An accurate and efficient ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation of liquid water was made possible using the fragment-based approach (J. F. Liu, X. He and J. Z. H. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 11931-11936). In this study, we advance the AIMD simulations using the fragment-based coupled cluster (CC) theory, more accurately revealing the structural and dynamical properties of liquid water under ambient conditions. The results show that the double-donor hydrogen-bond configurations in liquid water are nearly in balance with the single-donor configurations, with a slight bias towards the former. Our observation is in contrast to the traditional tetrahedral water structure. The hydrogen-bond switching dynamics in liquid water are very fast, with a hydrogen-bond life time of around 0.78 picoseconds, determined using AIMD simulation at the CCD/aug-cc-pVDZ level. This time scale is remarkably shorter than the ∼3.0 picoseconds that is commonly obtained from traditional nonpolarized force fields and density functional theory (DFT) based first-principles simulations. Additionally, the obtained radial distribution functions, triplet oxygen angular distribution, diffusion coefficient, and the dipole moment of the water molecule are uniformly in good agreement with the experimental observations. The current high-level AIMD simulation sheds light on the understanding of the structural and dynamical properties of liquid water.
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