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J Phys Chem A. 2008 Oct 30;112(43):10864-72. doi: 10.1021/jp8026385. Epub 2008 Oct 7.

Geometry optimizations and vibrational spectra of large molecules from a generalized energy-based fragmentation approach.

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  • 1School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry of MOE, Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, P. R. China.


The generalized energy-based fragmentation (GEBF) approach (Li, W.; Li, S.; Jiang, Y. J. Phys. Chem. A 2007, 111, 2193) is extended for geometry optimizations and vibrational spectra calculations of general large molecules or clusters. In this approach, the total energy and its derivatives, and some molecular properties, of a target system are obtained from conventional calculations on a series of subsystems derived from the target system. Each subsystem is electronically embedded in the background point charges generated by all other atoms outside the subsystem so that the long-range interactions and polarization effects between remote fragments are approximately taken into account. The approach computationally scales linearly with the system size and can be easily implemented for large-scale parallelization. By comparing the results from the conventional and GEBF calculations for several test molecules including a polypeptide and a water cluster, we demonstrate that the GEBF approach is able to provide quite reliable predictions for molecular geometries, vibrational frequencies, and thermochemistry data and satisfactory descriptions for vibrational intensities, for general molecules with polar or charged groups.

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