Erin R. Johnson

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The difficulty of approximate density functionals in describing the energetics of Diels-Alder reactions and dimerization of aluminum complexes is analyzed. Both of these reaction classes involve formation of cyclic or bicyclic products, which are found to be underbound by the majority of functionals considered. We present a consistent view of these results(More)
Conventional combined quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods lack explicit treatment of Pauli repulsions between the quantum-mechanical and molecular-mechanical subsystems. Instead, classical Lennard-Jones (LJ) potentials between QM and MM nuclei are used to model electronic Pauli repulsion and long-range London dispersion, despite the fact(More)
Meta-generalized-gradient approximations (meta-GGAs) in density-functional theory are exchange-correlation functionals whose integrands depend on local density, density gradient, and also the kinetic-energy density. It has been pointed out by Johnson et al. [Chem. Phys. Lett. 394, 334 (2004)] that meta-GGA potential energy curves in dispersion-bound(More)
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