Effective force coarse-graining

Yanting Wang, W. G. Noid, Pu Liu, Gregory A. Voth

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An effective force coarse-graining (EF-CG) method is presented in this paper that complements the more general multiscale coarse-graining (MS-CG) methodology. The EF-CG method determines effective pairwise forces between coarse-grained sites by averaging over the atomistic forces between the corresponding atomic groups in configurations sampled from equilibrium all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The EF-CG method extracts the transferable part of the MS-CG force field at the cost of reduced accuracy in reproducing certain structural properties. Therefore, the EF-CG method provides an alternative to the MS-CG approach for determining CG force fields that give improved transferability but reduced structural accuracy. The EF-CG method is especially suitable for coarse-graining large molecules with high symmetry, such as bulky organic molecules, and for studying complex phenomena across a range of thermodynamic conditions. The connection between the EF-CG and MS-CG approaches as well as the limitations of the EF-CG method are also discussed. Numerical results for neopentane, methanol and ionic liquid systems illustrate the utility of the method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2002-2015
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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