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ReaxFF: A Reactive Force Field for Hydrocarbons

van Duin, Adri C. T. and Dasgupta, Siddharth and Lorant, François and Goddard, William A., III (2001) ReaxFF: A Reactive Force Field for Hydrocarbons. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 105 (41). pp. 9396-9409. ISSN 1089-5639. doi:10.1021/jp004368u.

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To make practical the molecular dynamics simulation of large scale reactive chemical systems (1000s of atoms), we developed ReaxFF, a force field for reactive systems. ReaxFF uses a general relationship between bond distance and bond order on one hand and between bond order and bond energy on the other hand that leads to proper dissociation of bonds to separated atoms. Other valence terms present in the force field (angle and torsion) are defined in terms of the same bond orders so that all these terms go to zero smoothly as bonds break. In addition, ReaxFF has Coulomb and Morse (van der Waals) potentials to describe nonbond interactions between all atoms (no exclusions). These nonbond interactions are shielded at short range so that the Coulomb and van der Waals interactions become constant as R_(ij) → 0. We report here the ReaxFF for hydrocarbons. The parameters were derived from quantum chemical calculations on bond dissociation and reactions of small molecules plus heat of formation and geometry data for a number of stable hydrocarbon compounds. We find that the ReaxFF provides a good description of these data. Generally, the results are of an accuracy similar or better than PM3, while ReaxFF is about 100 times faster. In turn, the PM3 is about 100 times faster than the QC calculations. Thus, with ReaxFF we hope to be able to study complex reactions in hydrocarbons.

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Additional Information:© 2001 American Chemical Society. Received: December 4, 2000; In Final Form: March 30, 2001. Publication Date (Web): September 22, 2001. This research was supported by TMR Grant No. ERBFMBICT971871 and a Royal Society Fellowship to ACTvD. Additional support to the Caltech Team were provided by grants from DOE-ASCI, NSF-CHE (9985574, 9977872), and ARO-MURI. The MSC Facility is also supported by grants from Avery-Dennison, Chevron, Dow, 3M, Asahi Chemical, GM, and Seiko-Epson Corporations. Additional computations were carried out at PNNL.
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Official Citation:ReaxFF:  A Reactive Force Field for Hydrocarbons Adri C. T. van Duin, Siddharth Dasgupta, Francois Lorant, and William A. Goddard III The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2001 105 (41), 9396-9409 DOI: 10.1021/jp004368u
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