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Infrared Signatures of Isomer Selectivity and Symmetry Breaking in the Cs+(H2O)3 Complex Using Many-Body Potential Energy Functions

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submitted on 08.05.2020 and posted on 12.05.2020 by Marc Riera, Justin J. Talbot, Ryan P. Steele, Francesco Paesani

A quantitative description of the interactions between ions and water is key to characterizing the role played by ions in mediating fundamental processes that take place in aqueous environments. At the molecular level, vibrational spectroscopy provides a unique means to probe the multidimensional potential energy surface of small ion−water clusters. In this study, we combine the MB-nrg potential energy functions recently developed for ion−water interactions with perturbative corrections to vibrational self-consistent field theory and the local-monomer approximation to disentangle many-body effects on the stability and vibrational structure of the Cs+(H2O)3 cluster. Since several low-energy, thermodynamically accessible isomers exist for Cs+(H2O)3, even small changes in the description of the underlying potential energy surface can result in large differences in the relative stability of the various isomers. Our analysis demonstrates that a quantitative account for three-body energies and explicit treatment of cross-monomer vibrational couplings are required to reproduce the experimental spectrum.

Funding

National Science Foundation

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

fpaesani@ucsd.edu

Institution

University of California, San Diego

Country

United States

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-4451-1203

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest

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