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Modern molecular mechanics force fields are widely used for modeling the dynamics and interactions of small organic molecules using libraries of transferable force field parameters. However, for molecules outside the training set, the parameters are potentially inaccurate and it may be preferable to derive molecule-specific parameters. Here we present an intuitive parameter derivation toolkit, QUBEKit (QUantum mechanical BEspoke Kit), which enables the automated generation of system-specific small molecule force field parameters directly from quantum mechanics. QUBEKit is written in python and combines bond, angle, torsion, charge, and Lennard-Jones parameter derivation methodologies alongside a method for deriving the positions and charges of off-center virtual sites from the partitioned quantum mechanical electron density. As a proof of concept, we have rederived a complete set of parameters for 109 small organic molecules and assessed the accuracy by comparing computed liquid properties with experiments. QUBEKit gives competitive results when compared to standard transferable force fields, with mean unsigned errors of 0.024 g/cm3, 0.79 kcal/mol, and 1.17 kcal/mol for the liquid density, heat of vaporization, and free energy of hydration, respectively. This indicates that the derived parameters are suitable for molecular modeling applications, including computer-aided drug design.

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  Just saw an interesting paper "QUBEKit: Automating the Derivation of Force Field Parameters from Quantum Mechanics" DOI.QUBEKit is python based force field derivation toolkit that allows users to derive accurate molecular mechanics parameters directly...