Dear QuantumATK staff,

I am using the semi-empirical method, particularly the Slater-Koster method (dftb.org parameters) to calculate the interactions between a ZnO surface with a molecule (look at the attached pic). I am calculating the charge transfer, HOMO-LUMO, binding energy and so on. I have two important and almost independent questions and I will be so grateful if you can help me:

FIRST QUESTION- Is the Slater-Koster method reliable for these calculations? I know that each method has its approximations but I want to know that generally, the Slater-Koster method (dftb.org parameters) performs correctly in calculating the parameters I am calculating or I must use for example Huckel method or even DFT?

The SECOND QUESTION- I would like to investigate the impacts of implicit solvent on my calculations. I mean I want my molecule to be in a solvent above the slab surface and not in a vacuum. I read the tutorial and I know that in the DFTB method I can change the dielectric constant in the poisson solver and in this way the solvent will be considered. I choose Multigrid solver and leave the boundary conditions for A and B periodic and choose Neumann and Dirichlet for C left and right respectively and 80 for dielectric constant. However, I never can see any differences between with-solvent and without-solvent calculations in any way and it seems to me that no solvent is considered at all. What could be the reason?

I am looking forward to your help. Thanks.