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The Journal of Chemical Physics 2018

DOI: 10.1063/1.5019641

The computationally assisted, accelerated design of inorganic functional materials often relies on the ability of a given electronic structure method to return the correct electronic ground state of the material in question. Outlining difficulties with current density functionals and wave function-based approaches, we highlight why double hybrid density functionals represent promising candidates for this purpose. In turn, we show that PBE0-DH (and PBE-QIDH) offers a significant improvement over its hybrid parent functional PBE0 [as well as B3LYP* and coupled cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples (CCSD(T))] when computing spin-state splitting energies, using high-level diffusion Monte Carlo calculations as a reference. We refer to the opposing influence of Hartree-Fock (HF) exchange and MP2, which permits higher levels of HF exchange and a concomitant reduction in electronic density error, as the reason for the im...

Journal of Computational Chemistry 2018

DOI: 10.1002/jcc.25144    pdf

With the aim of investigating qualitatively and quantitatively the impact of using excited state relaxed or unrelaxed density for the estimation of nature and characteristic of electronic excited states, we analyzed the behavior of 52 exchange correlation functionals for the prediction of density‐based indexes such as those recently introduced in literature to evaluate the charge transfer distance (DCT) (Le Bahers et al. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2011, 7, 2498) in the case of a prototype family of push–pull dyes. Our results show that while a qualitatively consistent assessment of the nature of the excited states is obtained using either the unrelaxed or the relaxed density, from a quantitative standpoint we observe large discrepancies in the charge transfer distance for electronic transitions having substantial CT character. This behavior is independent of nature of the exchange–correlation functional used.

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