The formation of gas hydrates and clathrates critically depends on the interaction between the host water network and the guest gas species. Density functional calculations can struggle to quantitatively capture these dispersion-type interactions. Here, we report wave function-based calculations on hydrogen hydrates that combine periodic Hartree-Fock with a localized treatment of electronic correlation. We show that local second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (LMP2) reproduces the stability of the different filled-ice-like hydrates in excellent agreement with experimental data. In contrast to various dispersion-corrected density functional theory implementations, LMP2 correctly identifies the pressures needed to stabilize the C0, C1, and C2 hydrates and does not find a spurious region of stability for an ice-Ih-based dihydrate. Our results suggest that LMP2 or similar approaches can provide quantitative insights into the mechanisms of formation and eventual decomposition of molecular host-guest compounds.
Hermann, Andreas. (2018). Stability of Hydrogen Hydrates from Second-Order Møller-Plesset Perturbation Theory, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. School of Physics and Astronomy. Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems. https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/2435.