Release notes Amsterdam Modeling Suite 2021.1

The first 2021 release of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite, AMS2021.1, features many improvements and new functionality through the continued efforts of our collaborators and the SCM team.
A major new functionality is the automated reaction pathway search, demonstrated by tutorials on hydrohalogenation and water dissociation on ZnO(10-10).

Automated TS search

Automated reaction pathway searching

The new potential energy surface (PES) exploration tasks in the central AMS driver enable researchers to automatically discover transition states and local minima with any of our or external engines:

  • Process search: find minima and the transition states connecting them
  • Saddle search to find nearby transition states
  • Basin hopping to find local minima
  • Refinement of previously located TSs and minima with different level of theory
  • Determine and visualize binding sites on a cluster or surface
Parametrization tools

Further improvements in the AMS driver

ForceField engine: performance optimization

ForceField has been sped up by 2-3 orders of magnitude through a combination of improvements: MPI with force decomposition, particle mash Ewald, default non-bonded cutoff reduced to 15Å.

ParAMS: scripting toolbox for ReaxFF and DFTB parametrization

ParAMS was silently released last year. We are looking forward to your findings and suggestions when you test ParAMS to build your training data and optimize parameters.

QM-FQ polarizable force field


multi-species cosmo-rs


Improved handling of fluid thermodynamics with multiple species, e.g. different protonation and dissociation states, aggregation (with solvent), conformers

(Graphical) User Interface improvements

  • Package manager to (de)install additional components (COSMO-RS database, Quantum ESPRESSO, Machine Learning Potentials, Ligand-Field DFT)
  • Option to output results into a spreadsheet
  • Graceful interactive termination, also via GUI
  • Improved UI to handle multiple molecules
  • Sinkbox and Safebox for MD with molecule gun
  • Support for PES exploration and other new features, and more… 


We are always thankful for the collaborations, which help us to continue to develop new functionality to drive your research. For this release, we would like to particularly thank these academic groups:

  • Marco Medves and Mauro Stener (University of Trieste) for the new fit sets and hybrid diagonal approximation for POLTDDFT
  • Stefan Grimme and his group (Bonn University) for making available the D4 library
  • Harry Ramanantoanina (PSI) and Claude Daul (Fribourg University) for XMCD and g-tensors with LFDFT
  • Chiara Cappelli, Franco Egidi, and Piero Lafiosca (SNS, Pisa) for adding the QM/FQ Quantum Mechanics/Fluctuating Charges
  • Arno Förster and  Lucas Visscher (VU University Amsterdam) for evGW and the associated basis set extensions
  • Leo Kommisarov and Toon Verstraelen (Ghent University) for the extensions to the ParAMS parameter fitting code
  • The Hannes Jónsson (University of Iceland) and Graeme Henkelman (UT Austin) research groups for making available the EON code, parts of which were used for the PES exploration tools

Try out AMS2021 or upgrade your license?

If you already have an annual license for our software with an automatic license – just download a new binary. To update your cluster license, contact mentioning your user ID. If you have an older perpetual license, contact us for an upgrade quote or an evaluation license for 2021.

If you do not have any existing license, request a free trial.

Release notes of previous versions

AMS2020: Multi-layer (QM/MM), ML Potentials, G0W0, ADF-in-AMS, external electric fields for periodic systems,
AMS2019.3: microkinetics, fast periodic DFTB, double hybrids, NEB, VASP interface
AMS2019.1: accelerated MD, Solvation Model 12 (SM12) for BAND, GFN-xTB, polymers with COSMO-RS
AMS2018: AMS driver for advanced PES tasks, new excitation capabilities in ADF, ReaxFF analysis and fitting
ADF Modeling Suite 2017: XCDFT, CV-DFT, X2C, periodic NEGF, 2D-TDCDFT, periodic DFTB3, DFTB fat bands, eReaxFF, NHC, MOF & COF builder, VCD analysis tools, molecule gun, Quantum ESPRESSO interface, COSMO-SAC-2016, iPy, improved ASE interface
ADF Modeling Suite 2016: CDFT, SM12, libXC interface, standard RSHs, XES with quadrupoles, TD-DFT+TB, sTDA, sTDDFT, MECP Polarization functional for semiconductor optical properties, periodic energy decomposition analysis, analytical lattice gradients, scripting with COSMO-RS, QuasiNano2015 DFTB parameters, TDDFTB gradients and FCF, ChemTrayzer, ACKS2

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