Volume 43 - Issue 1 - 17 - 32

Study on Thermophysical Properties of Arginine and Glutamic Acid in Water Using Ab Initio Methods

Ab İnitio Yöntemler Kullanılarak Sudaki Arjinin ve Glutamik Asitin Termofiziksel Özellikleri Üzerine Bir Çalışma

Gibbs free energy and acidic dissociation constants are two important thermodynamic properties of mo- lecules. A combination of ab initio with the density functional theory (DFT) and the polarized continuum model (PCM) of Tomasi’s method were utilized to calculate the acidic dissociation constants of arginine and glutamic acid in water. We applied the basis set at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d) level of theory for accurate theoretical predictions of pKa values. Furthermore, we have evaluated the molecular conformations and solute-solvent interactions of these molecules by the electronic structure theory (commonly DFT method). It was found that in alkaline aqueous solutions the cation, anion, and neutral species of arginine and glutamic acid are solvated with one, two, three, and four molecules of water, respectively. There are intermolecular hydrogen bonds bet- ween the existent species and water molecules. The atomic charges were investigated to analyze the reaction mechanism. In this study, it can be seen that there is a good correlation between experimental attained pKa values and the theoretical computed pKa values. 

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