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Accurate Interaction Energies for Problematic Dispersion-Bound Complexes: Homogeneous Dimers of NCCN, P2, and PCCP


, : Accurate Interaction Energies for Problematic Dispersion-Bound Complexes: Homogeneous Dimers of NCCN, P2, and PCCP. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 7(9): 2842-2851

All intermolecular interactions involve London dispersion forces. The accurate treatment of dispersion is essential for the computation of realistic interaction potentials. In general, the most reliable method for computing intermolecular interactions is coupled-cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples [CCSD(T)] in conjunction with a sufficiently flexible Gaussian atomic orbital basis set, a combination which is not routinely applicable due to its excessive computational demands (CPU time, memory, storage). Recently, many theoretical methods have been developed that attempt to account for dispersion in a more efficient manner. It is well-known that dispersion interactions are more difficult to compute in some systems than others; for example, π-π dispersion is notoriously difficult, while alkane-alkane dispersion is relatively simple to compute. In this work, numerous theoretical methods are tested for their ability to compute reliable interaction energies in particularly challenging systems, namely, the P2, PCCP, and NCCN dimers. Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) is applied to these dimers to demonstrate their sensitivity to the treatment of dispersion. Due to the small size of these systems, highly accurate CCSD(T) potential energy curves could be estimated at the complete basis set limit. Numerous theoretical methods are tested against the reliable CCSD(T) benchmarks. Methods using a treatment of dispersion that relies on time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) response functions are found to be the most reliable.

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PMID: 26605475

DOI: 10.1021/ct200374m


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