Even numbered carbon clusters: cost-effective wavefunction-based method for calculation and automated location of most structural isomers★
School of Physics and Physical Engineering, Qufu Normal University,
Qufu, P.R. China
2 Chemistry Centre and Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, 3004-535 Coimbra, Portugal
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Published online: 2 August 2018
Using second-order Möller-Plesset perturbation-theoretic calculations with extrapolation of the energy from the lowest steps of the hierarchical staircase to the complete basis set limit, a wave function-based approach emerges that rivals density functional theory in accuracy and cost-effectiveness. Tested on a large set of reactions, the method is now applied to the carbon clusters. Combined with variable-scaling opposite spin theory, the results approximate couple-cluster quality at no additional cost. Jointly with a stimulated breakup of the molecule by choosing a (simple or composite) driving coordinate at an adequate level of theory, the approach still offers a near automated tool for locating structural isomers along the optimized reaction coordinate for stimulated evolution so obtained. Adaptations are also suggested.
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