MedeA GIBBS The Reference Approach for Fluid Properties and Sorption


MedeA®[1] GIBBS is one of the world’s leading forcefield-based Monte Carlo codes [2], used to predict and study [3]:

  • Fluid properties under various equilibrium conditions
  • Sorption in natural and industrial adsorbents (zeolites, MOFs, etc)
  • Solubility of small compounds in polymer materials
  • Ion exchange

Properties are provided with confidence intervals, offering validated predictions and insights to engineers.

Key Benefits

  • Advanced computational methods, such as statistical bias, allow simulation of complex molecules (polycyclic, branched, multi-functional)
  • Time-saving benefits using the pre/post-processing features of MedeA GIBBS GUI

Recommended hardware: cluster of multicore PC under Windows or Linux 64 bit.

Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods both sample the configurations of a molecular system. However, since Monte Carlo methods are stochastic while Molecular Dynamics methods are deterministic, the former are frequently more efficient at exploring configuration space and computing properties. In Monte Carlo simulations, depending on the statistical ensemble used, the number of molecules may vary in a given box. Several boxes, one per phase, are handled simultaneously when phase equilibrium is simulated [4]. These characteristics render Monte Carlo methods generally best suited for phase equilibria and sorption.

The MedeA GIBBS GUI offers advanced pre-processing, with built in know-how (e.g. system-adapted default Monte Carlo moves), as well as advanced post-processing.


Schematic view of vapor-liquid equilibrium simulation of a polyaromatic hydrocarbons using the extended TraPPE-UA forcefield for polycyclic flexible molecules [5].

‘The laboratories devoted to data acquisition cannot face the increasing demand and molecular simulation appears to be the only valuable alternative to get these data before the deadline of the projects. (…) We are entering a cycle of data production and this is a very good piece of news for our industry.’

François Montel, Thermodynamics expert, TOTAL (foreword of [2])

Predicted Properties

  • Thermodynamic: intermolecular energy, heat capacity, speed of sound, and Joule-Thomson coefficient
  • Volumetric: pressure/density, compressibility, and thermal expansivity
  • Vapor-liquid equilibrium of pure compounds: normal boiling temperature, vapor pressure, vaporization enthalpy, chemical potential, critical point, and acentric factor
  • Phase equilibrium of mixtures: bubble pressure, chemical potential, fugacity, density and composition of coexisting phases, and three phase vapor-liquid-liquid equilibrium
  • Fluid structure: radial distribution function and molecular conformations
  • Sorption: adsorption/desorption isotherms, differential enthalpy of adsorption, Henry solubility constants, sorption selectivity, and loading of cation location sites
  • Ion exchange in electrolytes or in microporous solids

Example configuration of adsorption of a multicomponent gas mixture in NaY faujasite.


Various forcefields can be used:

  • Wide-purpose All Atom forcefields (pcff+, OPLSAA)
  • United Atom forcefields designed for fluid phase equilibria of flexible organic molecules (TraPPE-UA, AUA, Mie)
  • Specific rigid models for small organic and inorganic molecules (e.g.: H2O, N2, CO2, H2S) and solvated ions (e.g.: Na+, Li+, Cl-, F-)
  • Mie potentials for coarse-grained models of molecules
  • Specific forcefields for solid-fluid interactions in sorption: e.g. CLAYFF for clay minerals [6].

Value of Integration in MedeA

  • MedeA Forcefields integration provides easy and efficient forcefield assignment
  • MOPAC and GAUSSIAN allow use of optimized molecular conformations and ideal gas properties
  • InfoMaticA provides access to crystal structures
  • VASP provides optimized structures and electrostatic energy grids for simulating sorption [7]
  • Amorphous Materials builder generates conformations of polymer materials used for simulating sorption
  • LAMMPS Diffusivity provides transport coefficients that may be combined with GIBBS predicted solubility to obtain membrane permeability of volatile compounds

Required Modules

  • MedeAEnvironment
  • MedeA JobServer and TaskServer

Find Out More

Find out more about MedeA GIBBS in Materials Design Application Notes and Upcoming and Recorded Materials Design webinars.

[1]MedeA and Materials Design are registered trademarks of Materials Design, Inc.
[2]A. D. Mackie et al., Molecular Simulation 19, 1(1997); P. Ungerer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 112, 5499 (2000); E. Bourasseau et al., Molecular Simulation 28, 317 (2002); E. Bourasseau et al., J. Chem. Phys. 118, 3020 (2003); M. Lagache et al., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 3, 4333 (2001); N. Ferrando et al., J. Phys. Chem. 114, 8680 (2010).
[3]Applications of molecular simulation in the oil and gas industry - Monte Carlo methods” by P. Ungerer, B. Tavitian and A. Boutin, Technip, Paris, (2005)
[4]A. Z. Panagiotopoulos, Molecular Physics 61, 813 (1987).
[5]M. Yiannourakou et al., Fluid Phase Equilibria, in press (2018)
[6]R. T. Cygan et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 1255 (2004).
[7]X. Rozanska et al., Oil Gas Sci. Technol. - Rev. IFP Energies nouvelles 68, 299 (2013).