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mndo97 (c43b2)

Combined Quantum Mechanical and Molecular Mechanics Method
Based on MNDO97 in CHARMM

by Paul Bash (

Additional modifications
Kwangho Nam( and Darrin York

* Description | Description of the MNDO97 commands
* Usage | How to run MNDO97 in CHARMM
* NEWD | NEWD Command
* Installation | How to install MNDO97 in CHARMM environment

The MNDO97 QM potential is initialized with the MNDO97 command.


MNDO97 [REMOve] [EXGRoup] (atom selection)
[GLNK atom-selection]

[DXLBomd] [NORDder int] [NSTEpscf int]

[NEWD int] ewald-spec [NOPMewald]

ewald-spec::= { [ KMAX integer ] } KSQMAX integer
{ KMXX integer KMXY integer KMXZ integer }

REMOve: Classical energies within QM atoms are removed.

EXGRoup: QM/MM Electrostatics for link host groups removed.

GLNK: GHO method implementation (refer qmmm.doc).

AM1: The AM1 method is to be used. (default)
PM3: The PM3 method is to be used.
MNDO: The MNDO method to be used.
MNDD: The MNDO/d method to be used.
AMDD: The AM1/d method to be used. (This method has very limited number of atoms
supported. Specifically, use in combination with PHOT keyword.)
PHOT: For the AM1/d method, PHOT use the AM1/d-PhoT method (Nam, JCTC, 2007).
Also, for Mg atom, it uses AM1 parameters.

CHARge: Total charge of QM region. (At present, it only supports RHF options.)

SWITched: Use the (group-based) switching function for the QM-MM interactions.
See below, if this option is used together with QM/MM-Ewald or QM/MM-PME

DXLBomd: This uses the Niklasson JCP (2009) 130:214109 and Zheng JCT (2011) 135:044122,
in which the quess QM density is propagated using Dissipated Lagrandian MD.
The dissipation requires user to provide two variables. They are provided

NORDder : The maximum order to sum the dissipation terms. At present, only terms
between 3 and 9 are supported. See Niklasson JCP (2009) 130:214109.
NSTEpscf: The number of SCF cycle. Mostly, 7 or larger is safe. Also, in many cases
smaller than 7 SCF cycles provides stable MD simulations.

For details of the method, please refer Niklasson JCP (2009) 130:214109 and
Zheng JCT (2011) 135:044122.

Current implementation has a limit in choosing non-bonded options. All
atom based cutoffs methods is not fully supported for a certain boundary
conditions such as periodic boundary condition. In any case, the QM-MM
non-bond generation routine will only generate the non-bond list based
on group-group separation scheme. Especially to use any periodic boundary
conditions, use group based cutoff scheme.

Description of the NEWE Command

[ NEWD int ] ewald-spec [NOPMewald]

ewald-spec::= { [ KMAX integer ] } KSQMAX integer
{ KMXX integer KMXY integer KMXZ integer }

A simple Ewald sum method is implemented into the QM/MM potential. A full
description of theory is described in J. Chem. Theory. Comput. (2005) 1, 2
and Nam. JCTC (2014).

With NOPMewald, the regaular Ewald sum method is used for the QM/MM calculation.
So, this option is denoted as QM/MM-Ewald method. Without NOPMewald, if
the MM use PME method, the QM/MM part is also QM/MM-PME method. (» ewald ).

The defaults for the QM/MM-Ewald calculations are set internally and are
currently set to NEWD 1, KMAX=5, KSQMax=27, where the KMAX keyword is the
number of kvectors (or images of the primary unit cell) that will be summed
in any direction. It is the radius of the Ewald summation. For orthorombic
cells, the value of kmax may be independently specified in the x, y, and z
directions with the keywords KMXX, KMXY, and KMXZ. But, different from
regular Ewald in CHARMM, it has no limitation on the shape of box, and can be
used with PMEwald in MM part.

The KSQMax key word should be chosen between KMAX squared and 3 times
KMAX squared, and KAPPA value share the exact same number you use in Nonbond

When QM/MM-Ewald or QM/MM-PME method is used together with the SWITched option.
The total energy is expressed as

E_total = Sw(r)*E_qm/mm(real space) + dE_qm/mm(periodic correction) + E_mm

E_qm/mm(real space): The regular QM/MM interaction, in which MM point charges
interact with the entire QM (electron) density.
dE_qm/mm(periodic correction)
= (1-Sw(r))*dE_qm/mm (real space part) + dE_qm/mm(reciprocal space part)
where d= Dela.

For each term, refer Nam JCTC (2005) 1, 2, and Nam JCTC (2014) 10, 4175.

When this is used with the SWITched option, the real space is switched off at the
cutoff distance, and dE_qm/mm (real space part) is turned on slowly between the
cut on and cut off distances. This makes the transition from the full QM/MM real
space potential to the dE_qm/mm (real space part) correction smoothly and thus
generate more stable MD trajectory.

MNDO97/CHARMM interface status (February 1997)

- MNDO97, CADPAC, GAMESS and QUANTUM keywords cannot coexist in pref.dat

To compile MNDO97 with CHARMM one uses: [machine] [size] W

The "W" specifies to compile and link MNDO97 with CHARMM.