Evaluating Transition Metal Barrier Heights with the Latest DFT Exchange–Correlation Functionals – the MOBH35 Benchmark Dataset



A new database of transition metal reaction barrier heights – MOBH35 – is presented. Benchmark energies (forward and reverse barriers and reaction energy) are calculated using DLPNO-CCSD(T) extrapolated to the complete basis set limit using a Weizmann1-like scheme. Using these benchmark energies, the performance of a wide selection of density functional theory (DFT) exchange–correlation functionals, including the latest from the Truhlar and Head-Gordon groups, is evaluated. It was found, using the def2-TZVPP basis set, that the ωB97M-V (MAD 1.8 kcal/mol), ωB97X-V (MAD 2.1 kcal/mol) and SCAN0 (MAD 2.1 kcal/mol) hybrid functionals are recommended. The double-hybrid functionals PWPB95 (MAD 1.6 kcal/mol) and B2K-PLYP (MAD 1.8 kcal/mol) did perform slightly better but this has to be balanced by their increased computational cost.


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