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A squeeze method for hydrogen bond dynamics at instantaneous air-water interface
  • Gang Huang,
  • Jie Huang
Gang Huang
Institute für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität
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Jie Huang
Department of Physics, Wenzhou University


Hydrogen bond (HB) dynamics at the air-water interface is investigated by constructing a new statistical approach to analyze the configuration data obtained from density functional-based molecular dynamics (DFTMD) simulations. To calculate HB dynamics for water molecules at the air-water interface, we combines two different ways to identify interfacial H-bonds. This approach gives two extreme cases of the interfacial HB dynamics: one underestimates the HB breaking rate constant and the other overestimates it. The HB dynamics in the water layers below the surface in these two extreme cases tends (is squeezed) to be the same as the thickness of the water layer increases. The advantage of this approach is that the real HB characteristics, such as the HB lifetime, HB reaction rate constants, and the thickness of the air-water interface, are determined when the two extreme cases start to give consistent results for them.