Publications & Research Highlights

The ADF modeling suite played an important role in this sample of highlights from the recent chemistry and physics literature. Information and illustrations were checked with or obtained from the authors.

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Boron Nitride Nucleation through Chemical Vapor Depostion

Researchers from the University of Newcastle, Australia have used non-equilibrium ReaxFF molecular dynamics simulations to provide the first glimpse showing how boron nitride (BN) nanostructures form during boron oxide chemical vapor deposition (BOCVD) at the...

Main Group Elements as Transition Metals: Alkaline Earth Octacarbonyls with 18-electrons

Generally, main group elements prefer obeying the 8-electron rule; while the transition metal elements tend to follow the 18-electron rule. Recently, scientists reported the isolation and spectroscopic identification of the eight-coordinated alkaline earth carbonyl complexes...

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Solvation-Mediated Tuning of the Range-Separated Hybrid Functional

Since its first appearance in 2010, the optimal tuning of the range-separated hybrid functional has reshaped the landscape of computational chemistry, by placing routine DFT calculations on par with those of the prohibitively expensive many-body...

COSMO-RS: Prediction of cellulose solubilities in ionic liquids

In a recent publication Yunhan Chu et al. have presented an automated computational framework for the prediction of cellulose solubilities in ionic liquids based on COSMO-RS. The logarithmic activity coefficients and excess enthalpies were calculated...

Facile Arylic C–X Bond Activation Explained

In their recent publication in Scientific Reports, Vermeeren, Sun, and Bickelhaupt for the first time reveal the physical origin of why metal-mediated activation of arylic C–X bonds is more facile than that of the corresponding...

Chiroptical activity of bisphosphine-stabilized gold clusters studied with ADF

By running DFT and TDDFT calculations with ADF, Natalia V. Karimova and Christine M. Aikens could gain detailed insight into the origin of chiroptical activity and the effects of ligands in bisphosphine-stabilized gold clusters [Au11X4Cl2]+ and [Au8X3(PPh3)2]2+ (X...

SO-HALA NMR Chemical Shifts: General Trends Across the Periodic Table Explained with ADF

In a recently published JCTC article Jan Vicha and coworkers explain the SO-HALA (Spin-Orbit Heavy Atom on the Light Atom) NMR chemical shifts across the periodic table based on relativistic DFT calculations with spin-orbit coupling ZORA...

Photoinduced Charge Separation in Organic Photovoltaics: Effect of Dispersion

The effects of dispersion forces on the structure and charge separation (CS) in the P3HT/PCBM dimer were studied using state-of-the-art computational methods in ADF (DFT-D3, TDDFT–CAMYB3LYP). The authors demonstrate the importance to properly account for...

Reparameterization of COSMO-RS for ionic liquids

New and improved COSMO-RS parameters for CO2 solubility in ionic liquids In a recent Green Energy & Environment publication Lei and coworkers present a reparametrization of COSMO-RS parameters for ionic liquids within the ADF framework....

conductance through tetraphenylmethane singe molecule junction

Charge transport through single molecule conductors

Tetraphenylmethane tripod is a promising platform to support functional moieties considered for the fabrication of working elements in future molecular electronic devices. In this work, charge transport (conductance G) in molecular conductors supported by tetraphenylmethane...