Spin-component-scaled and dispersion-corrected second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory: A path toward chemical accuracy

02 November 2021, Version 1
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Second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) provides a valuable alternative to density functional theory for modeing problems in organic and biological chemistry. However, MP2 suffers from known lim- itations in the description of van der Waals dispersion interactions and reaction thermochemistry. Here, a spin-component-scaled, dispersion-corrected MP2 model (SCS-MP2D) is proposed that addresses these weaknesses. The dispersion correction, which is based on Grimme’s D3 formalism, replaces the uncoupled Hartree-Fock dispersion inherent in MP2 with a more robust coupled Kohn-Sham treatment. The spin- component scaling of the residual MP2 correlation energy then reduces the remaining errors in the model. This two-part correction strategy solves the problem found in earlier spin-component-scaled MP2 models where completely different spin-scaling parameters were needed for describing reaction energies versus in- termolecular interactions. Results on 18 benchmark data sets and two challenging potential energy curves demonstrate that SCS-MP2D considerably improves upon the accuracy of MP2 for intermolecular interac- tions, conformational energies, and reaction energies. Its accuracy and computational cost are competitive with state-of-the-art density functionals such as DSD-BLYP-D3(BJ), revDSD-PBEP86-D3(BJ), ωB97X-V, and ωB97M-V for systems with ∼100 atoms.


non-covalent interactions
van der Waals dispersion

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