Computing solubility and thermodynamic properties of H2O2 in water

Tijin Saji, J.M. Vicent-Luna, Thijs J.H. Vlugt, Sofia Calero (Corresponding author), Behnaz Bagheri (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Hydrogen peroxide plays a key role in many environmental and industrial chemical processes. We performed classical Molecular Dynamics and Continuous Fractional Component Monte Carlo simulations to calculate thermodynamic properties of H2O2 in aqueous solutions. The quality of the available force fields for H2O2 developed by Orabi and English (2018) [67], and by Cordeiro (2014) [69] was systematically evaluated. To assess which water force field is suitable for predicting properties of H2O2 in aqueous solutions, four widely used water force fields were used, namely the TIP3P, TIP4P/2005, TIP5P-E, and a modified TIP3P force field. While the computed densities of pure H2O2 in the temperature range of 253 - 353 K using the force field by Orabi & English are in excellent agreement with experimental results, the densities using the force field by Cordeiro are underestimated by 3%. The TIP4P/2005 force field in combination with the H2O2 force field developed by Orabi & English can predict the densities of H2O2 aqueous solution for the whole range of H2O2 mole fractions in very good agreement with experimental results. The TIP4P/2005 force field in combination with either of the H2O2 force fields can predict the viscosities of H2O2 aqueous solutions for the whole range of H2O2 mole fractions in reasonably good agreement with experimental results. The computed diffusion coefficients for H2O2 and water molecules using the TIP4P/2005 force field with either of the H2O2 force fields are almost constant for the whole range of H2O2 mole fractions. Hydrogen bond analysis showed a steady increase in the number of hydrogen bonds with the solute concentrations in H2O2 aqueous solutions for all combinations except for the Cordeiro-TIP5P-E and Orabi-TIP5P-E systems, which showed a minimum at intermediate concentrations. The Cordeiro force field for H2O2 in combination with either of the water force fields can predict the Henry coefficients of H2O2 in water in better agreement with experimental values than the force field by Orabi & English
Original languageEnglish
Article number124530
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular Liquids
Volume401
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

Keywords

  • Aqueous solution
  • Continuous Fractional Component Monte Carlo simulations
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Molecular Dynamics

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