Sent to CCL by: "Peter Damian Jarowski" [p.d.jarowski _ surrey.ac.uk]
I was brought up with Gaussian as my main computational chemistry software package during my Ph.
D. and postdoc. Now I am an independent and can no longer afford it. So obviously I have been
investigating all kinds of freeware developed by academics. I want to do something very simple that
Gaussian could get done in 20 minutes but have not found a stable implementation of it in any
software package yet. I simply want to do a semi-empirical relaxed surface scan of a dihedral and a
bond length to generate a 2D surface. I have installed NWChem/python, GAMESS, and Firefly.
Apparently NWChem and GAMESS can not do this kind of thing and Firefly does not have the right
implementation as of yet but will in version 8.0. I looked through the manuals of Q-chem and mopac
and there appears to be no implementation there either. Turbomole might do it, but it looks
complicated and its proprietary anyway.
Any suggestions as to some freeware that can do this kind of thing easily and with stability. I am tired
of learning the nuances of each program's input file only to find that it doesn't really do what I want to
P.S. Gaussian is a robust program, but what I have found is that many of these other programs seem
faster. Kudos. I appreciate the effort of the developers and I look forward to continuing developments.
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