Hydrogen bond lifetimes in supercritical methanol–water mixtures via MD simulation

Takumi Ono, Masaki Ota, Yoshiyuki Sato, Hiroshi Inomata

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Dynamical features of hydrogen bonds in methanol–water mixtures have been analysed in terms of lifetime in the wide range of conditions, including supercritical states, using a molecular dynamics simulation with flexible potential models. Hydrogen bond characteristics in methanol–water mixtures were investigated by considering the combination of molecular species and donor–acceptor of hydrogen-bonded molecules. The hydrogen bond lifetimes mainly depend on temperature, and those in supercritical condition were about 1/10th of that at ambient condition. Focusing on the composition dependence of the hydrogen bond lifetime, the unique behaviour of that resulting from hydration structure was observed. Moreover, the molecular combination, which showed the largest hydrogen bond lifetime, was different for ambient and high temperature and high pressure conditions. The relationship between hydrogen bond lifetime and molar volume was also calculated to discuss the hydrogen bond lifetime in terms of the collision frequency of molecules and the intermolecular distance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2974-2982
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 17


  • hydrogen bond lifetime
  • Molecular dynamics
  • supercritical state
  • water–methanol mixture


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