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How to determine the more stable configuration between a flat and a buckled monolayer with DFT?

Using first principles methods (quantum espresso code) I would like to find if a monolayer of a material is flat or buckled. Using the van der Waals interaction in the calculation I found that the ...
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Can I do a “constrained” geometry optimization in Quantum ESPRESSO, such that certain dopants appear in certain positions even after relaxation?

I am studying the magnetic properties of bulk ZnO, so I am doping it with transition metal elements in order to observe the magnetic spectrum. I replace a Zn atom with a transition metal element at ...
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Order of diffraction pattern confusion in XRD experiment

Somewhere I came across this phrase: "expected diffraction angle for first order reflection." With respect to XRD do I take this as a rule of thumb that the diffraction will always be a ...
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Where to obtain MOF structures suitable for carrying out DFT simulations?

For bulk and two-dimensional materials, we can download the structures from many databases, such as Materials Project and CMR. Are there also similar databases for MOF (metal-organic framework) ...
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Is this statement correct: “All structural variations are energy driven”? [closed]

In modelling using molecular mechanics can one state that "all structural variations are energy driven?". The statement is related to protein-ligand binding in modelling. Sometimes one can ...
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Is there a software that has implemented forces of TDDFT calculations for solids?

I'd like to investigate the structural relaxations of the excited state for periodic systems. BSE and TDDFT are two promising methods for this purpose. While there is a discussion on forces with BSE ...
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Tools for structural analysis on LAMMPS trajectories

I have a very general question but still quite important since I didn't find convincing tools to get the structural analysis done for LAMMPS dump file (trajectories). I am looking for post processing ...
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How do I predict the structure of a nanoparticle with Calypso and Quantum ESPRESSO?

I want to create a nanoparticle of CuO and predict it's structure. I've done unit cell relaxation with Quantum ESPRESSO. One tool to predict nanocluster structure is Calypso which is PSO-based. I'm ...
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How much energy difference could be used to distinguish optimized results from different initial geometries for the same structure?

Is there a threshold? Could I say that my final geometries are the same with 'energy difference = 0.05 meV/atom' ?
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How to characterize surface features in proteins?

When looking at the structure of protein domains I notice many of them show a cleft-like structure in the same location (when aligned to each other). What is a recommended way of characterizing these ...
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What are the parameters that need to be calculated to design the structure of a molecule?

Before performing Molecular Dynamics on a co-polymer that doesn't have a ready-to-use structure anywhere, the monomer fragment was built in Avogadro software with 0 net charge, B3LYP theory and 6-31G(...
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When should geometry relaxation not be performed?

My understanding is that geometry relaxation (i.e. letting the nuclei follow the force gradients of the PES until they reach local minima) should usually be performed in order to get the correct ...
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Does the thermal evolution of molecular structures critically affect the validity of the calculated magnetic anisotropy?

This is a particular aspect I'm interested in, from the more generic question "Does the thermal evolution of chemical structures critically affect the validity of the calculated physical properties?". ...
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Is there a database where we can find previously determined geometries of materials?

For small molecules, NIST has a database of experimentally determined geometries here, and ab initio geometries here. I wonder if there is something similar for materials?