Maeng-Eun Lee

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By comparison of neopentane pair potentials of mean force (PMFs) in room temperature water and 6.9 molar aqueous urea, it was recently shown that urea molecules affect the PMF minima in an unexpected way (Lee, M.-E.; van der Vegt, N. F. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4948). While the first PMF minimum in urea solution has an identical shape and depth to(More)
It is generally accepted that clusters of hydrophobic moieties in water fall apart when urea is added in substantial amounts. We performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of hydrophobic solute pairs and found evidence that urea molecules act as "glue" bridging these pairs thereby holding them together. The picture is quite general as it applies to(More)
Structural aspects of terminally blocked alanine trans-N-acetyl-L-alanyl-trans-N'-methylamide (Ac-Ala-NHMe) in several different solvents were compared by attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The amide I bands between 1600 and 1700 cm(-1) appeared to change depending on media,(More)
We studied solvation structure and thermodynamics of methane in mixtures of tert-butanol and water using computer simulations. We show that for alcohol mole fractions below 20%, methane is preferentially solvated by hydrated alcohol clusters. Because methane expels water molecules from these clusters, a large endothermic solvent reorganization enthalpy(More)
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