Evaluation of experimental alkali metal ion–ligand noncovalent bond strengths with DLPNO-CCSD(T) method

Bholanath Maity, Yury Minenkov, Luigi Cavallo

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We applied the domain based local pair natural orbital coupled cluster approach with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations, DLPNO-CCSD(T), to rationalize more than 130 experimental bond dissociation enthalpies collected in the work of Rodgers and Armentrout [Chem. Rev. 116, 5642–5687 (2016)] and involving alkali metal cations and versatile neutral organic and inorganic ligands ranging from common solvents to amino acids. In general, a remarkable agreement has been obtained between predicted and experimental alkali metal ion–ligand noncovalent bond strengths, highlighting a high degree of reliability of data assembled by Rodgers and Armentrout. In the case of some inconsistent experimental data given for some species, we pointed to a number for which best agreement with DLPNO-CCSD(T) calculations has been achieved. In addition, we refined a couple of ∆H0 for which DLPNO-CCSD(T) values turned out to be significantly different from their experimental counterparts. We suggest an application of the DLPNO-CCSD(T) to derive the reference values to train/validate force field and neural network methods to be further applied in molecular dynamic simulations to unravel the mechanisms in biological systems and alkali metal ion batteries
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)014301
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2 2019


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