• density functional theory;
  • molecular dynamics simulations;
  • α-benzophenone;
  • parameter prediction

The benefits of combining experimental and computational methods have been demonstrated by a study of the dynamics and solid-state structure of α-benzophenone. Dispersion-corrected and -uncorrected density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations were used to obtain displacement parameters, with the dispersion-corrected simulations showing good agreement with the experimental neutron and X-ray diffraction values. At 70 K, quantum-nuclear effects resulted in poor values for the hydrogen atoms, but the heavy-atom values still show excellent agreement, suggesting that molecular dynamics simulations can be a useful tool for determining displacement parameters where experimental data are poor or limited.