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Flexible Force Field Parameterization through Fitting on the Ab Initio-Derived Elastic Tensor

Flexible Force Field Parameterization through Fitting on the Ab Initio-Derived Elastic Tensor
David Dubbeldam, Krista S. Walton, Nicholas C. Burtch, Jurn Heinen
Constructing functional forms and their corresponding force field parameters for the metal–linker interface of metal–organic frameworks is challenging. We propose fitting these parameters on the elastic tensor, computed from ab initio density functional theory calculations. The advantage of this top-down approach is that it becomes evident if functional forms are missing when components of the elastic tensor are off. As a proof-of-concept, a new flexible force field for MIL-47(V) is derived. Negative thermal expansion is observed and framework flexibility has a negligible effect on adsorption and transport properties for small guest molecules. We believe that this force field parametrization approach can serve as a useful tool for developing accurate flexible force field models that capture the correct mechanical behavior of the full periodic structure.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00310

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00310

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