Accurate Calculation of Solvation Properties of Lithium Ions in Nonaqueous Solutions

DL Vigil and MJ Stevens and AL Frischknecht, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 127, 8002-8008 (2023).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.3c05591

We perform all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of lithium triflate in 1,2-dimethoxyethane using six different literature force fields. This system is representative of many experimental studies of lithium salts in solvents and polymers. We show that multiple historically common force fields for lithium ions give qualitatively incorrect results when compared with those from experiments and quantum chemistry calculations. We illustrate the importance of correctly selecting force field parameters and give recommendations on the force field choice for lithium electrolyte applications.

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