Related Materials
How related materials are identified on the Materials Project (MP) website. TODO: Update references

Introduction

The similarity between two structures i and j is assessed on the basis of local coordination information from all sites in the two structures. [1,2] The four basic steps involved are:
  1. 1.
    Find near(est) neighbors of all sites in both structures.
  2. 2.
    Evaluate each coordination pattern via coordination descriptors observed at each site to define site fingerprints.
  3. 3.
    Compute statistics of the descriptor values across all sites in a structure to define structure fingerprints.
  4. 4.
    Use structure fingerprints to rate the (dis)similarity between the two (vectors representing the two) structures.

Near-neighbor finding

We use a novel method called CrystalNN to find near(est) neighbors in periodic structures. While the method will be introduced shortly [3], it is already available through the python package pymatgen. A benchmarking framework has been developed to evaluate CrystallNN and compare it to other near-neighbor finding algorithms [4].

Site Fingerprints

The second step of the structure similarity calculation is the computation of a crystal site fingerprint,
vsitev^{site}
, for each site in the two structures. The fingerprint is a 61-dimensional vector in which each element carries information about the local coordination environment computed with the site module of the python package matminer. For example, the first two elements "wt
CN1\text{CN}_1
" and "single bond
CN1\text{CN}_1
" provide estimates of the likelihood (or weight) of how much the given site should be considered 1-fold coordinated (i.e., w
CN=1|_{CN=1}
). The third element "wt
CN2\text{CN}_2
" provides a 2-fold coordination likelihood, whereas the fourth element "L-shaped
CN2\text{CN}_2
" holds the resemblance similarity to an L-shaped coordination geometry (also called local structure order parameter) given that we find a coordination configuration with 2 atoms (
qLCN=2q_{L}|_{CN=2}
). The local structure order parameters can assume values between 0, meaning that the observed local environment has no resemblance with the target motif to which it is compared, and 1, which stands for perfect motif match. The remaining elements are: "water-like
CN2\text{CN}_2
", "bent 120 degrees
CN2\text{CN}_2
", "bent 150 degrees
CN2\text{CN}_2
", "linear
CN2\text{CN}_2
", "wt
CN3\text{CN}_3
", "trigonal planar
CN3\text{CN}_3
", "trigonal non-coplanar
CN3\text{CN}_3
", "T-shaped
CN3\text{CN}_3
", "wt
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "square co-planar
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "tetrahedral
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "rectangular see-saw-like
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "see-saw-like
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "trigonal pyramidal
CN4\text{CN}_4
", "wt
CN5\text{CN}_5
", "pentagonal planar
CN5\text{CN}_5
", "square pyramidal
CN5\text{CN}_5
", "trigonal bipyramidal
CN5\text{CN}_5
", "wt
CN6\text{CN}_6
", "hexagonal planar
CN6\text{CN}_6
", "octahedral
CN6\text{CN}_6
", "pentagonal pyramidal
CN6\text{CN}_6
", "wt
CN7\text{CN}_7
" "hexagonal pyramidal
CN7\text{CN}_7
", "pentagonal bipyramidal
CN7\text{CN}_7
", "wt
CN8\text{CN}_8
" "body-centered cubic
CN8\text{CN}_8
", "hexagonal bipyramidal
CN8\text{CN}_8
", "wt
CN9\text{CN}_9
", "q2
CN9\text{CN}_9
", "q4
CN9\text{CN}_9
", "q6
CN9\text{CN}_9
", "wt
CN10\text{CN}_{10}
", "q2
CN10\text{CN}_{10}
", "q4
CN10\text{CN}_{10}
", "q6
CN10\text{CN}_{10}
", "wt
CN11\text{CN}_{11}
", "q2
CN11\text{CN}_{11}
", "q4
CN11\text{CN}_{11}
", "q6
CN11\text{CN}_{11}
", "wt
CN12\text{CN}_{12}
", "cuboctahedral
CN12\text{CN}_{12}
", "q2
CN12\text{CN}_{12}
", "q4
CN12\text{CN}_{12}
", "q6
CN12\text{CN}_{12}
", "wt
CN13\text{CN}_{13}
", "wt
CN14\text{CN}_{14}
", "wt
CN15\text{CN}_{15}
", "wt
CN16\text{CN}_{16}
", "wt
CN17\text{CN}_{17}
", "wt
CN18\text{CN}_{18}
", "wt
CN19\text{CN}_{19}
", "wt
CN20\text{CN}_{20}
", "wt
CN21\text{CN}_{21}
", "wt
CN22\text{CN}_{22}
" "wt
CN23\text{CN}_{23}
" and "wt
CN24\text{CN}_{24}
" Note that
qnq_n
refers to Steinhardt bond orientational order parameter of order n. The resulting site fingerprint is thus defined as:
vsite=[wCN=1,wCN=2,qLCN=2,qwaterCN=2,,wCN=24]T\mathbf{v}^\text{site} = [w|_{\text{CN}=1}, \quad w|_{\text{CN}=2}, \quad q_\text{L}|_{\text{CN}=2}, \quad q_\text{water}|_{\text{CN}=2}, \quad \dots, \quad w|_{\text{CN}=24}]^\text{T}

Structure Fingerprints

The fingerprints from sites in a given structure are subsequently statistically processed to yield the minimum, maximum, mean, and standard deviation of each coordination information element," The resultant ordered vector defines a structure fingerprint, $v^{struct}$:
vstruct=[min(wCN=1),max(wCN=1),mean(wCN=1),std(wCN=1),,min(wCN=24),max(wCN=24),mean(wCN=24),std(wCN=24)]T\mathbf{v}^\text{struct} = [ \min(w|_{\text{CN}=1}), \quad \max(w|_{\text{CN}=1}), \quad \text{mean}(w|_{\text{CN}=1}), \quad \text{std}(w|_{\text{CN}=1}), \dots, \min(w|_{\text{CN}=24}), \quad \max(w|_{\text{CN}=24}), \quad \text{mean}(w|_{\text{CN}=24}), \quad \text{std}(w|_{\text{CN}=24}) ]^\text{T}

Structure Distance/Dissimilarity

Finally, structure similarity is determined by the distance, d, between two structure fingerprints
vistructv_{i}^{struct}
and
vjstructv_{j}^{struct}
:
d=vistructvjstructd = || \mathbf{v}_{i}^\text{struct} - \mathbf{v}_{j}^\text{struct} ||
A small distance value indicates high similarity between two structures, whereas a large distance (>1) suggests that the structures are very dissimilar," The spinel example below gives an approximate threshold up to which distance you can still consider two structures to be similar (0.9)," Anything beyond 0.9 is most certainly not the same structure prototype.

Examples

  • Diamond (mp-66) vs.
    GaAs\text{GaAs}
    (mp-2534)
    ightarrowightarrow
    d = 0
  • Diamond (mp-66) vs. rocksalt (mp-22862)
    ightarrowightarrow
    d = 3.5724
  • Diamond (mp-66) vs. perfect
    CaTiO3\text{CaTiO}_3
    perovskite (mp-5827)
    ightarrowightarrow
    d = 3.5540
  • Rocksalt (mp-22862) vs. perfect
    CaTiO3\text{CaTiO}_3
    perovskite (mp-5827)
    ightarrowightarrow
    d = 2.7417
  • Ca(CoS2)2\text{Ca(CoS}_2\text{)}_2
    -spinel (mvc-12728) vs.
    Si(CdO2)2\text{Si(CdO}_2\text{)}_2
    -spinel (mp-560842)
    ightarrowightarrow
    d = 0.8877
Below is a python code snippet that allows you to quickly reproduce above results," You will need to install pymatgen and matminer for this to work," Both are easily accessible via the Python Package Index.
import numpy as np
from mp_api import MPRester
from matminer.featurizers.site import CrystalNNFingerprint
from matminer.featurizers.structure import SiteStatsFingerprint
with MPRester() as mpr:
# Get structures.
diamond = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mp-66")
gaas = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mp-2534")
rocksalt = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mp-22862")
perovskite = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mp-5827")
spinel_caco2s4 = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mvc-12728")
spinel_sicd2O4 = mpr.get_structure_by_material_id("mp-560842")
# Calculate structure fingerprints.
ssf = SiteStatsFingerprint(
CrystalNNFingerprint.from_preset('ops', distance_cutoffs=None, x_diff_weight=0),
stats=('mean', 'std_dev', 'minimum', 'maximum'))
v_diamond = np.array(ssf.featurize(diamond))
v_gaas = np.array(ssf.featurize(gaas))
v_rocksalt = np.array(ssf.featurize(rocksalt))
v_perovskite = np.array(ssf.featurize(perovskite))
v_spinel_caco2s4 = np.array(ssf.featurize(spinel_caco2s4))
v_spinel_sicd2O4 = np.array(ssf.featurize(spinel_sicd2O4))
# Print out distance between structures.
print('Distance between diamond and GaAs: {:.4f}'.format(np.linalg.norm(v_diamond - v_gaas)))
print('Distance between diamond and rocksalt: {:.4f}'.format(np.linalg.norm(v_diamond - v_rocksalt)))
print('Distance between diamond and perovskite: {:.4f}'.format(np.linalg.norm(v_diamond - v_perovskite)))
print('Distance between rocksalt and perovskite: {:.4f}'.format(np.linalg.norm(v_rocksalt - v_perovskite)))
print('Distance between Ca(CoS2)2-spinel and Si(CdO2)2-spinel: {:.4f}'.format(np.linalg.norm(v_spinel_caco2s4 - v_spinel_sicd2O4)))

StructureMatcher

Another tool that is used to group materials is the StructureMatcher. There are multiple comparators (for example: SpinComparator, ElementComparator, etc.) that can be used to determine how to make comparisons between structures when determining their similarity.

References

[1]: N. E. R. Zimmermann, D. Winston, K. A. Persson, A. Jain, in preparation (2018)
[2]: 10.3389/fmats.2017.00034
[3]: H. Pan, J. Dagdelen, N. E. R. Zimmermann, A. Jain, in preparation (2018)
[4]: Pan, H., Ganose, A. M., Horton, M., Aykol, M., Persson, K. A., Zimmermann, N. E., & Jain, A. (2021). Benchmarking coordination number prediction algorithms on inorganic crystal structures. Inorganic chemistry, 60(3), 1590-1603.

Authors

Nils Zimmermann, Donny Winston, Handong Ling, Oxana Andriuc