin Maik Jablonka1, Daniele Ongari1

  1. Laboratory of Molecular Simulation, Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques, Valais, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de l’Industrie 17, CH-1951 Sion, Switzerland
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DOI10.24435/materialscloud:2019.0024/v1 (version v1, submitted on 29 May 2019)

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Berend Smit, Kevin Maik Jablonka, Daniele Ongari, Applicability of tail-corrections in the molecular simulations of porous materials, Materials Cloud Archive (2019), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:2019.0024/v1.


Molecular simulations with periodic boundary conditions require to define a certain cutoff distance beyond which pairwise dispersion interactions are neglected. For the simulation of homogeneous phases it is well-established to use tail-corrections, that can remedy this truncation of the potential. These corrections are built under the assumption that beyond the cutoff the radial distribution function is equal to one. In this work we shed some light on the discussion whether or not tail corrections should be used in the modelling of heterogeneous systems. We show that for the adsorption of gasses in a diverse set nanoporous crystalline materials (zeolites, Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), and Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)), tail-corrections are an appropriate choice with which the results are much less sensitive to the details of the truncation.

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K. M. Jablonka, D. Ongari, B. Smit. Submitted.


MARVEL zeolites GCMC Metal-Organic frameworks tail-corrections Covalent-Organic frameworks

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05 June 2019

29 May 2019 [This version]