Quasi-chemical theory applied to ion hydration combines statistical mechanical theory, electronic structure calculations, and molecular simulation, disciplines which are individually subjects for specialized professional attention. Because it combines activities which are themselves non-trivial, quasi-chemical theory is typically viewed with surprise. Nevertheless, it provides a fully-considered framework for analysis of ion hydration. Furthermore, the initial calculations are indeed simple, successful, and provide new information to long-standing experimental activities such as neutron diffraction by hydrated ions. Here we review quasi-chemical theory in the context of a challenging application, Rb + (aq).
Annual Reports Section "C" (Physical Chemistry) – Royal Society of Chemistry
Published: May 15, 2013