Amsterdam Density Functional (ADF) is a program for first-principles electronic structure calculations that makes use of density functional theory (DFT).  ADF was first developed in the early seventies by the group of E. J. Baerends from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and by the group of T. Ziegler from the University of Calgary. Nowadays many other academic groups are contributing to the software. Scientific Computing & Modelling (SCM), a spin-off company from the Baerends group, coordinates the development and distribution of ADF since 1995. Together with the rise in popularity of DFT over the last decade, ADF has become a popular computational chemistry software package used in the industrial and academic research. ADF excels in spectroscopy, transition metals, and heavy elements problems. A periodic structure counterpart of ADF named BAND is available to study bulk crystals, polymers, and surfaces.
Specific features and capabilities
See ADF website for a comprehensive listing.
* Slater-type orbitals (STOs) as basis functions, in contrast to the most of the codes using Gaussian orbitals (GTOs).
1. ^ Computational Chemistry, David Young, Wiley-Interscience, 2001. Appendix A. A.2.1 pg 332, ADF
* Scientific Computing & Modelling