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Open Source PyMol Conda Package: UnsatisfiableError

I'm having an issue installing the open-source version of Pymol using Anaconda on Windows. I have Python3.8.3 installed and when I try add the package with Conda using ...
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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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How to know optimal K-points grid values for good DFT calculation?

I am doing DFT calculations with pw.x executable in Quantum Espresso. For this we have to choose right K-points grid in order to perform error-less calculation. But I have no idea about how can I ...
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DFT software package for a beginner?

I would like to do start doing some basic calculations using DFT. I am interested in solid state physics of strongly correlated materials in 3D (for example high temperature superconductors) or 2D (...
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Which non-commercial softwares can be used to model amorphous carbon?

I have a fair idea of generating and modeling crystalline materials but what non commercial software programs can be used to model amorphous carbon of a specific dimension, say a $6\times6\times6$ Å ...
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How to calculate the nuclear energy derivatives in molecular mechanics?

In molecular mechanics, the energy is often written as a sum of bonds, angles and torsion energies, and an electrostatic term, e.g. $V = \sum_{bonds} K_r (r-r_{eq})^2 +\sum_{angles}K_{\theta}(\theta -\...
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Freely available constrained DFT implementations

What free quantum chemistry packages that have constrained DFT (CDFT) implemented? A google search does not reveal anything, perhaps there may exist a better resource to find the packages.
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Codes for post-processing Gaussian cube files?

I have generated MOs of a molecular system and I need to recreate its electronic density via $\rho(r)=\sum_{A_i}|\psi_i(\mathbf{r})|^2$ where $A$ is a set of occupied MOs. I am trying to do this via ...
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What are some free programs to do docking?

I'm interested in doing molecular docking. What are some free programs for it and what are their pros and cons?
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What is the cutting edge for open-source Force-Field generation?

The adoption of atom-typing allowed for the creation of incredibly widely used force-fields (FF) such as GROMOS/AMBER/OPLS and many more. Because of the assumptions ...
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Which Linux distribution is best for Matter Modeling?

In some science fields there are efforts to provide customized distributions, so you can get a productive environment with minimum set-up overhead. For example, in high energy particle physics, we ...
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Since MKL is not optimized for AMD hardware, should I use a math library specific to AMD, or would an open-source one be just as good?

The codes for quantum mechanical calculations make heavy use of linear algebra, and it seems most of them delegate this task to time-tested and highly optimized libraries, instead of trying to deploy ...
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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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What are typical RPA capabilities of plane-wave codes?

Plenty of standard plane-wave codes are able to compute correlation energies on top of DFT solutions using the random-phase approximation (RPA). I was wondering what the typical capabilities are in ...
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Is there a repository for DFT pre/postprocessing scripts?

While DFT calculations are a key step in a simulation workflow, generally more steps are required to obtain a meaningful result. This can include pre/post-processing of results to e.g. compute ...
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Is there a (free) GUI to setup transport calculations using SIESTA?

I am very interested in doing transport calculation with SIESTA. My problem is that it is a little hard for me to understand and setup the input files to be used with TranSIESTA (the module that do ...
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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 can I create a .CIF file from x-ray diffraction data in a paper, for compound not found in crystallographic database

I tried to recover a .CIF file (Crystallographic Information File) with the crystal structure for the compound discussed in a paper by Reuter et. al.[1], strontium hydroxide octahydrate - $\ce{Sr(OH)2·...
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Is there any complete list of open source hubs specifically designed for materials modeling and computational materials science?

Several years ago, I became familiar with nanoHUB for accessing open-source codes and software specifically for computational materials science at the nano-scale as well as PFHub that gives you access ...
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What are some servers that are able to host and share our research data?

Now a days, due to some publish-or-perish politics that gives place to many cases of plagiarism and fake data/results, some journals are asking to submit (and share) the data used in the research. In ...