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Estimated MP2 and CCSD(T) interaction energies of n-alkane dimers at the basis set limit: comparison of the methods of Helgaker et al. and Feller

Seiji Tsuzuki, Kazumasa Honda, Tadafumi Uchimaru, Masuhiro Mikami
Journal of Chemical Physics 2006 March 21, 124 (11): 114304
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The MP2 (the second-order Møller-Plesset calculation) and CCSD(T) (coupled cluster calculation with single and double substitutions with noniterative triple excitations) interaction energies of all-trans n-alkane dimers were calculated using Dunning's [J. Chem. Phys. 90, 1007 (1989)] correlation consistent basis sets. The estimated MP2 interaction energies of methane, ethane, and propane dimers at the basis set limit [EMP2(limit)] by the method of Helgaker et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 106, 9639 (1997)] from the MP2/aug-cc-pVXZ (X=D and T) level interaction energies are very close to those estimated from the MP2/aug-cc-pVXZ (X=T and Q) level interaction energies. The estimated EMP2(limit) values of n-butane to n-heptane dimers from the MP2/cc-pVXZ (X=D and T) level interaction energies are very close to those from the MP2/aug-cc-pVXZ (X=D and T) ones. The EMP2(limit) values estimated by Feller's [J. Chem. Phys. 96, 6104 (1992)] method from the MP2/cc-pVXZ (X=D, T, and Q) level interaction energies are close to those estimated by the method of Helgaker et al. from the MP2/cc-pVXZ (X=T and Q) ones. The estimated EMP2(limit) values by the method of Helgaker et al. using the aug-cc-pVXZ (X=D and T) are close to these values. The estimated EMP2(limit) of the methane, ethane, propane, n-butane, n-pentane, n-hexane, n-heptane, n-octane, n-nonane, and n-decane dimers by the method of Helgaker et al. are -0.48, -1.35, -2.08, -2.97, -3.92, -4.91, -5.96, -6.68, -7.75, and -8.75 kcal/mol, respectively. Effects of electron correlation beyond MP2 are not large. The estimated CCSD(T) interaction energies of the methane, ethane, propane, and n-butane dimers at the basis set limit by the method of Helgaker et al. (-0.41, -1.22, -1.87, and -2.74 kcal/mol, respectively) from the CCSD(T)/cc-pVXZ (X=D and T) level interaction energies are close to the EMP2(limit) obtained using the same basis sets. The estimated EMP2(limit) values of the ten dimers were fitted to the form m0+m1X (X is 1 for methane, 2 for ethane, etc.). The obtained m0 and m1 (0.595 and -0.926 kcal/mol) show that the interactions between long n-alkane chains are significant. Analysis of basis set effects shows that cc-pVXZ (X=T, Q, or 5), aug-cc-pVXZ (X=D, T, Q, or 5) basis set, or 6-311G** basis set augmented with diffuse polarization function is necessary for quantitative evaluation of the interaction energies between n-alkane chains.

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