Improved GAFF2 parameters for fluorinated alkanes and mixed hydro- and fluorocarbons

  • Johannes Träg
  • Dirk ZahnEmail author
Original Paper
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We present improved molecular mechanics models for perfluorocarbons and mixed hydro- and fluorocarbons, based on the GAFF2 force field. Benchmarking was performed for a series of single molecule geometries and for condensed phases, namely self-assembled monolayers comprising perfluoro-octadecane phosphonic acids. From this, considerable improvement of the torsion angles is demonstrated. Apart from structural characterization, we also illustrate the implications of the old and new GAFF2-type models for mechanical properties by mimicking self-assembled monolayer indentation.


GAFF2 Force field Fluorocarbons Teflon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie / Computer Chemie CentrumFriedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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