Semi-empirical quantum chemistry method

Summary

Semi-empirical quantum chemistry methods are based on the Hartree–Fock formalism, but make many approximations and obtain some parameters from empirical data. They are very important in computational chemistry for treating large molecules where the full Hartree–Fock method without the approximations is too expensive. The use of empirical parameters appears to allow some inclusion of electron correlation effects into the methods.

Within the framework of Hartree–Fock calculations, some pieces of information (such as two-electron integrals) are sometimes approximated or completely omitted. In order to correct for this loss, semi-empirical methods are parametrized, that is their results are fitted by a set of parameters, normally in such a way as to produce results that best agree with experimental data, but sometimes to agree with ab initio results.

Type of simplifications usedEdit

Semi-empirical methods follow what are often called empirical methods where the two-electron part of the Hamiltonian is not explicitly included. For π-electron systems, this was the Hückel method proposed by Erich Hückel.[1][2][3][4][5][6] For all valence electron systems, the extended Hückel method was proposed by Roald Hoffmann.[7]

Semi-empirical calculations are much faster than their ab initio counterparts, mostly due to the use of the zero differential overlap approximation. Their results, however, can be very wrong if the molecule being computed is not similar enough to the molecules in the database used to parametrize the method.

Preferred application domainsEdit

Empirical research is a way of gaining knowledge by means of direct and indirect observation or experience.

Methods restricted to π-electronsEdit

These methods exist for the calculation of electronically excited states of polyenes, both cyclic and linear. These methods, such as the Pariser–Parr–Pople method (PPP), can provide good estimates of the π-electronic excited states, when parameterized well.[8][9][10] For many years, the PPP method outperformed ab initio excited state calculations.

Methods restricted to all valence electrons.Edit

These methods can be grouped into several groups:

  • Methods such as CNDO/2, INDO and NDDO that were introduced by John Pople.[11][12][13] The implementations aimed to fit, not experiment, but ab initio minimum basis set results. These methods are now rarely used but the methodology is often the basis of later methods.
  • Methods whose primary aim is to predict the geometries of coordination compounds, such as Sparkle/AM1, available for lanthanide complexes.
  • Methods whose primary aim is to calculate excited states and hence predict electronic spectra. These include ZINDO and SINDO.[20][21]

The latter is the largest group of methods.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Hückel, Erich (1931). "Quanstentheoretische Beiträge zum Benzolproblem II". Zeitschrift für Physik (in German). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 72 (5–6): 310–337. doi:10.1007/bf01341953. ISSN 1434-6001.
  3. ^ Hückel, Erich (1932). "Quantentheoretische Beiträge zum Problem der aromatischen und ungesättigten Verbindungen. III". Zeitschrift für Physik (in German). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 76 (9–10): 628–648. doi:10.1007/bf01341936. ISSN 1434-6001.
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  6. ^ Andrew Streitwieser, Molecular Orbital Theory for Organic Chemists, Wiley, New York, (1961)
  7. ^ Hoffmann, Roald (1963-09-15). "An Extended Hückel Theory. I. Hydrocarbons". The Journal of Chemical Physics. AIP Publishing. 39 (6): 1397–1412. doi:10.1063/1.1734456. ISSN 0021-9606.
  8. ^ Pariser, Rudolph; Parr, Robert G. (1953). "A Semi‐Empirical Theory of the Electronic Spectra and Electronic Structure of Complex Unsaturated Molecules. I.". The Journal of Chemical Physics. AIP Publishing. 21 (3): 466–471. doi:10.1063/1.1698929. ISSN 0021-9606.
  9. ^ Pariser, Rudolph; Parr, Robert G. (1953). "A Semi‐Empirical Theory of the Electronic Spectra and Electronic Structure of Complex Unsaturated Molecules. II". The Journal of Chemical Physics. AIP Publishing. 21 (5): 767–776. doi:10.1063/1.1699030. ISSN 0021-9606.
  10. ^ Pople, J. A. (1953). "Electron interaction in unsaturated hydrocarbons". Transactions of the Faraday Society. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). 49: 1375. doi:10.1039/tf9534901375. ISSN 0014-7672.
  11. ^ J. Pople and D. Beveridge, Approximate Molecular Orbital Theory, McGraw–Hill, 1970.
  12. ^ Ira Levine, Quantum Chemistry, Prentice Hall, 4th edition, (1991), pg 579–580
  13. ^ C. J. Cramer, Essentials of Computational Chemistry, Wiley, Chichester, (2002), pg 126–131
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  17. ^ James J. P. Stewart (1989). "Optimization of parameters for semiempirical methods I. Method". The Journal of Computational Chemistry. 10 (2): 209–220. doi:10.1002/jcc.540100208.
  18. ^ Gerd B. Rocha; Ricardo O. Freire; Alfredo M. Simas; James J. P. Stewart (2006). "RM1: A reparameterization of AM1 for H, C, N, O, P, S, F, Cl, Br, and I". The Journal of Computational Chemistry. 27 (10): 1101–1111. doi:10.1002/jcc.20425. PMID 16691568.
  19. ^ James J. P. Stewart (2007). "Optimization of Parameters for Semiempirical Methods V: Modification of NDDO Approximations and Application to 70 Elements". The Journal of Molecular Modeling. 13 (12): 1173–1213. doi:10.1007/s00894-007-0233-4. PMC 2039871. PMID 17828561.
  20. ^ M. Zerner, Reviews in Computational Chemistry, Volume 2, Eds. K. B. Lipkowitz and D. B. Boyd, VCH, New York, 313, (1991)
  21. ^ Nanda, D. N.; Jug, Karl (1980). "SINDO1. A semiempirical SCF MO method for molecular binding energy and geometry I. Approximations and parametrization". Theoretica Chimica Acta. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 57 (2): 95–106. doi:10.1007/bf00574898. ISSN 0040-5744.