This page contains some tutorials that review how to use our molSimplify software toolkit. Check back here frequently for updates as we add new features!

Installing molSimplify
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Install recommendations: For users who do not intend to develop (i.e., change the source code) with molSimplify, we recommend an install via Docker or Conda, where we maintain a static image of molSimplify that includes machine learning models that we have published. For advanced users who would... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 13: molscontrol -- an intelligent job control system to manage your DFT geometry optimizations for inorganic discovery.
Monday, April 1, 2019
  With the static classifier, we achieve great performance on job status predictions of out-of-sample data points, capturing their failure before doing the simulation thus saving lots of computational resources ( When... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 12: Using the static classifier to predict your simulation outcomes before they waste your time
Monday, March 25, 2019
  Geometry optimization with density functional theory (DFT), a general procedure to obtain the ground state structures of a complex, is computationally demanding in terms of time and can also easily fail. Two main failure modes are 1) the expected geometry cannot maintain stability during the DFT... (read more)
Using molSimplify in Python scripts
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Many of the classes and methods that are used in molSimplify can be incorporated into your own python scripts. This can be used to extend the geometric manipulation routines in molSimplify to custom use-cases, or to help post-processing the results of DFT calculations. The most useful can be found... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 11: Transition state structure generation in molSimplify
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Note: TS generation is not currently working as of 10/18/19. Check back here for updates later. Introduction Today we're going to teach you about new features in molSimplify that make it possible to generate transition states in addition to intermediates for inorganic complexes. Currently,... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 10: Adding ligands to molSimplify
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
molSimpliy comes with about 160 built in common ligands and a nifty decoration manager to modify them. However, this cannot hope to address the scope of possible ligands, so we also support providing your own ligands as SMILES or in 3D molecule formats.  Let's make a triple bidentate complex with... (read more)
QM9 kernel models using molSimplify, RACs and R: Part 1
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
*/ In this two-part tutorial, we’ll show you how to use molSimplify to collect autocorrelation-based descriptors from molecular structures and use those to make predictions using a simple kernel ridge regression (KRR) model, as shown in our recent paper. In this first part, we will explain how to... (read more)
QM9 kernel models using molSimplify, RACs and R: Part 2
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
*/ In the second part of our tutorial, we will demonstrate how to use R to conduct kernel based prediction of atomization energies based on RACs. You’ll need QM9_descriptor_file.csv, which we prepared using molSimplify in the previous tutorial and also provide here. We’ll use R to conduct a simple... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 9: Bidentate Ligand Replacement
Thursday, December 21, 2017
In this tutorial, we will show how to replace multidentate ligands in a prebuilt complex. This feature, which facilitates screening of diverse catalyst scaffolds, was recently added to molSimplify. Today’s example involves the following Zn(II) intermediate in a model carbonic anhydrase catalytic... (read more)
molSimplify Tutorial 8: Higher Period Transition Metal Complexes
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
So far in our molSimplify tutorials, we have been focusing on generating structures for first row transition metal complexes. While the study of such complexes is certainly crucial for research areas such as catalysis and pharmacology, it is imperative that we also include heavy metal complexes in... (read more)


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The Kulik group focuses on the development and application of new electronic structure methods and atomistic simulations tools in the broad area of catalysis.

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We are interested in transition metal chemistry, with applications from biological systems (i.e. enzymes) to nonbiological applications in surface science and molecular catalysis.

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