RMC-POT: A computer code for reverse monte carlo modeling the structure of disordered systems containing molecules of arbitrary complexity

Orsolya Gereben, László Pusztai

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An approach has been devised and tested for preserving the molecular dynamics molecular geometry taking into account energetic considerations during Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling. Instead of the commonly used fixed neighbor constraints, where molecules are held together by constraining distance ranges available for the specified atom pairs, here molecules are kept together via bond, angle, and dihedral potential energies. The scaled total potential energy contributes to the measure of the goodness-of-fit, thus, the atoms can be prevented from drifting apart. In some of the calculations (Lennard-Jones and Coulombic) nonbonding potentials were also applied. The algorithm was successfully tested for the X-ray structure factor-based structure study of liquid dimethyl trisulfide, for which material now significantly more sensible results have been obtained than during previous attempts via any earlier version of RMC modeling. It is envisaged that structural modeling of a large class of materials, primarily liquids and amorphous solids containing molecules of up to about 100 atoms, will make use of the new code in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2285-2291
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Nov 5 2012



  • Reverse Monte Carlo
  • computer modeling
  • liquid structure
  • molecular liquids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Computational Mathematics

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