Prediction of bond dissociation energies and transition state barriers by a modified complete basis set model chemistry

Jungkamp, Tim P. W.; Seinfeld, John H.
August 1997
Journal of Chemical Physics;8/1/1997, Vol. 107 Issue 5, p1513
Academic Journal
The complete basis set model chemistries CBS-4 and CBS-q were modified using density functional theory for the geometry optimization step of these methods. The accuracy of predicted bond dissociation energies and transition state barrier heights was investigated based on geometry optimizations using the B3LYP functional with basis set sizes ranging from 3-21G(d,p) to 6-311G(d,p). Transition state barrier heights can be obtained at CBS-q with B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) geometries with rms error of 1.7 kcal/mol within a test set of ten transition state species. The method should be applicable to molecules with up to eight or more heavy atoms. Use of B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) for geometry optimizations leads to further improvement of CBS-q barrier heights with a rms error of 1.4 kcal/mol. For reference, the CBS-QCI/APNO model chemistry was evaluated and is shown to provide very reliable predictions of barrier heights (rms error=1.0 kcal/mol).


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