Approaches for calculating solvation free energies and enthalpies demonstrated with an update of the FreeSolv database

Guilherme Duarte Ramos Matos, Daisy Y. Kyu, Hannes H. Loeffler, John D. Chodera, Michael R. Shirts, David Mobley
Journal of Chemical Engineering Data 62:1559, 2017. [DOI] [bioRxiv] [GitHub]

We review alchemical methods for computing solvation free energies and present an update (version 0.5) to the FreeSolv database of experimental and calculated hydration free energies of neutral compounds.

Predicting small-molecule solvation free energies: A blind challenge test for computational chemistry

Anthony Nicholls, David L. Mobley, J. Peter Guthrie, John D. Chodera, and Vijay S. Pande.
J. Med. Chem. 51:769, 2008. [DOI] [PDF]

A blind evaluation of the accuracy of alchemical free energy methods for computing gas-to-water transfer free energies (solvation free energies) of small molecules demonstrates that modern forcefields are likely sufficiently accurate to be useful in drug design.