Reliable Isotropic Electron-Paramagnetic-Resonance Hyperfine Coupling Constants from the Frozen-Density Embedding Quasi-Diabatization Approach
Eschenbach, Patrick and Artiukhin, Denis G. and Neugebauer, Johannes – 2022
We present a systematic benchmark of isotropic electron-paramagnetic-resonance hyperfine coupling constants calculated for radical cation and anion complexes of molecules contained in the S22 test set using the frozen-density embedding quasi-diabatization (FDE-diab) approach. The results are compared to those from Kohn–Sham density-functional theory and frozen-density embedding, employing the domain-based local pair natural orbital coupled cluster singles and doubles method as a reference. We demonstrate that our new approach outperforms frozen-density embedding in all cases and provides reliable hyperfine couplings for radical cations using rather simple generalized-gradient approximation-type functionals. By contrast, more sophisticated and computationally less efficient exchange–correlation approximations are required for Kohn–Sham density-functional theory. For the radical anions, FDE-diab can at least provide an accuracy similar to that of Kohn–Sham density-functional theory. Finally, we demonstrate the computational advantages of FDE-diab for a π-stacked benzene octamer radical cation.