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OntoPESScan: An Ontology for Potential Energy Surface Scans

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Menon, Angiras 
Pascazio, Laura 


In this work, a new OntoPESScan ontology is developed for the semantic representation of one-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) scans, 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 potential 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 information 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 scan on ethanol, and a PES scan on a localized π-radical PAH hypothesized to play a role in soot formation during combustion. 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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This project is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme. Part of this work was supported by Towards Turing 2.0 under the EPSRC Grant EP/W037211/1 & The Alan Turing Institute. M.K. gratefully acknowledges the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
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