[gmx-users] Ion concentration of genion vs charmm-gui
baptista at itqb.unl.pt
Tue May 13 22:20:09 CEST 2014
Actually, your target concentration usually refers to the macroscopic
solution bulk, not to the simulation box. Therefore, it is generally more
correct to think in terms of the ion:solvent molar ratios -- that is, turn
your molar concentration into the corresponding macroscopic ion:solvent
molar ratios, and then use those ratios in your box.
In many cases it doesn't make much difference which approach you use,
because the fraction of box volume occupied by the non-solvent part of the
simulated system is often very small. However, a membrane typically
occupies a substantial volume of your box, so I would advise the molar
fraction approach in your case.
(Strictly speaking, not even that is necessarily correct, because your
system of interest may induce a local ion concentration different from the
bulk one. But that is an entirely different issue.)
On Tue, 13 May 2014, Mark Abraham wrote:
> Sounds like a problem for a high-school chemistry test ;-) concentration =
> quantity / volume. From the factor of ~1000, probably you're inputting box
> sizes in A instead of nm, or vice-versa, somewhere.
> On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM, Ali Khan <akk5r at virginia.edu> wrote:
>> I generated a membrane in charmm-gui that I will be simulating in gromacs.
>> I am using genion to add 0.14 M potassium by using the -conc flag. In a box
>> with dimensions 13.5355 nm x 13.5355 nm x 13 nm, genion states that I
>> should add 201 K atoms. When I constructed the system in charmm-gui, the
>> server stated that I should add 232 potassium ions to reach a 0.14 M
>> concentration. Does anyone have a suggestion of which potassium ion number
>> I should go with?
>> Best Wishes,
>> Ali Khan
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