A multilevel extension of the local correlation “cluster-in-molecule” (CIM) framework, which enables one to combine different quantum chemistry methods to treat different regions in a large molecular system without splitting it into ad hoc fragments and saturating dangling bonds, is proposed. The resulting schemes combine higher-level methods, such as the completely renormalized coupled-cluster (CC) approach with singles, doubles, and noniterative triples, termed CR-CC(2,3), to treat the reactive part of a large molecular system, and lower-order methods, such as the second-order MÃ¸ller−Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), to handle the chemically inactive regions. The multilevel CIM-CC/MP2 approaches preserve the key features of all CIM methods, such as the use of orthonormal localized orbitals and coarse-grain parallelism, while substantially reducing the already relatively low costs of the single-level CIM-CC calculations. Illustrative calculations include bond breaking in dodecane and the reactions of the bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid with one and two water molecules.

%B Journal of Physical Chemistry A %V 114 %P 6721-6727 %8 05/2010 %G eng %N 24 %0 Journal Article %J The Journal of Chemical Physics %D 2009 %T Local Correlation Calculations Using Standard and Renormalized Coupled-Cluster Approaches %A Wei Li %A Piotr Piecuch %A J. R Gour %A Shuhua Li %Xhe linear scaling local correlation approach, termed “cluster-in-molecule” (CIM), is extended to the coupled-cluster (CC) theory with singles and doubles (CCSD) and CC methods with singles, doubles, and noniterative triples, including CCSD(T) and the completely renormalized CR-CC(2,3) approach. The resulting CIM-CCSD, CIM-CCSD(T), and CIM-CR-CC(2,3) methods are characterized by (i) the linear scaling of the CPU time with the system size, (ii) the use of orthonormal orbitals in the CC subsystem calculations, (iii) the natural parallelism, (iv) the high computational efficiency, enabling calculations for much larger systems and at higher levels of CC theory than previously possible, and (v) the purely noniterative character of local triples corrections. By comparing the results of the canonical and CIM-CC calculations for normal alkanes and water clusters, it is shown that the CIM-CCSD, CIM-CCSD(T), and CIM-CR-CC(2,3) approaches accurately reproduce the corresponding canonical CC correlation and relative energies, while offering savings in the computer effort by orders of magnitude.

%B The Journal of Chemical Physics %V 131 %8 09/2009 %G eng %N 11