[gmx-users] Query regarding the addition of solvent molecule

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Fri Sep 5 12:07:53 CEST 2014

On 9/5/14, 2:50 AM, Christina Florina wrote:
> Hi,
>              I have just started my work in MD and using Gromacs 5.0. I need
> to use cyclohexane as my solvent instead of water. I generated the topology
> file, .itp and .gro using PRODRG. I have successfully incorporated the .gro
> file using solvate command and generated the solvent box. But I am facing
> problem with grompp (ions.mdp) step before the addition of ions.
> gmx grompp -f ions.mdp -c protein_solv.gro -p protein.top -o ions.tpr
>              I am getting the FATAL ERROR: NO SUCH MOLECULETYPE CHX  though
> I have checked with the molecule name (CHX) in the cyclohexane .itp file. I
> have tired changing the name of the molecule also.
>             Do I need to add this cyclohexane solvent molecule in the
> forcefield file or .atp file, .rtp file? I tried adding them but still not
> able to run this. I might be incorrect while adding it in the .rtp file.
>              So, I kindly need help regarding the addition of new solvent
> molecule in gromacs since I have other organic solvents also for my md work
> and having the same problem.

You need to #include the CHX .itp file in the system .top, and update 
[molecules] accordingly.  Please note as well that PRODRG topologies are of low 
quality in my experience and need to be corrected.  CHX is simple, a ring of CH2 
atom types, all with zero charge.  Other results are less trivial to fix.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

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