An Open Electronic Structure Database for Surface Reactions

19 November 2018, Version 2
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


We present a new open repository for chemical reactions on catalytic surfaces, available at The featured Surface Reactions database contains more than 100,000 chemical adsorption and reaction energies obtained from electronic structure calculations, and is continuously being updated with new datasets. In addition to providing quantum-mechanical results for a broad range of reactions and surfaces from different publications, the database features a systematic, large-scale study of chemical adsorption and hydrogenation on bimetallic alloy surfaces. The database contains reaction specific information, such as the surface composition and reaction energy for each reaction, as well as the atomic surface geometries used in the calculations together with the calculation parameters and output, which are essential for data reproducibility. Data can be accessed from the web-interface as well as from a Python API providing direct access from a local workstation. This enables researchers to efficiently use the data as a basis for further calculations and to generate surrogate models for accelerating the discovery of catalytic materials for sustainable energy applications.


Electronic structure database
Catalysis informatics
Heterogeneous catalysis

Supplementary weblinks


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.