Highlights with ‘Relativistic DFT’

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...

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...

Excitons with a twist: 2D optoelectronics

A recent experimental and theoretical study uncovers the effect of twisting layers in van der Waals heterostructures. Exciton transport in heterobilayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs, MXenes) is found to be modulated by the twist...

2Exciting: ITN on 2D optoelectronics

2Exciting is a new MSCA-ITN-ETN European Training Network on two-dimensional semiconductors and their optoelectronic properties – it has just been selected for funding by the EU. The consortium includes universities and small companies across 10...

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...

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...

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...

ADF developer Jochen Autschbach wins Schoellkopf Medal

Many congratulations to Jochen for winning the 2019 Schoellkopf Medal! In ADF, Jochen has implemented very useful methods for spectroscopic properties (NMR, EPR, NLO), including accurate and efficient relativistic treatment and analysis tools. Check out...

Enhanced electrocatalytic water splitting on MoTe2

A new method of extracting hydrogen from water more efficiently could help underpin the capture of renewable energy in the form of sustainable fuel. Transition metal dichalcogenides are promising electrocatalytic materials for the hydrogen evolution...

Understanding Band Structures – “Mirrors of Bonding” in Perovskite Crystals

Band structures are a widely used tool in solid state physics and materials science to analyze the electronic structure of crystalline materials. However, the band structure of materials relevant for actual applications are often rather...