## Thursday, October 20, 2011

### HOWTO: Mixed basis In Gaussian

One of the many tricks in speeding up quantum chemistry calculations is the use of locally dense basis sets. Maybe it is only necessary to have diffuse functions on certain atoms or you may only need to calculate parts of a system with a high accuracy.
Use of locally dense basis sets is completely legal within the basis set approximation. Just remember, that things like Mulliken charges will often be off, if some atoms have significantly more basis functions than other.
In this example an example, I show how to do a geometry optimization a of methylamine at the Hartree-Fock level of theory with a 6-31G basis set on carbon and nitrogen and a 3-21G basis set on hydrogen atoms. Note that the basis set is specified as "gen". This option tells Gaussian to use the basis set specified at the bottom. A the bottom there is a number for each atom (followed by a 0 for reasons unknown to the author), and the name of the basis set below. Data for each atom is terminated by a line containing four asterisks.

Remember to separate "groups" of data with exactly one blank line and the file must be terminated with exactly two blank lines.

--------------------------Start of file--------------------------
# opt hf/gen geom=connectivity

Title Card Required

0 1
C                 -7.52265887    1.01208458    0.00000000
H                 -7.16600444    0.00327457    0.00000000
H                 -7.16598603    1.51648277   -0.87365150
H                 -8.59265887    1.01209776    0.00000000
N                 -7.03265039    1.70504284    1.20025020
H                 -6.03265041    1.70487221    1.20034129
H                 -7.36582334    2.64790856    1.20015900

1 2 1.0 3 1.0 4 1.0 5 1.0
2
3
4
5 6 1.0 7 1.0
6
7

1 0
6-31G
****
2 0
3-21G
****
3 0
3-21G
****
4 0
3-21G
****
5 0
6-31G
****
6 0
3-21G
****
7 0
3-21G
****

--------------------------End of file--------------------------

1. I have a different combination, same principle but i have the error response, can you help me please ?

this is my input file:

%chk=Pt2_O.chk
%mem=6MW
%nproc=1
# opt B3PW91/gen geom=connectivity

Title Card Required

0 3
O -0.457809 1.300789 8.668316
Pt -0.643964 -0.294322 7.668001
Pt -0.755809 0.201952 10.165953

1 2 1.0 3 1.0
2 3 1.0
3

1 0
6-311G-(d)
****

2 0
LANL2DZ
****

3 0
LANL2DZ
****

2. I think the problem is that the input you have doesn't specify the ECP from lanl2dz. With that said, I don't know how to fix that, though.