QM-MM Approach to the Accurate Description of Slow Diffusion in Porous Materials

M Trachta and T Volny and M Rubes and R Bulánek and O Bludsky, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 127, 8856-8863 (2023).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.3c01340

A QM-MM methodology to improve the theoretical description of slow diffusion in microporous materials using ab initio data is presented. At a modest computational cost, the two-step ab initio correction to activation energy significantly enhances force field model performance. This approach was applied to the small hydrocarbons (C1- C3) diffusion through 8MRs (8-membered rings) in siliceous zeolites. The improved ab initio description of the hydrocarbon transition states in 8MRs leads to more systematic behavior of the method that captures the trends in experimental measurements. The proposed method may be broadly applied to a wide variety of systems for which empirical potentials of sufficient quality are not available.

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