Non-covalent interactions atlas benchmark data sets 4: σ-hole interactions†
The SH250×10 dataset presented here extends the Non-Covalent Interactions Atlas database (https://www.nciatlas.org) to complexes bound by σ-hole interactions – halogen, chalcogen and pnictogen bonds. It comprises 250 complexes where Cl, Br, I, S, Se, P and As interact with diverse electron donors. An accurate CCSD(T)/CBS benchmark is provided for ten points along a dissociation curve of each complex. The SH250×10 set is used in testing a wide variety of DFT functionals and semiempirical quantum-mechanical methods. In DFT calculations, the new data set exposes large errors of some functionals related to exaggerated charge transfer. The size and diversity of the data set have also been exploited in the reparametrization of a halogen-bond correction for the PM6 semiempirical method.
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