Molecular Dynamics and Principal Component Analysis for a Self-assembled Nanocube in Aqueous Solution
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Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in aqueous solution were performed for hexameric nanocubes of methylated (<b>1</b><sub>6</sub>) and demethylated (<b>2</b><sub>6</sub>) gear-shaped amphiphiles. To elucidate the difference between these nanocubes, the principal component analysis for the MD simulation results in aqueous solution and the normal mode analysis in the gas phase were also applied to the nanocube, <b>1</b><sub>6</sub> and <b>2</b><sub>6</sub>. The structural fluctuation of the lowest-frequency motion on <b>2</b><sub>6</sub> is larger than that on <b>1</b><sub>6</sub> around the triple π stacking of 3-pyridyl groups. For the structural stability and fluctuation of the nanocube, interactions among the constituent gear-shaped molecules play more important roles than the solvophobic effect due to solvent molecules.
- Chemistry Letters
Chemistry Letters 43(3), 366-368, 2014
The Chemical Society of Japan