Multiscale modeling of the trihexyltetradecylphosphonium chloride ionic liquid

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A multiscale modeling protocol was sketched for the trihexyltetradecylphosphonium chloride ([P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14]Cl) ionic liquid (IL). The optimized molecular geometries of an isolated [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14] cation and a tightly bound [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14]Cl ion pair structure were obtained from quantum chemistry ab initio calculations. A cost-effective united-atom model was proposed for the [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14] cation based on the corresponding atomistic model. Atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations were performed over a wide temperature range to validate the proposed united-atom [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14] model against the available experimental data. Through a systemic analysis of volumetric quantities, microscopic structures, and transport properties of the bulk [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14]Cl IL under varied thermodynamic conditions, it was identified that the proposed united-atom [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14] cationic model could essentially capture the local intermolecular structures and the nonlocal experimental thermodynamics, including liquid density, volume expansivity and isothermal compressibility, and transport properties, such as zero-shear viscosity, of the bulk [P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14]Cl IL within a wide temperature range.


  • Yong-Lei Wang
  • Sten Sarman
  • Bin Li
  • Aatto Laaksonen
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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22125-22135
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Theoretical Chemistry (S) (011001039)