Collective diffusion model for water permeation through microscopic channels

Fangqiang Zhu, Emad Tajkhorshid, Klaus Schulten

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Water permeation through microscopic channels was described using a collective diffusion model. In this model, water movement at equilibrium is characterized as an unbiased diffusion along this coordinate and water transport in the presence of a chemical potential difference is described as one-dimensional diffusion in a linear potential. It was suggested that the model can be used in determining the osmotic permeability of a water channel from equilibrium simulations. The collective diffusion model establishes a quantitative relationship between the spontaneous water transport at equilibrium and the stationary water flux under nonequilibrium conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224501
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 29 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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