Steven Vandenbrande

PhD-FWO Fellow (EA17)
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Construction of accurate force fields from ab initio data

I am interested in new methodologies to derive classical force fields by extracting the relevant information from ab initio calculations. I have contributed to efforts in this area of research for covalent interactions (https://molmod.ugent.be/publications/quickff-program-quick-and-easy-deri...) and for the construction of polarizable force fields (https://molmod.ugent.be/publications/direct-computation-parameters-accur...). My research now focuses on force fields that can reproduce non-covalent interaction energies obtained using CCSD(T)/CBS with a minimal amount of parameter fitting.

Understanding novel organosilica materials on the atomic scale

This research features an intense collaboration with Prof. Martens from the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK-KULeuven). This experimental group recently succeeded in synthesizing a new class of crystalline microporous organosilica. These materials offer great promise to serve as catalysts with an operating window extended to unusually water-rich feedstocks and conditions. Using advanced ab initio methods to model organosilica, I complement and guide their experimental development by obtaining fundamental insights on the atomic scale.

 

A1 publications

2017

The Monomer Electron Density Force Field (MEDFF): A Physically Inspired Model for Non-Covalent Interactions , S. Vandenbrande, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen , Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC) , 13 (1), 161–179 , 2017 , IF: 5.301 , 5/35 [Q1]

2016

Thermodynamic Insight in the High-Pressure Behavior of UiO-66: Effect of Linker Defects and Linker Expansion , S.M.J. Rogge, J. Wieme, L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, G. Maurin, T. Verstraelen, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Chemistry of Materials , 28 (16), 5721-5732 , 2016 , IF: 9.407 , 15/271 [Q1]
Minimal Basis Iterative Stockholder: Atoms-in-Molecules for Force-Field Development , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, F. Heidar-Zadeh, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck, M. Waroquier, P.W. Ayers , Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC) , 12(8), 3894-3912 , 2016 , IF: 5.301 , 5/35 [Q1]

2015

QuickFF: A program for a quick and easy derivation of force fields for Metal-Organic Frameworks from ab initio input , L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, T. Verstraelen, R. Schmid, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Journal of Computational Chemistry , 36, 13, 1015–1027 , 2015 , IF: 3.648 , 40/163 [Q1]

2014

Direct Computation of Parameters for Accurate Polarizable Force Fields , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, P.W. Ayers , Journal of Chemical Physics , 141, 194144 , 2014 , IF: 2.952 , 8/34 [Q1]

A2 publications

B publications

P1 publications

Invited talks

2014

How to Ensure the Accuracy of Polarizable Force Fields? , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, P.W. Ayers , Visit ALGC, Free University of Brussels (VUB) , Brussels, Belgium , Fri, 21/11/2014

Talks

2016

Constructing complete non-covalent force fields based on ab initio monomer densities , S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen , Many-Body Interactions: From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields , Telluride (CO), US , Tue, 12/07/2016 to Sat, 16/07/2016
Modeling Charge-Transfer Interactions With The ACKS2 Model , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, J.J. Gutiérrez-Sevillano, P.W. Ayers , Density- and response density-based models for Intermolecular Interactions in Molecular Assemblies and in Solids , Nancy, France , Mon, 20/06/2016 to Thu, 23/06/2016
Constructing complete non-covalent force fields based on ab initio monomer densities , S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen , Solvay Workshop - Conceptual Quantum Chemistry: Present Aspects and Challenges for the Future , Brussels, Belgium , Tue, 05/04/2016 to Fri, 08/04/2016
Force fields derived from electronic structure computations , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , IAP 7/05, PL3 Meeting “Multiscale modeling and model guided design” , Ghent, Belgium , Tue, 01/03/2016

2015

Minimal Basis Iterative Stockholder: a Self-Consistent Hirshfeld Method Tailored to Force-Field Development , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , Chemical Physics Symposium , Waterloo, ON, Canada , Fri, 06/11/2015 to Sun, 08/11/2015
Unraveling the breathing in Metal-Organic Frameworks: from force fields to thermodynamic insights , L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, R. Demuynck, S.M.J. Rogge, A. Ghysels, T. Verstraelen, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , EUROMAT2015 , Warsaw, Poland , Sun, 20/09/2015 to Thu, 24/09/2015
Recent Developments in Hirshfeld Density Partitioning Methods , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , FEMS EUROMAT 2015 , Warsaw, Poland , Sun, 20/09/2015 to Thu, 24/09/2015
Understanding The Flexibility In Metal-Organic Frameworks From molecular To Thermodynamic Insights , L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, R. Demuynck, S.M.J. Rogge, A. Ghysels, T. Verstraelen, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , CHITEL2015 , Torino, Italy , Sun, 26/07/2015 to Fri, 31/07/2015
Unraveling the breathing in Metal-Organic Frameworks: from force fields to thermodynamic insights , L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, A. Ghysels, S. Vandenbrande, S.M.J. Rogge, R. Demuynck, R. Schmid, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , IAP PL3 meeting , Mons, Belgium , Thu, 05/02/2015

2014

How to Ensure the Accuracy of Polarizable Force Fields? , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, P.W. Ayers , Workshop on Force Fields: From Atoms to Materials , Jülich, Germany , Mon, 03/11/2014 to Wed, 05/11/2014
Modeling Electrostatic Penetration Effects with Atoms in Molecules , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck, M. Waroquier , Symposium on Molecular Electrostatic Potentials , Brussels, Belgium , Wed, 22/10/2014
An efficient protocol to derive reliable additive nonbonding force fields , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , WATOC 2014 Satellite Meeting on Large Condensed and Biological Systems , Concepción, Chili , Mon, 13/10/2014 to Tue, 14/10/2014
QuickFF: Toward a Generally Applicable Methodology to Quickly Derive Accurate Force Fields for Metal-Organic Frameworks from Ab Initio Input , L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Telluride Workshop on Many-Body Interactions: From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields , Telluride, Colorado, United States , Sun, 15/06/2014 to Thu, 19/06/2014
Improved force-field electrostatics: decomposition of ab initio interaction energies , S. Vandenbrande , P7/5 - PL3 meeting , Ghent, Belgium , Fri, 07/02/2014
COK-18, A chain-like POSiSil , S. Smet, S. Vandenbrande, P. Verlooy, L. Joos, L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, V. Van Speybroeck, J.A. Martens , Annual IAP - WP2 Meeting (P7/05) , Gent, Belgium , Wed, 05/02/2014

Posters

2016

Ab initio computed AIM densities as the basis for complete non-covalent force fields , S. Vandenbrande, M. Waroquier, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen , Density- and response density-based models for Intermolecular Interactions in Molecular Assemblies and in Solids , Nancy, France , Mon, 20/06/2016 to Thu, 23/06/2016
Investigating the heat capacity of metal-organic frameworks via path integral molecular dynamics simulations , J. Wieme, L. Vanduyfhuys, S.M.J. Rogge, S. Vandenbrande, V. Van Speybroeck , CECAM/Psi-k school on Path Integral Quantum Mechanics: Theory, Simulation and Application , Lausanne, Switzerland , Mon, 13/06/2016 to Fri, 17/06/2016
Extracting complete non-covalent force fields from ab initio computed electron densities , S. Vandenbrande, T. Verstraelen, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Quantum Chemistry in Belgium 12 , Leuven, Belgium , Tue, 16/02/2016
Minimal Basis Iterative Stockholder (MBIS) Atoms-in-Molecules for Force-Field Development , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Quantum Chemistry in Belgium 12 , Leuven, Belgium , Tue, 16/02/2016

2015

Extracting complete non-covalent force fields from ab initio computed electron densities , S. Vandenbrande, T. Verstraelen, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Euromat2015 , Warschau, Poland , Mon, 21/09/2015 to Wed, 23/09/2015
Minimal Basis Iterative Stockholder: a Concise and Reliable Representation of the Electron Density , T. Verstraelen, L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Annual IAP Meeting , Hasselt, Belgium , Fri, 11/09/2015
Modeling breathing of Mil-53: from force fields to thermodynamic insights , L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, A. Ghysels, S. Vandenbrande, R. Demuynck, S.M.J. Rogge, R. Schmid, G. Maurin, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Flexibility and disorder in Metal-Organic Frameworks , Paris, France , Wed, 03/06/2015 to Fri, 05/06/2015

2014

Complete non-bonding force field derived from monomer electron densities , S. Vandenbrande, T. Verstraelen, L. Vanduyfhuys, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Workshop on Force Fields: From Atoms to Materials , Jülich, Germany , Mon, 03/11/2014 to Wed, 05/11/2014
QuickFF: Toward a generally applicable methodology to quickly derive accurate force fields for Metal Organic Frameworks from ab initio input , L. Vanduyfhuys, S. Vandenbrande, T. Verstraelen, R. Schmid, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Workshop on Force Fields: From Atoms to Materials , Jülich, Germany , Mon, 03/11/2014 to Wed, 05/11/2014
Ab initio simulation of the IR spectrum of COK-18, a chain-like POSiSil , S. Vandenbrande, P. Verlooy, S. Smet, L. Joos, L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, J.A. Martens, V. Van Speybroeck , Meeting of the Dutch Zeolite Association: on Hybrids and zeolites , Ghent, Belgium , Tue, 07/10/2014
An efficient protocol to derive reliable additive nonbonding force fields , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , WATOC 2014 , Santiago de Chile, Chile , Sun, 05/10/2014 to Fri, 10/10/2014
An efficient protocol to derive reliable additive nonbonding force fields , T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck , Annual IAP Meeting (P7/05) , Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium , Fri, 19/09/2014
Ab initio simulation of the IR spectrum of COK-18, a chain-like POSiSil , S. Vandenbrande, P. Verlooy, S. Smet, L. Joos, L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, J.A. Martens, V. Van Speybroeck , Annual IAP Meeting (P7/05) , Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium , Fri, 19/09/2014

2013

QuickFF: a generally applicable methodology to quickly derive accurate force fields from ab initio input , L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen, S. Vandenbrande, M. Waroquier, V. Van Speybroeck , Annual IAP Meeting , Ghent, Belgium , Wed, 18/09/2013