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How do I extract a molecular structure from a CIF file?

When I open a CIF file of a crystal structure in a typical molecular editor like Avogadro, then I just see a few symmetry-unique atoms scattered around the unit cell. But I don't see the full molecule ...
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I wrote a Python code to do MD for a Lennard-Jones fluid but the VACF is wrong: What might be the problem? [closed]

I am trying to write a molecular dynamics simulation for a Lennard-Jones fluid in a box with periodic boundary conditions. The box has no net momentum. I am writing this in python. I have written a ...
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How do I generate an aluminum force-field for a LAMMPS input file? [closed]

I have been assigned a project on the generation of a force-field of Al (aluminum) for a LAMMPS potential. I have no idea how to proceed and what to do next. Can anyone please let me know how should I ...
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How to rectify the error "Lost atoms: original 28437 current 3659" in LAMMPS?

I have modeled a complex structure of a protein and a Carbon nano-cone (used as an indenter to the protein) using PACKMOL. The LAMMPS data file of the complex structure consists of 4 atom types (C O N ...
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Is there a set of updated, comprehensive benchmarks for speed comparison between different quantum chemistry packages?

I've found a page dedicated to quantum chemistry packages benchmarks, on GitHub, qmspeedtest. But most results there are several years old, and so probably outdated. Is there some place where we can ...
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Conductivity Computations of Molecular Wires [closed]

I am interested to compute the conductivity properties of some molecular organic wires in SIESTA. Since I am new in SIESTA, I would appreciate a guide for beginners to this field.
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Materials Modeling with Raspberry Pi?

Does anyone have any knowledge or direction for creating a homemade Beowolf cluster for materials modeling?I would like to be able to run my own "hobby" simulations at home, so a low energy, ...
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What is the impact of the orientation of a molecule in cartesian coordinates to molecular properties?

According to my knowledge, each computational chemistry code optimizes a molecule keeping the input orientation of the molecule. The population and spectral analysis is performed on the optimized ...
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Types of Discrete molecular models

It is often assumed in cheminformatics that molecules with similar physical structure tend to have similar chemical properties [1]. Based on this, our group has used discrete graphs as a model for the ...
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Is there any literature that systematically analyzes current quantum chemistry algorithms using Big O notation for time and memory cost? [closed]

Big O notation is commonly seen in the papers on novel computational methods. However, only a few of them include rigorous analysis of the algorithm. Is there any literature that summarizes current ...
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How to optimize zinc oxide bulk structure at certain pressure with LAMMPS

I am trying to simulate the Zinc oxide bulk structure (periodic) at constant pressure(0.0 ~ 20.0 GPa) to observe phase transition with LAMMPS. However, I approached a problem that the fluctuating ...
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Methods for visualising aromaticity

I was wondering what tools there are for visualising aromaticity and anti-aromaticity in molecules, to what quantum chemistry programs they are interfaced, and what other relevant features they have. ...
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Are there any open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules?

What is a good open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules? The National Institute of Standards and Technology does not provide standard molar entropy ...
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Rule-of-thumb for Morse potential cutoff in molecular dynamics?

Is there a rule-of-thumb for selecting a cutoff for the Morse potential in molecular dynamics simulation? For instance, is it typically some multiple of the equilibrium distance?
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Spin State of Transition Metal complex

What are the best possible methods and available software to compute the spin-state energetics of transition metal complexes?
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What are the steps to prepare a surface for molecular adsorption simulations on it?

I want to study the interaction of a given surface with some molecules. How should I prepare the surface for that kind of simulation? By prepare the surface I mean how many atom layers, how many of ...
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How accurate are the most accurate calculations?

Taking into account the fact that the theory of quantum gravity does not exist and the QED calculations are not possible for most realistic chemical systems, what levels of accuracy can we expect from ...
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What is the largest system for which vibrationally resolved electronic spectra have been simulated using ML-MCTDH?

Multi-layer Multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) is a method widely used for simulation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra that incorporate the coupling between vibrational ...
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What functions other than Gaussians are used for orbital basis sets?

The Gaussian function $\propto\exp((x-a)^2/b)$ with $b>0$ is one of the most common functions used in molecular modelling (e.g. Gaussian type orbitals). What are some examples of applications of ...
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Modeling vibronic interaction beyond Born-Oppenheimer

Within Born-Oppenheimer approximation, the motion of atomic nuclei are considered as being separated from the electrons movement. Although in general this approximation is valid for a high number of ...
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Protein cavities - methodological starting point for basic characterization

Characterizing surface properties is important for understanding how proteins execute their function by interacting with other molecules. This includes characterizing cavities. Perhaps the simplest ...
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How to model a random distribution of molecules attached to a surface?

In the same aspect as some of my previous questions, I am interested in modeling molecules on different surfaces and to study the interfacial effect on them. One of the most important problems that ...
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Convergence by energy and/or density?

The SCF is an iterative procedure to produce the ground state energy and wavefunction for Hartree-Fock, MCSCF, and DFT. Due to the iteration, one needs to establish convergence criteria. Depending on ...
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What software is needed in chemoinformatics or materials modeling, that a solo programmer could work on?

I want to make a pet project in cheminformatics and I need to hear from the community about the actual challenges in chemistry that might be resolved with a digital solution. I've been working in ...
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Fermi level change in surfaces with adsorbed molecules

In a DFT standard calculation of a solid 3D material (i.e. bulk metal), one of the properties that can be obtained is the Fermi level $E_F$. This feature is related with the required work to add an ...
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DFT modeling intermolecular interactions

Density Functional Theory based codes evaluate quite successfully intramolecular forces responsible of the atomic bonding. Within this technique one is able to obtain molecular relaxed structures that ...
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Where is the extended Hückel method (EHM) still used today?

The extended Hückel method (EHM) proved to be very useful through time, but there are better and affordable models today. One interesting thing about the model is the independence of the Hamiltonian ...
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Computational tool for identification of activity cliff

Activity cliffs are defined as pairs of similar compounds with substantial differences in activity (Molecular Diversity, 19, 1021–1035 (2015)). Are there computational tools for the identification of ...
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What are the main mathematical approaches to materials modeling? [closed]

What are the main mathematical approaches to materials modeling? This can include both analytical (closed-form) and numerical techniques.

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