High-speed calculation of AIM charges through the electronegativity equalization method

P. Bultinck, R. Vanholme, P. L A Popelier, F. De Proft, P. Geerlings

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    The applicability of the electronegativity equalization method (EEM) is investigated for the calculation of atoms-in-molecules charges in prototypical organic molecules. A large training set of molecules was composed, comprising H, C, N, O, and F. Geometries and atomic charges are calculated at the B3LYP/6-31G* level, and from the calculated charges, effective electronegativity and hardness values are calibrated in a least-squares fashion. The quality of the EEM charges is assessed by comparison with B3LYP/6-31G* charges calculated for a test set of amino acids and the neuroleptic fluanisone, not contained in the training set. The EEM approach is found to be a very powerful way to obtain AIM charges without the computational cost of the ab initio approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10359-10366
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
    Issue number46
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2004


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