High-level ab initio calculations were carried out to evaluate the interaction between the hydroquinone and benzene molecules. The intermolecular interaction energy was calculated using the Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory at the complete basis set limit and also at the coupled cluster theory with single, double, and perturbatively triple excitations. The calculated binding energy is larger than the benzene dimer interaction energy. The T-shaped cluster (T-a) and the parallel conformation (P-a) are calculated to be nearly isoenergetic. Owing to the large energy gain in the attraction by electron correlation, the dispersion interaction is important for the attraction.
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