A warm welcome to Simon McKenzie, who is joining the group for a two-month sabbatical from his PhD with Prof Peter Gill at the Australian National University. Simon will be working on integral technology for the Unsöld project.
Congratulations to Tim Wiles, who passed his PhD viva yesterday, and becomes the first TMCS student to graduate from my group! Tim worked on the Unsöld correlation functional, which we’re now finding allows the construction of accurate DFT approximations with extraordinarily low self-interaction errors. More on that in an up-coming publication…
Congratulations also to former group member Mainak Sadhukhan, who just started a faculty position at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Mainak worked in the group as a Royal Society Newton International Fellow, before moving on to work with Alexandre Tkatchenko in Luxembourg.
Matt Welborn in Tom Miller’s group in Caltech recently published a paper on improved subsystem selection in projector-based WF-in-DFT embedding. Congratulations Matt!
We’re delighted to welcome Susannah Bourne-Worster and Zack Williams to the group!
Susannah just completed her DPhil with Prof Peter Hore at the University of Oxford, and was awarded a prestigious three-year fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. She will be working on our project on understanding efficiency of energy transport in photosynthesis.
There are about four or five distinct ingredients used in modern density functionals:
- integrals of functions of the density and its gradients (GGAs, etc)
- inclusion of the kinetic energy density in such expressions (meta-GGAs)
- a fraction of exact Hartree–Fock exchange (or a length-scale-screened variant)
- a contribution from a wavefunction-based correlation method like MP2 or RPA
Now there is another:
Tim Wiles and F R Manby, ‘Wavefunction-like Correlation Model for Use in Hybrid Density Functionals’, J. Chem. Theory Comput., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00337.
In this paper we introduce the UW12 correlation functional:
- an explicit functional of occupied orbitals (i.e. a functional of the 1-RDM)
- an F12-like model of dynamic electron correlation
- can be self-consistently optimized in a straightforward way
- most of the complicated stuff handled through familiar DFT quadrature
- no double-summation over virtual orbitals, so fast basis-set convergence
This functional can be used as a viable (and hybrid) alternative to use of MP2 in double-hybrid functionals, as we demonstrate in this paper. Our hybrid XCH-BLYP-UW12 functional has only one parameter, and is competitive with more highly parameterised double hybrids for reaction barrier test sets.
If you don’t have access and want to read the paper, just email Fred.
Congratulations to Tim for publishing this work!
A small sub-group had a great hike in the Brecon Beacons in Wales on Monday!
Five people have (fairly) recently joined the group: Callum Bungey and Rocco Meli as graduate students through the TMCS programme; Alex Buccheri as a PDRA working with my colleague Neil Allan and me on the CCP5 flagship project; Thomas Dresselhaus as a PDRA working on the entos project; and Fidel Batista Romero as a Royal Society Newton International Fellow. Apologies for not recording these arrivals earlier!