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Bond Additivity Corrections for G3B3 and G3MP2B3 Quantum Chemistry Methods

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posted on 2005-03-03, 00:00 authored by Bharthwaj Anantharaman, Carl F. Melius
We have developed bond additivity correction (BAC) procedures for the G3-based quantum chemistry methods, G3B3 and G3MP2B3. We denote these procedures as BAC-G3B3 and BAC-G3MP2B3. We apply the procedures to compounds containing atoms from the first three rows of the periodic table including H, B, C, N, O, F, Al, Si, P, S, and Cl atoms. The BAC procedure applies atomic, molecular, and pairwise bond corrections to theoretical heats of formation of molecules. The BAC-G3B3 and BAC-G3MP2B3 procedures require parameters for each atom type but not for each bond type. These parameters have been obtained by minimizing the error between the BAC-G3B3 and BAC-G3MP2B3 predictions and the experimental heats of formation for a 155 molecule reference set, containing open and closed shell molecules representing various functional groups, multireference configurations, isomers, and degrees of saturation. As compared to former BAC-MP4, BAC-G2, and BAC-hybrid methods, BAC-G3B3 provides better agreement with experiment for a wider range of chemical moieties, including highly oxidized species involving SOxs, NOxs, POxs, and halogens. The BAC-G3B3 and BAC-G3MP2B3 procedures are applied to an extended test suite involving 273 compounds. We assess the overall quality of BAC-G3B3 with experiments and other theoretical approaches. For the reference set, the average error for the BAC-G3B3 results is 0.44 kcal/mol as compared to 0.82 kcal/mol for the raw G3B3. For the extended test set, the average error for the BAC-G3B3 results is 0.91 kcal/mol as compared to 1.38 kcal/mol for the raw G3B3. As compared to the other BAC procedures, the improved predictive capability of BAC-G3B3 and BAC-G3MP2B3 procedures is, to a large extent, due to the improved quality of G3-based methods resulting in much smaller BAC correction terms.