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The block-localized wavefunction (BLW) approach is an ab initio valence bond (VB) method incorporating the efficiency of molecular orbital (MO) theory. It can generate the wavefunction for a resonance structure or diabatic state self-consistently by partitioning the overall electrons and primitive orbitals into several subgroups and expanding each(More)
A previous article proposed an electronic structure-based polarizable potential, called the explicit polarization (X-POL) potential, to treat many-body polarization and charge delocalization effects in polypeptides. Here, we present a variational version of the X-POL potential, in which the wave function of the entire molecular system is variationally(More)
The explicit polarization (X-Pol) method has been examined using ab initio molecular orbital theory and density functional theory. The X-Pol potential was designed to provide a novel theoretical framework for developing next-generation force fields for biomolecular simulations. Importantly, the X-Pol potential is a general method, which can be employed with(More)
Rotation barriers in the group IVB ethane congeners H(3)X-YH(3) (X, Y = C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) have been systematically studied and deciphered using the ab initio valence bond theory in terms of the steric strain and hyperconjugation effect. Our results show that in all cases the rotation barriers are dominated by the steric repulsion whereas the(More)
Diabatic models are widely employed for studying chemical reactivity in condensed phases and enzymes, but there has been little discussion of the pros and cons of various diabatic representations for this purpose. Here we discuss and contrast six different schemes for computing diabatic potentials for a charge rearrangement reaction. They include (i) the(More)
The effective Hamiltonian-molecular orbital and valence bond (EH-MOVB) method based on non-orthogonal block-localized fragment orbitals has been implemented into the program CHARMM for molecular dynamics simulations of chemical and enzymatic reactions, making use of semiempirical quantum mechanical models. Building upon ab initio MOVB theory, we make use of(More)
A multistate density functional theory in the framework of the valence bond model is described. The method is based on a block-localized density functional theory (BLDFT) for the construction of valence-bond-like diabatic electronic states and is suitable for the study of electron transfer reactions and for the representation of reactive potential energy(More)
The inclusion of exchange repulsion terms in the explicit polarization (X-Pol) model is examined by antisymmetrizing the X-Pol Hartree-product wave function; this yields XPol with full eXchange, called X-Pol-X. When the monomers are treated by Hartree-Fock theory, this calculation can be accomplished by using the formalism of block-localized wave functions(More)
This paper shows that the differences between the barriers of the halogen exchange reactions, in the H + XH systems, and the hydrogen abstraction reactions, in the X + HX systems (X = F, Cl, Br), measure the covalent-ionic resonance energies of the corresponding X-H bonds. These processes are investigated using CCSD(T) calculations as well as the(More)