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Infinite basis set extrapolation for double hybrid density functional theory 1: Effect of applying various extrapolation functions

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  • Yao-Yuan Chuang,

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    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, National University of Kaohsiung, 700 Kaohsiung University Rd., Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan
    • Department of Applied Chemistry, National University of Kaohsiung, 700 Kaohsiung University Rd., Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan
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  • Sheng-Min Chen

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, National University of Kaohsiung, 700 Kaohsiung University Rd., Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan
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Abstract

We applied the Infinite Basis (IB) set extrapolation and Double Hybrid Density Functional Theory (DHDF) to calculate the databases of atomization energies, ionization energies, electron affinities, reaction barrier heights, proton affinities, alkyl bond dissociation energies, and noncovalent interactions. The Complete Basis Set (CBS) limit is estimated by extrapolating the hybrid density functional theory and PT2 energies using extrapolation functions including exponential, inverse power, modified exponential, and the combination of the these functions. We found that the combination of B2KPLYP/cc-pV[D|T]Z (which is the extrapolation based on the energies calculated in cc-pVDZ and cc-pVTZ) gives results in quadruple-ζ quality. However, if we want to reach the ∼2 kcal/mol chemical accuracy limit, the cc-pV[T|Q]Z is required. Similar results with various extrapolation functions obtained, because the IB parameters were determined by minimizing the averaged mean unsigned error of the calculated databases. We generalized the IB set extrapolation to include more than two basis sets, but we found that extrapolation with two basis sets is satisfactory to give reasonable results. The largest error occurred in the databases of the electron affinities and the weak interactions between the noble gas and the nonpolar molecules. We expect that performing the DHDF-IB scheme with the basis sets augmented by diffuse basis functions will further improve the results. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem , 2011.

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