A density functional theory parameterised neural network model of zirconia

Chen Wang, Akshay Tharval, John R. Kitchin
2018 Figshare  
We have developed a Behler–Parrinello Neural Network (BPNN) that can be employed to calculate energies and forces of zirconia bulk structures with oxygen vacancies with similar accuracy as that of the density functional theory (DFT) calculations that were used to train the BPNN. In this work, we have trained the BPNN potential with a reference set of 2178 DFT calculations and validated it against a dataset of untrained data. We have shown that the bulk structural parameters, equation of states,
more » ... oxygen vacancy formation energies and diffusion barriers predicted by the BPNN potential are in good agreement with the reference DFT data. The transferability of the BPNN potential has also been benchmarked with the prediction of structures that were not included in the reference set. The evaluation time of the BPNN is orders of magnitude less than corresponding DFT calculations, although the training process of the BPNN potential requires non-negligible amount of computational resources to prepare the dataset. The computational efficiency of the NN enabled it to be used in molecular dynamics simulations of the temperature-dependent diffusion of an oxygen vacancy and the corresponding diffusion activation energy.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5752833.v1 fatcat:wivw4mq6sjaenkc2m7u7wvszfm