Highlights with ‘Reactivity’

Catalytic oxygenation by Ruthenium Polyoxometalates

The catalytic oxydation of DMSO has been established with ruthenium polyoxometalates (POMs). The catalytic cycle has been revealed through a combination of experiments and theory, with the key intermediate established by relativistic DFT calculations as a POM-dimer...

Uranyl nanocapsules: structure & stability

A combined experimental and theoretical exploration of uranyl nanoclusters is the recent cover piece of Chem. Eur. J.  Uranyl polyoxometalates from 28 units (U28) form nanocapsules that are stabilized by the anion they encapsulate. In this study...

Multi-scale Modeling of Chemistry in Water

Accurate modeling of chemical reactions in realistic aqueous environments calls for an efficient multi-scale quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach. However, since solvent molecules diffuse in and out of the region of interest, new adaptive approaches...

Insights in Mo (di)hydride bonds with ETS-NOCV

Bonding interactions in non-classical hydride/dihydrogen molybdocenes and their interconversion to trihydrides have been analyzed with ETS-NOCV in a recent inside-cover featured article. Ansa-bridges with a small bite angle make the Mo center more sterically available, favoring the...

Slaters beat Gaussians for Fe-complexes

In a recent paper, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112 (28), p. 6384, 2008, Güell, Luis, Sola, and Swart, compare ADF’s Slater Type Orbital (STO) basis sets to Gaussian Type Orbitals (GTO) basis sets in a...

Modeling Ditopic ion-pair receptors with ADF and QUILD

While nucleobase quartets are known today for all natural nucleobases and combinations of these, no reports of anion-binding properties of natural nucleobase quartets are known. In a recent communication, Tushar van der Wijst, Célia Fonseca...

Catalyst selection: survival of the weakest

ADF calculations support a new mass spectrometric method to select the best catalysts from a combinatorial library in a combined experimental-theoretical study. The turnover frequency determining step for the Pd-catalyzed allylic alkylation is the nucleophilic...

Char combustion modeled with ReaxFF

Modeling the detailed chemical reaction dynamics of a complex system at the atomistic level is computationally too demanding for quantum-chemical methods and impossible with traditional force fields based on equilibrium properties. In the ReaxFF force...

Diels-Alder reactions with Ti2C2@C78, M3N@C78, and C78

In a recent paper in Chemistry – a European Journal researchers from Girona and LA have studied the Diels-Alder reactivity of the endohedral metallofullerene Ti2C2@C78. Functionalized fullerenes have potentially important applications in non-linear optics, molecular...

Recent advances in Frozen-Density Embedding: State-Selective Excitations, Charge Transfer, Spin Densities

ADF developer Johannes Neugebauer and his co-workers have showcased new methodologies within the Frozen-Density Embedding (FDE) framework. With FDE, much larger systems can be studied than with traditional DFT. Furthermore, as densities can be localized...