Toward accurate solvation dynamics of lanthanides and actinides in water using polarizable force fields: from gas-phase energetics to hydration free energies

  • Aude Marjolin
  • Christophe Gourlaouen
  • Carine Clavaguéra
  • Pengyu Y. Ren
  • Johnny C. Wu
  • Nohad Gresh
  • Jean-Pierre Dognon
  • Jean-Philip Piquemal
Regular Article
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  1. From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields Collection


In this contribution, we focused on the use of polarizable force fields to model the structural, energetic, and thermodynamical properties of lanthanides and actinides in water. In a first part, we chose the particular case of the Th(IV) cation to demonstrate the capabilities of the AMOEBA polarizable force field to reproduce both reference ab initio gas-phase energetics and experimental data including coordination numbers and radial distribution functions. Using such model, we predicted the first polarizable force field estimate of Th(IV) solvation free energy, which accounts for −1,638 kcal/mol. In addition, we proposed in a second part of this work a full extension of the SIBFA (Sum of Interaction Between Fragments Ab initio computed) polarizable potential to lanthanides (La(III) and Lu(III)) and to actinides (Th(IV)) in water. We demonstrate its capabilities to reproduce all ab initio contributions as extracted from energy decomposition analysis computations, including many-body charge transfer and discussed its applicability to extended molecular dynamics and its parametrization on high-level post-Hartree–Fock data.


Lanthanides Actinides Energy decomposition analysis Polarizable force field Charge transfer Hydration free energy 



Two of the authors, C. G. and J.-P. D., thank the direction of simulation and experimental tools of the CEA nuclear energy division CEA/DEN/RBPCH for financial support. This work was granted access to the HPC resources of [CCRT/CINES/IDRIS] under the allocation x2011086146 made by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aude Marjolin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christophe Gourlaouen
    • 1
  • Carine Clavaguéra
    • 3
  • Pengyu Y. Ren
    • 4
  • Johnny C. Wu
    • 4
  • Nohad Gresh
    • 5
  • Jean-Pierre Dognon
    • 1
  • Jean-Philip Piquemal
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination des Eléments-f, CEA, CNRS UMR 3299Gif-sur Yvette CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Chimie Théorique, UMPC, CNRS UMR 7616Paris Cedex 05France
  3. 3.Laboratoire des Mécanismes Réactionnels, Département de ChimieEcole Polytechnique, CNRSPalaiseau CedexFrance
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  5. 5.Laboratoire de Chimie et Biochimie Pharmacochimiques et Toxicologiques, UMR 8601 CNRS, UFR Biomédicale, Université Paris DescartesParis Cedex 06France

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