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|Article number||ARTN 224117|
|Journal publication date||8/06/2005|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|Number of pages||7|
A new approach is presented to eliminate the problem of creation and/or annihilation of atoms in free-energy calculations of charged molecular systems. The method employs a damping potential in the Ewald summation scheme, which is an exact solution of the electrostatics for three-dimensional periodic systems. The proposed method enables entire molecules to be mutated from a noninteracting (ideal) state in an efficient and robust way, thus providing a means by which accurate absolute free energies of structurally complex molecules can be determined. This methodology will enable chemical and phase equilibria to be determined for large molecular species with significant charge distributions, e.g., biomolecules and drugs.