Molecular Orbital ‘Supermolecule’ Approach to the Solvation Problem

  • Alberte Pullman
Conference paper
Part of the The Jerusalem Symposia on Quantum Chemistry and Biochemistry book series (JSQC, volume 8)


Until very recently, the theoretical evaluation of the effect of the medium on the behavior and properties of molecules was beyond the reach of quantum mechanical computations, essentially due to the prohibitive size of the systems which would have to be considered. Thus the habit evolved to treat essentially the isolated molecule and be satisfied by qualitative considerations or, at best, approximate evaluations of the bulk effect of the medium following early models [l]–[3]. The last few years have seen a number of attempts at a refinement of these ‘continuum’ or ‘macroscopic’ representations [4,5,6,7]. One constant and essential inconvenience of these models is, however, the absence of precision concerning the arrangement of the solvation layer(s) around the solute, which is considered as residing in a cavity (generally spherical) embedded in a polarizable dielectric. No information is obtainable in this way about the details of the short-range solute-medium interactions.


Water Molecule Kcal Mole Torsion Angle Hydration Shell Solvation Problem 
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  • Alberte Pullman
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique, Institut de Biologie Physico-ChimiqueC.N.R.S.ParisFrance

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