Analysis of the errors in the electrostatically embedded many-body expansion of the energy and the correlation energy for Zn and Cd coordination complexes with five and six ligands and use of the analysis to develop a generally successful fragmentation strategy

Elbek K. Kurbanov, Hannah R. Leverentz, Donald G. Truhlar, Elizabeth A. Amin

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Abstract

In the present paper, we apply the electrostatically embedded many-body expansion of the correlation energy (EE-MB-CE) to the calculation of zinc-ligand and cadmium-ligand bond dissociation energies, and we analyze the errors due to various fragmentation schemes in a variety of neutral, positively charged, and negatively charged Zn2+ and Cd2+ coordination complexes. As a result of the analysis, we are able to present a new, simple, and unambiguous fragmentation strategy. Following this strategy, we show that both methods perform well for zinc-ligand and cadmium-ligand bond dissociation energies for all systems studied in the paper, including a model of the catalytic site of the zinc-bearing anthrax toxin lethal factor (LF), which has garnered substantial attention as a target for drug development. To draw general conclusions, we consider ten pentacoordinate and hexacoordinate zinc and cadmium containing coordination complexes, each with 10 or 15 different fragmentation schemes. By analyzing errors, we developed a prescription for the optimal fragmentation strategy. With this scheme, and using MP2 correlation energies as a test, we find that the electrostatically embedded three-body expansion of the correlation energy (EE-3B-CE) method is able to reproduce all 53 conventionally calculated bond energies with an average absolute error of only 0.59 kcal/mol. The paper also presents EE-MB-CE calculations using the CCSD(T) level of theory on an LF model system. With CCSD(T), EE-3B-CE has an average error of 0.30 kcal/mol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2617-2628
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2013

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