This research is currently supported by PASC, Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing and by MARVEL, a National Centre for Competence in Research

Environ-0.2  is the latest release of Environ. It is interfaced with

the Quantum-ESPRESSO package and compatible with

versions QE-5.1.X, QE-5.2.X, QE-5.3.0, and QE-6.X. Some of the new 

features of this release are not available in the older distributions

of Quantum-ESPRESSO (see the list below for details).


The new features of Environ-0.2 are the following:

  • Fully tested and easier to use external fixed charge densities of arbitrary shape and dimensionality (from QE-5.1.X).
  • External user-defined dielectric regions of arbitrary shape and dimensionality, to simulate the effect of complex environment such as interfaces, substrates, nanoparticles, etc. (from QE-5.2.1).
  • Preconditioned solvers for the generalised Poisson equation, to provide alternative (possibly faster and more robust) numerical approaches to the continuum dielectric solvation model (from QE-5.1.X). 
  • Restart, with the possibility to include environment effects from the initialisation step, providing a substantial speedup for geometry optimisation calculations (from QE-5.2.1). 


The previous functionalities of Environ, available to all the supported distributions of Quantum-ESPRESSO, are the following:


The above functionalities are coupled with the following types of calculations:

  • Possibility to perform single point calculations, geometry optimizations, and Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations, through the PW code of the Quantum-ESPRESSO package.
  • Possibility to perform transition state calculations via the nudged elastic band method, through the NEB code of the Quantum-ESPRESSO package.
  • Possibility to perform the calculation of optical spectra  via time-dependent density functional perturbation theory, through the TDDFpT code (only for the continuum dielectric contribution).
  • Only starting from QE-5.3.0, Environ-0.2 is coupled with the CP code of the Quantum-ESPRESSO  package, to perform Car-Parrinello and damped molecular dynamics simulations. 


All the above simulations are compatible with the main features of Quantum-ESPRESSO, namely pseudo-potentials-based plane-wave periodic-boundary-conditions simulations at the density functional theory level, with k-point integration. In particular the following features are all compatible with Environ (a more comprehensive list of the capabilities of Quantum-ESPRESSO can be found in the project documentation):

  • Norm-conserving, ultrasoft and projector-augmented wave (PAW) pseudopotentials.
  • Local density approximation (LDA) functionals, Generalized Gradient approximation (GGA) functionals, hybrid functionals,  van der Waals (vdW) nonlocal density functionals.
  • Hubbard U.


The features which are still not available and are under development are:

  • User-friendly installation procedure: the set up of the module inside the released Quantum-ESPRESSO package is still not user-friendly and requires to follow a rather simple, but long, procedure.
  • Coupling with the GIPAW code of the Quantum-ESPRESSO package, to calculate magnetic resonance spectra.



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