Previous Contents Next

Computational Electrochemistry: The Aqueous Ru3+|Ru2+Reduction Potential

Jaque, P.; Marenich, A. V.; Cramer, C. J.; Truhlar, D. G.
J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 5783.

We present results of density functional calculations for the standard reduction potential of the Ru3+|Ru2+ couple in aqueous solution. The metal cations are modeled as [Ru(H2O)n]q+ surrounded by continuum solvent (q = 2, 3; n = 6, 18). The continuum model includes bulk electrostatic polarization as well as atomic surface tensions accounting for the deviation of the second or third hydration shell from the bulk. After consideration of 37 density functionals with 5 different basis sets it has been found that hybrid and hybrid meta functionals provide the most accurate predictions for the [Ru(H2O)n]q+ geometries and for the corresponding reduction potential in comparison with available experimental data. The gas-phase ionization potentials of [Ru(H2O)n]2+ calculated by density functional theory are also compared to results of ab initio computations using second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. The difference in solvation free energies of Ru3+ and Ru2+ varies from -10.56 eV to -10.99 eV for n = 6 and from -6.83 eV to -7.45 eV for n = 18, depending on the density functional and basis set quality. The aqueous standard reduction potential is overestimated when only the first solvation shell is treated explicitly and it is underestimated when the first and second solvation shells are treated explicitly.

To request a copy of this article, send e-mail to the Research Reports Coordinator at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute ( Please provide a mailing address and specify that you would like UMSI report 2007/57.