[gmx-users] AU-S bonded parameter

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Nov 28 13:37:55 CET 2012

On 11/28/12 4:38 AM, fatemeh ramezani wrote:
> hello
> I want add Au-S parameter for E(bond)=K*(r-r0)^2 to bonded parameters of OPLSAA forcefield. according to the paper, r0=2.4 A , k(au-s)=4180 [kJ/(mol/Å2)]. But in Gromacs manual K unit is KJ/mol. I dont understand it.

Energies are kJ/mol.  Force constants are kJ/(mol-nm^2).  Refer to the form of 
potential energy for a harmonic bond and the units become clear.

> for use of k(au-s), should I unitless it or not? meaning, I should multiple this K to sigma(au-s) and then put in bonded file?
> thank you

All you need here is proper unit conversion (A -> nm).  Mind the square term 
(A^2 -> nm ^2), which people often forget.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech
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