We report herein a study of the solvent reorganization process in an electron transfer reaction. The calculations are based on a model consisting of 26 or 62 solvent particles. Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to calculate the electric field fluctuations during the orientational and translational motion of the solvent molecules. The changes in the electric fields at various points near the reacting sites in the system are evaluated as a function of time. From these electric fields, electric field time correlation functions are calculated. The main conclusion in this work is that it requires nearly 3 ps for the model solvent to reorient during the charge transfer. These results suggest ways of incorporating solvent dynamics based on molecular models into theoretical studies of electron transfer rates in condensed media.
Volume 134, 2022
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