We present a simple and non-empirical method to determine optimal scaling coefficients, within the (spin-component)-scaled MP2 approach, for calculating intermolecular potential energies of noncovalently-interacting systems. The method is based on an observed proportionality between (spin-component) MP2 and CCSD(T) energies for a wide range of intermolecular distances and allows us to compute with high accuracy a large portion of the dissociation curve at the cost of a single CCSD(T) calculation. The accuracy of the present procedure is assessed for a series of noncovalently-interacting test systems: the obtained results reproduce CCSD(T) quality in all cases and definitely outperform conventional MP2, CCSD and SCS-MP2 results. The difficult case of the beryllium dimer is also considered.
Royal Society of Chemistry
1 Jan 2013
Volume: 15 Issue: 37 Pages: 15485-15493
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics