Removing the barrier to the calculation of activation energies: Diffusion coefficients and reorientation times in liquid water

ZA Piskulich and OO Mesele and WH Thompson, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 147, 134103 (2017).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4997723

General approaches for directly calculating the temperature dependence of dynamical quantities from simulations at a single temperature are presented. The method is demonstrated for self-diffusion and OH reorientation in liquid water. For quantities which possess an activation energy, e.g., the diffusion coefficient and the reorientation time, the results from the direct calculation are in excellent agreement with those obtained from an Arrhenius plot. However, additional information is obtained, including the decomposition of the contributions to the activation energy. These results are discussed along with prospects for additional applications of the direct approach. Published by AIP Publishing.

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