Maximum overlap symmetry molecular orbital model

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This paper provides a brief and systematic presentation of the basic principle and method of the maximum overlap symmetry molecular orbital (MOSMO) model and its application to simplification of molecular orbital calculation and to calculation of molecular structures and properties, together with some new results about the MOSMO calculation and new insights concerning the further extension of the principle and method. It has been shown that the theoretical method of the MOSMO model is very simple, reliable, and useful and can be employed to study the structure–property relation in even very large molecular systems. The numerical results obtained from the MOSMO calculation on various semiempirical molecular orbital approximation levels show that when the same parametrization, such as one of those employed in EHMO, CNDO/2, and HMO methods, is adopted, the MOSMOS are very close to the canonical molecular orbitals obtained from the customary LCAO method and the MOSMO calculation requires less computing time than does the LCAO method. The MOSMO calculation can be used for rapidly obtaining reasonably good molecular geometries, vibrational frequencies, and other properties of molecules by employing a simple improved semiempirical parametrization. Equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and other results are in good agreement with the experimental data and the results obtained from ab initio molecular orbital calculation. The basic calculational procedure of the MOSMO model can be extended further and has been employed to give some new results, to propose some new theoretical schemes and principles, and to introduce some new interesting theoretical problems that deserve to be studied further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 5 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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