Highlights with ‘ADF’

Photochemical water oxidation by uranyl nitrate

Uranyl coordination chemistry enables a wide range of chemical transformations which have been recently reviewed by Arnold et al. [Chem. Rev. 2019, 10595]. Especially the photochemical properties of uranyl complexes are promising.Among all the photo-assisted...

Designing new dyes for smart solar windows

A new dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is reported, using donor-bridge-acceptor dyes with a ‘smart’ photochromic diphenyl-naphthopyran bridge. This bridge unit converts under radiation switching from a transparent to a colored state, while it thermally reverts...

Spin-forbidden transitions of a conjugated polymer repeat unit

Explanation of TR-EPR experiments Time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TR-EPR) is an important experimental probe of the dynamics of excited triplet states that are often involved in molecular and biomolecular photo-excited exciton transport processes. A surprising...

Ambipolar Organic Field-Effect Transistors – Thienoisoindigo Derivatives

A series of substituted, unsymmetrical thienoisoindigo (TIIG) analogues were prepared, crystallized, and tested in thin-film transistors. TIIG and six modifications have been studied experimentally and computationally. The different intermolecular interactions lead to different stacking motifs,...

New single-layer 2D Covalent Organic Framework discovered: TANG-COF

The discovery of ballistic charge transport in graphene ignited the quest for two-dimensional (2D) materials and they are now used in various applications, such as electronics and materials science. In particular, 2D π-conjugated covalent organic...

Improved deep-blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitter: TMCz-BO

Traditionally, OLEDs only achieved an internal quantum efficiency of 25% since only singlet excited states can be used to emit fluorescence. The other 75% is excited to a triplet state and recently heavy metals have...

Improved absolute configuration determination of complex molecules with VCD

All biological systems are three-dimensional and determining the exact configuration of the system is important for pharmaceutical applications and drug design. However, determining 3D-structures is complicated and difficult. Vibrational circular dichroism is a method using...

Double hybrids: recommendations for accurate thermochemistry & kinetics

Double hybrids especially excel in thermochemistry, kinetics, transition metal chemistry, and the description of strained organic systems. They often provide improvements over the best performing, dispersion-corrected hybrid functionals. With the recent efficient MP2 implementation in...

Fast & efficient plasmonic excitations in metallic nanoparticles

The great potential of employing tight-binding approximations after a regular DFT ground state calculation has been demonstrated in a recent paper. With the TD-DFT+TB approach (see thesis by Robert Rüger), plasmon resonances in large silver, gold,...

Unraveling structure and reactivity of Pt complexes: NMR & EPR

A recent combined experimental and theoretical study by the Kaupp group scrutinizes transition metal phosphanide chemistry which helps to understand catalytic processes involved in C-P bond formation and breaking. The reaction of a Pt-PPh3 with...