Highlights with ‘ADF’

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...

Rationalize your Chemical Reactions

A recent Nature protocol paper describes a, step-by-step, easy to follow protocol to assist scientists with rationalizing factors controlling molecular reactivity [1]. Our close collaborators from the theoretical chemistry department at the VU describe how...

Microstructure of doped lead halide perovskites from solid-state NMR

Multi-component lead halide perovskites have recently emerged as new promising materials for solar cells and light emitting devices. Essential to their remarkable performance is the notion of doping with inorganic and organic cations such as...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...