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Balancing DFT Interaction Energies in Charged Dimers Precursors to Organic Semiconductors

Alberto Fabrizio1, Riccardo Petraglia1, Clemence Corminboeuf1*

1 Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015, Lausanne, Switzerland

* Corresponding authors emails: clemence.corminboeuf@epfl.ch
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:2020.0012/v1 [version v1]

Publication date: Jan 24, 2020

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Alberto Fabrizio, Riccardo Petraglia, Clemence Corminboeuf, Balancing DFT Interaction Energies in Charged Dimers Precursors to Organic Semiconductors, Materials Cloud Archive 2020.0012/v1 (2020), https://doi.org/10.24435/materialscloud:2020.0012/v1


Accurately describing intermolecular interactions within the framework of Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT) has resulted in numerous benchmark databases over the past two decades. By far, the largest efforts have been spent on closed-shell, neutral dimers for which today, the interaction energies and geometries can be accurately reproduced by various combinations of dispersion-corrected density functional approximations (DFAs). In sharp contrast, charged, open-shell dimers remain a challenge as illustrated by the analysis of the OREL26rad benchmark set consisting of pi-dimer radical cations. Aside from the methodological aspect, achieving a proper description of radical cationic complexes is appealing due to their role as models for charge carriers in organic semiconductors. In the interest of providing an assessment of more realistic dimer systems, we construct a dataset of large radical cationic dimers (CryOrel) and jointly train the 19 parameters of a dispersion corrected, range-separated hybrid density functional (wB97X-dDsC), with the objective of providing the maximum balance between the treatment of long-range London dispersion and reduction of the delocalization error. These conditions are essential to obtain accurate energy profiles and binding energies of charged, open-shell dimers. Comparisons with the performance of the parent wB97X functional series and state-of-the-art wavefunction based methods are provided.

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27.0 KiB The file contains 4 folders, one for each type of crystal packing as described in the paper and one for the interaction energy profiles. Within each packing type, the user will find a folder containing the geometry of the dimers and monomers [xyz format] and a file containing the benchmark interaction energies at DLPNO-CCSD(T) [kcal/mol]. The profile folder consists of 4 directories, each dedicated to a specific molecule. Inside, the user will find the geometries and a file containing the center of mass distances and the interaction energies at DLPNO-CCSD(T).
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EPFL SNSF MARVEL/DD1 Radical Cation Dimers Organic Semiconductors London dispersion interactions Delocalization Error Density Functional Theory

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2020.0012/v1 (version v1) [This version] Jan 24, 2020 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:2020.0012/v1