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Questions concerned with thermodynamics as related to systems in materials modeling.

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How reactivity of a organic molecule depends upon HOMO and LUMO

I am studying the dehydrogenation of an organic molecule. I see the HUMO-LUMO gap remains nearly the same for many dehydrogenated steps (for some steps, it is exactly the same) while the position of ...
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What is the Qualitative Meaning of the Nosé Thermostat?

The Nosé thermostat is explained in Chapter 6 of Understanding Molecular Simulation. Perhaps it's because I find it difficult to follow the derivation, but the physical meaning behind the $s$ ...
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Functional derivatives in DFT

Crossposted from Physics SE. I am studying density functional theory and I am currently dealing with manipulating the intrinsic free energy, $\mathcal{F}$, which is defined as $$\mathcal{F} = F - \int ...
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Flying ice cube effect in molecular dynamics?

I am trying to understand what exactly the flying ice cube effect is, and how it manifests itself in MD simulation. From what I have read about it, I see that as we run certain forms of velocity-...
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Can the dehydrogenation energy be negative?

I am studying the dehydrogenation of a cyclohexane ring containing $\ce{B-N}$ on the adjacent position. or simply we can think about $\ce{H3N-BH3}$. If we release one $\ce{H2}$ molecule from it then ...
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Is it possible to experimentally verify this collision rate formula?

Background Let's say I have the $i$'th gas molecule with velocity $\vec v_i(t)$ at time $t$. To find the net displacement $s_i$ we integrate with respect to $t$: $$ \vec s_i = \int_{0}^{t} \vec v_i(t')...
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If a molecule's theoretical formation energy is positive, can it still be synthesized?

I have designed a molecule using hydrocarbons A and B. I am getting the formation energy slightly positive (~0.04 eV). As per my experience, any positive formation energy means that the designed ...
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Is it possible to analytically solve for a particular phase region of a CALPHAD database? (instead of guessing and checking)

As I understand it, a given CALPHAD database is essentially just a set of equations that model the Gibbs free energy of each phase within a given alloy system (set of elements). Typically, the main ...
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CASSCF and thermochemistry—effect of excited determinants on rotational and vibrational modes

So this question is linked to the other question I asked about the electronic patition function and CASSCF. When calculating thermochemical data (e.g. Gibbs Free energy) the partition functions are ...
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Excited determinants, electronic partition function and thermochemistry calculation

While studying statistical thermodynamics I came across the partition functions, which connect the quantum world to the macroscopic world. I understand that partition functions are used to calculate ...
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Thermo-calc: Calculate precipitation driving force by parallel tangent construction

I want to calculate the difference in Gibbs free energies between a Zr-Cu-Al liquid (composition - Zr 65 Cu 27.5 Al 7.5 at%) and the CuZr2 solid phase as a function of temperature (300 - 1000 K). In ...
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Selection of appropriate Langevin damping parameter for MD of solid metal

I am performing an MD simulation involving solid metal. The system is in the NVT ensemble, and I am using the Langevin thermostat (fix Langevin in LAMMPS) to enforce this. I have previously used the ...
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Doubt in Raoultian and Henrian Standard State [closed]

$Si(liq)=Si_\text{(1 wt% Fe)}$ Can you describe what is going on here?All that they ask for is change in Gibbs free energy for the process.I am completely unable to figure why this particular model is ...
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High accuracy energy methods, are they worth it?

I'm trying to figure out for myself the necessity of high-accuracy compound methods for energy like W1 or Gn families. I'm learning computational chemistry by myself and sometimes lack systematical ...
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Why is specific heat not zero at absolute zero?

In this old paper on Monte Carlo simulations of Lennard-Jones solid, specific heat behaviour (both $c_p$ and $c_v$) have been reported. As you can see from the picture below, both $c_p$ and $c_v$ goes ...
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How to get order constitution data for single equilibrium calculation in Thermo-Calc's TC Python module?

I know that it is possible to get order constitution data for phases when using Thermo-Calc's GUI (e.g. to get "BCC_B2 DISORD" instead of just "BCC_B2") for a single equilibrium ...
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For ergodicity, what is the significance of the R value and slope?

I am calculating MSDs for the first time and have been struggling to find newbie-level resources on understanding them. If anyone could please suggest any resources or provide guidance on how to ...
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Why does Thermo-Calc one axis equilibrium calculation get stuck in never ending loop? [closed]

I've been trying to run a Thermo-Calc one axis equilibrium calculation on some quaternary alloys in the TCHEA4 database. Most of the calculations work fine, but for some alloys it gets stuck in a loop ...
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For a Thermo-Calc database, is it possible to view the equation/parameters of the Gibbs free energy models?

I want to get the equations that model free energy for a given phase in a given alloy system (see attached image). I do not just want to get values of free energy for specific compositions. Is it ...
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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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How does one compute the boiling point of a liquid made of a particular molecule?

This question is in relation to Anomalous boiling point of "iso-" alkanes on Chemistry SE. I want to compute the boiling point of the different isomers of an n-carbon alkane to check what ...
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Is there any reason not to sum the kinetic and potential energy from an NPT simulation to get internal energy?

I would be very grateful for some newbie-level advice from a thermodynamics guru. I ran NPT simulations on a particular system (in CP2K software) to get fluid densities for use in fluid dynamics ...
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Are there any MD packages that do proper free energy sampling in the NPT ensemble?

Statistical Mechanics is the basis of molecular level calculations of properties and averages. Nowadays free energy calculations are fairly "turn-the-crank", which is not necessarily a good ...
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What are the ways to ensure thermodynamic stability of a DFT modelled new structure?

One way of predicting the thermodynamic stability of a DFT modelled structure is to calculate the energy above convex hull, which was used as the criterion in The Materials Project database. For ...
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What contributes to the total enthalpy of a system?

This answer refers to a paper that calculates $\Delta H$ as $\Delta E_{\textrm{electronic}} + \Delta E_{\textrm{vibrational}}$. However, what if I had enough computing power, and I wanted to get the ...
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What are the methods for calculating solvation effects in free energies and how do they compare?

I've just found this paper (J. Chem. Phys. 141, 174106 (2014)) that deals with the translational and rotational entropies in solution. The method is promising but, unfortunately, requires a ...
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How to calculate t-zero temperature using Thermo-Calc- Python (TCPython) for multiple alloys?

T-zero temperature is the temperature at which the Gibbs energies of two phases are equal. Here, I wish to find the temperature at which FCC and BCC have same Gibbs energy. Thermo-Calc console mode ...
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What thermodynamic data is collected in order to build a CALPHAD model?

To build a model using the CALPHAD approach, i.e. Gibbs free energy as a function of composition and temperature, typically taking the form of a Redlich-Kister polynomial, what kind of thermodynamic ...