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PM3 (chemistry)

PM3, or Parameterized Model number 3, is a semi-empirical method for the quantum calculation of molecular electronic structure in computational chemistry. It is based on the Neglect of Differential Diatomic Overlap integral approximation.

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The PM3 method uses the same formalism and equations as the AM1 method. The only differences are: 1) PM3 uses two Gaussian functions for the core repulsion function, instead of the variable number used by AM1 (which uses between one and four Gaussians per element); 2) the numerical values of the parameters are different. The other differences lie in the philosophy and methodology used during the parameterization: whereas AM1 takes some of the parameter values from spectroscopical measurements, PM3 treats them as optimizable values.

The method was developed by J. J. P. Stewart and first published in 1989. It is implemented in the MOPAC program (of which the older versions are public domain), along with the related RM1, AM1, MNDO and MINDO methods, and in several other programs such as GAUSSIAN, GAMESS (US), GAMESS (UK), Chem3D, Spartan, AMPAC, and BOSS.

The original PM3 publication included parameters for the following elements: H, C, N, O, F, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, Br, and I. Many other elements, mostly metals, have been parameterized in subsequent work.

A model for the PM3 calculation of lanthanide complexes, called Sparkle/PM3, was also introduced.


  • Stewart, J. J. P. J. Comput. Chem. 1989, 10, 209.
  • Stewart, J. J. P. J. Comput. Chem. 1989, 10, 221.
  • Stewart, J. J. P. Optimization of parameters for semiempirical methods. III Extension of PM3 to Be, Mg, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Se, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Te, Hg, Tl, Pb, and Bi. J. Comput. Chem. 1991, 12, 320-341. doi:10.1002/jcc.540120306
  • Stewart, J. J. P. Optimization of parameters for semiempirical methods IV: extension of MNDO, AM1, and PM3 to more main group elements. Journal of Molecular Modeling 2004, 10, 155-164. doi:10.1007/s00894-004-0183-z
  • For a recent review, see Stewart, J. J. P. "PM3" in Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry, Wiley, 1998.
  • Freire, R. O., Rocha, G. B., and Simas, A. M., Chemical Physics Letters, 2006, 425, 138.

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