Parameterization of a Coarse-Grained Model for Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate Surfactants and Molecular Dynamics Studies of Their Selfassembly in Aqueous Solution

X. He, W. Shinoda, R. DeVane, K. Andersen, and M. L. Klein

Chem. Phys. Lett. 487, 71-76 (2011).

A coarse grained (CG) forcefield for linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) was systematically parameterized. Thermodynamic data from experiments and structural data obtained from all-atom molecular dynamics were used as targets to parameterize CG potentials for the bonded and non-bonded interactions. The added computational efficiency permits one to employ computer simulation to probe the self-assembly of LAS aqueous solutions into different morphologies starting from a random configuration. The present CG model is shown to accurately reproduce the phase behavior of solutions of pure isomers of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, despite the fact that phase behavior was not directly taken into account in the forcefield parameterization.