I've only been able to make contact with a colleague of the original author, 
and they have been extremely helpful with suggestions but the values still lies 
out range of that published. 

Therefore, I was hoping for some useful suggestion from individuals with more 
experience than I in the guts of Gromacs on what parameter beyond, charge, 
sigma, epsilon, mass, FC and eq distances, could contribute to a shift in RDF 
from metal to oxygen of water. 

Thanks
Anthony 

Dr Anthony Nash
Department of Chemistry
University College London
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Subject: Re: [gmx-users] Fine tune the RDF of water around a dummy metal

On 10/12/16 5:32 PM, Nash, Anthony wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I¹m trying to fine tune the rdf of tip3p water molecules around a central
> metal dummy molecule ("Force Field Independent Metal Parameters Using a
> Nonbonded Dummy Model²), essentially a central metal (with vdw parameter
> and -1 charge) covalently bonded to six Œdummy¹ atoms (no vdw parameters,
> each with a +0.5 charge). Despite all my efforts at recreating the RDF
> from the published work, my first peak deviates by almost 0.8 Angstroms.
> The original publication showed that a deviation from their rdf resulted
> in a large deviation from the correct solvation free energy. Also, a metal
> demonstrating a deviation of around 0.8 angstrom in a water box will more
> than likely prevent the metal from settling in plane to the nitrogen atoms
> of a heme group when the parameters are put into practice.
>
> I have looked into adjusting the following in my attempt at bringing the
> first hydration shell closer to the dummy atom:
>
> -adjusting the sigma & epsilon (started from the published values I¹ve
> iteratively gone through tens of paired values, with sigma never getting
> below 0.48129. Any attempt at doing so causes steepest descent to crash
> during an energy minimisation)
> -shortened the equilibrium bond lengths of the central metal atom to its
> bonded dummy atoms
> -increased the positive charge on the dummy atoms whilst reducing the
> negative charge on the central metal atom
>
> 0.32 Angstrom is as close as I can get it without the energy minimisation
> from crashing out (excessive force).
>
> A bit of a long shot but any suggestions on how I could tune these
> parameters further?
>

What do the authors say when you tell them you can't reproduce their published
results?

-Justin

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