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Empirically corrected DFT and semi-empirical methods for non-bonding interactions

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Abstract

Computational modeling of systems governed by non-bonded interactions, especially van der Waals (dispersion) interactions, is currently a difficult task, since many conventional quantum mechanical techniques neglect such interactions. For example, the popular semi-empirical and Hartree–Fock methods, as well as most DFT methods all neglect long-range dispersion. In attempt to model dispersion interactions at reduced computational expense, one approach is to add an empirical potential to one of the quantum mechanical techniques. This approach has been successfully used to model a large variety of systems that involve, or are governed by, dispersion interactions. The accuracy of empirically-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D) and empirically-corrected semiempirical (SE-D) methods are reviewed here. The analysis considers both the ability to reproduce benchmark energies and geometries.

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The article was received on 07 Jul 2009, accepted on 06 Oct 2009 and first published on 07 Nov 2009


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B912859J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 307-322
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    Empirically corrected DFT and semi-empirical methods for non-bonding interactions

    M. E. Foster and K. Sohlberg, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 307
    DOI: 10.1039/B912859J

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