Serious and systematic errors with popular density functionals occur for isodesmic stabilization energies of n-alkanes, isomerization, and dimerization energies of hydrocarbons and geometries of sterically overcrowded aromatic systems. These functionals are too biased toward the correct description of free atoms. Changing two parameters within the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof approximation leads to a new nonempirical functional, PBEsol, that improves the description of large organic systems.
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