A computational strategy based on quantum mechanical (QM) calculations and continuum solvation models is used to investigate the structure of liquids (either neat liquids or mixtures). The strategy is based on the comparison of calculated and experimental spectroscopic properties (IR-Raman vibrational frequencies and Raman intensities). In particular, neat formamide, neat acetonitrile, and their equimolar mixture are studied comparing isolated and solvated clusters of different nature and size. In all cases, the study seems to indicate that liquids, even when strongly associated, can be effectively modeled in terms of a shell-like system in which clusters of strongly interacting molecules (the microenvironments) are solvated by a polarizable macroenvironment represented by the rest of the molecules. Only taking into proper account both these effects can a correct picture of the liquid structure be achieved.

A quantum mechanical strategy to investigate the structure of liquids: the cases of acetonitrile, formamide and their mixture

MENNUCCI, BENEDETTA;
2008

Abstract

A computational strategy based on quantum mechanical (QM) calculations and continuum solvation models is used to investigate the structure of liquids (either neat liquids or mixtures). The strategy is based on the comparison of calculated and experimental spectroscopic properties (IR-Raman vibrational frequencies and Raman intensities). In particular, neat formamide, neat acetonitrile, and their equimolar mixture are studied comparing isolated and solvated clusters of different nature and size. In all cases, the study seems to indicate that liquids, even when strongly associated, can be effectively modeled in terms of a shell-like system in which clusters of strongly interacting molecules (the microenvironments) are solvated by a polarizable macroenvironment represented by the rest of the molecules. Only taking into proper account both these effects can a correct picture of the liquid structure be achieved.
Mennucci, Benedetta; C. O., DA SILVA
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