Computational Catalysis with DFT

By Kevin Greenman1, Peilin Liao2

1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan 2. School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University

DFT tool for studying heterogeneous catalysis

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Version 1.0.2 - published on 07 Aug 2018

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This tool utilizes the Atomic Simulation Environment (ASE) Python library and Quantum Espresso to calculate properties of interest for catalysis. Outputs include adsorption energy, density of states (DOS), projected density of states (PDOS), s-, p-, and d-band centers, and a visualization of the atomic structure and unit cell using the Visualization Toolkit (VTK). The tool has two modes of operation: Basic and Advanced. Basic Mode has relatively few inputs and is intended for use in educational settings, while Advanced Mode offers more customizability and is intended for use in research.

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This tool was developed by modifying the source code of the DFT Material Properties Simulator tool (

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Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) at Purdue University

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Purdue University

National Science Foundation, Award EEC-1227110


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  • Kevin Greenman; Peilin Liao (2018), "Computational Catalysis with DFT," (DOI: 10.4231/D3PK0743B).

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