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Comparison of Computational Strategies for the Calculation of the Electronic Coupling in Intermolecular Energy and Electron Transport Processes

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
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10717 to 10731

Electronic couplings in intermolecular electron and energy transfer processes calculated by six different existing computational techniques are compared to nonorthogonal configuration interaction for fragments (NOCI-F) results. The paper addresses the calculation of the electronic coupling in diketopyrrolopyrol, tetracene, 5,5′-difluoroindigo, and benzene–Cl for hole and electron transport, as well as the local exciton and singlet fission coupling. NOCI-F provides a rigorous computational scheme to calculate these couplings, but its computational cost is rather elevated. The here-considered ab initio Frenkel–Davydov (AIFD), Dimer projection (DIPRO), transition dipole moment coupling, Michl–Smith, effective Hamiltonian, and Mulliken–Hush approaches are computationally less demanding, and the comparison with the NOCI-F results shows that the NOCI-F results in the couplings for hole and electron transport are rather accurately predicted by the more approximate schemes but that the NOCI-F exciton transfer and singlet fission couplings are more difficult to reproduce.