The Fermi-Löwdin self-interaction correction for ionization energies of organic molecules

Shiqi Ruan, Koblar Alan Jackson, Santosh Adhikari

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(Semi)-local density functional approximations (DFAs) suffer from self-interaction error (SIE). When the first ionization energy (IE) is computed as the negative of the highest-occupied orbital (HO) eigenvalue, DFAs notoriously underestimate them compared to quasi-particle calculations. The inaccuracy for the HO is attributed to SIE inherent in DFAs. We assessed the IE based on Perdew-Zunger self-interaction correction on 14 small to moderate-sized organic molecules relevant in organic electronics and polymer donor materials. Although self-interaction corrected DFAs were found to significantly improve the IE relative to the uncorrected DFAs, they overestimate. However, when the self-interaction correction is interiorly scaled using a function of the iso-orbital indicator zσ, only the regions where SIE is significant get a correction. We discuss these approaches and show how these methods significantly improve the description of the HO eigenvalue for the organic molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184303
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
StatePublished - 2020


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