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When and Why does Density Functional Theory (DFT) fail?

Every method has its strengths and weaknesses. For instance, a strength of DFT is that is has HF like speeds, but can also account for electron-correlation and this is a pretty big feature since ...
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What are the pitfalls for new users of DFT?

This question is inspired from a post in another SE. Many users these days use density functional theory codes as 'black boxes' and hence its natural to expect that they would have made many mistakes ...
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What are the applications of chemical graph theory?

Graph theory was originally introduced in computer science to study data structure. Chemists also introduced graph theory to study the relation between structure and properties for molecular compounds....
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What are the types of DFT?

Similar to: What are the types of charge analysis?, What are the types of bond orders?, and What are some recent developments in density functional theory?, I would like to ask: What are the different ...
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What does B3LYP do well? What does it do badly?

I have seen a general criticism of B3LYP in computational chemistry (especially with the 6-31G* basis set). I would like to know some of the more/less obvious problems that occur when using it and ...
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Was Walter Kohn wrong about this?

In Kohn's Nobel Lecture, he claimed that: "In general the many-electron wave function $\Psi(\mathbf{r}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{r}_N)$ for a system of $N$ electrons is not a legitimate scientific concept,...
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What is the role of a chemist in computational chemistry?

As someone that wants to learn about computational chemistry, mainly for its use in energy storage materials (and therefore DFT as the most practical method of it), I am wondering what is essential ...
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How to calculate homolytic bond dissociation energies?

An experimental colleague asked me how hard it would be to calculate homolytic bond-dissociation energies for different phosphonates which are involved in a Hydrophosphination. The compounds include ...
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DFT functionals from MP2 methods

I have heard people talk about DFT functionals built starting from MP2 corrections. Do you happen to have a reference I read about that from?
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What are the different ways of calculating dispersion constants?

There are many different dispersion corrections out there. The most famous is D3 [1] (and the new D4 [2]), but there's probably other approaches too. The dispersion energy can be written as: $$ E_{\...
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Is there an example where TD-DFT fails to provide sufficient accuracy for a small system, where RI-CC2 is sufficient?

Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) is considered to be more efficient (in terms of its accuracy/speed ratio) than alternatives such as the approximate coupled-cluster singles and ...
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Justification for use of Screened Functionals

Hybrid density functionals with screened Hartree-Fock exchange at long range have become popular for modeling solids. I'm curious as to what the reasoning is behind this functional form. I understand ...
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Why are single excitations ignored in the MP2 component of double hybrid functional calculations?

In the original paper by Grimme introducing double hybrid functionals (also summarized in just 3 paragraphs here), it says: "[As] opposed to nonempirical versions of KS-PT2 [19], the single ...