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Materials 2012, 5(3), 415-431; doi:10.3390/ma5030415

Template-Based Geometric Simulation of Flexible Frameworks

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Lane, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK 2 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR, UK
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Received: 26 January 2012 / Revised: 26 February 2012 / Accepted: 1 March 2012 / Published: 12 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computer Modelling of Microporous Materials)
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Specialised modelling and simulation methods implementing simplified physical models are valuable generators of insight. Template-based geometric simulation is a specialised method for modelling flexible framework structures made up of rigid units. We review the background, development and implementation of the method, and its applications to the study of framework materials such as zeolites and perovskites. The “flexibility window” property of zeolite frameworks is a particularly significant discovery made using geometric simulation. Software implementing geometric simulation of framework materials, “GASP”, is freely available to researchers.
Keywords: framework; rigid unit; geometric simulation; flexibility; zeolite; perovskite framework; rigid unit; geometric simulation; flexibility; zeolite; perovskite
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Wells, S.A.; Sartbaeva, A. Template-Based Geometric Simulation of Flexible Frameworks. Materials 2012, 5, 415-431.

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