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.

MoS2 desulfurization catalyst LDOS

MoS2 hydrodesulfurization catalyst

A recent Nature Communication paper characterizes a model MoS2 hydrodesulfurization catalyst compound under operating conditions -high temperature and high pressure- for a model organosulfur compound by combining STM with DFT calculations. The combined experimental and...

tuning RSH with solvent during geometry optimization

Geometry Optimization with the Optimally Tuned Range-Separated Hybrid Functional

The state-of-the-art DFT is, as it turns out, too accurate for gas-phase calculations to be relevant to materials research.  Dielectric effects can be readily accounted for within the optimally tuned range-separated hybrid (OT-RSH) functional framework...

Orbitals CH activation by Fe

Activating Bonds: Rational Design of Iron-Based Catalysts for Cross-Coupling

The automation of workflows in computational chemistry becomes increasingly more important. The tool PyFrag 2019 of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite is an example for this.[1,2] PyFrag automates the individual computational steps needed to perform an in-depth...

Screening polymers for batteries

Screening industrial polymers for lithium–ion batteries electrode materials

Organic polymers are promising electrode materials for lithium ion batteries due to their low solubility, low self-discharge rates, high mechanical strength, great flexibility, superior thermal stability, and versatility. A recent study virtually screens industrial polymers...

NMR elst pot. anolyte redox flow

Biomimetic anolyte for aqueous redox flow batteries

In two Nature Energy papers, ADF was used to help understand the experiments in an effort to make better Li-ion (non-flammable electrolytes, see paper) and redox flow batteries. The redox flow battery paper focused on...

Delivering antibiotics with nanoparticles ReaxFF

ReaxFF strikes back: the return of the gold nanoparticles

Their delivery power awakens In a recent combined experimental and computational study, it was shown that ReaxFF can realistically describe functonalized gold nanoparticles to understand and predict antibiotic release. This proves great promise for simulations...

Electrostatic potential of a superelectrophile

Rational design of an argon-binding superelectrophilic anion

Binding of argon (Ar) at room temperature is assumed to be the privilege of the most electrophilic cations, e.g. [B5O7]+. An international group of researchers from the United States, Germany and South Africa has challenged...

Tin II complexes

EDA-NOCV Bonding Analysis of Tin(II) Carbene Complexes

In a recent experimental and computational study a group of researchers from the University of Saarbrücken, Germany, investigated the structure and chemical bonding of tin(II) halide and hal-sandwich complexes with cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (cAACs). Compared to...

pEDA-NOCV deformation density

Analyzing bonding interactions of molecules on surfaces: Paper & Tutorial

A recent review paper on periodic energy decomposition analysis (pEDA) by Lisa Pecher & Ralf Tonner was widely covered in the media (HLRS, CMFE, EurekAlert). The pEDA calculations enable deep insight in molecule-surface interactions, which...

PETPA pNA

Plasmon Enhanced Two Photon Absorption: Paper & Tutorial

The DIM/QM method for modeling plasmon-enhanced photochemical properties has recently been extended to several non-linear optical properties with damped cubic response theory. A recent paper by Zhongwei Hu and Lasse Jensen discusses the methods to...