Enthalpy of mixing (EOM) is one of the most basic thermodynamic properties of mixtures. To assess feasibility of predicting EOM using force field simulation methods, fifteen (15) representative binary mixtures were investigated using MD simulations based on OPLS and TIP4P force fields. The simulation conditions and errors were carefully examined. The precision level of 0.04 kJ/mol was obtained for calculated EOM data. However, the predictions, measured by deviations from experimental data, were only qualitatively correct. Among various factors influencing the accuracy of predictions, force field quality representing interactions among different molecules plays the most significant role. Using methanol/benzene and ethanol/benzene as examples, we demonstrated that non-additive interaction terms between polarizable atoms can be used to significantly improve the quality of predictions. In addition, it appears that charge-dependent LJ parameters are required in order to represent the polarization effects accurately. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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