Water and other tetrahedral liquids: order, anomalies and solvation

BS Jabes and D Nayar and D Dhabal and V Molinero and C Chakravarty, JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER, 24, 284116 (2012).

DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/24/28/284116

In order to understand the common features of tetrahedral liquids with water-like anomalies, the relationship between local order and anomalies has been studied using molecular dynamics simulations for three categories of such liquids: (a) atomistic rigid-body models for water (TIP4P, TIP4P/2005, mTIP3P, SPC/E), (b) ionic melts, BeF2 (TRIM model) and SiO2 (BKS potential) and (c) Stillinger-Weber liquids parametrized to model water (mW) and silicon. Rigid-body, atomistic models for water and the Stillinger-Weber liquids show a strong correlation between tetrahedral and pair correlation order and the temperature for the onset of the density anomaly is close to the melting temperature. In contrast, the ionic melts show weaker and more variable degrees of correlation between tetrahedral and pair correlation metrics, and the onset temperature for the density anomaly is more than twice the melting temperature. In the case of water, the relationship between water-like anomalies and solvation is studied by examining the hydration of spherical solutes (Na+, Cl-, Ar) in water models with different temperature regimes of anomalies (SPC/E, TIP4P and mTIP3P). For both ionic and nonpolar solutes, the local structure and energy of water molecules is essentially the same as in bulk water beyond the second- neighbour shell. The local order and binding energy of water molecules are not perturbed by the presence of a hydrophobic solute. In the case of ionic solutes, the perturbation is largely localized within the first hydration shell. The binding energies for the ions are strongly dependent on the water models and clearly indicate that the geometry of the partial charge distributions, and the associated multipole moments, play an important role. However the anomalous behaviour of the water network has been found to be unimportant for polar solvation.

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