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Sampling Potential Energy Surfaces in the Condensed Phase with Many‐Body Electronic Structure Methods


Rybkin, Vladimir V (2020). Sampling Potential Energy Surfaces in the Condensed Phase with Many‐Body Electronic Structure Methods. Chemistry - A European Journal, 26(2):362-368.

Abstract

Sampling potential energy surfaces (PES) is pivotal for understanding chemical structure, energetics and reactivity and is of special importance for complex condensed‐phase systems. Until recently such simulations based on electronic structure theory have been performed only by density functional theory and semiempirical methods. Many‐body electronic structure methods, almost routinely used for molecules, have been practically unavailable for sampling PES in the condensed‐phase. This has changed during the last few years, as efficient algorithms and software implementations for the evaluation of electronic energies and forces on atoms have been developed, allowing for geometry optimization, molecular dynamics and Monte‐Carlo simulations, which was previously unthinkable. Herein, we introduce the theory and software developments and overview the applications in the field, the most encouraging results being obtained for aqueous chemistry. Requiring state‐of‐the‐art computer resources PES sampling with many‐body electronic structure methods in the condensed phase provides high‐quality benchmarks and will gradually become more available due to fast progress in reduced scaling algorithms and computational technologies.

Abstract

Sampling potential energy surfaces (PES) is pivotal for understanding chemical structure, energetics and reactivity and is of special importance for complex condensed‐phase systems. Until recently such simulations based on electronic structure theory have been performed only by density functional theory and semiempirical methods. Many‐body electronic structure methods, almost routinely used for molecules, have been practically unavailable for sampling PES in the condensed‐phase. This has changed during the last few years, as efficient algorithms and software implementations for the evaluation of electronic energies and forces on atoms have been developed, allowing for geometry optimization, molecular dynamics and Monte‐Carlo simulations, which was previously unthinkable. Herein, we introduce the theory and software developments and overview the applications in the field, the most encouraging results being obtained for aqueous chemistry. Requiring state‐of‐the‐art computer resources PES sampling with many‐body electronic structure methods in the condensed phase provides high‐quality benchmarks and will gradually become more available due to fast progress in reduced scaling algorithms and computational technologies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Catalysis
Physical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Chemistry
Language:English
Date:7 January 2020
Deposited On:21 Feb 2020 06:17
Last Modified:08 Jan 2021 16:33
Publisher:Wiley-VCH Verlag
ISSN:0947-6539
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201904012
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDPZ00P2_174227
  • : Project TitleCondensed-Phase Quantum Chemistry via Embedding Theory

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