We present a parametrization of a self-consistent charge density functional-based tight-binding scheme (SCC-DFTB) to describe gold-organic hybrid systems by adding new Au-X (X = Au, H, C, S, N, O) parameters to a previous set designed for organic molecules. With the aim of describing gold-thiolates systems within the DFTB framework, the resulting parameters are successively compared with density functional theory (DFT) data for the description of Au bulk, Aun gold clusters (n = 2, 4, 8, 20), and Aun SCH3 (n = 3 and 25) molecular-sized models. The geometrical, energetic, and electronic parameters obtained at the SCC-DFTB level for the small Au3 SCH3 gold-thiolate compound compare very well with DFT results, and prove that the different binding situations of the sulfur atom on gold are correctly described with the current parameters. For a larger gold-thiolate model, Au25 SCH3 , the electronic density of states and the potential energy surfaces resulting from the chemisorption of the molecule on the gold aggregate obtained with the new SCC-DFTB parameters are also in good agreement with DFT results. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.