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Title: Ions in solution: Density corrected density functional theory (DC-DFT)

Standard density functional approximations often give questionable results for odd-electron radical complexes, with the error typically attributed to self-interaction. In density corrected density functional theory (DC-DFT), certain classes of density functional theory calculations are significantly improved by using densities more accurate than the self-consistent densities. We discuss how to identify such cases, and how DC-DFT applies more generally. To illustrate, we calculate potential energy surfaces of HO·Cl{sup −} and HO·H{sub 2}O complexes using various common approximate functionals, with and without this density correction. Commonly used approximations yield wrongly shaped surfaces and/or incorrect minima when calculated self consistently, while yielding almost identical shapes and minima when density corrected. This improvement is retained even in the presence of implicit solvent.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Chemistry and Institute of Nano-Bio Molecular Assemblies, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)
  2. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253393
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 18; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; DENSITY; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; INTERACTIONS; IONS; POTENTIAL ENERGY; SOLVENTS