The Chemical Review by Stefan Grimme, Andreas Hansen, Gerit Brandenburg, and Christoph Bannwarth on “Dispersion-Corrected Mean-Field Electronic Structure Methods” just appeared online.
We describe how effective mean field theories can be combined with corrections for London dispersion interactions. The article gives an historical overview, provides a theoretical background on all modern correction schemes, shows a collection of comprehensive benchmarks, and highlights a few typical applications. We conclude that “Various approaches yield long-range dispersion energies with a typical relative error of 5%. For many chemical problems, this accuracy is higher compared to that of the underlying mean-field method (i.e., a typical semilocal (hybrid) functional like B3LYP).”
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