OntoPESScan: An Ontology for the Exploration of Potential Energy Surfaces

Angiras Menon, Laura Pascazio, Daniel Nurkowski, Feroz Farazi, Sebastian Mosbach, Jethro Akroyd, Markus Kraft
Cambridge Centre for Comp Chem Eng preprint, 2022.
Science Published: (Mar/2022)
DOI: https://como.ceb.cam.ac.uk/media/preprints/c4e_am2145_preprint_294.pdf

In this work, a new OntoPESScan ontology is developed for the semantic representa- tion of potential energy surfaces (PES), a central concept in computational chemistry. This ontology is developed in line with knowledge graph principles and The World Avatar (TWA) project. OntoPESScan is linked to other ontologies for chemistry in TWA, including OntoSpecies, which helps uniquely identify species along the PES and access their properties, and OntoCompChem, which allows association of po- tential energy surfaces with the quantum chemical calculations and concepts used to derive them. A forcefield fitting agent is also developed that makes use of the infor- mation in the OntoPESScan ontology to fit force fields to reactive surfaces of interest on the fly by making use of the empirical valence bond methodology. This agent is demonstrated to successfully parametrise two cases, a PES on ethanol, and a PES on a localized π-radical PAH hypothesized to play a role in soot formation during com- bustion. OntoPESSCan is an extension to the capabilities of TWA, and in conjunction with potential further ontological support for molecular dynamics and reactions, will further progress towards an open, continuous, and self-growing knowledge graph for chemistry.

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