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Yang Lab Describing Correlation with Fractional-spin Correction in DFT

The static correlation error inherent in commonly used density functional approximations (DFAs) has seriously hindered the application of density functional theory (DFT) to strongly correlated systems. Here, an effective fractional-spin correction against the important issue of static/strong correlation in DFT is developed. With this, the flat-plane behavior of various DFAs is largely restored, and the potential energy curves of dissociation of ionic species, single bonds, and multiple bonds are properly described, which demonstrates great improvement in the treatment of strong correlation. This work should have a significant impact on the development and application of DFT.  Read more about the Yang lab's work with DFT in the recent PNAS publication, available here.