A recently developed strategy for the computation at affordable cost of reliable barrier heights ruling reactions in the gas-phase (junChS, [Barone et al. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2021, 17, 4913-4928]) has been extended to the employment of explicitly-correlated (F12) methods. A thorough benchmark based on a wide range of prototypical reactions shows that the new model (referred to as junChS-F12), which employs cost-effective revDSD-PBEP86-D3(BJ) reference geometries, has an improved performance with respect to its conventional counterpart and outperforms the most well-known model chemistries without the need of any empirical parameter and at an affordable computational cost. Several benchmarks show that revDSD-PBEP86- D3(BJ) structures and force fields provide zero point energies and thermal contributions, which can be confidently used, together with junChS-F12 electronic energies, for obtaining accurate reaction rates in the framework of the master equation approach based on the ab initio transition-state theory.
Supporting Information: Reliable Gas Phase Reaction Rates at Affordable Computer Cost by Means of the Parameter-Free junChs-F12 Model Chemistry
Additional Data for Energy Barriers (Table S1).