%0 Journal Article
%J Journal of computer-aided molecular design
%D 2000
%T Mixed QM/MM molecular electrostatic potentials
%A Hernandez,B.
%A F. J. Luque
%A M. Orozco
%K Algorithms; Computer Simulation; Drug Design; Models
%K Molecular; Quantum Theory; Static Electricity; Thermodynamics
%N 4
%P 329 - 339
%V 14
%X A new method is presented for the calculation of the Molecular Electrostatic Potential (MEP) in large systems. Based on the mixed Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) approach, the method assumes both a quantum and classical description for the molecule, and the calculation of the MEP in the space surrounding the molecule is made using this dual treatment. The MEP at points close to the molecule is computed using a full QM formalism, while a pure classical evaluation of the MEP is used for points located at large distances from the molecule. The algorithm allows the user to select the desired level of accuracy in the MEP, so that the definition of the regions where the MEP is computed at the classical or QM levels is adjusted automatically. The potential use of this QM/MM MEP in molecular modeling studies is discussed.
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