Virtual NanoLab (VNL) is now free for academic users!

Nov 06 2015

QuantumWise is happy to announce that Virtual NanoLab (VNL) is now free for academic users!


VNL works as a graphical user interface for Atomistix ToolKit (ATK), but QuantumWise also develops tools allowing VNL to act as a flexible graphical user interface for other software packages, including, but not limited to, FHI-aims, VASP*, QuantumEspresso, LAMMPS, and GPAW.

You can use VNL to build atomic structures and export them in all common file formats - or in your own or other custom format, since the functionality can be extended with plugins. You can also analyze and plot results from virtually any code in VNL, including your own by using the powerful Python API to write new plugins that interpret the output files from the calculations.

The free academic license additionally includes ATK-ForceField for running molecular dynamics simulations, computing phonon spectra and other thermal properties, and for other calculations using empirical potentials.

Thus, if you work as an academic researcher at a university, college, or similar (but not including government labs), you can obtain a free, perpetual license for VNL by filling out this form.

We hope you will enjoy VNL as much as our current users do! Have a look at these testimonials to see what they say about the software.


* The free academic license does not include any capabilities for running DFT or semi-empirical electronic structure calculations using Atomistix ToolKit (ATK). For this, you need to purchase a license.

It also does not cover the the advanced VASP features, which include the VASP Scripter to set up full calculation input files and visualization of VASP result files. It is possible to import and export POSCAR files using just the free license. To use the additional VASP functionalities you must purchase a license; prices start from €500 for a perpetual academic license.

Researchers and engineers working in industrial companies and government labs can purchase licenses for VNL. Please contact us for pricing and more information about these options.


molecular builder


3d extrusion

Simulating millions of atoms is fairly straightforward with ATK-ForceField, but you also need to be able to set up the structure and plot the results. 
In VNL 2015, the graphics have been improved to allow users to smoothly manipulate structures with millions of atoms. The example is a polycrystalline sample of HfO2 containing 1.2 million atoms

The new molecular builder tool

3D extrusion and isolines are new ways to add information and clarity to plots of grids like potentials and electron densities. Note that these plotting modes are also available for grid data from VASP and other codes.

And much more ...

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