Alchemical derivatives of atoms : a walk through the periodic table
Exploring the Chemical Compound Space is at stake when looking for molecules with optimal properties. In order to guide experimentalists to navigate through this unimaginably huge space, theoreticians should look for efficient and cheap algorithms. One of the strategies put forward some years ago was to look for transmutation of molecular structures, thereby changing their nuclear charge content, for which alchemical derivatives are instrumental. A collection of well tested isolated atom alchemical derivatives would be a basic instrument in a navigation toolbox. In this work, isolated atom alchemical derivatives were evaluated with different techniques, from the more accurate numerical differentiation and Coupled Perturbed KohnSham approaches to the Z−1 energy expansion model which upon derivation with respect to Z yields the desired derivatives. For this third approach a systematic, computationally elegant, method is developed to routinely evaluate an optimal set of all expansion coefficients in the energy expansion for a given N. For the lighter elements, Z=1−18, the comparison between the three approaches shows that the order of magnitude and sequences in the different approaches are similar paving the way for a walk through the complete Periodic Table by combining the Z−1 expansion approach with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) databank atomic energy values at various levels of LDA. A uniform decrease is retrieved not only for the alchemical potential (the electrostatic potential at the origin) but also for the alchemical hardness, with some minor exceptions. The latter values are relatively strongly influenced by relativistic effects for the heavy elements. The uniform decrease of the first derivative is evidenced and quantified. Periodicity shows up in some exploratory calculations on the third derivative (the hyperhardness) which turn out to be strongly basis set dependent. The Periodic Tables generated could be used in a first step in exploring Chemical Compound Space in a systematic, efficient and cheap way. Some possible refinements (atoms-in-molecules corrections) and extensions (inclusion of mixed Z and N derivatives) are touched upon.
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Many-body approaches at different scales : a tribute to Norman H. March on the occasion of his 90th birthday / Angilella, G.G.N. [edit.]; et al.
Cham : Springer International Publishing AG , 2018
978-3-319-72374-7 [online]
p. 227-251
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