We use the quantum-classical path integral (QCPI) methodology to investigate the relaxation dynamics of an excess proton that has been inserted in a water dimer embedded in the gramicidin A channel at room temperature. We obtain one-dimensional potential slices for the quantum degree of freedom through a proper transformation to internal coordinates. Our results indicate that the proton transfer is driven by the oscillation of the oxygen pair, and that the transfer occurs primarily at single-well or nearby low-barrier configurations. Yet, we find that tunneling and zero-point energy lead to a significant acceleration of the proton transfer dynamics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry