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Issue 22, 2003
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Evolving better nanoparticles: Genetic algorithms for optimising cluster geometries

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Abstract

A review is presented of the design and application of genetic algorithms for the geometry optimisation of clusters and nanoparticles, where the interactions between atoms, ions or molecules are described by a variety of potential energy functions. A general introduction to genetic algorithms is followed by a detailed description of the genetic algorithm program that we have developed to identify the lowest energy isomers for a variety of atomic and molecular clusters. Examples are presented of its application to model Morse clusters, ionic MgO clusters and bimetallic “nanoalloy” clusters. Finally, a number of recent innovations and possible future developments are discussed.

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The article was received on 21 May 2003, accepted on 15 Aug 2003 and first published on 01 Sep 2003


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B305686D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2003, 4193-4207
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    Evolving better nanoparticles: Genetic algorithms for optimising cluster geometries

    R. L. Johnston, Dalton Trans., 2003, 4193
    DOI: 10.1039/B305686D

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