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What units are used in Gaussian 16 for dipole derivatives output?

I ran a frequency analysis employing Gaussian 16 on MP2/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory with the keyword iop(7/33=1) in order to have access to dipole derivatives with ...
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Excited states using ORMAS flag in GAMESS

I am trying to calculate the excited states using single reference CISD on $\ce{CH3OH},$ using ORMAS' CI-X option in GAMESS. As a test example I am using the $\ce{CH3OH}$ that has 2 core, 7 occ. ...
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Which DFT functional should I use to simulate spectra of pesticides?

I am mainly searching for functionals to calculate spectra of pesticides. I found the benchmark test from Goerigk and Grimme$^1$, but don't understand which of the functionals suits my purpose the ...
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Calculation of dispersion energies for organometallic complexes with Gaussian

I've tried to calculate dispersion energies of some organometallic complexes with the Gaussian software using WB97XD/Gen (...
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What does B3LYP do well? What does it do badly?

I have seen a general criticism of B3LYP in computational chemistry (especially with the 6-31G* basis set). I would like to know some of the more/less obvious problems that occur when using it and ...
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How to create a differential spectrum from two simulated spectra, calculated by two different basis sets?

In my bachelor thesis, I compare simulated IR-spectra computed by different basis sets. The simulated spectra from sets like cc-pVTZ and cc-pVQZ are too similar to compare them by plotting them next ...
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Problem obtaining a Raman spectra of a graphene structure

I am trying to obtain the Raman spectra of a graphene structure using Gaussian. I used the input below, but when I did it, I got this error: ...
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What does “Test job not archived” mean?

I am running frequency computation with geom=connectivity in Gaussian. It all converges now but at the very end of the last convergence it says: ...
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How to generate accurate displacements along normal modes?

How can i displace my structure along a particular normal mode, without coupling to other modes ? Rather than a exact mathematical procedure, I am more interested in a software/script/package that can ...
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What is the most appropriate (and easy-to-use) all-atoms force field for liquid electrolytes?

I need to simulate a salt diluted in a liquid electrolyte. My experience is with LAMMPS, but so far I only had coarse grained toy models, and setting up the force field was straightforward. Now I have ...
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Vibrational frequency analysis for NEB result through Maestro

I have ran a Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) calculation using QuantumEspresso through Maestro to find the potential transition state. Within Maestro there is an option where you can select for NEB type ...
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Computing optimized 3D structures in python that take solvent into account

I have been using RDKit to generate 3D coordinates, cleaning-up the structures using a general-purpose force field as follows: ...
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What novel drugs are developed via CADD?

Virtual screening , protein ligand docking, MD simulation, FEP free energy calculations and the QM/MM approach have all been widely applied in optimization for drug discovery. Which drugs that have ...
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Excited state energy gradient during geometry optimization of a target excited state

During the geometry optimization of the ground state of a molecule, we try to optimize the energy gradient with respect to the nuclear positions such that the system remains in its lowest energy state....
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Two-stage unbinding & binding energies with DFT

I'm trying to calculate the stability of the product of a coordinate bonding process of molecules A and B in the polarizable continuum solvent model (PCM, solvent set to water). I'm getting energies ...
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Understanding emission spectra using TDDFT calculation

I did a TDDFT calculation to get the emission spectra of my molecule. Here are the first five roots for the emission calculation: ...
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Formation energy and Energy above convex hull as indicators of stability

I was trying to understand some indicators about the stability of materials (that basically tell you whether it can be synthesized or not.. right?). Specifically, I'm trying to link the knowledge of ...
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The number of long-range interaction pairs in Tinker

I tested MM calculation of a benzene molecule with Tinker. The following is the xyz file used for the input. ...
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Are nuclear ab-initio methods related to materials ab-initio methods?

I just read this synopsis in Physics where scientists used first-principles nuclear physics calculations to predict the stability of 700 isotopes up to iron. I didn't know that this was possible, ...
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What is the relation between enthalpy, ionisation potential, internal energy and HOMO/LUMO?

Is there any relation between enthalpy, ionisation potential, internal energy and HOMO/LUMO? I am dehydrogenating a molecule and I need to study the enthalpy of dehydrogenation. If I get any relation ...
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Error running psi4 on charged molecules

I am running a simple energy calculation on a conformer of 3-Sulfopropyl methacrylate, which is given my C=C(C)C(=O)OCCCS(=O)(=O)[O-]. This is my workflow: ...
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How to get more significant digits from OpenBabel?

I am generating conformers from SMILES string using OpenBabel. The shell script looks something like: ...
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Using OpenBabel or RDKIT Python API to generate conformers from a SMILES string

I have a bunch of monomers in the form of SMILES string and I want to generate conformers from them. At the moment, I am using RDKit to convert these SMILES strings to .sdf files, then using ...
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How do I figure out how many monomer configurations I need for my simulation?

I am running a quantum mechanical simulation on Psi4 for a certain number of monomers to generate data for a database. Some of these monomers are short, while some are long. At the moment, I am ...
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Calculating/Visualizing electronic density from orbital information written in the Molden format

I'm trying to obtain an electron density from orbital information written in the Molden format by the formula, $$ \rho(\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{i}^{occ} |\phi_{i}(\mathbf{r})|^{2}. \tag{1} $$ Is there any ...
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What is the procedure for constructing an ab initio potential energy surface for CH3Cl + Ar?

I would like to construct a model analytical potential function for collision between CH3Cl and Ar. This would be the sum of CH3Cl intramolecular + CH3Cl---Ar intermolecular potential. First I would ...
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What are Pair Natural Orbitals?

Recently, I came across electron correlation methods that use local pair natural orbitals (LPNOs) or domain-based local pair natural orbitals (DLPNO), such as DLPNO-MP2, DLPNO-CCSD etc. The dynamic ...
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Energy cut-off value for conformer calculations

I want to get familiar with the conformer calculation. I found a paper where they did the conformer calculations already for the molecule I work with. The paper can found here. In the experimental ...
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Simulation of electronic potential from nanoparticles interacting with molecules

I work with SERS, where the Raman signal gets enhanced by the electric field of the nanoparticles. Now I like to simulate this kind of spectrum with Gaussian. I found a paper[1], where it looks very ...
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What are some of the biggest theoretical and computational challenges in Condensed Phase Chemistry?

What are some of the biggest open-questions / challenges in Condensed Phase theory and computation? What efforts are being done to answer them? I realize Condensed Phase chemistry is a huge field, but ...
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How to choose starting magnetization while doing spin polarised calculation in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I am trying to run spin polarised DFT calculation in Quantum ESPRESSO on system Co2MnSi. I kept starting magnetization for all these three species as, ...
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What are the trade-offs setting DIRSCF to either .TRUE. or .FALSE. (the default) in GAMESS (US)?

The first software I used to run calculations was Gaussian09. When submitting a input, I used to see a pattern of resource usage where the allocated CPU quickly maxed out, remaining high most of the ...
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Which basis set should be used for a system that contains both anions and cations?

I am trying to model a system that has both anions and cations interacting with each other. (In this case it is calcium ion interacting with two small carboxylic acid molecules). Now, looking through ...
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Bioisosteric replacement using SMARTS (KNIME and RDKit) [closed]

I am trying to create a KNIME workflow that would accept a list of compounds and carry out bioisosteric replacements (we will use the following example here: carboxylic acid to tetrazole) ...
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What is the difference between orbital localisation and NBO?

I am new to computational chemistry, I have used mainly GAMESS and Orca. In GAMESS, there are orbital localisation schemes like Pipek-Mezey, Ruedenberg-Edminston, etc. which generate orbitals that ...
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How to get potential energy surface from GAMESS?

I'm trying to learn GAMESS and performing a simple PES scan of oxygen molecule. After the completion of the calculations I get a .log file with lots of sections like that: ...
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What is the physical meaning of occupations='smearing' in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I want to understand, what is the intuition behind using the occupations='smearing' or 'tetrahedra' in Quantum ESPRESSO input file? I mean how we can interpret what is going to happen inside of ...
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How to do spin polarization calculations using Quantum ESPRESSO?

I am currently new to DFT calculations in Quantum ESPRESSO. Though, I have read some research papers for determining spin polarization and Half-metallicity in certain Heusler alloys. These research ...
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Predicting magnetic moment of a metal complex computationally

Recently, for entrance exams, I have been dealing with a lot of weird compounds. One of them is $\ce{K3[Mn(CN)6]}$. The objective was to predict the magnetic moment of the above complex. I predict ...
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How to choose pseudopotential for DFT calculations in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I am a beginner and newly started running DFT calculations to find out the electronic band structure of certain materials in Quantum ESPRESSO. But we have to select the pseudopotential for running the ...
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I have access to 1000 cores across 10 nodes, what would be the best way to prallelize an MP2, GW, or RPA calculation for a periodic system in VASP? [closed]

What's the best way for parallelization in VASP for periodic systems? In the documentation, it mostly explains it for the local computer and molecule calculation. Apparently, these explanations don't ...
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High precision helium energy

In the paper "High Precision Theory of Atomic Helium", Drake lists the then best-known ground state energy of the Schrödinger equation for helium to 22 digits as: $$\lambda_0 \approx -2....
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How can I determine the maximum value of a spin orbital and its derivative in any direction?

I'd like to be able to recover the maximum value that any of the basis functions can take, as well as their maximum derivative. How can I do this? For context, I need it because I want to calculate ...
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Analytic Hessians for meta-GGA functionals

In many of the free/open-source QM programs like GAMESS, ORCA, NWChem, the calculation of analytic hessians is not possible when a meta-GGA density functional is used, like M06-2X. My first question ...
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Are there other custom chemistry programming languages besides SVL?

I must confess some ignorance... I just became aware of the Scientific Vector Language (SVL) which has been around since 1994 and was created solely for computational chemistry. It has a large ...
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Correcting thermodynamic data for concentration, what concentration is best to use?

In computational chemistry when using transition state theory we often use standard states for all involved structures. However, sometimes people argue that it should be corrected for concentration (...
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Why do people care about reversibility in molecular dynamics simulations?

When carrying out a molecular dynamics simulation, one has to choose an ensemble. Depending on the problem, one usually works in the microcanonical (NVE), canonical (NVT), or grand canonical ensemble (...
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Equilibration of normal modes in water molecule [closed]

When running a molecular dynamics simulation on a singular water molecule in vacuum to analyze its normal modes of vibration from the NVE (microcanonical) ensemble, the bending mode frequency is ...
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How to perform virtual crystal approximation calculations in VASP?

Can someone share appropriate tags and methods to perform virtual crystal approximation calculations in VASP?
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How to fix Error Link9999 in Gaussian

I have a problem with geometry optimization in Gaussian software with M062X method. The structure was smoothly optimized using M062X/Gen. Nevertheless, I need very accurate results so afterwards the ...