IMOMM: A new integrated ab initio + molecular mechanics geometry optimization scheme of equilibrium structures and transition states

Feliu Maseras, Keiji Morokuma

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    Abstract

    A new computational scheme integrating ab initio and molecular mechanics descriptions in different parts of the same molecule is presented. In contrast with previous approaches, this method is especially designed to allow the introduction of molecular mechanics corrections in full geometry optimizations concerning problems usually studied through ab initio calculations on model systems. The scheme proposed in this article intends to solve some of the systematic error associated with modeling through the use of molecular mechanics corrections. This method, which does not require any new parameter, evaluates explicitly the energy derivatives with respect to geometrical parameters and therefore has a straightforward application to geometry optimization. Examples of its performance on two simple cases are provided: the equilibrium geometry of cyclopropene and the energy barriers on SN2 reactions of alkyl chloride systems. Results are in satisfactory agreement with those of full ab initio calculations in both cases. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1170-1179
    JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
    Volume16
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

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