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  1. Ab initio structure determination of n-diamond

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    Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Chu, Binhua; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Lu, Nan; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-01-01

    A systematic computational study on the crystal structure of n-diamond has been performed using first-principle methods. A novel carbon allotrope with hexagonal symmetry R32 space group has been predicted. We name it as HR-carbon. HR-carbon composed of lonsdaleite layers and unique C3 isosceles triangle rings, is stable over graphite phase above 14.2 GPa. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern, Raman, and energy-loss near-edge spectrum can match the experimental results very well, indicating that HR-carbon is a likely candidate structure for n-diamond. HR-carbon has an incompressible atomic arrangement because of unique C3 isosceles triangle rings. The hardness and bulk modulus of HR-carbon are calculated to be 80 GPa and 427 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to those of diamond. C3 isosceles triangle rings are very important for the stability and hardness of HR-carbon. PMID:26299905

  2. Ab initio structure determination of n-diamond.

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    Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Chu, Binhua; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Lu, Nan; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-08-24

    A systematic computational study on the crystal structure of n-diamond has been performed using first-principle methods. A novel carbon allotrope with hexagonal symmetry R32 space group has been predicted. We name it as HR-carbon. HR-carbon composed of lonsdaleite layers and unique C3 isosceles triangle rings, is stable over graphite phase above 14.2 GPa. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern, Raman, and energy-loss near-edge spectrum can match the experimental results very well, indicating that HR-carbon is a likely candidate structure for n-diamond. HR-carbon has an incompressible atomic arrangement because of unique C3 isosceles triangle rings. The hardness and bulk modulus of HR-carbon are calculated to be 80 GPa and 427 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to those of diamond. C3 isosceles triangle rings are very important for the stability and hardness of HR-carbon.

  3. Determination of structure and acidity scales in zeolite systems by ab initio and pseudopotential calculations

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    Kassab, E.; Seiti, K.; Allavena, M.

    1988-11-17

    SCF ab initio calculations at the 6-31G level have been used to investigate the structure of several aggregates simulating some of the proton donor sites within faujasite-type zeolites. The Si(OH)/sub 4/, H/sub 3/SiOHAlH/sub 3/, and (OH)/sub 3/SiOHAl(OH)/sub 3/ clusters have been successively examined. Deprotonation energies and charge distribution are determined at a higher level by using a 6-31G basis set augmented with polarization and diffuse functions. The results are compared with values obtained by using pseudopotential methods. The small differences between the two sets of results demonstrate that comparable accuracy should be expected from both procedures. Finally, deprotonation energies of (OH)/sub 3/T/sub 1/OHT/sub 2/(OH)/sub 3/ aggregates (T/sub 1/, T/sub 2/ = AlSi, BSi, GaSi; AlGe, BGe, GaGe) are calculated by using pseudopotential methods and compared with the results given by the semiempirical MNDO method. In some cases ab initio SCF calculations were also performed. The results confirm that the inclusion of boron atom lowers the acidity as already demonstrated by experimental investigation. The effects due to the inclusion of Ga are discussed and compared to available experimental data.

  4. Ab initio Structure Determination of Mg10Ir19B16

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    Xu, Qiang; Klimczuk, T.; Gortenmulder, T.; Jansen, J.; McGuire, Michael A; Cava, R. J.; Zandbergen, H

    2009-01-01

    The ab initio structure determination of a novel unconventional noncentro-symmetric superconductor Mg{sub 10}Ir{sub 19}B{sub 16} (T{sub c} = 5 K) has been performed using a method that involves a combination of experimental data and calculations. Electron diffraction, X-ray powder diffraction, phase estimation routines, quantum mechanical calculations, high-resolution electron microscopy, and structural chemistry arguments are used. With the strengths of different methods used to eliminate the ambiguities encountered in others, the complete structure, including a very light B atom, has been determined with a high accuracy from impure polycrystalline powder samples, which suggests that the type of analysis described may be used to successfully address other similar intractable problems. The solved structure of Mg{sub 10}Ir{sub 19}B{sub 16} shows a complex nature that irregular coordination environments preclude a conversional description of compact packing of coordination polyhedra; however, it can be easier understood as ordered in an onion-skin-like series of nested polyhedra.

  5. Ab initio phasing by molecular averaging in real space with new criteria: application to structure determination of a betanodavirus

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    Yoshimura, Masato; Chen, Nai-Chi; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Lin, Chien-Chih; Nakagawa, Atsushi; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2016-01-01

    Molecular averaging, including noncrystallographic symmetry (NCS) averaging, is a powerful method for ab initio phase determination and phase improvement. Applications of the cross-crystal averaging (CCA) method have been shown to be effective for phase improvement after initial phasing by molecular replacement, isomorphous replacement, anomalous dispersion or combinations of these methods. Here, a two-step process for phase determination in the X-ray structural analysis of a new coat protein from a betanodavirus, Grouper nervous necrosis virus, is described in detail. The first step is ab initio structure determination of the T = 3 icosahedral virus-like particle using NCS averaging (NCSA). The second step involves structure determination of the protrusion domain of the viral molecule using cross-crystal averaging. In this method, molecular averaging and solvent flattening constrain the electron density in real space. To quantify these constraints, a new, simple and general indicator, free fraction (ff), is introduced, where ff is defined as the ratio of the volume of the electron density that is freely changed to the total volume of the crystal unit cell. This indicator is useful and effective to evaluate the strengths of both NCSA and CCA. Under the condition that a mask (envelope) covers the target molecule well, an ff value of less than 0.1, as a new rule of thumb, gives sufficient phasing power for the successful construction of new structures. PMID:27377380

  6. One-Electron Reduction of Substituted Chlorinated Methanes as Determined from Ab Initio Electronic Structure Theory

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    Bylaska, Eric J.; Dixon, David A.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Tratnyek, Paul G.

    2002-12-17

    Substituted chloromethyl radicals and anions are potential intermediates in the reduction of substituted chlorinated methanes (CHxCl3-xL, with L- ) F-, OH-, SH-, NO3 -, HCO3 - and (x 0-3). Thermochemical properties, Hf (298.15 K), S(298.15 K,1 bar), and GS(298.15 K, 1 bar), were calculated by using ab initio electronic structure methods for the substituted chloromethyl radicals and anions: CHyCl2-yL and CHyCl2-yL-, for y 0-2. In addition, thermochemical properties were calculated for the aldehyde, ClHCO, and the gemchlorohydrin anions, CCl3O-, CHCl2O-, and CH2ClO-. The thermochemical properties of these additional compounds were calculated because the nitrate-substituted compounds, CHyCl2-y(NO3) and CHyCl2-y(NO3)-,

  7. Ab-Initio Determination of Novel Crystal Structures of the Thermoelectric Material MgAgSb

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    Kirkham, Melanie J; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F; Rawn, Claudia J; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Sharp, Jeff W.; Thompson, Alan

    2012-01-01

    Materials with the half-Heusler structure possess interesting electrical and magnetic properties, including potential for thermoelectric applications. MgAgSb is compositionally and structurally related to many half-Heusler materials, but has not been extensively studied. This work presents the high-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis of MgAgSb between 27 and 420 C, complemented with thermoelectric property measurements. MgAgSb is found to exist in three different structures in this temperature region, taking the half-Heusler structure at high temperatures, a Cu2Sb-related structure at intermediate temperatures, and a previously unreported tetragonal structure at room temperature. All three structures are related by a distorted Mg-Sb rocksalt-type sublattice, differing primarily in the Ag location among the available tetrahedral sites. Transition temperatures between the three phases correlate well with discontinuities in the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity; the best performance occurs with the novel room temperature phase. For application of MgAgSb as a thermoelectric material, it may be desirable to develop methods to stabilize the room temperature phase at higher temperatures.

  8. The Solvation Structure of Na(+) and K(+) in Liquid Water Determined from High Level ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Rowley, Christopher N; Roux, Benoıt

    2012-10-09

    Knowledge of the hydration structure of Na(+) and K(+) in the liquid phase has wide ranging implications in the field of biological chemistry. Despite numerous experimental and computational studies, even basic features such as the coordination number of these alkali ions in liquid water, thought to play a critical role in selectivity, continue to be the subject of intensive debates. Simulations based on accurate potential energy surfaces offer one approach to resolve these issues by providing reliable results on ion hydration. In this article, we report the results from molecular dynamics simulations of Na(+) and K(+) hydration based on a novel and rigorous strategy designed to overcome the challenges of QM/MM simulations of solvent molecules in the liquid phase. In this method, which we call Flexible Inner Region Ensemble Separator (FIRES), the ion and a fixed number of nearest water molecules form a dynamical and flexible inner region that is represented with high level ab initio quantum mechanical (QM) methods, while the water molecules from the surrounding bulk form an outer region that is represented by a polarizable molecular mechanical (MM) force field. Simulations yield rigorously correct thermodynamic averages as long as the solvent molecules in the flexible inner and outer regions are not allowed to exchange. Extensive FIRES simulations were carried out based on a QM/MM model in which the Na(+) or K(+) ion and the 12 nearest water molecules were represented by high level ab initio methods (RI-MP2/def2-TZVP and density functional theory with PBE/def2-TZVP), while the surrounding MM water molecules were represented by the polarizable SWM4-NDP potential. On the basis of these results, the ion coordination numbers are estimated to be within the range of 5.7-5.8 for Na(+) and 6.9-7.0 for K(+).

  9. Ab initio structure determination of nanocrystals of organic pharmaceutical compounds by electron diffraction at room temperature using a Timepix quantum area direct electron detector

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    van Genderen, E.; Clabbers, M. T. B.; Das, P. P.; Stewart, A.; Nederlof, I.; Barentsen, K. C.; Portillo, Q.; Pannu, N. S.; Nicolopoulos, S.; Gruene, T.; Abrahams, J. P.

    2016-01-01

    Until recently, structure determination by transmission electron microscopy of beam-sensitive three-dimensional nanocrystals required electron diffraction tomography data collection at liquid-nitrogen temperature, in order to reduce radiation damage. Here it is shown that the novel Timepix detector combines a high dynamic range with a very high signal-to-noise ratio and single-electron sensitivity, enabling ab initio phasing of beam-sensitive organic compounds. Low-dose electron diffraction data (∼0.013 e− Å−2 s−1) were collected at room temperature with the rotation method. It was ascertained that the data were of sufficient quality for structure solution using direct methods using software developed for X-ray crystallography (XDS, SHELX) and for electron crystallography (ADT3D/PETS, SIR2014). PMID:26919375

  10. Structure and conformation of 1,4-difluorobutane as determined by gas-phase electron diffraction, and by molecular mechanics and ab initio calculations

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    Krosley, Kevin; Hagen, Kolbjørn; Hedberg, Kenneth

    1995-06-01

    Gas-phase electron diffraction data at 23°C together with molecular mechanics (MM3) and ab initio (HF/6-31G∗, gaussian 86) calculations have been used to determine the structure and conformations of 1,4-difluorobutane. The object was to ascertain whether effects similar to the gauche effect in 1,2-difluoroethane, which serves to stabilize the gauche form with the fluorine atoms in close proximity, could also operate in 1,4-difluorobutane. It was found both theoretically and experimentally that the proportion of those conformers having close fluorine atoms was small, implying the absence of effects similar to the gauche effect. The conformational composition estimated from the theoretical calculations is in good agreement with the experimental data. The experimental electron diffraction results constrained by assumptions drawn from the theoretical calculations, ED/MM3 [ED/ab initio], for the principal distances ( {r g}/{Å}) and angles ( {∠ α}/{deg}) with estimated 2σ uncertainties are as follows: r(CH) = 1.105(3) [1.106(3)], r(CF) = 1.398(2) [1.398(2)], r(C 1C 2) = 1.513(2) [1.516(2)], r(C 2C 3) = 1.537(2) [1.532(2)], ∠FCC = 110.9(3) [111.1(3)], ∠CCC = 112.9(4) [112.9(4)], and ∠HCH = 100(3) [100(3)].

  11. The ab-initio crystal structure determination of UPd 2Sn by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction

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    Marezio, M.; Cox, D. E.; Rossel, C.; Maple, M. B.

    1988-09-01

    The structure of the heavy-fermion compound UPd 2Sn has been determined by synchrotron x-ray radiation powder diffraction techniques. It is orthorhombic, space group Pnma [lattice parameters a = 9.9787(1), b = 4.58843(5), c = 6.89166(8) Å at room temperature] and Z = 4. All atoms, one U, one Sn, and two Pd are in 4d special positions at (x {1}/{4} z). The refinements were carried out by the Rietveld method with a pseudo-Voigt peak shape function. The final conventional R factors were: R wp = 21.3% and R E = 14.3%. The U positions in the unit cell were unequivocally located, but because of the similarity in x-ray scattering factors it was not possible to determine whether the Pd atoms and the Sn atoms are ordered or disordered on the other three sites. The structural arrangement of UPd 2Sn is of either MnCu 2Al, or ordered NaTl, or disordered Fe 3Al type, all these structures being cubic and b.c.c. related. The orthorhombic distortion is large and is probably due to a size effect of the U atoms which would be in a mixed ( {3+}/{4+}) valence state.

  12. Ab initio structure determination of nanocrystals of organic pharmaceutical compounds by electron diffraction at room temperature using a Timepix quantum area direct electron detector

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    Genderen, E. van; Clabbers, M. T. B.; Das, P. P.; Stewart, A.; Nederlof, I.; Barentsen, K. C.; Portillo, Q.; Pannu, N. S.; Nicolopoulos, S.; Gruene, T.; Abrahams, J. P.

    2016-02-05

    A specialized quantum area detector for electron diffraction studies makes it possible to solve the structure of small organic compound nanocrystals in non-cryo conditions by direct methods. Until recently, structure determination by transmission electron microscopy of beam-sensitive three-dimensional nanocrystals required electron diffraction tomography data collection at liquid-nitrogen temperature, in order to reduce radiation damage. Here it is shown that the novel Timepix detector combines a high dynamic range with a very high signal-to-noise ratio and single-electron sensitivity, enabling ab initio phasing of beam-sensitive organic compounds. Low-dose electron diffraction data (∼0.013 e{sup −} Å{sup −2} s{sup −1}) were collected at room temperature with the rotation method. It was ascertained that the data were of sufficient quality for structure solution using direct methods using software developed for X-ray crystallography (XDS, SHELX) and for electron crystallography (ADT3D/PETS, SIR2014)

  13. Structural and electronic properties of AlN(0001) surface under partial N coverage as determined by ab initio approach

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    Strak, Pawel; Sakowski, Konrad; Kempisty, Pawel

    2015-09-07

    Properties of bare and nitrogen-covered Al-terminated AlN(0001) surface were determined using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. At a low nitrogen coverage, the Fermi level is pinned by Al broken bond states located below conduction band minimum. Adsorption of nitrogen is dissociative with an energy gain of 6.05 eV/molecule at a H3 site creating an overlap with states of three neighboring Al surface atoms. During this adsorption, electrons are transferred from Al broken bond to topmost N adatom states. Accompanying charge transfer depends on the Fermi level. In accordance with electron counting rule (ECR), the DFT results confirm the Fermi level is not pinned at the critical value of nitrogen coverage θ{sub N}(1) = 1/4 monolayer (ML), but it is shifted from an Al-broken bond state to Np{sub z} state. The equilibrium thermodynamic potential of nitrogen in vapor depends drastically on the Fermi level pinning being shifted by about 4 eV for an ECR state at 1/4 ML coverage. For coverage above 1/4 ML, adsorption is molecular with an energy gain of 1.5 eV at a skewed on-top position above an Al surface atom. Electronic states of the admolecule are occupied as in the free molecule, no electron transfer occurs and adsorption of a N{sub 2} molecule does not depend on the Fermi level. The equilibrium pressure of molecular nitrogen above an AlN(0001) surface depends critically on the Fermi level position, being very low and very high for low and high coverage, respectively. From this fact, one can conclude that at typical growth conditions, the Fermi level is not pinned, and the adsorption and incorporation of impurities depend on the position of Fermi level in the bulk.

  14. Magnetic ordering of Fe and Tb in the ab initio determined FeRGe2O7 structure (R=Y, Tb)

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    Cascales, C.; Bucio, L.; Gutiérrez Puebla, E.; Rasines, I.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.

    1998-03-01

    The crystal structure of FeRGe2O7 (R=Y, Tb) has been solved ab initio from x-ray powder diffraction data. It is monoclinic, space group P21/m (No. 11), Z=4, a (Å)=9.6552(4) and 9.6388(8); b (Å)=8.5197(3) and 8.4789(7), c (Å)=6.6746(3) and 6.7383(5), β (°)=100.761(2) and 100.377(4), and V(Å3)=539.39 and 541.69, for R=Y and Tb, respectively. Precise oxygen positions were determined for the Tb compound from a room temperature neutron diffraction profile, refined by the Rietveld method to an Rf=3.99% using 58 parameters. The FeYGe2O7 crystal structure contains three kinds of coordination polyhedra: R3+ coordinated to seven oxygens at slightly different lengths forming a capped octahedron, FeO6 distorted octahedra, and four types of GeO4 tetrahedra. Its most interesting feature is the existence of flattened chains of RO7 polyhedra linked in the c direction through pairs of FeO6 octahedra with which they share edges, forming layers running parallel to the bc crystal plane. Magnetization measurements between 350 and 1.7 K show one peak at 38 K for R=Y and two maxima at 42 and 20 K for the Tb compound, which could indicate transitions to antiferromagnetically ordered states. From low-temperature neutron diffraction data on FeTbGe2O7, three-dimensional antiferromagnetic ordering is established, both Fe and Tb sublattices getting simultaneously ordered at TN=42 K. The propagation vector of the magnetic structure is k=[0,0,0]. At 1.7 K the magnetic moments 3.91(7)μB (Fe3+) and 7.98(6)μB (Tb3+) lie ferromagnetically coupled in the ac planes, which contain TbO7-FeO6-TbO7- chains in the c direction, forming relatively small angles with the c axis. The coupling between parallel ac planes is antiferromagnetic along the b direction. This model leads to a best fit of Rmag=3.02%. The thermal evolution of the magnetic moments suggests that below ~20 K the faster increase of the Tb3+ moments is due to the stronger Fe-Tb interactions and crystal field effects. The maximum in

  15. Ab initio solution of macromolecular crystal structures without direct methods.

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    McCoy, Airlie J; Oeffner, Robert D; Wrobel, Antoni G; Ojala, Juha R M; Tryggvason, Karl; Lohkamp, Bernhard; Read, Randy J

    2017-04-04

    The majority of macromolecular crystal structures are determined using the method of molecular replacement, in which known related structures are rotated and translated to provide an initial atomic model for the new structure. A theoretical understanding of the signal-to-noise ratio in likelihood-based molecular replacement searches has been developed to account for the influence of model quality and completeness, as well as the resolution of the diffraction data. Here we show that, contrary to current belief, molecular replacement need not be restricted to the use of models comprising a substantial fraction of the unknown structure. Instead, likelihood-based methods allow a continuum of applications depending predictably on the quality of the model and the resolution of the data. Unexpectedly, our understanding of the signal-to-noise ratio in molecular replacement leads to the finding that, with data to sufficiently high resolution, fragments as small as single atoms of elements usually found in proteins can yield ab initio solutions of macromolecular structures, including some that elude traditional direct methods.

  16. Resolution of ab initio shapes determined from small-angle scattering.

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    Tuukkanen, Anne T; Kleywegt, Gerard J; Svergun, Dmitri I

    2016-11-01

    Spatial resolution is an important characteristic of structural models, and the authors of structures determined by X-ray crystallography or electron cryo-microscopy always provide the resolution upon publication and deposition. Small-angle scattering of X-rays or neutrons (SAS) has recently become a mainstream structural method providing the overall three-dimensional structures of proteins, nucleic acids and complexes in solution. However, no quantitative resolution measure is available for SAS-derived models, which significantly hampers their validation and further use. Here, a method is derived for resolution assessment for ab initio shape reconstruction from scattering data. The inherent variability of the ab initio shapes is utilized and it is demonstrated how their average Fourier shell correlation function is related to the model resolution. The method is validated against simulated data for proteins with known high-resolution structures and its efficiency is demonstrated in applications to experimental data. It is proposed that henceforth the resolution be reported in publications and depositions of ab initio SAS models.

  17. Resolution of ab initio shapes determined from small-angle scattering

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    Tuukkanen, Anne T.; Kleywegt, Gerard J.; Svergun, Dmitri I.

    2016-01-01

    Spatial resolution is an important characteristic of structural models, and the authors of structures determined by X-ray crystallography or electron cryo-microscopy always provide the resolution upon publication and deposition. Small-angle scattering of X-rays or neutrons (SAS) has recently become a mainstream structural method providing the overall three-dimensional structures of proteins, nucleic acids and complexes in solution. However, no quantitative resolution measure is available for SAS-derived models, which significantly hampers their validation and further use. Here, a method is derived for resolution assessment for ab initio shape reconstruction from scattering data. The inherent variability of the ab initio shapes is utilized and it is demonstrated how their average Fourier shell correlation function is related to the model resolution. The method is validated against simulated data for proteins with known high-resolution structures and its efficiency is demonstrated in applications to experimental data. It is proposed that henceforth the resolution be reported in publications and depositions of ab initio SAS models. PMID:27840683

  18. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-09-01

    A novel direct phase-selection method to select optimized phases from the ambiguous phases of a subset of reflections to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases has been developed. With the improved phases, the completeness of built residues of protein molecules is enhanced for efficient structure determination. Optimization of the initial phasing has been a decisive factor in the success of the subsequent electron-density modification, model building and structure determination of biological macromolecules using the single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) method. Two possible phase solutions (ϕ{sub 1} and ϕ{sub 2}) generated from two symmetric phase triangles in the Harker construction for the SAD method cause the well known phase ambiguity. A novel direct phase-selection method utilizing the θ{sub DS} list as a criterion to select optimized phases ϕ{sub am} from ϕ{sub 1} or ϕ{sub 2} of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases ϕ{sub SAD} has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θ{sub DS} in the range 35–145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θ{sub DS} is the angle between the initial phase ϕ{sub SAD} and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase ϕ{sub DM}{sup NHL}. The results show that utilizing the additional direct phase-selection step prior to simple solvent flattening without phase combination using existing DM programs, such as RESOLVE or DM from CCP4, significantly improves the final phases in terms of increased correlation coefficients of electron-density maps and diminished mean phase errors. With the improved phases and density maps from the direct phase-selection method, the completeness of residues of protein molecules built with main chains and side chains is enhanced for efficient structure determination.

  19. Ab initio structure determination of new rare earth fluoride borates Ln{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3} (Ln = Sm, Eu, and Gd)

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    Corbel, G.; Retoux, R.; Leblanc, M.

    1998-08-01

    The crystal structures of Ln{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3} (Ln = Sm, Eu, and Gd) are determined ab initio from X-ray powder data. The unit cell is monoclinic, space group C2/c, Z = 4, with a = 12.534(1) {angstrom}, b = 6.237(1) {angstrom}, c = 8.360(1) {angstrom}, {beta} = 97.404(6){degree}, V = 648.1(2) {angstrom}{sup 3} for Gd{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3}. The Rietveld refinement reliability converged to R{sub p} = 0.121, R{sub wp} = 0.147, R{sub exp} = 0.050, {chi}{sup 2} = 8.75. The structure presents a 3D network of Archimedian monocapped antiprisms Gd(1)O{sub 4}F{sub 5} and Gd(2)O{sub 7}F{sub 2}. These polyhedra form trimeric entities Gd{sub 3}O{sub 12}F{sub 9}, which build infinite layers parallel to the (010) plane.

  20. (Na,□)5[MnO2]13 nanorods: a new tunnel structure for electrode materials determined ab initio and refined through a combination of electron and synchrotron diffraction data

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    Mugnaioli, Enrico; Gemmi, Mauro; Merlini, Marco; Gregorkiewitz, Michele

    2016-01-01

    (Nax□1 − x)5[MnO2]13 has been synthesized with x = 0.80 (4), corresponding to Na0.31[MnO2]. This well known material is usually cited as Na0.4[MnO2] and is believed to have a romanèchite-like framework. Here, its true structure is determined, ab initio, by single-crystal electron diffraction tomography (EDT) and refined both by EDT data applying dynamical scattering theory and by the Rietveld method based on synchrotron powder diffraction data (χ2 = 0.690, R wp = 0.051, R p = 0.037, R F2 = 0.035). The unit cell is monoclinic C2/m, a = 22.5199 (6), b = 2.83987 (6), c = 14.8815 (4) Å, β = 105.0925 (16)°, V = 918.90 (4) Å3, Z = 2. A hitherto unknown [MnO2] framework is found, which is mainly based on edge- and corner-sharing octahedra and comprises three types of tunnels: per unit cell, two are defined by S-shaped 10-rings, four by egg-shaped 8-rings, and two by slightly oval 6-rings of Mn polyhedra. Na occupies all tunnels. The so-determined structure excellently explains previous reports on the electrochemistry of (Na,□)5[MnO2]13. The trivalent Mn3+ ions concentrate at two of the seven Mn sites where larger Mn—O distances and Jahn–Teller distortion are observed. One of the Mn3+ sites is five-coordinated in a square pyramid which, on oxidation to Mn4+, may easily undergo topotactic transformation to an octahedron suggesting a possible pathway for the transition among different tunnel structures. PMID:27910840

  1. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes

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    Draayer, Jerry P.

    2014-09-28

    We have developed a novel ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which has opened the intermediate-mass region for ab initio investigations, thereby providing an opportunity for first-principle symmetry-guided applications to nuclear structure and reactions for nuclear isotopes from the lightest p-shell systems to intermediate-mass nuclei. This includes short-lived proton-rich nuclei on the path of X-ray burst nucleosynthesis and rare neutron-rich isotopes to be produced by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). We have provided ab initio descriptions of high accuracy for low-lying (including collectivity-driven) states of isotopes of Li, He, Be, C, O, Ne, Mg, Al, and Si, and studied related strong- and weak-interaction driven reactions that are important, in astrophysics, for further understanding stellar evolution, X-ray bursts and triggering of s, p, and rp processes, and in applied physics, for electron and neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments as well as for fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

  2. Structure determination of Ba5AlF13 by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state NMR and ab initio calculations.

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    Martineau, Charlotte; Allix, Mathieu; Suchomel, Matthew R; Porcher, Florence; Vivet, François; Legein, Christophe; Body, Monique; Massiot, Dominique; Taulelle, Francis; Fayon, Franck

    2016-10-04

    The room temperature structure of Ba5AlF13 has been investigated by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state high-resolution NMR ((19)F and (27)Al) and first principles calculations. An initial structural model has been obtained from electron and synchrotron powder diffraction data, and its main features have been confirmed by one- and two-dimensional NMR measurements. However, DFT GIPAW calculations of the (19)F isotropic shieldings revealed an inaccurate location of one fluorine site (F3, site 8a), which exhibited unusual long F-Ba distances. The atomic arrangement was reinvestigated using neutron powder diffraction data. Subsequent Fourier maps showed that this fluorine atom occupies a crystallographic site of lower symmetry (32e) with partial occupancy (25%). GIPAW computations of the NMR parameters validate the refined structural model, ruling out the presence of local static disorder and indicating that the partial occupancy of this F site reflects a local motional process. Visualisation of the dynamic process was then obtained from the Rietveld refinement of neutron diffraction data using an anharmonic description of the displacement parameters to account for the thermal motion of the mobile fluorine. The whole ensemble of powder diffraction and NMR data, coupled with first principles calculations, allowed drawing an accurate structural model of Ba5AlF13, including site-specific dynamical disorder in the fluorine sub-network.

  3. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

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    Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; ...

    2016-04-13

    The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of the nuclear forces, with two-, three- and possibly higher many-nucleon components, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD-employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. After a brief overview of the field, we focus on ab initio many-body approaches—built upon the no-core shell model—that are capable of simultaneously describing both bound and scattering nuclear states, and present results for resonances in light nuclei, reactions important for astrophysics and fusion research. In particular, we review recent calculations of resonances in the 6He halo nucleus, of five- and six-nucleon scattering, and an investigation of the role of chiral three-nucleon interactions in the structure of 9Be. Further, we discuss applications to the 7Bemore » $${({\\rm{p}},\\gamma )}^{8}{\\rm{B}}$$ radiative capture. Lastly, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H$${({\\rm{d}},{\\rm{n}})}^{4}$$He fusion.« less

  4. Approximate ab initio calculations of electronic structure of amorphous silicon

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    Durandurdu, M.; Drabold, D. A.; Mousseau, N.

    2000-12-01

    We report on ab initio calculations of electronic states of two large and realistic models of amorphous silicon generated using a modified version of the Wooten-Winer-Weaire algorithm and relaxed, in both cases, with a Keating and a modified Stillinger-Weber potentials. The models have no coordination defects and a very narrow bond-angle distribution. We compute the electronic density-of-states and pay particular attention to the nature of the band-tail states around the electronic gap. All models show a large and perfectly clean optical gap and realistic Urbach tails. Based on these results and the extended quasi-one-dimensional stringlike structures observed for certain eigenvalues in the band tails, we postulate that the generation of model a-Si without localized states might be achievable under certain circumstances.

  5. Structure and dynamics of the Lu2Si2O7 lattice: Ab initio calculation

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    Nazipov, D. V.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2017-01-01

    The ab initio calculations have been carried out for the crystal structure and Raman spectrum of a single crystal of lutetium pyrosilicate Lu2Si2O7. The types of fundamental vibrations and their frequencies and intensities in the Raman spectrum for two polarizations of the crystal have been determined. The calculations have been performed within the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) using the hybrid functionals. The ions involved in the vibrations have been identified using the method of isotopic substitution. The results of the calculations are in good agreement with the experiment.

  6. Simple synthesis, structure and ab initio study of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones

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    Jadidi, Khosrow; Aryan, Reza; Mehrdad, Morteza; Lügger, Thomas; Ekkehardt Hahn, F.; Ng, Seik Weng

    2004-04-01

    A simple procedure for the synthesis of pyrido[2,1-c][1,4] benzodiazepine-6,12-dione ( 1) and 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones ( 2a- 2d), using microwave irradiation and/or conventional heating is reported. The configuration of 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A detailed ab initio B3LYP/6-31G* calculation of structural parameters and substituent effects on ring inversion barriers (Δ G#) and also free energy differences (Δ G0) for benzodiazepines are reported.

  7. Electronic structure and conductivity of ferroelectric hexaferrite: Ab initio calculations

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    Knížek, K.; Novák, P.; Küpferling, M.

    2006-04-01

    Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22 is a promising multiferroic compound in which the electric polarization is intimately connected to the magnetic state. In principle, ferroelectrity might exist above the room temperature, but the electrical conductivity that increases with increasing temperature limits it to temperatures below ≈130K . We present results of an ab initio electronic structure calculation of the (BaSr)Zn2Fe12O22 system. To improve the description of strongly correlated 3d electrons of iron, the GGA+U method is used. The results show that the electrical conductivity strongly depends on relative fractions of iron and zinc in the tetrahedral sublattice that belongs to the spinel block of the hexaferrite structure. If this sublattice is fully occupied by zinc, the system is an insulator with a gap of ≈1.5eV . If it is occupied equally by Fe and Zn the gap decreases by a factor of 2, and the system is metallic when this sublattice is filled by iron only.

  8. Preparation and properties of gallaborane, GaBH(6): structure of the gaseous molecule H(2)Ga(mu-H)(2)BH(2) as determined by vibrational, electron diffraction, and ab initio studies, and structure of the crystalline solid at 110 K as determined by X-ray diffraction.

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    Downs, A J; Greene, T M; Johnsen, E; Brain, P T; Morrison, C A; Parsons, S; Pulham, C R; Rankin, D W; Aarset, K; Mills, I M; Page, E M; Rice, D A

    2001-07-02

    Gallaborane (GaBH(6), 1), synthesized by the metathesis of LiBH(4) with [H(2)GaCl](n) at ca. 250 K, has been characterized by chemical analysis and by its IR and (1)H and (11)B NMR spectra. The IR spectrum of the vapor at low pressure implies the presence of only one species, viz. H(2)Ga(mu-H)(2)BH(2), with a diborane-like structure conforming to C(2v) symmetry. The structure of this molecule has been determined by gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) measurements afforced by the results of ab initio molecular orbital calculations. Hence the principal distances (r(alpha) in A) and angles ( angle(alpha) in deg) are as follows: r(Ga.B), 2.197(3); r(Ga-H(t)), 1.555(6); r(Ga-H(b)), 1.800(6); r(B-H(t)), 1.189(7); r(B-H(b)), 1.286(7); angleH(b)-Ga-H(b), 71.6(4); and angleH(b)-B-H(b), 110.0(5) (t = terminal, b = bridging). Aggregation of the molecules occurs in the condensed phases. X-ray crystallographic studies of a single crystal at 110 K reveal a polymeric network with helical chains made up of alternating pseudotetrahedral GaH(4) and BH(4) units linked through single hydrogen bridges; the average Ga.B distance is now 2.473(7) A. The compound decomposes in the condensed phases at temperatures exceeding ca. 240 K with the formation of elemental Ga and H(2) and B(2)H(6). The reactions with NH(3), Me(3)N, and Me(3)P are also described.

  9. Ab Initio Calculations of the Electronic Structures and Biological Functions of Protein Molecules

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    Zheng, Haoping

    The self-consistent cluster-embedding (SCCE) calculation method reduces the computational effort from M3 to about M1 (M is the number of atoms in the system) with precise calculations. Thus the ab initio, all-electron calculation of the electronic structure and biological function of protein molecule has become a reality, which will promote new proteomics considerably. The calculated results of two real protein molecules, the trypsin inhibitor from the seeds of squash Cucurbita maxima (CMTI-I, 436 atoms) and the ascaris trypsin inhibitor (912 atoms, two three-dimensional structures), will be presented in this paper. The reactive sites of the inhibitors are determined and explained. The accuracy of structure determination of the inhibitors are tested theoretically.

  10. Ab Initio Calculations of the Electronic Structures and Biological Functions of Protein Molecules

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    Zheng, Haoping

    2003-04-01

    The self-consistent cluster-embedding (SCCE) calculation method reduces the computational effort from M3 to about M1 (M is the number of atoms in the system) with unchanged calculation precision. So the ab initio, all-electron calculation of the electronic structure and biological function of protein molecule becomes a reality, which will promote new proteomics considerably. The calculated results of two real protein molecules, the trypsin inhibitor from the seeds of squash Cucurbita maxima (CMTI-I, 436 atoms) and the Ascaris trypsin inhibitor (912 atoms, two three-dimensional structures), are presented. The reactive sites of the inhibitors are determined and explained. The precision of structure determination of inhibitors are tested theoretically.

  11. Ab initio structure prediction of the antibody hypervariable H3 loop.

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    Zhu, Kai; Day, Tyler

    2013-06-01

    Antibodies have the capability of binding a wide range of antigens due to the diversity of the six loops constituting the complementarity determining region (CDR). Among the six loops, the H3 loop is the most diverse in structure, length, and sequence identity. Prediction of the three-dimensional structures of antibodies, especially the CDR loops, is an important step in the computational design and engineering of novel antibodies for improved affinity and specificity. Although it has been demonstrated that the conformation of the five non-H3 loops can be accurately predicted by comparing their sequences against databases of canonical loop conformations, no such connection has been established for H3 loops. In this work, we present the results for ab initio structure prediction of the H3 loop using conformational sampling and energy calculations with the program Prime on a dataset of 53 loops ranging in length from 4 to 22 residues. When the prediction is performed in the crystal environment and including symmetry mates, the median backbone root mean square deviation (RMSD) is 0.5 Å to the crystal structure, with 91% of cases having an RMSD of less than 2.0 Å. When the prediction is performed in a noncrystallographic environment, where the scaffold is constructed by swapping the H3 loops between homologous antibodies, 70% of cases have an RMSD below 2.0 Å. These results show promise for ab initio loop predictions applied to modeling of antibodies.

  12. Ab initio electronic structure and optical conductivity of bismuth tellurohalides

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    Schwalbe, Sebastian; Wirnata, René; Starke, Ronald; Schober, Giulio A. H.; Kortus, Jens

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the electronic structure, dielectric, and optical properties of bismuth tellurohalides BiTe X (X =I , Cl, Br) by means of all-electron density functional theory. In particular, we present the ab initio conductivities and dielectric tensors calculated over a wide frequency range, and compare our results with the recent measurements by Akrap et al. [Phys. Rev. B 90, 035201 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.035201], Makhnev et al. [Opt. Spectrosc. 117, 764 (2014), 10.1134/S0030400X14110125], and Rusinov et al. [JETP Lett. 101, 507 (2015), 10.1134/S0021364015080147]. We show how the low-frequency branch of the optical conductivity can be used to identify characteristic intra- and interband transitions between the Rashba spin-split bands in all three bismuth tellurohalides. We further calculate the refractive indices and dielectric constants, which in turn are systematically compared to previous predictions and measurements. We expect that our quantitative analysis will contribute to the general assessment of bulk Rashba materials for their potential use in spintronics devices.

  13. The hydration structure of carbon monoxide by ab initio methods

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    Awoonor-Williams, Ernest; Rowley, Christopher N.

    2017-01-01

    The solvation of carbon monoxide (CO) in liquid water is important for understanding its toxicological effects and biochemical roles. In this paper, we use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and CCSD(T)-F12 calculations to assess the accuracy of the Straub and Karplus molecular mechanical (MM) model for CO(aq). The CCSD(T)-F12 CO-H2O potential energy surfaces show that the most stable structure corresponds to water donating a hydrogen bond to the C center. The MM-calculated surface incorrectly predicts that the O atom is a stronger hydrogen bond acceptor than the C atom. The AIMD simulations indicate that CO is solvated like a hydrophobic solute, with very limited hydrogen bonding with water. The MM model tends to overestimate the degree of hydrogen bonding and overestimates the atomic radius of the C atom. The calculated Gibbs energy of hydration using the TIP3P water model is in good agreement with the experiment (9.3 kJ mol-1 expt. vs 10.7 kJ mol-1 calc.). The calculated diffusivity of CO (aq) in TIP3P-model water was 5.1 ×10-5 cm2/s calc., more than double the experimental value of 2.3 ×10-5 cm2/s. The hydration energy calculated using the TIP4P-FB water model is in poorer agreement with the experiment (ΔG = 6.8 kJ/mol) but the diffusivity is in better agreement (D =2.5 ±0.1 ×10-5 cm2/s).

  14. Structure and vibrational modes of AgI-doped AsSe glasses: Raman scattering and ab initio calculations

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    Kostadinova, O.; Chrissanthopoulos, A.; Petkova, T.; Petkov, P.; Yannopoulos, S.N.

    2011-02-15

    We report an investigation of the structure and vibrational modes of (AgI){sub x} (AsSe){sub 100-x}, bulk glasses using Raman spectroscopy and first principles calculations. The short- and medium-range structural order of the glasses was elucidated by analyzing the reduced Raman spectra, recorded at off-resonance conditions. Three distinct local environments were revealed for the AsSe glass including stoichiometric-like and As-rich network sub-structures, and cage-like molecules (As{sub 4}Se{sub n}, n=3, 4) decoupled from the network. To facilitate the interpretation of the Raman spectra ab initio calculations are employed to study the geometric and vibrational properties of As{sub 4}Se{sub n} molecular units that are parts of the glass structure. The incorporation of AgI causes appreciable structural changes into the glass structure. AgI is responsible for the population reduction of molecular units and for the degradation of the As-rich network-like sub-structure via the introduction of As-I terminal bonds. Ab initio calculations of mixed chalcohalide pyramids AsSe{sub m}I{sub 3-m} provided useful information augmenting the interpretation of the Raman spectra. -- Graphical abstract: Raman scattering and ab initio calculations are employed to study the structure of AgI-AsSe superionic glasses. The role of mixed chalcohalide pyramidal units as illustrated in the figure is elucidated. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Doping binary As-Se glasses with AgI cause dramatic changes in glass structure. {yields} Raman scattering and ab initio calculations determine changes in short- and medium-range order. {yields} Three local environments exist in AsSe glass including a network sub-structure and cage-like molecules. {yields} Mixed chalcohalide pyramids AsSe{sub m}I{sub 3-m} dominate the AgI-doped glass structure.

  15. Ab initio approaches for the determination of heavy element energetics: Ionization energies of trivalent lanthanides (Ln = La-Eu)

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    Peterson, Charles; Penchoff, Deborah A.; Wilson, Angela K.

    2015-11-21

    An effective approach for the determination of lanthanide energetics, as demonstrated by application to the third ionization energy (in the gas phase) for the first half of the lanthanide series, has been developed. This approach uses a combination of highly correlated and fully relativistic ab initio methods to accurately describe the electronic structure of heavy elements. Both scalar and fully relativistic methods are used to achieve an approach that is both computationally feasible and accurate. The impact of basis set choice and the number of electrons included in the correlation space has also been examined.

  16. Ab initio protein structure assembly using continuous structure fragments and optimized knowledge-based force field.

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    Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang

    2012-07-01

    Ab initio protein folding is one of the major unsolved problems in computational biology owing to the difficulties in force field design and conformational search. We developed a novel program, QUARK, for template-free protein structure prediction. Query sequences are first broken into fragments of 1-20 residues where multiple fragment structures are retrieved at each position from unrelated experimental structures. Full-length structure models are then assembled from fragments using replica-exchange Monte Carlo simulations, which are guided by a composite knowledge-based force field. A number of novel energy terms and Monte Carlo movements are introduced and the particular contributions to enhancing the efficiency of both force field and search engine are analyzed in detail. QUARK prediction procedure is depicted and tested on the structure modeling of 145 nonhomologous proteins. Although no global templates are used and all fragments from experimental structures with template modeling score >0.5 are excluded, QUARK can successfully construct 3D models of correct folds in one-third cases of short proteins up to 100 residues. In the ninth community-wide Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction experiment, QUARK server outperformed the second and third best servers by 18 and 47% based on the cumulative Z-score of global distance test-total scores in the FM category. Although ab initio protein folding remains a significant challenge, these data demonstrate new progress toward the solution of the most important problem in the field.

  17. Ab initio protein folding simulations using atomic burials as informational intermediates between sequence and structure.

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    van der Linden, Marx Gomes; Ferreira, Diogo César; de Oliveira, Leandro Cristante; Onuchic, José N; de Araújo, Antônio F Pereira

    2014-07-01

    The three-dimensional structure of proteins is determined by their linear amino acid sequences but decipherment of the underlying protein folding code has remained elusive. Recent studies have suggested that burials, as expressed by atomic distances to the molecular center, are sufficiently informative for structural determination while potentially obtainable from sequences. Here we provide direct evidence for this distinctive role of burials in the folding code, demonstrating that burial propensities estimated from local sequence can indeed be used to fold globular proteins in ab initio simulations. We have used a statistical scheme based on a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) to classify all heavy atoms of a protein into a small number of burial atomic types depending on sequence context. Molecular dynamics simulations were then performed with a potential that forces all atoms of each type towards their predicted burial level, while simple geometric constraints were imposed on covalent structure and hydrogen bond formation. The correct folded conformation was obtained and distinguished in simulations that started from extended chains for a selection of structures comprising all three folding classes and high burial prediction quality. These results demonstrate that atomic burials can act as informational intermediates between sequence and structure, providing a new conceptual framework for improving structural prediction and understanding the fundamentals of protein folding.

  18. On potential energy models for EA-based ab initio protein structure prediction.

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    Mijajlovic, Milan; Biggs, Mark J; Djurdjevic, Dusan P

    2010-01-01

    Ab initio protein structure prediction involves determination of the three-dimensional (3D) conformation of proteins on the basis of their amino acid sequence, a potential energy (PE) model that captures the physics of the interatomic interactions, and a method to search for and identify the global minimum in the PE (or free energy) surface such as an evolutionary algorithm (EA). Many PE models have been proposed over the past three decades and more. There is currently no understanding of how the behavior of an EA is affected by the PE model used. The study reported here shows that the EA behavior can be profoundly affected: the EA performance obtained when using the ECEPP PE model is significantly worse than that obtained when using the Amber, OPLS, and CVFF PE models, and the optimal EA control parameter values for the ECEPP model also differ significantly from those associated with the other models.

  19. Ab initio crystal structure prediction of magnesium (poly)sulfides and calculation of their NMR parameters.

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    Mali, Gregor

    2017-03-01

    Ab initio prediction of sensible crystal structures can be regarded as a crucial task in the quickly-developing methodology of NMR crystallography. In this contribution, an evolutionary algorithm was used for the prediction of magnesium (poly)sulfide crystal structures with various compositions. The employed approach successfully identified all three experimentally detected forms of MgS, i.e. the stable rocksalt form and the metastable wurtzite and zincblende forms. Among magnesium polysulfides with a higher content of sulfur, the most probable structure with the lowest formation energy was found to be MgS2, exhibiting a modified rocksalt structure, in which S(2-) anions were replaced by S2(2-) dianions. Magnesium polysulfides with even larger fractions of sulfur were not predicted to be stable. For the lowest-energy structures, (25)Mg quadrupolar coupling constants and chemical shift parameters were calculated using the density functional theory approach. The calculated NMR parameters could be well rationalized by the symmetries of the local magnesium environments, by the coordination of magnesium cations and by the nature of the surrounding anions. In the future, these parameters could serve as a reference for the experimentally determined (25)Mg NMR parameters of magnesium sulfide species.

  20. Obtaining detailed structural information about supramolecular systems on surfaces by combining high-resolution force microscopy with ab initio calculations.

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    Kawai, Shigeki; Sadeghi, Ali; Xu, Feng; Feng, Xu; Peng, Lifen; Lifen, Peng; Pawlak, Rémy; Glatzel, Thilo; Willand, Alexander; Orita, Akihiro; Otera, Junzo; Goedecker, Stefan; Meyer, Ernst

    2013-10-22

    State-of-the art experimental techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy have great difficulties in extracting detailed structural information about molecules adsorbed on surfaces. By combining atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy with ab initio calculations, we demonstrate that we can obtain a wealth of detailed structural information about the molecule itself and its environment. Studying an FFPB molecule on a gold surface, we are able to determine its exact location on the surface, the nature of its bonding properties with neighboring molecules that lead to the growth of one-dimensional strips, and the internal torsions and bendings of the molecule.

  1. Structure enhancement methodology using theory and experiment: gas-phase molecular structures using a dynamic interaction between electron diffraction, molecular mechanics, and ab initio data.

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    Kafka, Graeme R; Masters, Sarah L; Rankin, David W H

    2007-07-05

    A new method of incorporating ab initio theoretical data dynamically into the gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) refinement process has been developed to aid the structure determination of large, sterically crowded molecules. This process involves calculating a set of differences between parameters that define the positions of peripheral atoms (usually hydrogen), as determined using molecular mechanics (MM), and those which use ab initio methods. The peripheral-atom positions are then updated continually during the GED refinement process, using MM, and the returned positions are modified using this set of differences to account for the differences between ab initio and MM methods, before being scaled back to the average parameters used to define them, as refined from experimental data. This allows the molecule to adopt a completely asymmetric structure if required, without being constrained by the MM parametrization, whereas the calculations can be performed on a practical time scale. The molecular structures of tri-tert-butylphosphine oxide and tri-tert-butylphosphine imide have been re-examined using this new technique, which we call SEMTEX (Structure Enhancement Methodology using Theory and EXperiment).

  2. A Deep Learning Network Approach to ab initio Protein Secondary Structure Prediction.

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    Spencer, Matt; Eickholt, Jesse; Jianlin Cheng

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio protein secondary structure (SS) predictions are utilized to generate tertiary structure predictions, which are increasingly demanded due to the rapid discovery of proteins. Although recent developments have slightly exceeded previous methods of SS prediction, accuracy has stagnated around 80 percent and many wonder if prediction cannot be advanced beyond this ceiling. Disciplines that have traditionally employed neural networks are experimenting with novel deep learning techniques in attempts to stimulate progress. Since neural networks have historically played an important role in SS prediction, we wanted to determine whether deep learning could contribute to the advancement of this field as well. We developed an SS predictor that makes use of the position-specific scoring matrix generated by PSI-BLAST and deep learning network architectures, which we call DNSS. Graphical processing units and CUDA software optimize the deep network architecture and efficiently train the deep networks. Optimal parameters for the training process were determined, and a workflow comprising three separately trained deep networks was constructed in order to make refined predictions. This deep learning network approach was used to predict SS for a fully independent test dataset of 198 proteins, achieving a Q3 accuracy of 80.7 percent and a Sov accuracy of 74.2 percent.

  3. Structural properties of liquid N-methylacetamide via ab initio, path integral, and classical molecular dynamics

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    Whitfield, T. W.; Crain, J.; Martyna, G. J.

    2006-03-01

    In order to better understand the physical interactions that stabilize protein secondary structure, the neat liquid state of a peptidic fragment, N-methylacetamide (NMA), was studied using computer simulation. Three different descriptions of the molecular liquid were examined: an empirical force field treatment with classical nuclei, an empirical force field treatment with quantum mechanical nuclei, and an ab initio density functional theory (DFT) treatment. The DFT electronic structure was evaluated using the BLYP approximate functional and a plane wave basis set. The different physical effects probed by the three models, such as quantum dispersion, many-body polarization, and nontrivial charge distributions on the liquid properties, were compared. Much of the structural ordering in the liquid is characterized by hydrogen bonded chains of NMA molecules. Modest structural differences are present among the three models of liquid NMA. The average molecular dipole in the liquid under the ab initio treatment, however, is enhanced by 60% over the gas phase value.

  4. Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials

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    Zaharieva, Roussislava

    subject of studies of the shock or thermally induced chemical reactions of the two solids comprising these reactive materials, from first principles, is a relatively new field of study. The published literature on ab initio techniques or quantum mechanics based approaches consists of the ab initio or ab initio-molecular dynamics studies in related fields that contain a solid and a gas. One such study in the literature involves a gas and a solid. This is an investigation of the adsorption of gasses such as carbon monoxide (CO) on Tungsten. The motivation for these studies is to synthesize alternate or synthetic fuel technology by Fischer-Tropsch process. In this thesis these studies are first to establish the procedure for solid-solid reaction and then to extend that to consider the effects of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energy and chemisorptions of CO on tungsten. Then in this thesis, similar studies are also conducted on the effect of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energies of Titanium and hydrogen. The motivations are again to understand the method and extend the method to such solid-solid reactions. A second motivation is to seek strained conditions that favor hydrogen storage and strain conditions that release hydrogen easily when needed. Following the establishment of ab initio and ab initio studies of chemical reactions between a solid and a gas, the next step of research is to study thermally induced chemical reaction between two solids (Ni+Al). Thus, specific new studies of the thesis are as follows: (1) Ab initio Studies of Binding energies associated with chemisorption of (a) CO on W surfaces (111, and 100) at elevated temperatures and strains and (b) adsorption of hydrogen in titanium base. (2) Equations of state of mixtures of reactive material structures from ab initio methods. (3) Ab initio studies of the reaction initiation, transition states and reaction products of intermetallic mixtures of (Ni+Al) at elevated

  5. Structural and electronic properties of organo-halide hybrid perovskites from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-04-14

    The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites.

  6. Vibrational modes of methane in the structure H clathrate hydrate from ab initio molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Hiratsuka, Masaki; Ohmura, Ryo; Sum, Amadeu K; Yasuoka, Kenji

    2012-10-14

    Vibrational spectra of guest molecules in clathrate hydrates are frequently measured to determine the characteristic signatures of the molecular environment and dynamical properties of guest-host interactions. Here, we present results of our study on the vibrational frequencies of methane molecules in structure H clathrate hydrates, namely, in the 5(12) and 4(3)5(6)6(3) cages, as the frequencies of stretching vibrational modes in these environments are still unclear. The vibrational spectra of methane molecules in structure H clathrate hydrate were obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulation and computed from Fourier transform of autocorrelation functions for each distinct vibrational mode. The calculated symmetric and asymmetric stretching vibrational frequencies of methane molecules were found to be lower in the 4(3)5(6)6(3) cages than in the 5(12) cages (3.8 cm(-1) for symmetric stretching and 6.0 cm(-1) for asymmetric stretching). The C-H bond length and average distance between methane molecules and host-water molecules in 4(3)5(6)6(3) cages were slightly longer than those in the 5(12) cages.

  7. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    Sharma, Nalini; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Thakur, Anil

    2015-05-15

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg{sub 10}In{sub 90}, Hg{sub 30}In{sub 70}, Hg{sub 50}In{sub 50}, Hg{sub 70}In{sub 30} and Hg{sub 90}In{sub 10}) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.

  8. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    Sharma, Nalini; Thakur, Anil; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-05-01

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg10In90, Hg30In70, Hg50In50, Hg70In30 and Hg90In10) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.

  9. Ab initio study of structural, electronic, and thermal properties of Pt1-xPdx alloys

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    Ahmed, Shabbir; Zafar, Muhammad; Shakil, M.; Choudhary, M. A.; Hashmi, Muhammad Raza-Ur-Rehman

    2017-01-01

    We report a systematic theoretical study of Pt1-xPdx alloys using ab initio density functional theory (DFT) by pseudo potential method. We have used super cell approach to investigate structural, electronic and thermal properties of Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd) and their alloys Pt1-xPdx(x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00). The calculated lattice constants and bulk moduli are in good agreement with available literature data. The results of electronic properties revealed that the alloys are metallic in nature. The thermal properties were investigated through density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) and quasi-harmonic approximation. The contribution to the free energy from the lattice vibration was calculated using the phonon densities of states (DOS) derived by means of the linear-response theory. The DFPT with quasi-harmonic approximation methods was applied to determine the phonon DOS and thermal quantities i.e., the Debye temperatures, vibration energy, entropy and constant-volume specific heat.

  10. Ab initio calculations on twisted graphene/hBN: Electronic structure and STM image simulation

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    Correa, J. D.; Cisternas, E.

    2016-09-01

    By performing ab initio calculations we obtained theoretical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images and studied the electronic properties of graphene on a hexagonal boron-nitrite (hBN) layer. Three different stack configurations and four twisted angles were considered. All calculations were performed using density functional theory, including van der Waals interactions as implemented in the SIESTA ab initio package. Our results show that the electronic structure of graphene is preserved, although some small changes are induced by the interaction with the hBN layer, particularly in the total density of states at 1.5 eV under the Fermi level. When layers present a twisted angle, the density of states shows several van Hove singularities under the Fermi level, which are associated to moiré patterns observed in theoretical STM images.

  11. Ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of silicon nanocrystals doped with shallow donors (Li, P)

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    Kurova, N. V. Burdov, V. A.

    2013-12-15

    The results of ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of Si nanocrystals doped with shallow donors (Li, P) are reported. It is shown that phosphorus introduces much more significant distortions into the electronic structure of the nanocrystal than lithium, which is due to the stronger central cell potential of the phosphorus ion. It is found that the Li-induced splitting of the ground state in the conduction band of the nanocrystal into the singlet, doublet, and triplet retains its inverse structure typical for bulk silicon.

  12. Atomic structure evolution during solidification of liquid niobium from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Debela, T. T.; Wang, X. D.; Cao, Q. P.; Zhang, D. X.; Wang, S. Y.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Jiang, J. Z.

    2013-12-12

    Atomic structure transitions of liquid niobium during solidification, at different temperatures from 3200 to 1500 K, were studied by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The local atomic structure variations with temperature are investigated by using the pair-correlation function, the structure factor, the bond-angle distribution function, the Honeycutt–Anderson index, Voronoi tessellation and the cluster alignment methods. Our results clearly show that, upon quenching, the icosahedral short-range order dominates in the stable liquid and supercooled liquid states before the system transforms to crystalline body-center cubic phase at a temperature of about 1830 K.

  13. Ab initio determination of the instability growth rate of warm dense beryllium-deuterium interface

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    Wang, Cong; Zhang, Ping; Li, Zi; Li, DaFang

    2015-10-15

    Accurate knowledge about the interfacial unstable growth is of great importance in inertial confinement fusion. During implosions, the deuterium-tritium capsule is driven by laser beams or X-rays to access the strongly coupled and partially degenerated warm dense matter regime. At this stage, the effects of dissipative processes, such as diffusion and viscosity, have significant impact on the instability growth rates. Here, we present ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine the equations of state and the transport coefficients. Several models are used to estimate the reduction in the growth rate dispersion curves of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities with considering the presence of these dissipative effects. We show that these instability growth rates are effectively reduced when considering diffusion. The findings provide significant insights into the microscopic mechanism of the instability growth at the ablator-fuel interface and will refine the models used in the laser-driven hydrodynamic instability experiments.

  14. Rotational Energy Transfer of N2 Determined Using a New Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Stallcop, James R.; Partridge, Harry; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    A new N2-N2 rigid-rotor surface has been determined using extensive Ab Initio quantum chemistry calculations together with recent experimental data for the second virial coefficient. Rotational energy transfer is studied using the new potential energy surface (PES) employing the close coupling method below 200 cm(exp -1) and coupled state approximation above that. Comparing with a previous calculation based on the PES of van der Avoird et al.,3 it is found that the new PES generally gives larger cross sections for large (delta)J transitions, but for small (delta)J transitions the cross sections are either comparable or smaller. Correlation between the differences in the cross sections and the two PES will be attempted. The computed cross sections will also be compared with available experimental data.

  15. Electronic Structure of Silicon Nanowires Matrix from Ab Initio Calculations

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    Monastyrskii, Liubomyr S.; Boyko, Yaroslav V.; Sokolovskii, Bogdan S.; Potashnyk, Vasylyna Ya.

    2016-01-01

    An investigation of the model of porous silicon in the form of periodic set of silicon nanowires has been carried out. The electronic energy structure was studied using a first-principle band method—the method of pseudopotentials (ultrasoft potentials in the basis of plane waves) and linearized mode of the method of combined pseudopotentials. Due to the use of hybrid exchange-correlation potentials (B3LYP), the quantitative agreement of the calculated value of band gap in the bulk material with experimental data is achieved. The obtained results show that passivation of dangling bonds with hydrogen atoms leads to substantial transformation of electronic energy structure. At complete passivation of the dangling silicon bonds by hydrogen atoms, the band gap value takes the magnitude which substantially exceeds that for bulk silicon. The incomplete passivation gives rise to opposite effect when the band gap value decreases down the semimetallic range.

  16. Electronic Structure of Silicon Nanowires Matrix from Ab Initio Calculations.

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    Monastyrskii, Liubomyr S; Boyko, Yaroslav V; Sokolovskii, Bogdan S; Potashnyk, Vasylyna Ya

    2016-12-01

    An investigation of the model of porous silicon in the form of periodic set of silicon nanowires has been carried out. The electronic energy structure was studied using a first-principle band method-the method of pseudopotentials (ultrasoft potentials in the basis of plane waves) and linearized mode of the method of combined pseudopotentials. Due to the use of hybrid exchange-correlation potentials (B3LYP), the quantitative agreement of the calculated value of band gap in the bulk material with experimental data is achieved. The obtained results show that passivation of dangling bonds with hydrogen atoms leads to substantial transformation of electronic energy structure. At complete passivation of the dangling silicon bonds by hydrogen atoms, the band gap value takes the magnitude which substantially exceeds that for bulk silicon. The incomplete passivation gives rise to opposite effect when the band gap value decreases down the semimetallic range.

  17. Ab initio nuclear structure from lattice effective field theory

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    Lee, Dean

    2014-11-11

    This proceedings article reviews recent results by the Nuclear Lattice EFT Collaboration on an excited state of the {sup 12}C nucleus known as the Hoyle state. The Hoyle state plays a key role in the production of carbon via the triple-alpha reaction in red giant stars. We discuss the structure of low-lying states of {sup 12}C as well as the dependence of the triple-alpha reaction on the masses of the light quarks.

  18. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L.

    2013-01-07

    The solvation structures of Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -} ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -}, respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  19. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L.

    2013-01-01

    The solvation structures of Na^+, K^+, and Cl^- ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na^+, K^+, and Cl^-, respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  20. Hydration structure of salt solutions from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Bankura, Arindam; Carnevale, Vincenzo; Klein, Michael L

    2013-01-07

    The solvation structures of Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-) ions in aqueous solution have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) based Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. CPMD trajectories were collected for systems containing three NaCl or KCl ion pairs solvated by 122 water molecules using three different but commonly employed density functionals (BLYP, HCTH, and PBE) with electron correlation treated at the level of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The effect of including dispersion forces was analyzed through the use of an empirical correction to the DFT-GGA scheme. Special attention was paid to the hydration characteristics, especially the structural properties of the first solvation shell of the ions, which was investigated through ion-water radial distribution functions, coordination numbers, and angular distribution functions. There are significant differences between the present results obtained from CPMD simulations and those provided by classical MD based on either the CHARMM force field or a polarizable model. Overall, the computed structural properties are in fair agreement with the available experimental results. In particular, the observed coordination numbers 5.0-5.5, 6.0-6.4, and 6.0-6.5 for Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-), respectively, are consistent with X-ray and neutron scattering studies but differ somewhat from some of the many other recent computational studies of these important systems. Possible reasons for the differences are discussed.

  1. Ab initio structures and vibrational analysis of the isoprene conformers

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    Bock, Ch. W.; Panchenko, Yu. N.; Krasnoshchiokov, S. V.; Aroca, R.

    1987-09-01

    Complete gradient optimizations of the structures and the calculation of the harmonic force fields of the s- trans( anti) and gauche conformers of isoprene (2-methylbuta-1,3-diene) are reported at the RHF/6-31G level. The dihedral angle of the gauche conformer is found to be 41.0° from the planar s- cis( syn) form. The force fields obtained are refined using scale factors transferred from analogous calculations for trans-butadiene-1,3 and ethane. The direct vibrational problems are solved for both conformers of isoprene. A complete assignment of the experimental vibrational frequencies is given.

  2. Structure of the glass-forming metallic liquids by ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics, a case study: Quenching the Cu60Ti20Zr20 alloy

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    Amokrane, S.; Ayadim, A.; Levrel, L.

    2015-11-01

    We consider the question of the amorphization of metallic alloys by melt quenching, as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations with semi-empirical potentials. The parametrization of the potentials is discussed on the example of the ternary Cu-Ti-Zr transition metals alloy, using the ab-initio simulation as a reference. The pair structure in the amorphous state is computed from a potential of the Stillinger-Weber form. The transferability of the parameters during the quench is investigated using two parametrizations: from solid state data, as usual and from a new parametrization on the liquid structure. When the adjustment is made on the pair structure of the liquid, a satisfactory transferability is found between the pure components and their alloys. The liquid structure predicted in this way agrees well with experiment, in contrast with the one obtained using the adjustment on the solid. The final structure, after quenches down to the amorphous state, determined with the new set of parameters is shown to be very close to the ab-initio one, the latter being in excellent agreement with recent X-rays diffraction experiments. The corresponding critical temperature of the glass transition is estimated from the behavior of the heat capacity. Discussion on the consistency between the structures predicted using semi-empirical potentials and ab-initio simulation, and comparison of different experimental data underlines the question of the dependence of the final structure on the thermodynamic path followed to reach the amorphous state.

  3. Ab initio study of structural and magnetic properties of Si-doped Fe2P

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    Delczeg-Czirjak, E. K.; Delczeg, L.; Punkkinen, M. P. J.; Johansson, B.; Eriksson, O.; Vitos, L.

    2010-08-01

    Ab initio electronic-structure methods are used to study the properties of Fe2P1-xSix in ferromagnetic and paramagnetic states. The site preference and lattice relaxation are calculated with the projector augmented wave method as implemented in the Vienna ab initio simulation package. The paramagnetic state is modeled by the disordered local magnetic moment scheme, and the chemical and magnetic disorder is treated using the coherent potential approximation in combination with the exact muffin-tin orbital formalism. The calculated lattice parameters, atomic positions, and magnetic properties are in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical results. In contrast to the observation, for the ferromagnetic state the body centered orthorhombic structure (bco, space group Imm2&barbelow; ) is predicted to have lower energy than the hexagonal structure (hex, space group P6¯2m ). The zero-point spin fluctuation energy difference is found to be large enough to stabilize the hex phase. For the paramagnetic state, the hex structure is calculated to be the stable phase and the computed total energy versus composition indicates a hex to bco crystallographic phase transition with increasing Si content. The phonon vibrational free energy, estimated from the theoretical equation of state, turns out to stabilize the hexagonal phase, whereas the electronic and magnetic entropies favor the low symmetry orthorhombic structure.

  4. Optimizing electronic structure and quantum transport at the graphene-Si(111) interface: an ab initio density-functional study.

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    Tayran, Ceren; Zhu, Zhen; Baldoni, Matteo; Selli, Daniele; Seifert, Gotthard; Tománek, David

    2013-04-26

    We use ab initio density-functional calculations to determine the interaction of a graphene monolayer with the Si(111) surface. We find that graphene forms strong bonds to the bare substrate and accommodates the 12% lattice mismatch by forming a wavy structure consisting of free-standing conductive ridges that are connected by ribbon-shaped regions of graphene, which bond covalently to the substrate. We perform quantum transport calculations for different geometries to study changes in the transport properties of graphene introduced by the wavy structure and bonding to the Si substrate. Our results suggest that wavy graphene combines high mobility along the ridges with efficient carrier injection into Si in the contact regions.

  5. Ab initio study of structural and mechanical property of solid molecular hydrogens

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    Ye, Yingting; Yang, Li; Yang, Tianle; Nie, Jinlan; Peng, Shuming; Long, Xinggui; Zu, Xiaotao; Du, Jincheng

    2015-06-01

    Ab initio calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) were performed to investigate the structural and the elastic properties of solid molecular hydrogens (H2). The influence of molecular axes of H2 on structural relative stabilities of hexagonal close-packed (hcp) and face-centered cubic (fcc) structured hydrogen molecular crystals were systematically investigated. Our results indicate that for hcp structures, disordered hydrogen molecule structure is more stable, while for fcc structures, Pa3 hydrogen molecular crystal is most stable. The cohesive energy of fcc H2 crystal was found to be lower than hcp. The mechanical properties of fcc and hcp hydrogen molecular crystals were obtained, with results consistent with previous theoretical calculations. In addition, the effects of zero point energy (ZPE) and van der Waals (vdW) correction on the cohesive energy and the stability of hydrogen molecular crystals were systematically studied and discussed.

  6. Semiexperimental Structure of the Non-Rigid BF_2OH Molecule by Combining High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy and AB Initio Calculations.

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    Vogt, Natalja; Demaison, Jean; Perrin, Agnes; Bürger, Hans

    2015-06-01

    In BF_2OH, difluoroboric acid, the OH group is the subject of a large amplitude torsion motion which induces a splitting in the rotational spectrum as well as in the high-resolution infrared spectrum. It is interesting to check whether it is still posible to determine a semiexperimental equilibrium structure for such a molecule. For this goal, the rotation-vibration interactions constants have been experimentally determined by analyzing all the fondamental bands. They have also been computed ab initio using two different levels of theory. The results of the analysis as well as the determination of the structure will be reported.

  7. Solving local structure around dopants in metal nanoparticles with ab initio modeling of X-ray absorption near edge structure

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    Timoshenko, J.; Shivhare, A.; Scott, R. W.; ...

    2016-06-30

    We adopted ab-initio X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) modelling for structural refinement of local environments around metal impurities in a large variety of materials. Our method enables both direct modelling, where the candidate structures are known, and the inverse modelling, where the unknown structural motifs are deciphered from the experimental spectra. We present also estimates of systematic errors, and their influence on the stability and accuracy of the obtained results. We illustrate our approach by following the evolution of local environment of palladium atoms in palladium-doped gold thiolate clusters upon chemical and thermal treatments.

  8. Solving local structure around dopants in metal nanoparticles with ab initio modeling of X-ray absorption near edge structure.

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    Timoshenko, Janis; Shivhare, Atal; Scott, Robert W J; Lu, Deyu; Frenkel, Anatoly I

    2016-07-20

    We adopted ab initio X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) modeling for structural refinement of local environments around metal impurities in a large variety of materials. Our method enables both direct modeling, where the candidate structures are known, and the inverse modeling, where the unknown structural motifs are deciphered from the experimental spectra. We present also estimates of systematic errors, and their influence on the stability and accuracy of the obtained results. We illustrate our approach by revealing the evolution of local environment of palladium atoms in palladium-doped gold thiolate clusters upon chemical and thermal treatments.

  9. Ab initio study of the structure and dynamics of bulk liquid Fe

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    Marqués, M.; González, L. E.; González, D. J.

    2015-10-01

    Several static and dynamic properties of bulk liquid Fe at a thermodynamic state near its triple point have been evaluated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The calculated static structure shows very good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor which underlines a substantial local icosahedral short-range order in the liquid. The dynamical structure reveals propagating density fluctuations, with an associated dispersion relation which closely follows the experimental data. The dynamic structure factors S (q ,ω ) show a good agreement with their experimental counterparts which have been recently measured by an inelastic x-ray scattering experiment. The dynamical processes behind the S (q ,ω ) have been analyzed by using a model with two decay channels (a fast and a slow) associated with the relaxations of the collective excitations. The recent finding of transverselike excitation modes in the IXS data is analyzed by using the present ab initio simulation results. Several transport coefficients have been evaluated and the results are compared with the available experimental data.

  10. Ab Initio Study on Atomic Structures and Physical Properties of CdSe Quantum Nanodots

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    2009-11-25

    CdSe quantum dots , with magic number (( CdSe )13, ( CdSe )19, ( CdSe )33 and ( CdSe )34 ). Effects of organic ligand binding on the stability of CdSe as well...calculations of optical absorption spectra for CdSe quantum dots , with magic number (( CdSe )13, ( CdSe )19, ( CdSe )33 and ( CdSe )34 ), have been calculated in...1 AOARD-08-4037 Title of Proposed Project: Ab initio study on atomic structures and physical

  11. Structure of alcohol cluster ions in the gas phase, according to spectrometry and ab initio calculations

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    Krisilov, A. V.; Lantsuzskaya, E. V.; Levina, A. M.

    2017-01-01

    Reduced ion mobility and scattering cross sections are calculated from experimentally obtained spectra of the ion mobility of linear aliphatic alcohols with carbon atom numbers from 2 to 9. A linear increase in the scattering cross sections as the molecular weight grows is found. According to the results from experiments and quantum chemical calculations, alcohol cluster ions do not form a compact structure. Neither are dipole moments compensated for during dimerization, in contrast to the aldehydes and ketones described earlier. It was concluded from ab initio calculations that charge delocalization in monomeric and dimeric ions of alcohols increases the dipole moment many times over.

  12. Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations of Cytochrome P450 -- Ligand Interactions

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    Segall, M. D.; Payne, M. C.; Ellis, S. W.; Tucker, G. T.

    1997-03-01

    The Cytochrome P450 superfamily of enzymes are of great interest in pharmacology as they participate in an enormous range of physiological processes including drug deactivation and xenobiotic detoxification. We apply ab initio electronic structure calculations to model the interactions of the haem molecule at the P450 active site with substrate and inhibitor ligands. These calculations, based on density function theory, were performed with the CETEP code which uses a plane wave basis set and pseudopotentials to perform efficient LDA, GGA and spin dependent calculations. A change in the spin state of the haem iron atom is observed on binding of a substrate molecule, consistent with the accepted reaction mechanism.

  13. Ab initio Determination of Formation Energies and Charge Transfer Levels of Charged Ions in Water

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    Vatti, Anoop Kishore; Todorova, Mira; Neugebauer, Joerg

    The ability to describe the complex atomic and electronic structure of liquid water and hydrated ions on a microscopic level is a key requirement to understand and simulate electro-chemical and biological processes. Identifying theoretical concepts which enable us to achieve an accurate description in a computationally efficient way is thereby of central importance. Aiming to unravel the importance and influence of different contributions on the hydration energy of ions we perform extensive ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations for charged and neutral cations (Zn, Mg) and anions (Cl, Br, I) in water. The structural correlations and electronic properties of the studied ions are analysed and compared to experimental observations. Following an approach inspired by the defect chemistry in semiconductors and aligning the water band edges on an absolute scale allows us to benchmark the calculated formation energies, identify transition states and compare the results to experiment. Based on these results we discuss the performance of various DFT xc-functionals to predict charge transfer levels and photo-emission experiments.

  14. Integration of QUARK and I-TASSER for Ab Initio Protein Structure Prediction in CASP11.

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    Zhang, Wenxuan; Yang, Jianyi; He, Baoji; Walker, Sara Elizabeth; Zhang, Hongjiu; Govindarajoo, Brandon; Virtanen, Jouko; Xue, Zhidong; Shen, Hong-Bin; Zhang, Yang

    2016-09-01

    We tested two pipelines developed for template-free protein structure prediction in the CASP11 experiment. First, the QUARK pipeline constructs structure models by reassembling fragments of continuously distributed lengths excised from unrelated proteins. Five free-modeling (FM) targets have the model successfully constructed by QUARK with a TM-score above 0.4, including the first model of T0837-D1, which has a TM-score = 0.736 and RMSD = 2.9 Å to the native. Detailed analysis showed that the success is partly attributed to the high-resolution contact map prediction derived from fragment-based distance-profiles, which are mainly located between regular secondary structure elements and loops/turns and help guide the orientation of secondary structure assembly. In the Zhang-Server pipeline, weakly scoring threading templates are re-ordered by the structural similarity to the ab initio folding models, which are then reassembled by I-TASSER based structure assembly simulations; 60% more domains with length up to 204 residues, compared to the QUARK pipeline, were successfully modeled by the I-TASSER pipeline with a TM-score above 0.4. The robustness of the I-TASSER pipeline can stem from the composite fragment-assembly simulations that combine structures from both ab initio folding and threading template refinements. Despite the promising cases, challenges still exist in long-range beta-strand folding, domain parsing, and the uncertainty of secondary structure prediction; the latter of which was found to affect nearly all aspects of FM structure predictions, from fragment identification, target classification, structure assembly, to final model selection. Significant efforts are needed to solve these problems before real progress on FM could be made. Proteins 2016; 84(Suppl 1):76-86. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Symmetry-Adapted Ab Initio Shell Model for Nuclear Structure Calculations

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    Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.; Langr, D.

    2012-05-01

    An innovative concept, the symmetry-adapted ab initio shell model, that capitalizes on partial as well as exact symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, is discussed. This framework is expected to inform the leading features of nuclear structure and reaction data for light and medium mass nuclei, which are currently inaccessible by theory and experiment and for which predictions of modern phenomenological models often diverge. We use powerful computational and group-theoretical algorithms to perform ab initio CI (configuration-interaction) calculations in a model space spanned by SU(3) symmetry-adapted many-body configurations with the JISP16 nucleon-nucleon interaction. We demonstrate that the results for the ground states of light nuclei up through A = 16 exhibit a strong dominance of low-spin and high-deformation configurations together with an evident symplectic structure. This, in turn, points to the importance of using a symmetry-adapted framework, one based on an LS coupling scheme with the associated spatial configurations organized according to deformation.

  16. Evolution of local atomic structure during solidification of Al2Au liquid: An ab initio study

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    Xiong, L H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Debela, T T; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Wang, S Y; Wang, C Z; Jiang, J Z

    2014-04-01

    The local atomic structure evolution in Al2Au alloy during solidification from 2000 K to 400 K was studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and analyzed using the structure factor, pair correlation functions, bond angle distributions, the Honeycutt-Anderson (HA) index and Voronoi tessellation methods. It was found that the icosahedral-like clusters are negligible in the Al2Au stable liquid and supercooled liquid states, and the most abundant clusters are those having HA indices of 131 and 120 or Voronoi indices of < 0,4,4,0 >, < 0,3, 6,0 > and < 0,4,4,2 > with coordination numbers of 8, 9 and 10, respectively. These clusters are similar to the local atomic structures in the CaF2-type Al2Au crystal, revealing the existence of structure heredity between liquid and crystalline phase in Al2Au alloy. (C) 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in TmPo

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    Makode, Chandrabhan Pataiya, Jagdish; Sanyal, Sankar P.; Panwar, Y. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra

    2015-06-24

    We report an ab initio calculation of pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of Thulium Polonide (TmPo).The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). It is found that TmPo is stable in NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure of this compound in the pressure range of 7.0 GPa. We also calculate the lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B{sub 0}), band structure and density of states. From energy diagram it is observed that TmPo exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameter and bulk modulus are in general good agreement.

  18. Ab initio study of electron-ion structure factors in binary liquids with different types of chemical bonding

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    Klevets, Ivan; Bryk, Taras

    2014-12-07

    Electron-ion structure factors, calculated in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, are reported for several binary liquids with different kinds of chemical bonding: metallic liquid alloy Bi–Pb, molten salt RbF, and liquid water. We derive analytical expressions for the long-wavelength asymptotes of the partial electron-ion structure factors of binary systems and show that the analytical results are in good agreement with the ab initio simulation data. The long-wavelength behaviour of the total charge structure factors for the three binary liquids is discussed.

  19. The Crystal Structure of Impurity Centers Tm^{2+} and Eu^{2+} in SrCl2: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Serdcev, A. V.; Petrov, V. P.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    Ab initio calculations of the impurity centers Tm^{2+} thulium and europium Eu^{2+} in SrCl2 and MeF2 (Me = Ca, Sr, Ba) were carried out at low (zero) temperature. The crystal structure of impurity centers was investigated. Charge density maps show that the bonds formed by the rare-earth ions have an ionic character. The crystal structures, lattice dynamics, and band structures of MeF2 and SrCl2 were calculated at low temperature. Ab initio calculations were performed in periodic CRYSTAL code within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using hybrid DFT functionals.

  20. Molecular determinants for drug-receptor interactions. Part 2. An ab initio molecular orbital and dipole moment study of the novel nootropic agent piracetam (2-oxopyrrolidin-1-ylacetamide)

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    Lumbroso, H.; Liégeois, C.; Pappalardo, G. C.; Grassi, A.

    From the ab initio molecular energies of the possible conformers and from a classical dipole moment analysis of 2-oxopyrrolidin-l-ylacetamide (μ = 4.02 D in dioxan at 30.0°C), the preferred conformation in solution of this novel nootropic agent has been determined. The exocyclic N-CH 2 bond is rotated in one sense by 90° and the exocyclic CH 2-C bond rotated in the same sense by 120° from the "planar" ( OO)- cis conformation. The structures of the two enantiomers in solution differ from that of the crystalline molecule.

  1. Ab initio study of the molecular structure and vibrational spectrum of nitric acid and its protonated forms

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Rice, Julia E.

    1992-01-01

    The equilibrium structures, harmonic vibrational frequencies, IR intensities, and relative energetics of HNO3 and its protonated form H2NO3+ were investigated using double-zeta plus polarization and triple-zeta plus polarization basis sets in conjunction with high-level ab initio methods. The latter include second-order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory, the single and double excitation coupled cluster (CCSD) methods, a perturbational estimate of the effects of connected triple excitations (CCSD(T)), and the self-consistent field. To determine accurate energy differences CCSD(T) energies were computed using large atomic natural orbital basis sets. Four different isomers of H2NO3+ were considered. The lowest energy form of protonated nitric acid was found to correspond to a complex between H2O and NO2+, which is consistent with earlier theoretical and experimental studies.

  2. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

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    Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Calci, Angelo

    2016-04-13

    The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of the nuclear forces, with two-, three- and possibly higher many-nucleon components, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD-employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. After a brief overview of the field, we focus on ab initio many-body approaches—built upon the no-core shell model—that are capable of simultaneously describing both bound and scattering nuclear states, and present results for resonances in light nuclei, reactions important for astrophysics and fusion research. In particular, we review recent calculations of resonances in the 6He halo nucleus, of five- and six-nucleon scattering, and an investigation of the role of chiral three-nucleon interactions in the structure of 9Be. Further, we discuss applications to the 7Be ${({\\rm{p}},\\gamma )}^{8}{\\rm{B}}$ radiative capture. Lastly, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H${({\\rm{d}},{\\rm{n}})}^{4}$He fusion.

  3. Ab initio calculation of structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag2Se

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    Rameshkumar, S.; Jaiganesh, G.; Jayalakshmi, V.; Palanivel, B.

    2015-06-01

    The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag2Se compound is studied using ab initio packages. Ag2Se is found to crystallize in orthorhombic structure with two different space groups i.e. P212121 (No. 19) and P2221 (No. 17). For this compound in these two space groups, the total energy has been computed as a function of volume. Our calculated results suggest that the P212121-phase is more stable than that of the P2221-phase. The band structure calculation show that Ag2Se is semimetallic with an overlap of about 0.014 eV in P212121-phase whereas is metallic in nature in P2221-phase. Moreover, the optical properties including the dielectric fuction, energy loss spectrum are obtained and analysed.

  4. Spectroscopic and Ab Initio Determination of the Ring-Twisting Potential Energy Function for 1,3-Cyclohexadiene

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    Autrey, Daniel; Choo, Jaebum; Laane, Jaan

    2000-10-01

    The ring-twisting vibration of 1,3-cyclohexadiene has been studied using Raman and infrared spectroscopy of the molecule in the vapor phase. The Raman spectrum shows five ring-twisting transitions in the 150 - 200 cm-1 region. The far-infrared spectrum shows only two transitions for this vibration, which is infrared forbidden in the C_2v (planar) approximation. Three ring-twisting combination bands were also observed off a fundamental vibration at 926.1 cm-1. A coordinate dependent kinetic energy expansion for the ring-twisting motion was calculated, and this was used to determine the ring-twisting potential function. Ab initio calculations were performed using Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) using different basis sets. The barrier to planarity of 1150 cm-1 was determined from the spectroscopic data. The various ab initio calculations gave barriers to planarity in the 1197 - 1593 cm-1 range.

  5. Structural Determination of Circulation.

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    Blankenburg, William B.

    1981-01-01

    Analyzes the effects of both structural factors (demographics, economic conditions, and competition) and discretionary factors (content, design, and marketing techniques) and concludes that it is the former that determine a newspaper's circulation. (FL)

  6. An ab initio Study of the Crystalline Structure of Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4)- The Point Charge Model.

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    1987-12-01

    2 ... 8 1.81. 5 111 .4 1111 . Pj LH~ H I Lp ’V. 1 4% % %4"~4 % 4’°" 111’, f LE AN AB INITIO STUDY OF THE CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE OF SULFURIC ACID...first child .5 .5 4 S. S. S. ni-Ic A I’ J a ~-, ., I ,I/p - ~ ~SJ. ~ >4" h AN AB INITIO STUDY OF THE CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE OF SULFURIC ACID (H2SO4)- THE

  7. Evolution of atomic structure in Al75Cu25 liquid from experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Xiong, L H; Yoo, H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Jiang, J Z; Xie, H L; Xiao, T Q; Jeon, S; Lee, G W

    2015-01-28

    X-ray diffraction and electrostatic levitation measurements, together with the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy have been performed from 800 to 1600 K. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation results match well with each other. No abnormal changes were experimentally detected in the specific heat capacity over total hemispheric emissivity and density curves in the studied temperature range for a bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy measured by the electrostatic levitation technique. The structure factors gained by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation precisely coincide with the experimental data. The atomic structure analyzed by the Honeycutt-Andersen index and Voronoi tessellation methods shows that icosahedral-like atomic clusters prevail in the liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy and the atomic clusters evolve continuously. All results obtained here suggest that no liquid-liquid transition appears in the bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy in the studied temperature range.

  8. Ab-initio crystal structure prediction. A case study: NaBH{sub 4}

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    Caputo, Riccarda; Tekin, Adem

    2011-07-15

    Crystal structure prediction from first principles is still one of the most challenging and interesting issue in condensed matter science. we explored the potential energy surface of NaBH{sub 4} by a combined ab-initio approach, based on global structure optimizations and quantum chemistry. In particular, we used simulated annealing (SA) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The methodology enabled the identification of several local minima, of which the global minimum corresponded to the tetragonal ground-state structure (P4{sub 2}/nmc), and the prediction of higher energy stable structures, among them a monoclinic (Pm) one was identified to be 22.75 kJ/mol above the ground-state at T=298 K. In between, orthorhombic and cubic structures were recovered, in particular those with Pnma and F4-bar 3m symmetries. - Graphical abstract: The total electron energy difference of the calculated stable structures. Here, the tetragonal (IT 137) and the monoclinic (IT 6) symmetry groups corresponded to the lowest and the highest energy structures, respectively. Highlights: > Potential energy surface of NaBH{sub 4} is investigated. > This is done a combination of global structure optimizations based on simulated annealing and density functional calculations. > We successfully reproduced experimentally found tetragonal and orthorhombic structures of NaBH{sub 4}. > Furthermore, we found a new stable high energy structure.

  9. Flexible H2O2 in water: electronic structure from photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Thürmer, Stephan; Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Ončák, Milan; Slavíček, Petr

    2011-06-16

    The effect of hydration on the electronic structure of H(2)O(2) is investigated by liquid-jet photoelectron spectroscopy measurements and ab initio calculations. Experimental valence electron binding energies of the H(2)O(2) orbitals in water are, on average, 1.9 eV red-shifted with respect to the gas-phase molecule. A smaller width of the first peak was observed in the photoelectron spectrum from the solution. Our experiment is complemented by simulated photoelectron spectra, calculated at the ab initio level of theory (with EOM-IP-CCSD and DFT methods), and using path-integral sampling of the ground-state density. The observed shift in ionization energy upon solvation is attributed to a combination of nonspecific electrostatic effects (long-range polarization) and of the specific interactions between H(2)O(2) and H(2)O molecules in the first solvation shell. Changes in peak widths are found to result from merging of the two lowest ionized states of H(2)O(2) in water due to conformational changes upon solvation. Hydration effects on H(2)O(2) are stronger than on the H(2)O molecule. In addition to valence spectra, we report oxygen 1s core-level photoelectron spectra from H(2)O(2)(aq), and observed energies and spectral intensities are discussed qualitatively.

  10. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions.

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    Changlani, Hitesh J; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U(∗)/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.

  11. Glycine in an electronically excited state: ab initio electronic structure and dynamical calculations.

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    Muchová, Eva; Slavícek, Petr; Sobolewski, Andrzej L; Hobza, Pavel

    2007-06-21

    The goal of this study is to explore the photochemical processes following optical excitation of the glycine molecule into its two low-lying excited states. We employed electronic structure methods at various levels to map the PES of the ground state and the two low-lying excited states of glycine. It follows from our calculations that the photochemistry of glycine can be regarded as a combination of photochemical behavior of amines and carboxylic acid. The first channel (connected to the presence of amino group) results in ultrafast decay, while the channels characteristic for the carboxylic group occur on a longer time scale. Dynamical calculations provided the branching ratio for these channels. We also addressed the question whether conformationally dependent photochemistry can be observed for glycine. While electronic structure calculations favor this possibility, the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) calculations showed only minor relevance of the reaction path resulting in conformationally dependent dynamics.

  12. From Geometry Optimization to Time Dependent Molecular Structure Modeling: Method Developments, ab initio Theories and Applications

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    Liang, Wenkel

    This dissertation consists of two general parts: (I) developments of optimization algorithms (both nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom) for time-independent molecules and (II) novel methods, first-principle theories and applications in time dependent molecular structure modeling. In the first part, we discuss in specific two new algorithms for static geometry optimization, the eigenspace update (ESU) method in nonredundant internal coordinate that exhibits an enhanced performace with up to a factor of 3 savings in computational cost for large-sized molecular systems; the Car-Parrinello density matrix search (CP-DMS) method that enables direct minimization of the SCF energy as an effective alternative to conventional diagonalization approach. For the second part, we consider the time dependence and first presents two nonadiabatic dynamic studies that model laser controlled molecular photo-dissociation for qualitative understandings of intense laser-molecule interaction, using ab initio direct Ehrenfest dynamics scheme implemented with real-time time-dependent density functional theory (RT-TDDFT) approach developed in our group. Furthermore, we place our special interest on the nonadiabatic electronic dynamics in the ultrafast time scale, and presents (1) a novel technique that can not only obtain energies but also the electron densities of doubly excited states within a single determinant framework, by combining methods of CP-DMS with RT-TDDFT; (2) a solvated first-principles electronic dynamics method by incorporating the polarizable continuum solvation model (PCM) to RT-TDDFT, which is found to be very effective in describing the dynamical solvation effect in the charge transfer process and yields a consistent absorption spectrum in comparison to the conventional linear response results in solution. (3) applications of the PCM-RT-TDDFT method to study the intramolecular charge-transfer (CT) dynamics in a C60 derivative. Such work provides insights into the

  13. Ab initio electronic structure, magnetism, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of UGa2

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    Diviš, Martin; Richter, Manuel; Eschrig, Helmut; Steinbeck, Lutz

    1996-04-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations for the intermetallic compound UGa2 were performed using an optimized linear combination of atomic orbitals method based on the local spin density approximation. Three separate calculations were done treating the uranium 5f states as band states and as localized states with occupation two and three, respectively. In the itinerant approach, spin and orbital moments, magnetocrystalline anisotropy, and the Sommerfeld constant were calculated and found to deviate significantly from the related experimental data. In the localized approach, crystal field parameters were obtained for the 5f states, which have been treated by self-interaction corrected local-density theory. This approach with 5f2 occupation is shown to provide reasonable results for the anisotropy of the susceptibility, for the field dependence of the magnetic moments, and for the Sommerfeld constant.

  14. Ab initio studies on the structure of and atomic interactions in cellulose III(I) crystals.

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    Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Hayakawa, Daichi; Miyamoto, Hitomi; Ozawa, Motoyasu; Ozawa, Tomonaga; Ueda, Kazuyoshi

    2015-11-19

    The crystal structure of cellulose III(I)was analyzed using first-principles density functional theory (DFT). The geometry was optimized using variable-cell relaxation, as implemented in Quantum ESPRESSO. The Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional with a correction term for long-range van der Waals interactions (PBE-D) reproduced the experimental structure well. By using the optimized crystal structure, the interactions existed among the cellulose chains in the crystal were precisely investigated using the NBO analysis. The results showed that the weak bonding nature of CH/O and the hydrogen bonding occur among glucose molecules in the optimized crystal structure. To investigate the strength of interaction, dimeric and trimeric glucose units were extracted from the crystal, and analyzed using MP2 ab initio counterpoise methods with BSSE correction. The results estimated the strength of the interactions. That is, the packed chains along with a-axis interacts with weak bonding nature of CH/O and dispersion interactions by -7.50 kcal/mol, and two hydrogen bonds of O2HO2…O6 and O6HO6…O2 connect the neighboring packed chains with -11.9 kcal/mol. Moreover, FMO4 calculation was also applied to the optimized crystal structure to estimate the strength of the interactions. These methods can well estimate the interactions existed in the crystal structure of cellulose III(I).

  15. Ab initio and classical molecular dynamics studies of the structural and dynamical behavior of water near a hydrophobic graphene sheet.

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    Rana, Malay Kumar; Chandra, Amalendu

    2013-05-28

    The behavior of water near a graphene sheet is investigated by means of ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations. The wetting of the graphene sheet by ab initio water and the relation of such behavior to the strength of classical dispersion interaction between surface atoms and water are explored. The first principles simulations reveal a layered solvation structure around the graphene sheet with a significant water density in the interfacial region implying no drying or cavitation effect. It is found that the ab initio results of water density at interfaces can be reproduced reasonably well by classical simulations with a tuned dispersion potential between the surface and water molecules. Calculations of vibrational power spectrum from ab initio simulations reveal a shift of the intramolecular stretch modes to higher frequencies for interfacial water molecules when compared with those of the second solvation later or bulk-like water due to the presence of free OH modes near the graphene sheet. Also, a weakening of the water-water hydrogen bonds in the vicinity of the graphene surface is found in our ab initio simulations as reflected in the shift of intermolecular vibrational modes to lower frequencies for interfacial water molecules. The first principles calculations also reveal that the residence and orientational dynamics of interfacial water are somewhat slower than those of the second layer or bulk-like molecules. However, the lateral diffusion and hydrogen bond relaxation of interfacial water molecules are found to occur at a somewhat faster rate than that of the bulk-like water molecules. The classical molecular dynamics simulations with tuned Lennard-Jones surface-water interaction are found to produce dynamical results that are qualitatively similar to those of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

  16. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N+ vibronic structure. I. Synchrotron-based threshold photo-electron spectroscopy

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    Desrier, Antoine; Romanzin, Claire; Lamarre, Nicolas; Alcaraz, Christian; Gans, Bérenger; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-01

    Threshold-photoionization spectroscopy of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) and its 15N isotopologue has been investigated in the vacuum-ultraviolet range with a synchrotron-based experiment allowing to record threshold-photoelectron spectrum and photoion yield over a large energy range (from 88 500 to 177 500 cm-1, i.e., from 11 to 22 eV). Adiabatic ionization energies towards the three lowest electronic states X+ 2Π, A+ +2Σ, and B+ 2Π are derived from the threshold-photoelectron spectrum. A detailed description of the vibrational structure of these states is proposed leading to the determination of the vibrational frequencies for most modes. The vibrational assignments and the discussion about the electronic structure are supported by multireference ab initio calculations (CASPT2, MRCI). Unprecedented structures are resolved and tentatively assigned in the region of the B+← X transition. Exploratory calculations highlight the complexity of the electronic landscape of the cation up to approximately 10 eV above its ground state.

  17. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N(+) vibronic structure. I. Synchrotron-based threshold photo-electron spectroscopy.

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    Desrier, Antoine; Romanzin, Claire; Lamarre, Nicolas; Alcaraz, Christian; Gans, Bérenger; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-21

    Threshold-photoionization spectroscopy of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) and its (15)N isotopologue has been investigated in the vacuum-ultraviolet range with a synchrotron-based experiment allowing to record threshold-photoelectron spectrum and photoion yield over a large energy range (from 88 500 to 177 500 cm(-1), i.e., from 11 to 22 eV). Adiabatic ionization energies towards the three lowest electronic states X(+)(2)Π, A(+) Σ+2, and B(+) Π2 are derived from the threshold-photoelectron spectrum. A detailed description of the vibrational structure of these states is proposed leading to the determination of the vibrational frequencies for most modes. The vibrational assignments and the discussion about the electronic structure are supported by multireference ab initio calculations (CASPT2, MRCI). Unprecedented structures are resolved and tentatively assigned in the region of the B(+)← X transition. Exploratory calculations highlight the complexity of the electronic landscape of the cation up to approximately 10 eV above its ground state.

  18. Ab initio Study of the Structural, Tautomeric, Pairing and Electronic Properties of Seleno-Derivatives of Thymine

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    Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A; Sumpter, Bobby G; Luque, Javier; Huertas, Oscar; Orozco, Modesto; Felice, Rosa; Brancolini, Giorgia; Migliore, Agostino

    2009-01-01

    The structural, tautomeric, hydrogen-bonding, stacking and electronic properties of a seleno-derivative of thymine (T), denoted here as 4SeT and created by replacing O4 in T with Se, are investigated by means of ab initio computational techniques. The structural properties of T and 4SeT are very similar and the geometrical differences are mainly limited to the adjacent environment of the C-Se bond. The canonical keto form is the most stable tautomer, in gas phase and in aqueous solution, for both T and 4SeT. It is argued that the competition between two opposite trends, i.e. a decrease in the base-pairing ability and an increase of the stacking interaction upon incorporation of 4SeT into a duplex, likely explains the similar experimental melting points of a seleno-derivative duplex (Se-DNA) and its native counterpart. Interestingly, the underlying electronic structure shows that replacement of O4 with Se promotes a reduction in the HOMO-LUMO gap and an increase in inter-plane coupling, which suggests that Se-DNA could be potentially useful for nanodevice applications. This finding is further supported by the fact that transfer integrals between 4SeT---A stacked base pairs are larger than those determined for similarly stacked natural T---A pairs.

  19. Ab initio random structure search for 13-atom clusters of fcc elements.

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    Chou, J P; Hsing, C R; Wei, C M; Cheng, C; Chang, C M

    2013-03-27

    The 13-atom metal clusters of fcc elements (Al, Rh, Ir, Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au) were studied by density functional theory calculations. The global minima were searched for by the ab initio random structure searching method. In addition to some new lowest-energy structures for Pd13 and Au13, we found that the effective coordination numbers of the lowest-energy clusters would increase with the ratio of the dimer-to-bulk bond length. This correlation, together with the electronic structures of the lowest-energy clusters, divides the 13-atom clusters of these fcc elements into two groups (except for Au13, which prefers a two-dimensional structure due to the relativistic effect). Compact-like clusters that are composed exclusively of triangular motifs are preferred for elements without d-electrons (Al) or with (nearly) filled d-band electrons (Ni, Pd, Cu, Ag). Non-compact clusters composed mainly of square motifs connected by some triangular motifs (Rh, Ir, Pt) are favored for elements with unfilled d-band electrons.

  20. Ab initio calculation of the crystalline structure and IR spectrum of polymers: nylon 6 polymorphs.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Milani, Alberto; Civalleri, Bartolomeo; Orlando, Roberto; Castiglioni, Chiara

    2012-07-19

    State-of-the-art computational methods in solid-state chemistry were applied to predict the structural and spectroscopic properties of the α and γ crystalline polymorphs of nylon 6. Density functional theory calculations augmented with an empirical dispersion correction (DFT-D) were used for the optimization of the two different crystal structures and of the isolated chains, characterized by a different regular conformation and described as one-dimensional infinite chains. The structural parameters of both crystalline polymorphs were correctly predicted, and new insight into the interplay of conformational effects, hydrogen bonding, and van der Waals interactions in affecting the properties of the crystal structures of polyamides was obtained. The calculated infrared spectra were compared to experimental data; based on computed vibrational eigenvectors, assignment of the infrared absorptions of the two nylon 6 polymorphs was carried out and critically analyzed in light of previous investigations. On the basis of a comparison of the computed and experimental IR spectra, a set of marker bands was identified and proposed as a tool for detecting and quantifying the presence of a given polymorph in a real sample: several marker bands employed in the past were confirmed, whereas some of the previous assignments are criticized. In addition, some new marker bands are proposed. The results obtained demonstrate that accurate computational techniques are now affordable for polymers characterization, opening the way to several applications of ab initio modeling to the study of many families of polymeric materials.

  1. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions

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    Changlani, Hitesh J.; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K.

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U{sup ∗}/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.

  2. The structure of the 1H-imidazol-3-ium lawsonate salt aided by ab initio gas-phase calculations.

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    Ribeiro, Marcos Antônio; Oliveira, Willian Xerxes Coelho; Stumpf, Humberto Osório; Pinheiro, Carlos Basílio

    2013-04-01

    For the new organic salt 1H-imidazol-3-ium 1,4-dioxo-1,4-dihydronaphthalen-2-olate, C3H5N2(+)·C10H5O3(-), ab initio calculations of the gas-phase structures of the lawsonate and imidazolium ions were performed to help in the interpretation of the structural features observed. Three different types of hydrogen bond are responsible for the three-dimensional packing of the salt.

  3. Ab initio calculation of structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag{sub 2}Se

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    Rameshkumar, S.; Jayalakshmi, V.; Jaiganesh, G.; Palanivel, B.

    2015-06-24

    The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag{sub 2}Se compound is studied using ab initio packages. Ag{sub 2}Se is found to crystallize in orthorhombic structure with two different space groups i.e. P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1} (No. 19) and P222{sub 1} (No. 17). For this compound in these two space groups, the total energy has been computed as a function of volume. Our calculated results suggest that the P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}–phase is more stable than that of the P222{sub 1}–phase. The band structure calculation show that Ag{sub 2}Se is semimetallic with an overlap of about 0.014 eV in P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}–phase whereas is metallic in nature in P222{sub 1}–phase. Moreover, the optical properties including the dielectric function, energy loss spectrum are obtained and analysed.

  4. Experimental and ab initio structural studies of liquid Zr[subscript 2]Ni

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    Hao, S.G.; Kramer, M.J.; Wang, C.Z.; Ho, K.M.; Nandi, S.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A.I.; Wessels, V.; Sahu, K.K.; Kelton, K.F.; Hyers, R.W.; Canepari, S.M.; Rogers, J.R.

    2009-05-01

    High-energy x-ray diffraction and ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations demonstrate that the short-range order in the deeply undercooled Zr{sub 2}Ni liquid is quite nuanced. The second diffuse scattering peak in the total structure factory sharpens with supercooling, revealing a shoulder on the high-Q side that is often taken to be a hallmark of increasing icosahedral order. However, a Voronoi tessellation indicates that only approximately 3.5% of all the atoms are in an icosahedral or icosahedral-like environment. In contrast, a Honeycutt-Andersen analysis indicates that a much higher fraction of the atoms is in icosahedral (15%--18%) or distorted icosahedral (25%--28%) bond-pair environments. These results indicate that the liquid contains a large population of fragmented clusters with pentagonal and distorted pentagonal faces, but the fully developed icosahedral fragments are rare. Interestingly, in both cases, the ordering changes little over the 500 K of cooling. All metrics show that the nearest-neighbor atomic configurations of the most deeply supercooled simulated liquid (1173 K) differ topologically and chemically from those in the stable C16 compound, even though the partial pair distributions are similar. The most significant structural change upon decreasing the temperature from 1673 to 1173 K is an increase in the population of Zr in Ni-centered clusters. The structural differences between the liquid and the C16 increase the nucleation barrier, explaining glass formation in the rapidly quenched alloys.

  5. AB Initio Study of the Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of Halogenated Thioperoxy Radicals

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    Munoz, Luis A.; Binning, R. C., Jr.; Weiner, Brad R.; Ishikawa, Yasuyuki

    1997-01-01

    Thioperoxy (XSO or XOS) radicals exist in a variety of chemical environments, and they have as a consequence drawn some interest. HSO, an important species in the chemistry of the troposphere, has been examined both experimentally. The halogenated (X = F, Cl or Br) peroxy species and isovalent thioperoxy species have been studied less, but they too are potentially interesting because oxidized sulfur species and halogen sources are present in the atmosphere. Learning the fate of XSO and XOS radicals is important to understanding the atmospheric oxidation chemistry of sulfur compounds. Of these, FSO and ClSO are particularly interesting because they have been directly detected spectroscopically. Recent studies in our laboratory on the photochemistry of thionyl halides (X2SO; where X = F or Cl) have suggested new ways to generate XSO species. The laser-induced photodissociation of thionyl fluoride, F2SO, at 193 nm and thionyl chloride, ClSO, at 248 nm is characterized by a radical mechanism, X2SO -> XSO + X. The structure of FSO has been characterized experimentally by Endo et cd. employing microwave spectroscopy. Using the unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) self-consistent field (SCF) method, Sakai and Morokuma computed the electronic structure of the ground (sup 2)A" and the first excited (sup 2)A' states of FSO. Electron correlation was not taken into account in their study. In a laser photodissociation experiment, Huber et al. identified ClSO mass spectromctrically. ClSO has also been detected in low temperature matrices by EPR and in the gas phase by far IR laser magnetic resonance. Although the structure of FSO is known in detail, the only study, experimental or theoretical, of CISO has been an ab initio HFSCF study by Hinchliffe. Electron correlation corrections were also excluded from this study. In order to better understand the isomerization and dissociation dynamics of the radical species, we have performed ab initio correlated studies of the potential energy

  6. Interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for template-based and ab initio protein structure prediction in CASP10.

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    Zhang, Yang

    2014-02-01

    We develop and test a new pipeline in CASP10 to predict protein structures based on an interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for both free-modeling (FM) and template-based modeling (TBM) targets. The most noteworthy observation is that sorting through the threading template pool using the QUARK-based ab initio models as probes allows the detection of distant-homology templates which might be ignored by the traditional sequence profile-based threading alignment algorithms. Further template assembly refinement by I-TASSER resulted in successful folding of two medium-sized FM targets with >150 residues. For TBM, the multiple threading alignments from LOMETS are, for the first time, incorporated into the ab initio QUARK simulations, which were further refined by I-TASSER assembly refinement. Compared with the traditional threading assembly refinement procedures, the inclusion of the threading-constrained ab initio folding models can consistently improve the quality of the full-length models as assessed by the GDT-HA and hydrogen-bonding scores. Despite the success, significant challenges still exist in domain boundary prediction and consistent folding of medium-size proteins (especially beta-proteins) for nonhomologous targets. Further developments of sensitive fold-recognition and ab initio folding methods are critical for solving these problems.

  7. Ab initio simulation on the crystal structure and elastic properties of carbonated apatite.

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    Ren, Fuzeng; Lu, Xiong; Leng, Yang

    2013-10-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanical (QM) calculations were employed to study the crystal structure and elastic properties of carbonated apatite (CAp). Two locations for the carbonate ion in the apatite lattice were considered: carbonate substituting for OH(-) ion (type-A), and for PO4(3-) ion (type-B) with possible charge compensation mechanisms. A combined type-AB substitution (two carbonate ions replacing one phosphate group and one hydroxyl group, respectively) was also investigated. The results show that the most energetically stable substitution is type-AB, followed by type-A and then type-B. The most stable configuration of type-A has its carbonate triangular plane almost parallel to c-axis at z=0.46. The lowest energy configuration of type-B is that with a sodium ion substituting for a calcium ion for charge balance and the carbonate lying on the b/c-plane of apatite. Lattice parameter changes after carbonate substitution in hydroxyapatite (HA) agree with reported experimental results qualitatively: for type-A, lattice parameter a increases but c decreases; and for type-B, lattice parameter a decreases but c increases. Using the calculated CAp stable structures, we also calculated the elastic properties of CAp and compared them with those of HA and biological apatites.

  8. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of ultrathin lead nanowires

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    Agrawal, B. K.; Singh, V.; Srivastava, R.; Agrawal, S.

    2006-12-01

    An ab initio study of the energetic, structural, electronic, and optical absorption properties of the 26 lead nanowires, Pbn (n=1,18) having different m -gonal (m=1-8) cross sections has been made in the density functional theory in local density approximation considering also the spin-orbit coupling (SOI). There are four groups of the stable structures: planar, caged, pyramidal, and helical. The binding energy of a nanowire, in general, increases with the coordination number except in those systems where the nearest neighbors are comparatively far away. A 14-Pb hexagonal helical configuration has maximum stability followed by the heptagonal, other hexagonal, and pentagonal wires. All the nanowires are metallic. The exceptions are the 2-Pb and 3-Pb semiconducting nanowires. A large number of the conduction channels leading to high quantum ballistic conduction are seen for a number of the m -gonal (m=4-8) configuration wires. The calculated optical absorption without and with the SOI are quite different in terms of the number of the absorption peaks which are enhanced approximately by a multiplying factor of 2 by the SOI. The m -gonal (m=4-8) nanowires reveal multipeaked, strong, and extended optical absorption over the whole visible region. Our analysis of the experimental data for the Pb samples that have been fabricated by Romanov points towards the occurrence of the 2-Pb ladder chains.

  9. A high-precision ab initio determination of the equilibrium geometry and force field of HOC(+)

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    Defrees, D. J.; Bunker, P. R.; Binkley, J. S.; Mclean, A. D.

    1987-01-01

    The results of an ab initio molecular orbital investigation of the isoformyl cation, HOC(+), shape are reported. The effects of expanding the basis set to near the Hartree-Fock limit and of electron correlation were examined, and the results indicate that near the Hartree-Fock limit the HOC(+) is linear. An analytic potential function is presented, from which the calculated rotational energies are only 0.03 percent different from the experimental values. This represents a nearly two orders of magnitude reduction in error from earlier work.

  10. High Resolution Powder Diffraction and Structure Determination

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    Cox, D. E.

    1999-04-23

    It is clear that high-resolution synchrotrons X-ray powder diffraction is a very powerful and convenient tool for material characterization and structure determination. Most investigations to date have been carried out under ambient conditions and have focused on structure solution and refinement. The application of high-resolution techniques to increasingly complex structures will certainly represent an important part of future studies, and it has been seen how ab initio solution of structures with perhaps 100 atoms in the asymmetric unit is within the realms of possibility. However, the ease with which temperature-dependence measurements can be made combined with improvements in the technology of position-sensitive detectors will undoubtedly stimulate precise in situ structural studies of phase transitions and related phenomena. One challenge in this area will be to develop high-resolution techniques for ultra-high pressure investigations in diamond anvil cells. This will require highly focused beams and very precise collimation in front of the cell down to dimensions of 50 {micro}m or less. Anomalous scattering offers many interesting possibilities as well. As a means of enhancing scattering contrast it has applications not only to the determination of cation distribution in mixed systems such as the superconducting oxides discussed in Section 9.5.3, but also to the location of specific cations in partially occupied sites, such as the extra-framework positions in zeolites, for example. Another possible application is to provide phasing information for ab initio structure solution. Finally, the precise determination of f as a function of energy through an absorption edge can provide useful information about cation oxidation states, particularly in conjunction with XANES data. In contrast to many experiments at a synchrotron facility, powder diffraction is a relatively simple and user-friendly technique, and most of the procedures and software for data analysis

  11. On the feasibility of ab initio electronic structure calculations for Cu using a single s orbital basis

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    Hegde, Ganesh Bowen, R. Chris

    2015-10-15

    The accuracy of a single s-orbital representation of Cu towards enabling multi-thousand atom ab initio calculations of electronic structure is evaluated in this work. If an electrostatic compensation charge of 0.3 electron per atom is used in this basis representation, the electronic transmission in bulk and nanocrystalline Cu can be made to compare accurately to that obtained with a Double Zeta Polarized basis set. The use of this representation is analogous to the use of single band effective mass representation for semiconductor electronic structure. With a basis of just one s-orbital per Cu atom, the representation is extremely computationally efficient and can be used to provide much needed ab initio insight into electronic transport in nanocrystalline Cu interconnects at realistic dimensions of several thousand atoms.

  12. CASSCF and CASPT2 ab initio electronic structure calculations find singlet methylnitrene is an energy minimum

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    Kemnitz, C.R.; Ellison, G.B.; Karney, W.L.; Borden, W.T.

    2000-02-16

    (12/11)CASSCF and (12/11)CASPT2 ab initio electronic structure calculations with both the cc-pVDZ and cc-pVTZ basis sets find that there is a barrier to the very exothermic hydrogen shift that converts singlet methylnitrene, CH{sub 3}N, to methyleneimine, H{sub 2}C{double{underscore}bond}NH. These two energy minima are connected by a transition structure of C{sub s} symmetry, which is computed to lie 3.8 kcal/mol above the reactant at the (12/11)CASPT2/cc-pVTZ//(12/11)CASSCF/cc-pVTZ level of theory. The (12/11)CASSCF/cc-pVTZ value for the lowest frequency vibration in the transition structure is 854 cm{sup {minus}1}, and CASPT2 calculations concur that this a{double{underscore}prime} vibration does indeed have a positive force constant. Thus, there is no evidence that this geometry is actually a mountain top, rather than a transition structure, on the global potential energy surface or that a C{sub 1} pathway of lower energy connects the reactant to the product. Therefore, computational results indicate that the bands seen for singlet methylnitrene in the negative ion photoelectron spectrum of CH{sub 3}N{sup {minus}} are due to singlet methylnitrene being an energy minimum, rather than a transition state. These results also lead to the prediction that, at least in principle, singlet methylnitrene should be an observable intermediate in the formation of methyleneimine.

  13. Origin of the Hadži ABC structure: An ab initio study

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    Van Hoozen, Brian L.; Petersen, Poul B.

    2015-11-01

    Medium and strong hydrogen bonds are well known to give rise to broad features in the vibrational spectrum often spanning several hundred wavenumbers. In some cases, these features can span over 1000 cm-1 and even contain multiple broad peaks. One class of strongly hydrogen-bonded dimers that includes many different phosphinic, phosphoric, sulfinic, and selenic acid homodimers exhibits a three-peaked structure over 1500 cm-1 broad. This unusual feature is often referred to as the Hadži ABC structure. The origin of this feature has been debated since its discovery in the 1950s. Only a couple of theoretical studies have attempted to interpret the origin of this feature; however, no previous study has been able to reproduce this feature from first principles. Here, we present the first ab initio calculation of the Hadži ABC structure. Using a reduced dimensionality calculation that includes four vibrational modes, we are able to reproduce the three-peak structure and much of the broadness of the feature. Our results indicate that Fermi resonances of the in-plane bend, out-of-plane bend, and combination of these bends play significant roles in explaining this feature. Much of the broadness of the feature and the ability of the OH stretch mode to couple with many overtone bending modes are captured by including an adiabatically separated dimer stretch mode in the model. This mode modulates the distance between the monomer units and accordingly the strength of the hydrogen-bonds causing the OH stretch frequency to shift from 2000 to 3000 cm-1. Using this model, we were also able to reproduce the vibrational spectrum of the deuterated isotopologue which consists of a single 500 cm-1 broad feature. Whereas previous empirical studies have asserted that Fermi resonances contribute very little to this feature, our study indicates that while not appearing as a separate peak, a Fermi resonance of the in-plane bend contributes substantially to the feature.

  14. Structural dynamics of N-propionyl-D-glucosamine probed by infrared spectroscopies and ab initio computations.

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    Han, Chen; Zhao, Juan; Yang, Fan; Wang, Jianping

    2013-07-25

    N-Acylglucosamine is an important component in many oligosaccharides in eukaryotes, where it plays a very important biological role. Located between a glucose ring and an alkyl group of such species is an amide unit (-CONH-), which exhibits an infrared absorption band, mainly due to the C═O stretching, in the region of 1600-1700 cm(-1), similar to the amide-I band found in polypeptides. In this work, vibrational properties of such an "amide-I mode" in N-propionyl-d-glucosamine (GlcNPr) are examined in three typical solvents (water, methanol, and dimethylsulfoxide) by using steady-state infrared and femtosecond infrared dispersed pump-probe spectroscopies. As a result of solute-solvent interactions, multiple structured GlcNPr-solvent clusters are formed in water and methanol but are unlikely in dimethylsulfoxide. The vibrational relaxation rate of the amide-I mode is slightly frequency-dependent, supporting the presence of multiple solvated structures. Further, the amide-I lifetime is significantly shorter in GlcNPr than that in a well-known monopeptide, N-methylacetamide, which can be attributed to the presence of additional downstream vibrational modes caused by the sugar unit. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to reveal microscopic details of the first solvation shell of GlcNPr. Our results demonstrate that the amide-I mode in glucosamine exhibits both structural and solvent sensitivities that can be used to characterize the three-dimensional arrangement of sugar residues and their structural dynamics in glycopeptides.

  15. Ab initio structural modeling of and experimental validation for Chlamydia trachomatis protein CT296 reveal structural similarity to Fe(II) 2-oxoglutarate-dependent enzymes

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    Kemege, Kyle E.; Hickey, John M.; Lovell, Scott; Battaile, Kevin P.; Zhang, Yang; Hefty, P. Scott

    2012-02-13

    Chlamydia trachomatis is a medically important pathogen that encodes a relatively high percentage of proteins with unknown function. The three-dimensional structure of a protein can be very informative regarding the protein's functional characteristics; however, determining protein structures experimentally can be very challenging. Computational methods that model protein structures with sufficient accuracy to facilitate functional studies have had notable successes. To evaluate the accuracy and potential impact of computational protein structure modeling of hypothetical proteins encoded by Chlamydia, a successful computational method termed I-TASSER was utilized to model the three-dimensional structure of a hypothetical protein encoded by open reading frame (ORF) CT296. CT296 has been reported to exhibit functional properties of a divalent cation transcription repressor (DcrA), with similarity to the Escherichia coli iron-responsive transcriptional repressor, Fur. Unexpectedly, the I-TASSER model of CT296 exhibited no structural similarity to any DNA-interacting proteins or motifs. To validate the I-TASSER-generated model, the structure of CT296 was solved experimentally using X-ray crystallography. Impressively, the ab initio I-TASSER-generated model closely matched (2.72-{angstrom} C{alpha} root mean square deviation [RMSD]) the high-resolution (1.8-{angstrom}) crystal structure of CT296. Modeled and experimentally determined structures of CT296 share structural characteristics of non-heme Fe(II) 2-oxoglutarate-dependent enzymes, although key enzymatic residues are not conserved, suggesting a unique biochemical process is likely associated with CT296 function. Additionally, functional analyses did not support prior reports that CT296 has properties shared with divalent cation repressors such as Fur.

  16. Crystal structure and vibrational properties of RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce - Lu) ferroborate crystal: ab initio calculations

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    Petrov, V. P.; Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    The ab initio calculations of the crystal structure and lattice dynamics of ferroborate crystal family RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce, Pm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu), S.G. R32, has been carried out within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using density functional theory and effective 4f-in-core pseudopotential for rare earth element. The fully optimized geometry as well as vibrational frequencies has been calculated.

  17. Structure models: From shell model to ab initio methods. A brief introduction to microscopic theories for exotic nuclei

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    Bacca, Sonia

    2016-04-01

    A brief review of models to describe nuclear structure and reactions properties is presented, starting from the historical shell model picture and encompassing modern ab initio approaches. A selection of recent theoretical results on observables for exotic light and medium-mass nuclei is shown. Emphasis is given to the comparison with experiment and to what can be learned about three-body forces and continuum properties.

  18. Yttrium aluminium garnet under pressure: Structural, elastic, and vibrational properties from ab initio studies

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    Monteseguro, V.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2015-12-28

    The structural, elastic, and vibrational properties of yttrium aluminum garnet Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} are studied under high pressure by ab initio calculations in the framework of the density functional theory. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Pressure dependences of bond length and bulk moduli of the constituent polyhedra are reported. The evolution of the elastic constants and the major elastic properties, Young and shear modulus, Poisson's ratios, and Zener anisotropy ratio, are described. The mechanical stability is analyzed, on the light of “Born generalized stability criteria,” showing that the garnet is mechanically unstable above 116 GPa. Symmetries, frequencies, and pressure coefficients of the Raman-active modes are discussed on the basis of the calculated total and partial phonon density of states, which reflect the dynamical contribution of each atom. The relations between the phonon modes of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and the internal and external molecular modes of the different polyhedra are discussed. Infrared-active modes, as well as the silent modes, and their pressure dependence are also investigated. No dynamical instabilities were found below 116 GPa.

  19. PSI3: an open-source Ab Initio electronic structure package.

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    Crawford, T Daniel; Sherrill, C David; Valeev, Edward F; Fermann, Justin T; King, Rollin A; Leininger, Matthew L; Brown, Shawn T; Janssen, Curtis L; Seidl, Edward T; Kenny, Joseph P; Allen, Wesley D

    2007-07-15

    PSI3 is a program system and development platform for ab initio molecular electronic structure computations. The package includes mature programming interfaces for parsing user input, accessing commonly used data such as basis-set information or molecular orbital coefficients, and retrieving and storing binary data (with no software limitations on file sizes or file-system-sizes), especially multi-index quantities such as electron repulsion integrals. This platform is useful for the rapid implementation of both standard quantum chemical methods, as well as the development of new models. Features that have already been implemented include Hartree-Fock, multiconfigurational self-consistent-field, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, coupled cluster, and configuration interaction wave functions. Distinctive capabilities include the ability to employ Gaussian basis functions with arbitrary angular momentum levels; linear R12 second-order perturbation theory; coupled cluster frequency-dependent response properties, including dipole polarizabilities and optical rotation; and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections with correlated wave functions. This article describes the programming infrastructure and main features of the package. PSI3 is available free of charge through the open-source, GNU General Public License.

  20. Ab initio-based approach to structural change of compound semiconductor surfaces during MBE growth

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    Ito, Tomonori; Akiyama, Toru; Nakamura, Kohji

    2009-01-01

    Phase diagrams of GaAs and GaN surfaces are systematically investigated by using our ab initio-based approach in conjunction with molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The phase diagrams are obtained as a function of growth parameters such as temperature and beam equivalent pressure (BEP). The versatility of our approach is exemplified by the phase diagram calculations for GaAs(0 0 1) surfaces, where the stable phases and those phase boundaries are successfully determined as functions of temperature and As 2 and As 4 BEPs. The initial growth processes are clarified by the phase diagram calculations for GaAs(1 1 1)B-(2×2). The calculated results demonstrate that the As-trimer desorption on the GaAs(1 1 1)B-(2×2) with Ga adatoms occurs beyond 500-700 K while the desorption without Ga adatoms does beyond 800-1000 K. This self-surfactant effect induced by Ga adsorption crucially affects the initial growth of GaAs on the GaAs(1 1 1)B-(2×2). Furthermore, the phase diagram calculations for GaN(0 0 0 1) suggests that Ga adsorption or desorption during GaN MBE growth can easily change the pseudo-(1×1) to the (2×2)-Ga via newly found (1×1) and vice versa. On the basis of this finding, the possibility of ghost island formation during MBE growth is discussed.

  1. On the structure of crystalline and molten cryolite: Insights from the ab initio molecular dynamics in NpT ensemble

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    Bučko, Tomáš; Šimko, František

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in isobaric-isothermal ensemble have been performed to study the low- and the high-temperature crystalline and liquid phases of cryolite. The temperature induced transitions from the low-temperature solid (α) to the high-temperature solid phase (β) and from the phase β to the liquid phase have been simulated using a series of MD runs performed at gradually increasing temperature. The structure of crystalline and liquid phases is analysed in detail and our computational approach is shown to reliably reproduce the available experimental data for a wide range of temperatures. Relatively frequent reorientations of the AlF6 octahedra observed in our simulation of the phase β explain the thermal disorder in positions of the F- ions observed in X-ray diffraction experiments. The isolated AlF63-, AlF52-, AlF4-, as well as the bridged Al 2 Fm 6 - m ionic entities have been identified as the main constituents of cryolite melt. In accord with the previous high-temperature NMR and Raman spectroscopic experiments, the compound AlF5 2 - has been shown to be the most abundant Al-containing species formed in the melt. The characteristic vibrational frequencies for the AlFn 3 - n species in realistic environment have been determined and the computed values have been found to be in a good agreement with experiment.

  2. Matrix-isolation study and ab initio calculations of the structure and spectra of hydroxyacetone.

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    Sharma, Archna; Reva, Igor; Fausto, Rui

    2008-07-03

    The structure of hydroxyacetone (HA) isolated in an argon matrix (at 12 K) and in a neat solid phase (at 12-175 K) was characterized by using infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The interpretation of the experimental results was supported by high-level quantum chemical calculations, undertaken by using both ab initio (MP2) and density functional theory methods. A potential-energy surface scan, carried out at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory, predicted four nonequivalent minima, Cc, Tt, Tg, and Ct, all of them doubly degenerate by symmetry. The energy barriers for conversion between most of the symmetrically related structures and also between some of the nonequivalent minima (e.g., Tg --> Tt and Ct --> Tt) are very small and stay below the zero-point vibrational level associated with the isomerization coordinate in the higher-energy form in each pair. Therefore, only Cc and Tt conformers have physical significance, with populations of 99 and 1%, respectively, in gas phase at room temperature. For the matrix-isolated compound, only the most stable Cc conformer was observed. On the other hand, the polarizable continuum model calculations indicated that in water solution, the population of Tt and Ct conformers might be high enough (ca. 6 and 11%, respectively) to enable their experimental detection, thus supporting the conclusions of a previous IR spectroscopy study [ Spectrochim. Acta A 2005, 61, 477] in which the presence of more than one HA conformer in aqueous solution was postulated. The signatures of these minor conformers, however, do not appear in the spectra of the neat HA crystal, and the crystal structure was rationalized in terms of centrosymmetric hydrogen-bonded dimers consisting of two Cc-like units. Finally, we calculated (1)H, (13)C, and (17)O NMR chemical shifts at different levels of theory and found them to agree with available experimental data.

  3. Ab initio determination of effective electron-phonon coupling factor in copper

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    Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen

    2016-04-01

    The electron temperature Te dependent electron density of states g (ε), Fermi-Dirac distribution f (ε), and electron-phonon spectral function α2 F (Ω) are computed as prerequisites before achieving effective electron-phonon coupling factor Ge-ph. The obtained Ge-ph is implemented into a molecular dynamics (MD) and two-temperature model (TTM) coupled simulation of femtosecond laser heating. By monitoring temperature evolutions of electron and lattice subsystems, the result utilizing Ge-ph from ab initio calculation shows a faster decrease of Te and increase of Tl than those using Ge-ph from phenomenological treatment. The approach of calculating Ge-ph and its implementation into MD-TTM simulation is applicable to other metals.

  4. Ab initio determination of the proton affinities of small neutral and anionic molecules

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    DeFrees, D. J.; McLean, A. D.

    1986-01-01

    The proton affinity of a molecule in the gas phase is a fundamental measure of its basicity and is the factor controlling the course of many ion-molecule reactions. In this article, ab initio molecular orbital theory at the MP4/6-311 ++ G(3df, 3pd) level of theory is demonstrated to predict proton affinities (PA's) for small neutral and anionic bases to within 2 kcal mol-1. Furthermore, the errors are random, indicating that there are likely no systematic errors in either the experimental or theoretical PA's. Also, this level of theory is used to calibrate less sophisticated theoretical models which are suitable for larger molecules; the MP4/6-311 ++ G(2d, 2p) and MP2/6-311 ++ G(d, p) theoretical models should be particularly useful. A procedure for predicting the vibrational frequencies for anion is proposed and applied to CH3-, NH2-, OH-, and CN-.

  5. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the interlayer and micropore structure of aqueous montmorillonite clays

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    Suter, James L.; Kabalan, Lara; Khader, Mahmoud; Coveney, Peter V.

    2015-11-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to gain an understanding of the interfacial microscopic structure and reactivity of fully hydrated clay edges. The models studied include both micropore and interlayer water. We identify acidic sites through dissociation mechanisms; the resulting ions can be stabilized by both micropore and interlayer water. We find clay edges possess a complex amphoteric behavior, which depends on the face under consideration and the location of isomorphic substitution. For the neutral (1 1 0) surface, we do not observe any dissociation on the timescale accessible. The edge terminating hydroxyl groups participate in a hydrogen bonded network of water molecules that spans the interlayer between periodic images of the clay framework. With isomorphic substitutions in the tetrahedral layer of the (1 1 0) clay edge, we find the adjacent exposed apical oxygen behaves as a Brönsted base and abstracts a proton from a nearby water molecule, which in turn removes a proton from an AlOH2 group. With isomorphic substitutions in the octahedral layer of the (1 1 0) clay edge the adjacent exposed apical oxygen atom does not abstract a proton from the water molecules, but increases the number of hydrogen bonded water molecules (from one to two). Acid treated clays are likely to have both sites protonated. The (0 1 0) surface does not have the same interfacial hydrogen bonding structure; it is much less stable and we observe dissociation of half the terminal SiOH groups (tbnd Sisbnd Osbnd H → tbnd Sisbnd O- + H+) in our models. The resulting anions are stabilized by solvation from both micropore and interlayer water molecules. This suggests that, when fully hydrated, the (0 1 0) surface can act as a Brönsted acid, even at neutral pH.

  6. An ab initio study of the fcc and hcp structures of helium.

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    Røeggen, I

    2006-05-14

    The hexagonal close packed (hcp) and face centered cubic (fcc) structures of helium are studied by using a new ab initio computational model for large complexes comprising small subsystems. The new model is formulated within the framework of the energy incremental scheme. In the calculation of intra- and intersystem energies, model systems are introduced. To each subsystem associated is a set of partner subsystems defined by a vicinity criterion. In the independent calculations of intra- and intersystem energies, the calculations are performed on model subsystems defined by the subsystems considered and their partner subsystems. A small and a large basis set are associated with each subsystem. For partner subsystems in a model system, the small basis set is adopted. By introducing a particular decomposition scheme, the intermolecular potential is written as a sum of effective one-body potentials. The binding energy per atom in an infinite crystal of atoms is the negative value of this one-body potential. The one-body potentials for hcp and fcc structures are calculated for the following nearest neighbor distances (d0): 4.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.435, 5.5, 5.61, and 6.1 a.u. The equilibrium distance is 5.44 a.u. for both structures. The equilibrium dimer distance is 5.61 a.u. For the larger distances, i.e., d0 > 5.4 a.u., the difference of the effective one-body potentials for the two structures is less than 0.2 microE(h). However, the hcp structure has the lowest effective one-body potential for all the distances considered. For the smallest distance the difference in the effective one-body potential is 3.9 microE(h). Hence, for solid helium, i.e., helium under high pressure, the hcp structure is the preferred one. The error in the calculated effective one-body potential for the distance d0 = 5.61 a.u. is of the order of 1 microE(h) (approximately 0.5%).

  7. TOUCHSTONE II: a new approach to ab initio protein structure prediction.

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    Zhang, Yang; Kolinski, Andrzej; Skolnick, Jeffrey

    2003-08-01

    We have developed a new combined approach for ab initio protein structure prediction. The protein conformation is described as a lattice chain connecting C(alpha) atoms, with attached C(beta) atoms and side-chain centers of mass. The model force field includes various short-range and long-range knowledge-based potentials derived from a statistical analysis of the regularities of protein structures. The combination of these energy terms is optimized through the maximization of correlation for 30 x 60,000 decoys between the root mean square deviation (RMSD) to native and energies, as well as the energy gap between native and the decoy ensemble. To accelerate the conformational search, a newly developed parallel hyperbolic sampling algorithm with a composite movement set is used in the Monte Carlo simulation processes. We exploit this strategy to successfully fold 41/100 small proteins (36 approximately 120 residues) with predicted structures having a RMSD from native below 6.5 A in the top five cluster centroids. To fold larger-size proteins as well as to improve the folding yield of small proteins, we incorporate into the basic force field side-chain contact predictions from our threading program PROSPECTOR where homologous proteins were excluded from the data base. With these threading-based restraints, the program can fold 83/125 test proteins (36 approximately 174 residues) with structures having a RMSD to native below 6.5 A in the top five cluster centroids. This shows the significant improvement of folding by using predicted tertiary restraints, especially when the accuracy of side-chain contact prediction is >20%. For native fold selection, we introduce quantities dependent on the cluster density and the combination of energy and free energy, which show a higher discriminative power to select the native structure than the previously used cluster energy or cluster size, and which can be used in native structure identification in blind simulations. These

  8. Observation and Structure Determination of an Oxide Quasicrystal Approximant

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    Förster, S.; Trautmann, M.; Roy, S.; Adeagbo, W. A.; Zollner, E. M.; Hammer, R.; Schumann, F. O.; Meinel, K.; Nayak, S. K.; Mohseni, K.; Hergert, W.; Meyerheim, H. L.; Widdra, W.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first observation of an approximant structure to the recently discovered two-dimensional oxide quasicrystal. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and surface x-ray diffraction in combination with ab initio calculations, the atomic structure and the bonding scheme are determined. The oxide approximant follows a 32 .4.3.4 Archimedean tiling. Ti atoms reside at the corners of each tiling element and are threefold coordinated to oxygen atoms. Ba atoms separate the TiO3 clusters, leading to a fundamental edge length of the tiling 6.7 Å.

  9. Origin of the Hadži ABC structure: An ab initio study

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    Van Hoozen, Brian L.; Petersen, Poul B.

    2015-11-14

    Medium and strong hydrogen bonds are well known to give rise to broad features in the vibrational spectrum often spanning several hundred wavenumbers. In some cases, these features can span over 1000 cm{sup −1} and even contain multiple broad peaks. One class of strongly hydrogen-bonded dimers that includes many different phosphinic, phosphoric, sulfinic, and selenic acid homodimers exhibits a three-peaked structure over 1500 cm{sup −1} broad. This unusual feature is often referred to as the Hadži ABC structure. The origin of this feature has been debated since its discovery in the 1950s. Only a couple of theoretical studies have attempted to interpret the origin of this feature; however, no previous study has been able to reproduce this feature from first principles. Here, we present the first ab initio calculation of the Hadži ABC structure. Using a reduced dimensionality calculation that includes four vibrational modes, we are able to reproduce the three-peak structure and much of the broadness of the feature. Our results indicate that Fermi resonances of the in-plane bend, out-of-plane bend, and combination of these bends play significant roles in explaining this feature. Much of the broadness of the feature and the ability of the OH stretch mode to couple with many overtone bending modes are captured by including an adiabatically separated dimer stretch mode in the model. This mode modulates the distance between the monomer units and accordingly the strength of the hydrogen-bonds causing the OH stretch frequency to shift from 2000 to 3000 cm{sup −1}. Using this model, we were also able to reproduce the vibrational spectrum of the deuterated isotopologue which consists of a single 500 cm{sup −1} broad feature. Whereas previous empirical studies have asserted that Fermi resonances contribute very little to this feature, our study indicates that while not appearing as a separate peak, a Fermi resonance of the in-plane bend contributes substantially to

  10. Combined Raman scattering and ab initio investigation of pressure-induced structural phase transitions in the scintillator ZnWO4

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    Errandonea, D.; Manjón, F. J.; Garro, N.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Radescu, S.; Mujica, A.; Muñoz, A.; Tu, C. Y.

    2008-08-01

    The room-temperature Raman scattering was measured in ZnWO4 up to 45 GPa. We report the pressure dependence of all the Raman-active phonons of the low-pressure wolframite phase. As pressure increases additional Raman peaks appear at 30.6 GPa due to the onset of a reversible structural phase transition to a distorted monoclinic β -fergusonite-type phase. The low-pressure and high-pressure phases coexist from 30.6 to 36.5 GPa. In addition to the Raman measurements we also report ab initio total-energy and lattice-dynamics calculations for the two phases. These calculations helped us to determine the crystalline structure of the high-pressure phase and to assign the observed Raman modes in both the wolframite and β -fergusonite phases. Based upon the ab initio calculations we propose the occurrence of a second phase transition at 57.6 GPa from the β -fergusonite phase to an orthorhombic Cmca phase. The pressure evolution of the lattice parameters and the atomic positions of wolframite ZnWO4 are also theoretically calculated, and an equation of state reported.

  11. Surface structure of CdSe Nanorods revealed by combined X-rayabsorption fine structure measurements and ab-initio calculations

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    Aruguete, Deborah A.; Marcus, Matthew A.; Li, Liang-shi; Williamson, Andrew; Fakra, Sirine; Gygi, Francois; Galli, Giulia; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2006-01-27

    We report orientation-specific, surface-sensitive structural characterization of colloidal CdSe nanorods with extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and ab-initio density functional theory calculations. Our measurements of crystallographically-aligned CdSe nanorods show that they have reconstructed Cd-rich surfaces. They exhibit orientation-dependent changes in interatomic distances which are qualitatively reproduced by our calculations. These calculations reveal that the measured interatomic distance anisotropy originates from the nanorod surface.

  12. Structure of the glass-forming metallic liquids by ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics, a case study: Quenching the Cu{sub 60}Ti{sub 20}Zr{sub 20} alloy

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    Amokrane, S.; Ayadim, A.; Levrel, L.

    2015-11-21

    We consider the question of the amorphization of metallic alloys by melt quenching, as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations with semi-empirical potentials. The parametrization of the potentials is discussed on the example of the ternary Cu-Ti-Zr transition metals alloy, using the ab-initio simulation as a reference. The pair structure in the amorphous state is computed from a potential of the Stillinger-Weber form. The transferability of the parameters during the quench is investigated using two parametrizations: from solid state data, as usual and from a new parametrization on the liquid structure. When the adjustment is made on the pair structure of the liquid, a satisfactory transferability is found between the pure components and their alloys. The liquid structure predicted in this way agrees well with experiment, in contrast with the one obtained using the adjustment on the solid. The final structure, after quenches down to the amorphous state, determined with the new set of parameters is shown to be very close to the ab-initio one, the latter being in excellent agreement with recent X-rays diffraction experiments. The corresponding critical temperature of the glass transition is estimated from the behavior of the heat capacity. Discussion on the consistency between the structures predicted using semi-empirical potentials and ab-initio simulation, and comparison of different experimental data underlines the question of the dependence of the final structure on the thermodynamic path followed to reach the amorphous state.

  13. Determining structural performance

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    Ernst, Michael A.; Kiraly, Louis J.

    1987-01-01

    An overview is given of the methods and concepts developed to enhance and predict structural dynamic characteristics of advanced aeropropulsion systems. Aeroelasticity, Vibration Control, Dynamic Systems, and Computational Structural Methods are four disciplines that make up the research program at NASA/Lewis Research Center. The Aeroelasticity program develops analytical and experimental methods to minimize flutter and forced vibration of aerospace propulsion systems. Both frequency domain and time domain methods have been developed for applications on the turbofan, turbopump, and advanced turboprop. To improve life and performance, the Vibration Control program conceives, analyzes, develops, and demonstrates new methods to control vibrations in aerospace systems. Active and passive vibration control is accomplished with electromagnetic dampers, magnetic bearings, and piezoelectric crystals to control rotor vibrations. The Dynamic Systems program analyzes and verifies the dynamics of interacting systems, as well as develops concepts and methods for high-temperature dynamic seals. The Computational Structural Methods program uses computer science to improve solutions of structural problems.

  14. Determining structural performance

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    Ernst, Michael A. (Editor); Brown, Gerald; Dirusso, Eliseo; Fleming, David; Janetzke, David; Kascak, Albert; Kaza, Krishna; Kielb, Robert; Kiraly, Louis J.; Lawrence, Charles

    1990-01-01

    An overview of the methods and concepts developed to enhance and predict structural dynamic characteristics of advanced aeropropulsion systems is presented. Aeroelasticity, vibration control, dynamic systems, and computational structural methods are four disciplines that make up the structural dynamic effort at LeRC. The aeroelasticity program develops analytical and experimental methods for minimizing flutter and forced vibration of aerospace propulsion systems. Both frequency domain and time domain methods were developed for applications on the turbofan, turbopump, and advanced turboprop. In order to improve life and performance, the vibration control program conceives, analyzes, develops, and demonstrates new methods for controlling vibrations in aerospace systems. Active and passive vibration control is accomplished with electromagnetic dampers, magnetic bearings, and piezoelectric crystals to control rotor vibrations. The dynamic systems program analyzes and verifies the dynamics of interacting systems, as well as develops concepts and methods for high-temperature dynamic seals. Work in this field involves the analysis and parametric identification of large, nonlinear, damped, stochastic systems. The computational structural methods program exploits modern computer science as an aid to the solutions of structural problems.

  15. Orbital free ab initio simulations of liquid alkaline earth metals: from pseudopotential construction to structural and dynamic properties.

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    Rio, Beatriz G del; González, Luis E

    2014-11-19

    We have performed a comprehensive study of the properties of liquid Be, Ca and Ba, through the use of orbital free ab initio simulations. To this end we have developed a force-matching method to construct the necessary local pseudopotentials from standard ab initio calculations. The structural magnitudes are analyzed, including the average and local structures and the dynamic properties are studied. We find several common features, like an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor, a large amount of local structures with five-fold symmetry, a quasi-universal behaviour of the single-particle dynamic properties and a large degree of positive dispersion in the propagation of collective density fluctuations, whose damping is dictated by slow thermal relaxations and fast viscoelastic ones. Some peculiarities in the dynamic properties are however observed, like a very high sound velocity and a large violation of the Stokes-Einstein relation for Be, or an extremely high positive dispersion and a large slope in the dispersion relation of shear waves at the onset of the wavevector region where they are supported for Ba.

  16. Ab initio electronic structure of quasi-two-dimensional materials: A "native" Gaussian-plane wave approach.

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    Trevisanutto, Paolo E; Vignale, Giovanni

    2016-05-28

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations of two-dimensional layered structures are typically performed using codes that were developed for three-dimensional structures, which are periodic in all three directions. The introduction of a periodicity in the third direction (perpendicular to the layer) is completely artificial and may lead in some cases to spurious results and to difficulties in treating the action of external fields. In this paper we develop a new approach, which is "native" to quasi-2D materials, making use of basis function that are periodic in the plane, but atomic-like in the perpendicular direction. We show how some of the basic tools of ab initio electronic structure theory - density functional theory, GW approximation and Bethe-Salpeter equation - are implemented in the new basis. We argue that the new approach will be preferable to the conventional one in treating the peculiarities of layered materials, including the long range of the unscreened Coulomb interaction in insulators, and the effects of strain, corrugations, and external fields.

  17. A hierarchical research by large-scale and ab initio electronic structure theories—Si and Ge cleavage and stepped (111)-2×1 surfaces

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    Hoshi, T.; Tanikawa, M.; Ishii, A.

    2010-09-01

    The ab initio calculation with the density functional theory and plane-wave bases is carried out for stepped Si(1 1 1)-2×1 surfaces that were predicted in a cleavage simulation by the large-scale (order- N) electronic structure theory (T. Hoshi, Y. Iguchi and T. Fujiwara, Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 075323). The present ab initio calculation confirms the predicted stepped structure and its bias-dependent STM image. Moreover, two (meta)stable step-edge structures are found and compared. The investigation is carried out also for Ge(1 1 1)-2×1 surfaces, so as to construct a common understanding among elements. The present study demonstrates the general importance of the hierarchical research between large-scale and ab initio electronic structure theories.

  18. Molecular structure, vibrational spectra and HOMO, LUMO analysis of yohimbine hydrochloride by density functional theory and ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations

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    Joshi, Bhawani Datt; Srivastava, Anubha; Tandon, Poonam; Jain, Sudha

    2011-11-01

    Yohimbine hydrochloride (YHCl) is an aphrodisiac and promoted for erectile dysfunction, weight loss and depression. The optimized geometry, total energy, potential energy surface and vibrational wavenumbers of yohimbine hydrochloride have been determined using ab initio, Hartree-Fock (HF) and density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. A complete vibrational assignment is provided for the observed Raman and IR spectra of YHCl. The UV absorption spectrum was examined in ethanol solvent and compared with the calculated one in gas phase as well as in solvent environment (polarizable continuum model, PCM) using TD-DFT/6-31G basis set. These methods are proposed as a tool to be applied in the structural characterization of YHCl. The calculated highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) with frontier orbital gap are presented.

  19. Positive semidefinite tensor factorizations of the two-electron integral matrix for low-scaling ab initio electronic structure

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    Hoy, Erik P.; Mazziotti, David A.

    2015-08-14

    Tensor factorization of the 2-electron integral matrix is a well-known technique for reducing the computational scaling of ab initio electronic structure methods toward that of Hartree-Fock and density functional theories. The simplest factorization that maintains the positive semidefinite character of the 2-electron integral matrix is the Cholesky factorization. In this paper, we introduce a family of positive semidefinite factorizations that generalize the Cholesky factorization. Using an implementation of the factorization within the parametric 2-RDM method [D. A. Mazziotti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 253002 (2008)], we study several inorganic molecules, alkane chains, and potential energy curves and find that this generalized factorization retains the accuracy and size extensivity of the Cholesky factorization, even in the presence of multi-reference correlation. The generalized family of positive semidefinite factorizations has potential applications to low-scaling ab initio electronic structure methods that treat electron correlation with a computational cost approaching that of the Hartree-Fock method or density functional theory.

  20. Positive semidefinite tensor factorizations of the two-electron integral matrix for low-scaling ab initio electronic structure.

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    Hoy, Erik P; Mazziotti, David A

    2015-08-14

    Tensor factorization of the 2-electron integral matrix is a well-known technique for reducing the computational scaling of ab initio electronic structure methods toward that of Hartree-Fock and density functional theories. The simplest factorization that maintains the positive semidefinite character of the 2-electron integral matrix is the Cholesky factorization. In this paper, we introduce a family of positive semidefinite factorizations that generalize the Cholesky factorization. Using an implementation of the factorization within the parametric 2-RDM method [D. A. Mazziotti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 253002 (2008)], we study several inorganic molecules, alkane chains, and potential energy curves and find that this generalized factorization retains the accuracy and size extensivity of the Cholesky factorization, even in the presence of multi-reference correlation. The generalized family of positive semidefinite factorizations has potential applications to low-scaling ab initio electronic structure methods that treat electron correlation with a computational cost approaching that of the Hartree-Fock method or density functional theory.

  1. Conformational Characteristics of Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) Based Upon Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations on Model Molecules

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    Smith, Grant D.; Jaffe, R. L.; Yoon, D. Y.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Conformational energy contours of perfluoroalkanes, determined from ab initio calculations, confirm the well-known spitting of trans states into two minima at plus or minus 17 degrees but also show that the gauche states split as well, with minima at plus or minus 124 degrees and plus or minus 84 in order to relieve steric crowding. The directions of such split distortions from the perfectly staggered states are strongly coupled for adjacent pairs of bonds in a manner identical to the intradyad pair for poly (isobutylene) chains. These conformational characteristics are fully represented by a six-state rotational isomeric state (RIS) model for PTFE comprised of t(+), t(-), g(sup +)+, g(sup +)-, g(sup -) + and g(sup -)-states, located at the split energy minima. The resultant 6 x 6 statistical weight matrix is described by first-order interaction parameters for the g+(+) (ca. 0.6 kcal/mol) and g+- (ca. 2.0 kcal/mol) states, and second order parameters for the g(sup +)+g(sup +)+ (ca 0.6 kcal/mol) and g(sup +)+g(sup -)+ (ca. 1.0 kcal/mol) states. This six-state RIS model, without adjustment of the geometric or energy parameters as determined from the ab initio calculations, predicts the unperturbed chain dimensions and the fraction of gauche bonds as a function of temperature for PTFE in good agreement with available experimental values.

  2. Ab initio investigations of A-site doping on the structure and electric polarization of HoMnO3

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    S, Sathya Sheela; C, Kanagaraj; Natesan, Baskaran

    2015-06-01

    We have investigated the effect of A-site doping on the structure and electric polarization of orthorhombic HoMnO3 using ab initio density functional theory calculations. We find that the substitution of rare earth ions, such as Lu, Y and La in place of Ho in orthorhombic HoMnO3 modifies the local structure around Mn ions drastically, and leads to the formation of two distinct Mn sites Mn(0) and Mn(1). As a result, large variance between Mn(0)O6 and Mn(1)O6 octahedral distortions arises. This variance in the octahedral distortions drives the disparate hopping of electrons between the eg orbitals enhancing the electronic polarization with increasing rare earth ion radius. The largest polarization of 7 µC/cm2 is obtained for La doped HoMnO3. This increase in polarization has been explained on the basis of radius mismatch induced local structural effects.

  3. Ab Initio Theoretical Investigation of the Frequency Comb Structure in the XUV Regime via High Harmonic Generation

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    Carrera, Juan J.; Son, Sang-Kil; Chu, Shih-I.

    2007-06-01

    We present an ab initio quantum investigation of the frequency comb structure formed within each high harmonic generation (HHG) power spectrum driven by a train of equal- spacing short laser pulses. The HHG power spectrum of atomic hydrogen is calculated by solving the time-dependent Schr"o dinger equation accurately and efficiently by means of the time- dependent generalized pseudospectral method. We found that the frequency comb structure is preserved within each harmonic. In addition, the repetition frequency of the comb laser depends upon the pulse separation τ and the spectral width of each individual comb fringe is inversely proportional to the number of pulses (n) used. However, the global HHG power spectrum pattern depends only upon the laser frequency and intensity used and is not sensitive to the τ and n parameters. Finally, the frequency comb structure persists even in the presence of appreciable ionization.

  4. An ab initio study of the structure and atomic transport in bulk liquid Ag and its liquid-vapor interface

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    del Rio, Beatriz G.; González, David J.; González, Luis E.

    2016-10-01

    Several static and dynamic properties of bulk liquid Ag at a thermodynamic state near its triple point have been calculated by means of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The calculated static structure shows a very good agreement with the available experimental data. The dynamical structure reveals propagating excitations whose dispersion at long wavelengths is compatible with the experimental sound velocity. Results are also reported for other transport coefficients. Additional simulations have also been performed so as to study the structure of the free liquid surface. The calculated longitudinal ionic density profile shows an oscillatory behaviour, whose properties are analyzed through macroscopic and microscopic methods. The intrinsic X-ray reflectivity of the surface is predicted to show a layering peak associated to the interlayer distance.

  5. The Shake-and-Bake structure determination of triclinic lysozyme.

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    Deacon, A M; Weeks, C M; Miller, R; Ealick, S E

    1998-08-04

    The crystal structure of triclinic lysozyme, comprised of 1,001 non-H protein atoms and approximately 200 bound water molecules, has been determined ab initio (using native data alone) by the "Shake-and-Bake" method by using the computer program SnB. This is the largest structure determined so far by the SnB program. Initial experiments, using default SnB parameters derived from studies of smaller molecules, were unsuccessful. In fact, such experiments produced electron density maps dominated by a single large peak. This problem was overcome by considering the choice of protocol used during the parameter-shift phase refinement. When each phase was subjected to a single shift of +/-157.5 degrees during each SnB cycle, an unusually high percentage of random trials (approximately 22%) yielded correct solutions within 750 cycles. This success rate is higher than that typically observed, even for much smaller structures.

  6. Metallic VS2 Monolayer Polytypes as Potential Sodium-Ion Battery Anode via ab Initio Random Structure Searching.

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    Putungan, Darwin Barayang; Lin, Shi-Hsin; Kuo, Jer-Lai

    2016-07-27

    We systematically investigated the potential of single-layer VS2 polytypes as Na-battery anode materials via density functional theory calculations. We found that sodiation tends to inhibit the 1H-to-1T structural phase transition, in contrast to lithiation-induced transition on monolayer MoS2. Thus, VS2 can have better structural stability in the cycles of charging and discharging. Diffussion of Na atom was found to be very fast on both polytypes, with very small diffusion barriers of 0.085 eV (1H) and 0.088 eV (1T). Ab initio random structure searching was performed in order to explore stable configurations of Na on VS2. Our search found that both the V top and the hexagonal center sites are preferred adsorption sites for Na, with the 1H phase showing a relatively stronger binding. Notably, our random structures search revealed that Na clusters can form as a stacked second layer at full Na concentration, which is not reported in earlier works wherein uniform, single-layer Na adsorption phases were assumed. With reasonably high specific energy capacity (232.91 and 116.45 mAh/g for 1H and 1T phases, respectively) and open-circuit voltage (1.30 and 1.42 V for 1H and 1T phases, respectively), VS2 is a promising alternative material for Na-ion battery anodes with great structural sturdiness. Finally, we have shown the capability of the ab initio random structure searching in the assessment of potential materials for energy storage applications.

  7. Graph Theory Meets Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Atomic Structures and Transformations at the Nanoscale

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2011-08-01

    Social permutation invariant coordinates are introduced describing the bond network around a given atom. They originate from the largest eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector of the contact matrix, are invariant under permutation of identical atoms, and bear a clear signature of an order-disorder transition. Once combined with ab initio metadynamics, these coordinates are shown to be a powerful tool for the discovery of low-energy isomers of molecules and nanoclusters as well as for a blind exploration of isomerization, association, and dissociation reactions.

  8. Graph theory meets ab initio molecular dynamics: atomic structures and transformations at the nanoscale.

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2011-08-19

    Social permutation invariant coordinates are introduced describing the bond network around a given atom. They originate from the largest eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector of the contact matrix, are invariant under permutation of identical atoms, and bear a clear signature of an order-disorder transition. Once combined with ab initio metadynamics, these coordinates are shown to be a powerful tool for the discovery of low-energy isomers of molecules and nanoclusters as well as for a blind exploration of isomerization, association, and dissociation reactions.

  9. Ab initio determination of the traction-separation curve for a metal grain boundary: a critical assessment of strategies

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    Ehlers, F. J. H.; Seydou, M.; Tingaud, D.; Maurel, F.; Charles, Y.; Queyreau, S.

    2016-12-01

    We have performed a uniaxial tensile test on the Σ5 [1 0 0] 36.87° twist grain boundary (GB) in face-centred cubic Al within the framework of density functional theory in order to derive an atomistic cohesive traction-separation law. Addressing the importance of kinetics to GB breakage, we accompanied our energy-separation curve calculations by two additional studies. Firstly, using the nudged elastic band method, we determined for a series of GB separations the heights of the zero temperature barriers separating intact and broken GB configurations. Secondly, a representative subset of these transition paths was examined at finite temperature with ab initio molecular dynamics. Contrasting prevalent conclusions on GB breakage behaviour, our results suggest that the GB likely stays intact at room temperature well into the range of separations where a broken GB represents the thermodynamically favourable configuration. Given the non-negligible resulting influence on critical tensile stress and work of separation, our findings may be viewed as stressing the need for a kinetic analysis in a general first principles based uniaxial tensile test.

  10. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential

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    Yin, Chih-Chien; Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Chao, Sheng D.

    2013-11-01

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions. Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform.

  11. X-ray/neutron diffraction studies and ab initio electronic structure of CeMgNi 4 and its hydride

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    Roquefere, Jean-Gabriel; Matar, Samir F.; Huot, Jacques; Bobet, Jean-Louis

    2009-11-01

    The crystal structure of CeMgNi 4 intermetallic compound has been studied by both X-ray and neutron diffraction. Rietveld refinement shows that both 4a and 4c sites are occupied by Ce and Mg. The exchange has been evaluated to be about 15%. The hydrogenation of the sample leads to a decomposition and to the formation of CeH 2.52. Ab initio calculations using pseudo-potential and all-electron DFT methods are performed to explain such an unexpected behaviour. They predict a larger stability of the hydride system in the orthorhombic structure rather than in the cubic one. Anti-bonding Ce-H interactions within the hydride are proposed to assess the observed easy decomposition. Moreover, the metastability introduced by mechanosynthesis (i.e. exchange between Ce and Mg) was also evaluated.

  12. An Ab Initio Study of the Structures, Vibrational Spectra, and Energetics of AlSHX (X = -1, 0, +1)

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    Guha, Sujata; Francisco, Joseph S.

    2007-12-01

    The ground state of aluminum hydrosulfide, AlSHX (where X=-1,0,+1), has been examined using high-level ab initio electronic structure calculations at the CCSD(T) level with an augmented correlation-consistent basis set. The geometries have been optimized up through the aug-cc-pV5Z level and vibrational frequencies calculated using the aug-cc-pV5Z basis set. The energetic properties of AlSH are also examined. The adiabatic ionization potential and electron affinity of AlSH are calculated to be 198.5 and 7.7 kcal mol-1, respectively. Dissociation of AlSH into AlS+H will require 78.2 kcal mol-1 of energy, and the Al-S bond energy is 91.1 kcal mol-1. Structural and energetic properties of the cation and anion of AlSH are reported for the first time.

  13. Atomic structure of amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 alloy: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Durandurdu, Murat

    2013-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to model amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 and its local structural packing are investigated using a variety of analyzing techniques. Cu-atoms commonly form 12 fold coordinated clusters and some of which are perfect or defective types icosahedrons, implying an icosohedral short range order around Cu atoms. Mg and Ti atoms, on the other hand, favor to structure in higher coordinated polyhedrons. The coordination number of Ti atoms is slightly less than Mg atoms. The immiscibility effect between Ti and Mg is reflected by a low fraction of Mg-Ti bonding in the model. The atomic packing of Mg40Cu35Ti25 appears to be noticeably different from that of Mg-Cu-X (X=Y and Gd) metallic glasses even though all these materials exhibit primarily the same type of bonding natures.

  14. Electronic structure of AlCrN films investigated using various photoelectron spectroscopies and ab initio calculations

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    Tatemizo, N.; Imada, S.; Miura, Y.; Yamane, H.; Tanaka, K.

    2017-03-01

    The valence band (VB) structures of wurtzite AlCrN (Cr concentration: 0-17.1%), which show optical absorption in the ultraviolet-visible-infrared light region, were investigated via photoelectron yield spectroscopy (PYS), x-ray/ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio density of states (DOS) calculations. An obvious photoelectron emission threshold was observed ~5.3 eV from the vacuum level for AlCrN, whereas no emission was observed for AlN in the PYS spectra. Comparisons of XPS and UPS VB spectra and the calculated DOS imply that Cr 3d states are formed both at the top of the VB and in the AlN gap. These data suggest that Cr doping could be a viable option to produce new materials with relevant energy band structures for solar photoelectric conversion.

  15. Ab initio structural and electronic analysis of CH3SH self-assembled on a Cu(110) substrate

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    D'Agostino, S.; Chiodo, L.; Della Sala, F.; Cingolani, R.; Rinaldi, R.

    2007-05-01

    Ab initio Density Functional Theory calculations are here reported to characterize the adsorption of methanethiol at the Cu(110) surface. Theoretical results suggest that the binding of the adsorbate to the substrate is rather weak and the molecular geometry is correspondingly almost unaffected by the adsorption. Otherwise, when CH3SH deprotonates producing methanethiolate, a stronger chemical bond is realized between the sulfur atom of CH3S radical and Cu surface atoms. A detailed study of structural and electronic properties of methanethiolate on Cu(110) for a p(2×2) and a c(2×2) overlayer structure has been carried out. We find that, in the most stable configuration, the molecule adsorbs in the shortbridge site. The chemical bond arises due to a strong hybridization among p orbitals of sulfur and d states from the substrate, as it is deduced by an analysis of partial densities of states and charge densities.

  16. Conformational stability, structural parameters and vibrational assignment from variable temperature infrared spectra of krypton solutions and ab initio calculations of ethylisothiocyanate.

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    Durig, James R; Zheng, Chao

    2007-11-01

    Variable temperature (-105 to -150 degrees C) studies of the infrared spectra (3500-400 cm(-1)) of ethylisothiocyanate, CH(3)CH(2)NCS, dissolved in liquid krypton have been recorded. Additionally the infrared spectra of the gas and solid have been re-investigated. These spectroscopic data indicate a single conformer in all physical states with a large number of molecules in the gas phase at ambient temperature in excited states of the CN torsional mode which has a very low barrier to conformational interchange. To aid in the analyses of the vibrational and rotational spectra, ab initio calculations have been carried out by the perturbation method to the second order (MP2) with valence and core electron correlation using a variety of basis sets up to 6-311+G(2df,2pd). With the smaller basis sets up to 6-311+G(d,p) and cc-PVDZ, the cis conformer is indicated as a transition state with all larger basis sets the cis conformer is the only stable form. The predicted energy difference from these calculations between the cis form and the higher energy trans conformer is about 125 cm(-1) which represents essentially the barrier to internal rotation of the NCS group (rotation around NC axis). Density functional theory calculation by the B3LYP method with the same basis sets predicts this barrier to be about 25 cm(-1). By utilizing the previously reported microwave rotational constants with the structural parameters predicted by the ab initio MP2(full)/6-311+G(d,p) calculations, adjusted r(0) structural parameters have been obtained for the cis form. The determined heavy atom parameters are: r(NC)=1.196(5), r(CS)=1.579(5), r(CN)=1.439(5), r(CC)=1.519(5)A for the distances and angles of angleCCN=112.1(5), angleCNC=146.2(5), angleNCS=174.0(5) degrees . The centrifugal distortion constants, dipole moments, conformational stability, vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities and Raman activities have been predicted from ab initio calculations and compared to experimental

  17. The atomistic structure of yttria stabilised zirconia at 6.7 mol%: an ab initio study.

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    Parkes, Michael A; Tompsett, David A; d'Avezac, Mayeul; Offer, Gregory J; Brandon, Nigel P; Harrison, Nicholas M

    2016-11-16

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is an important oxide ion conductor used in solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen sensing devices, and for oxygen separation. Doping pure zirconia (ZrO2) with yttria (Y2O3) stabilizes the cubic structure against phonon induced distortions and this facilitates high oxide ion conductivity. The local atomic structure of the dopant is, however, not fully understood. X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments have established that, for dopant concentrations below 40 mol% Y2O3, no long range order is established. A variety of local structures have been suggested on the basis of theoretical and computational models of dopant energetics. These studies have been restricted by the difficulty of establishing force field models with predictive accuracy or exploring the large space of dopant configurations with first principles theory. In the current study a comprehensive search for all symmetry independent configurations (2857 candidates) is performed for 6.7 mol% YSZ modelled in a 2 × 2 × 2 periodic supercell using gradient corrected density functional theory. The lowest energy dopant structures are found to have oxygen vacancy pairs preferentially aligned along the 〈210〉 crystallographic direction in contrast to previous results which have suggested that orientation along the 〈111〉 orientation is favourable. Analysis of the defect structures suggests that the Y(3+)-Ovac interatomic separation is an important parameter for determining the relative configurational energies. Current force field models are found to be poor predictors of the lowest energy structures. It is suggested that the energies from a simple point charge model evaluated at unrelaxed geometries is actually a better descriptor of the energy ordering of dopant structures. Using these observations a pragmatic procedure for identifying low energy structures in more complicated material models is suggested. Calculation of the oxygen vacancy migration activation energies within

  18. Determination of the overlapping pK(a) values of chrysin using UV-vis spectroscopy and ab initio methods.

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    Castro, G T; Ferretti, F H; Blanco, S E

    2005-11-01

    The overlapping pK(a) values of 5,7-dihydroxyflavone (chrysin) in EtOH-water solutions were determined by means of a UV-vis spectroscopic method that uses absorbance diagrams, at constant ionic strength (0.050 M) and temperature (25.0+/-0.1 degrees C). It was observed that the pK(a) values increase when the polarity-polarizability and solvation abilities of the reaction medium decrease. In order to calculate the pK(a1) and pK(a2) of chrysin in pure water, various relationships between the determined pK(a) and properties of solvents (relative permittivity, alpha-parameter of Taft and parameter Acity), are proposed. Moreover, with the aim of explaining the first pK(a1) value obtained, the molecular conformations and solute-solvent interactions of the 7(O(-))chrysinate monoanion were also investigated, using ab initio methods. Several ionization reactions and equilibria in water, which possesses a high hydrogen-bond-donor ability, are proposed. These reactions and equilibria constituted the necessary theoretical basis to calculate the first acidity constant of chrysin. The HF/6-31G(d) and HF/6-31+G(d) methods were used for calculations. Tomasi's method was used to analyze the formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds between the 7(O(-))chrysinate monoanion and water molecules. It was proposed that in alkaline aqueous solutions the monoanion of chrysin is solvated with one water molecule. The agreement between the experimental and theoretical pK(a1) values provides good support for the acid-base reactions proposed in this paper.

  19. Ab initio study of thermodynamic, electronic, magnetic, structural, and elastic properties of Ni4N allotropes

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    Hemzalová, P.; Friák, M.; Šob, M.; Ma, D.; Udyansky, A.; Raabe, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2013-11-01

    We have employed parameter-free density functional theory calculations to study the thermodynamic stability and structural parameters as well as elastic and electronic properties of Ni4N in eight selected crystallographic phases. In agreement with the experimental findings, the cubic structure with Pearson symbol cP5, space group Pm3¯m (221) is found to be the most stable and it is also the only thermodynamically stable structure at T=0 K with respect to decomposition to the elemental Ni crystal and N2 gas phase. We determine structural parameters, bulk moduli, and their pressure derivatives for all eight allotropes. The thermodynamic stability and bulk modulus is shown to be anticorrelated. Comparing ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic states, we find common features between the magnetism of elemental Ni and studied ferromagnetic Ni4N structures. For the ground-state Ni4N structure and other two Ni4N cubic allotropes, we predict a complete set of single-crystalline elastic constants (in the equilibrium and under hydrostatic pressure), the Young and area moduli, as well as homogenized polycrystalline elastic moduli obtained by different homogenization methods. We demonstrate that the elastic anisotropy of the ground-state Ni4N is qualitatively opposite to that in the elemental Ni, i.e., these materials have hard and soft crystallographic directions interchanged. Moreover, one of the studied metastable cubic phases is found auxetic, i.e., exhibiting negative Poisson ratio.

  20. RNA Structure Determination Using SAXS Data

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    Yang, Sichun; Parisien, Marc; Major, François; Roux, Benoît

    2011-01-01

    Exploiting the experimental information from small-angle x-ray solution scattering (SAXS) in conjunction with structure prediction algorithms can be advantageous in the case of ribonucleic acids (RNA), where global restraints on the 3D fold are often lacking. Traditional usage of SAXS data often starts by attempting to reconstruct the molecular shape ab initio, which is subsequently used to assess the quality of model Here, an alternative strategy is explored whereby the models from a very large decoy set are directly sorted according to their fit to the SAXS data is developed. For rapid computation of SAXS patterns, the method developed here makes use of a coarse-grained representation of RNA. It also accounts for the explicit treatment of the contribution to the scattering of water molecules and ions surrounding the RNA. The method, called Fast-SAXS-RNA, is first calibrated using a transfer RNA (tRNA-val) and then tested on the P4-P6 fragment of group I intron (P4-P6). Fast-SAXS-RNA is then used as a filter for decoy models generated by the MC-Fold and MC-Sym pipeline, a suite of RNA 3D all-atoms structure algorithms that encode and exploit RNA 3D architectural principles. The ability of Fast-SAXS-RNA to discriminate native folds is tested against three widely used RNA molecules in molecular modeling benchmarks: the tRNA, the P4-P6, and a synthetic hairpin suspected to assemble into a homodimer. For each molecule, a large pool of decoys are generated, scored, and ranked using Fast-SAXS-RNA. The method is able to identify low-RMSD models among top ranking structures, for both tRNA and P4-P6. For the hairpin, the approach correctly identifies the dimeric state as the solution structure over the monomeric state and alternative secondary structures. The method offers a powerful strategy for recognizing native RNA conformations as well as multimeric assemblies and alternative secondary structures, thus enabling high-throughput RNA structure determination using SAXS

  1. Adenine monolayers on the Au(111) surface: Structure identification by scanning tunneling microscopy experiment and ab initio calculations

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    Lukas, Maya; Kelly, Ross E. A.; Kantorovich, Lev N.; Otero, Roberto; Xu, Wei; Laegsgaard, Erik; Stensgaard, Ivan; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2009-01-01

    From an interplay between scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and ab initio density functional theory (DFT) we have identified and characterized two different self-assembled adenine (A) structures formed on the Au(111) surface. The STM observations reveal that both structures have a hexagonal geometry in which each molecule forms double hydrogen bonds with three nearest neighbors. One of the A structures, with four molecules in the primitive cell, has p2gg space group symmetry, while the other one, with two molecules in the cell, has p2 symmetry. The first structure is observed more frequently and is found to be the dominating structure after annealing. Experimental as well as theoretical findings indicate that the interaction of A molecules with the gold surface is rather weak and smooth across the surface. This enabled us to unequivocally characterize the observed structures, systematically predict all structural possibilities, based on all known A-A dimers, and provisionally optimize positions of the A molecules in the cell prior to full-scale DFT calculations. The theoretical method is a considerable improvement compared to the approach suggested previously by Kelly and Kantorovich [Surf. Sci. 589, 139 (2005)]. We propose that the less ordered p2gg symmetry structure is observed more frequently due to kinetic effects during island formation upon deposition at room temperature.

  2. Ab initio potential energy surface and predicted microwave spectra for Ar--OCS dimer and structures of Arn--OCS (n = 2-14) clusters.

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    Zhu, Hua; Guo, Yong; Xue, Ying; Xie, Daiqian

    2006-07-15

    An ab initio potential energy surface for the Ar--OCS dimer was calculated using the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with noniterative inclusion of connected triples [CCSD(T)] with a large basis set containing bond functions. The interaction energies were obtained by the supermolecular approach with the full counterpoise correction for the basis set superposition error. The CCSD(T) potential was found to have two minima corresponding to the T-shaped and the collinear Ar--SCO structures. The two-dimensional discrete variable representation method was employed to calculate the rovibrational energy levels for five isotopomers Ar--OCS, Ar--OC34S, Ar--O13CS, Ar--18OCS, and Ar--17OCS. The calculated pure rotational transition frequencies for the vibrational ground state of the five isotopomers are in good agreement with the observed values. The corresponding microwave spectra show that the b-type transitions (Delta Ka = +/-1) are significantly stronger than the a-type transitions (Delta Ka = 0). Minimum-energy structures of the Ar2--OCS trimer were been determined with MP2 optimization, whereas the minimum-energy structures of the Arn--OCS clusters with n = 3-14 were obtained with the pairwise additive potentials. It was found that there are two minima corresponding to one distorted tetrahedral structure and one planar structure for the ternary complex. The 14 nearest neighbor Ar atoms form the first solvation shell around the OCS molecule.

  3. Ab initio theory of phase stability and structural selectivity in Fe-Pd alloys

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    Chepulskii, Roman V.; Barabash, Sergey V.; Zunger, Alex

    2012-04-01

    In Fe-Pd alloys, the competing geometric (fcc versus bcc) and magnetic tendencies result in rich phase stability and ordering physics. Here, we study these alloys via a first principles mixed-basis cluster expansion (CE) approach. Highly accurate fcc and bcc CEs are iteratively and self-consistently constructed using a genetic algorithm, based on the first principles results for ˜100 ordered structures. The structural and magnetic “filters” are introduced to determine whether a fully relaxed structure is of fcc/bcc and high-/low-spin types. All structures satisfying the Lifshitz condition for stability in extended phase diagram regions are included as inputs to our CEs. We find that in a wide composition range (with more than 1/3 atomic content of Fe), an fcc-constrained alloy has a single stable ordered compound, L10 FePd. However, L10 is higher in energy than the phase-separated mixture of bcc Fe and fcc-FePd2 (β2 structure) at low temperatures. In the Pd-rich composition range, we find several fcc β2-like ground states: FePd2 (β2), Fe3Pd9, Fe2Pd7, FePd5, Fe2Pd13, and FePd8, yet we do not find FePd3 with the the experimentally observed L12 structure. Fcc Monte Carlo simulations show a transformation from any of the attempted β2-like ground states directly into a disordered alloy. We suggest that the phonon and/or spin excitation contributions to the free energy are responsible for the observed stability of L12 at higher temperatures, and likely lead to a β2↔L12 transition. Finally, we present here a complete characterization of all the fcc and bcc Lifshitz structures, i.e., the structures with ordering vectors exclusively at high-symmetry k points.

  4. Optimized Structures and Proton Affinities of Fluorinated Dimethyl Ethers: An Ab Initio Study

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    Orgel, Victoria B.; Ball, David W.; Zehe, Michael J.

    1996-01-01

    Ab initio methods have been used to investigate the proton affinity and the geometry changes upon protonation for the molecules (CH3)2O, (CH2F)2O, (CHF2)2O, and (CF3)2O. Geometry optimizations were performed at the MP2/3-2 I G level, and the resulting geometries were used for single-point energy MP2/6-31G calculations. The proton affinity calculated for (CH3)2O was 7 Kjoule/mole from the experimental value, within the desired variance of +/- 8Kjoule/mole for G2 theory, suggesting that the methodology used in this study is adequate for energy difference considerations. For (CF3)20, the calculated proton affinity of 602 Kjoule/mole suggests that perfluorinated ether molecules do not act as Lewis bases under normal circumstances; e.g. degradation of commercial lubricants in tribological applications.

  5. Precise Lifetime Measurements in Light Nuclei for Benchmarking Modern Ab-initio Nuclear Structure Models

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    Lister, C.J.; McCutchan, E.A.

    2014-06-15

    A new generation of ab-initio calculations, based on realistic two- and three-body forces, is having a profound impact on our view of how nuclei work. To improve the numerical methods, and the parameterization of 3-body forces, new precise data are needed. Electromagnetic transitions are very sensitive to the dynamics which drive mixing between configurations. We have made a series of precise (< 3%) measurements of electromagnetic transitions in the A=10 nuclei {sup 10}C and {sup 10}Be by using the Doppler Shift Attenuation method carefully. Many interesting features can be reproduced including the strong α clustering. New measurements on {sup 8}Be and {sup 12}Be highlight the interplay between the alpha clusters and their valence neutrons.

  6. Ab-initio calculations of electronic, transport, and structural properties of boron phosphide

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    Ejembi, J. I.; Nwigboji, I. H.; Franklin, L.; Malozovsky, Y.; Zhao, G. L.; Bagayoko, D.

    2014-09-14

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende boron phosphide (zb-BP). We employed a local density approximation potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals formalism. This technique follows the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method, as enhanced by the work of Ekuma and Franklin. The results include electronic energy bands, densities of states, and effective masses. The calculated band gap of 2.02 eV, for the room temperature lattice constant of a=4.5383 Å, is in excellent agreement with the experimental value of 2.02±0.05 eV. Our result for the bulk modulus, 155.7 GPa, agrees with experiment (152–155 GPa). Our predictions for the equilibrium lattice constant and the corresponding band gap, for very low temperatures, are 4.5269 Å and 2.01 eV, respectively.

  7. Ab initio calculations of nuclear structure and reactions with chiral two- and three-nucleon interactions

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    Navratil, Petr; Langhammer, Joachim; Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert; Soma, Vittorio; Cipollone, Andrea; Barbieri, Carlo; Duguet, T.

    2014-09-01

    The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In recent years, a significant progress has been made in developing ab initio many-body approaches capable of describing both bound and scattering states in light and medium mass nuclei based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. We will present calculations of proton-10C scattering and resonances of the exotic nuclei 11N and 9He within the no-core shell model with continuum. Also, we will discuss calculations of binding and separation energies of neutron rich isotopes of Ar, K, Ca, Sc and Ti within the self-consistent Gorkov-Green's function approach. The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In recent years, a significant progress has been made in developing ab initio many-body approaches capable of describing both bound and scattering states in light and medium mass nuclei based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. We will present calculations of proton-10C scattering and resonances of the exotic nuclei 11N and 9He within the no-core shell model with continuum. Also, we will discuss calculations of binding and separation energies of neutron rich isotopes of Ar, K, Ca, Sc and Ti within the self-consistent Gorkov-Green's function approach. Support from the NSERC Grant No. 401945-2011 is acknowledged. This work was prepared in part by the LLNL under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  8. Ab initio determination of mode coupling in HSSH - The torsional splitting in the first excited S-S stretching state

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    Herbst, Eric; Winnewisser, G.; Yamada, K. M. T.; Defrees, D. J.; Mclean, A. D.

    1989-01-01

    A mechanism for the enhanced splitting detected in the millimeter-wave rotational spectra of the first excited S-S stretching state of HSSH (disulfane) has been studied. The mechanism, which involves a potential coupling between the first excited S-S stretching state and excited torsional states, has been investigated in part by the use of ab initio theory. Based on an ab initio potential surface, coupling matrix elements have been calculated, and the amount of splitting has then been estimated by second-order perturbation theory. The result, while not in quantitative agreement with the measured splitting, lends plausibility to the assumed mechanism.

  9. Ab initio potential energy and dipole moment surfaces for CS2: determination of molecular vibrational energies.

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    Pradhan, Ekadashi; Carreón-Macedo, José-Luis; Cuervo, Javier E; Schröder, Markus; Brown, Alex

    2013-08-15

    The ground state potential energy and dipole moment surfaces for CS2 have been determined at the CASPT2/C:cc-pVTZ,S:aug-cc-pV(T+d)Z level of theory. The potential energy surface has been fit to a sum-of-products form using the neural network method with exponential neurons. A generic interface between neural network potential energy surface fitting and the Heidelberg MCTDH software package is demonstrated. The potential energy surface has also been fit using the potfit procedure in MCTDH. For fits to the low-energy regions of the potential, the neural network method requires fewer parameters than potfit to achieve high accuracy; global fits are comparable between the two methods. Using these potential energy surfaces, the vibrational energies have been computed for the four most abundant CS2 isotopomers. These results are compared to experimental and previous theoretical data. The current potential energy surfaces are shown to accurately reproduce the low-lying vibrational energies within a few wavenumbers. Hence, the potential energy and dipole moments surfaces will be useful for future study on the control of quantum dynamics in CS2.

  10. Ab initio investigation of the structure and nonlinear optical properties of five-membered heterocycles containing sulfur

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    Spassova, Milena; Enchev, Venelin

    2004-03-01

    An ab initio HF and MP2 study of the static (hyper)polarizabilities of 2,4-substituted imidazoles and thiazoles is presented. The comparison of the two types of five-membered heterocycles suggests, that the exocyclic heteroatoms have much more influence upon the calculated hyperpolarizabilities, than the ring heteroatoms. It has been found, that adding diffuse functions to the 6-31G** basis set and inclusion of the electron correlation result in drastic changes in the second hyperpolarizability. The changes are more pronounced for the structures with larger number of sulfur atoms. A HF/6-31G** investigation of a push-pull system, in which thiorhodanine has been chosen as acceptor fragment shows an enhancement of the molecular polarizabilities with respect to the corresponding typical donor-acceptor NH 2/NO 2 polyene.

  11. Recent advances in electronic structure theory and their influence on the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1988-01-01

    Recent advances in electronic structure theory and the availability of high speed vector processors have substantially increased the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces. The recently developed atomic natural orbital approach for basis set contraction has reduced both the basis set incompleteness and superposition errors in molecular calculations. Furthermore, full CI calculations can often be used to calibrate a CASSCF/MRCI approach that quantitatively accounts for the valence correlation energy. These computational advances also provide a vehicle for systematically improving the calculations and for estimating the residual error in the calculations. Calculations on selected diatomic and triatomic systems will be used to illustrate the accuracy that currently can be achieved for molecular systems. In particular, the F+H2 yields HF+H potential energy hypersurface is used to illustrate the impact of these computational advances on the calculation of potential energy surfaces.

  12. Recent advances in electronic structure theory and their influence on the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1989-01-01

    Recent advances in electronic structure theory and the availability of high speed vector processors have substantially increased the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces. The recently developed atomic natural orbital approach for basis set contraction has reduced both the basis set incompleteness and superposition errors in molecular calculations. Furthermore, full CI calculations can often be used to calibrate a CASSCF/MRCI approach that quantitatively accounts for the valence correlation energy. These computational advances also provide a vehicle for systematically improving the calculations and for estimating the residual error in the calculations. Calculations on selected diatomic and triatomic systems will be used to illustrate the accuracy that currently can be achieved for molecular systems. In particular, the F + H2 yields HF + H potential energy hypersurface is used to illustrate the impact of these computational advances on the calculation of potential energy surfaces.

  13. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Patscheider, Joerg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.; Antusek, Andrej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Bissig, Vinzenz

    2012-10-29

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu{sub 8nm}/AlN{sub 10nm} multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.

  14. The Free Energies of Reactions of Chlorinated Methanes with Aqueous Monovalent Anions: Applications of ab initio Electronic Structure Theory

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    Bylaska, Eric J.; Dixon, David A.; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2000-01-01

    The presence of different anionic species in natural waters can significantly alter the degradation rates of chlorinated methanes and other organic compounds. Favorable reaction energetics is a necessary feature of these nucleophilic substitution reactions that can result in the degradation of the chlorinated methanes. In this study, ab initio electronic structure theory is used to evaluate the free energies of reaction of a series of monovalent anionic species (OH-, SH-, NO3 -, HCO3 -, HSO3 -, HSO4 -, H2PO4 -, and F-) that can occur in natural waters with the chlorinated methanes, CCl4, CCl3H, CCl2H2, and CClH3. The results of this investigation show that nucleophilic substitution reactions of OH-, SH-, HCO3 -, and F- are significantly exothermic for chlorine displacement, NO3 - reactions are slightly exothermic to thermoneutral, HSO3

  15. Quasiparticle electronic structure and optical absorption of diamond nanoparticles from ab initio many-body perturbation theory

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    Yin, Huabing; Ma, Yuchen Mu, Jinglin; Liu, Chengbu; Hao, Xiaotao; Yi, Zhijun

    2014-06-07

    The excited states of small-diameter diamond nanoparticles in the gas phase are studied using the GW method and Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) within the ab initio many-body perturbation theory. The calculated ionization potentials and optical gaps are in agreement with experimental results, with the average error about 0.2 eV. The electron affinity is negative and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital is rather delocalized. Precise determination of the electron affinity requires one to take the off-diagonal matrix elements of the self-energy operator into account in the GW calculation. BSE calculations predict a large exciton binding energy which is an order of magnitude larger than that in the bulk diamond.

  16. Ab Initio Approach for Prediction of Oxide Surface Structure, Stoichiometry, and Electrocatalytic Activity in Aqueous Solution.

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    Rong, Xi; Kolpak, Alexie M

    2015-05-07

    The design of efficient, stable, and inexpensive catalysts for oxygen evolution and reduction is crucial for the development of electrochemical energy conversion devices such as fuel cells and metal-air batteries. Currently, such design is limited by challenges in atomic-scale experimental characterization and computational modeling of solid-liquid interfaces. Here, we begin to address these issues by developing a general-, first-principles-, and electrochemical-principles-based framework for prediction of catalyst surface structure, stoichiometry, and stability as a function of pH, electrode potential, and aqueous cation concentration. We demonstrate the approach by determining the surface phase diagram of LaMnO3, which has been studied for oxygen evolution and reduction and computing the reaction overpotentials on the relevant surface phases. Our results illustrate the critical role of solvated cation species in governing the catalyst surface structure and stoichiometry, and thereby catalytic activity, in aqueous solution.

  17. Correlation of optical and structural properties of GaN/AlN multi-quantum wells—Ab initio and experimental study

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    Kaminska, A.; Strak, P.; Sakowski, K.; Sobczak, K.; Domagala, J. Z.; Grzanka, E.

    2016-01-07

    The results of comprehensive theoretical and experimental study of binary GaN/AlN multi-quantum well (MQW) systems oriented along polar c-direction of their wurtzite structure are presented. A series of structures with quantum wells and barriers of various thicknesses were grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy and characterized by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that in general the structures of good quality were obtained, with the defect density decreasing with increasing quantum well thickness. The optical transition energies in these structures were investigated comparing experimental measurements with ab initio calculations of the entire GaN/AlN MQW structure depending on the QW widths and strains, allowing for direct determination of the energies of optical transitions and the electric fields in wells/barriers by electric potential double averaging procedure. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements revealed that the emission efficiency as well as the shape of luminescence spectra correlated well with their structural quality. Additionally, due to the Quantum-Confined Stark Effect, the emission energy decreased by over 1 eV for quantum well thicknesses increasing from 1 nm up to 6 nm, and this effect was accompanied by the drastic drop of the PL efficiency. The experimental results are consistent with theoretical models. Comparison of experimental data obtained by a number of different characterization techniques with the density functional theory results received on the same geometry structure allowed to prove directly the theoretical models and to determine the polarization and the oscillator strengths in the AlN/GaN nitride systems for the first time.

  18. Ab Initio Thermodynamics and the Relationship between Octahedral Distortion, Lattice Structure, and Proton Substitution Defects in Malachite/Rosasite Group Endmember Pokrovskite Mg2CO3(OH)2.

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    Chaka, Anne M

    2016-12-29

    Divalent metal hydroxycarbonates with M2CO3(OH)2 stoichiometry are widely used in industry and are abundant in nature as the malachite/rosasite group of minerals. Essential to their performance as catalytic precursors and in nanoelectronics, these materials and minerals exhibit a high degree of cation ordering in mixed metal systems due to differences in distortion of the octahedral metal sites. Density-functional theory (DFT) calculations on pokrovskite Mg2CO3(OH)2 in the rosasite structure and Mg analogues of monoclinic and orthorhombic forms of malachite determine that the octahedral sites are innately distorted, and that d(9) Cu(II) Jahn-Teller distortion accommodates this distortion rather than causes it, leading to the significant preference of Cu for the type I octahedral sites. This distortion also leads to a high propensity for formation of cation vacancies charge balanced by proton substitution. Ab initio thermodynamics is used to determine that there are conditions under which proton substitution defects are slightly more stable than the stoichiometric structure, consistent with the widespread observation of such defects in pokrovskite in nature. Pokrovskite itself is most likely to form under CO2-rich/low water conditions, particularly those utilizing supercritical CO2 for carbon sequestration and is sufficiently thermodynamically stable to trap CO2 under geological conditions. Low temperature and high water concentration promotes the formation of proton substitution defects, which has implications for synthesis of any material where octahedral strain may be relieved by proton substitution defects.

  19. Ab-initio study of structural and electronic properties of AlAs

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    Munjal, N.; Sharma, G.; Vyas, V.; Joshi, K. B.; Sharma, B. K.

    2012-08-01

    The structural properties, i.e. equilibrium lattice constant, transition pressure, bulk modulus and its pressure derivatives, together with electronic properties, i.e. energy bands, Compton profile and autocorrelation function, of AlAs are presented in this work. The linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method of the CRYSTAL code was applied considering the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof correlation energy functional and Becke's ansatz for the exchange. The total energy of AlAs as a function of primitive cell volume has also been calculated for the zincblende (B3), nickel arsenide (B8), sodium chloride (B1) and cesium chloride (B2) phases. Structural parameters of the B3, B8, B1 and B2 phases are determined. The calculated structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the results of previous investigations. The spherically averaged theoretical values of Compton profile are in good agreement with an earlier measurement. The LCAO calculation shows an indirect band gap of 1.85 eV, in reasonable agreement with earlier data. On the basis of the equal-valence-electron-density Compton profile, it is found that AlAs is more ionic compared to AlSb.

  20. Ab initio and DFT study of the geometric structures and static dipole (hyper)polarizabilities of aromatic anions.

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    Castellano, O; Bermúdez, Y; Giffard, M; Mabon, G; Cubillan, N; Sylla, M; Nguyen-Phu, X; Hinchliffe, A; Soscún, H

    2005-11-17

    The geometries and the static dipole (hyper)polarizabilities (alpha, beta, gamma) of a series of aromatic anions were investigated at the ab initio (HF, MP2, and MP4) and density functional theory DFT (B3LYP) levels of theory. The anions chosen for the present study are the benzenethiolate (Ph-S-), benzenecarboxylate (Ph-CO2-), benzenesulfinate (Ph-SO2-), benzenesulfonate (Ph-SO3-), and 1,3-benzenedicarboxylate (1,3-Ph-(CO2)2(2-)). For benzenethiolate anion, additional alpha, beta, and gamma calculations were performed at the coupled cluster CCSD level with MP2 optimized geometries. The standard diffuse and polarized 6-31+G(d,p) basis set was employed in conjunction to the ab initio and DFT methods. Additional HF calculations were performed with the 6-311++G(3d,3p) basis set for all the anions. The correlated electric properties were evaluated numerically within the formalism of finite field. The optimized geometries were analyzed in terms of the few reports about the phenolate and sulfonate ions. The results show that electron correlation effects on the polarizabilities are very important in all the anion series. Was found that Ph-SO2- is highly polarizable in terms of alpha and beta, and the Ph-S- is the highest second hyperpolarizable in the series. The results of alpha were rationalized in terms of the analysis of the polarization of charge based in Mulliken atomic population and the structural features of the optimized geometries of anions, whereas the large differences in the beta and gamma values in the series were respectively interpreted in terms of the bond length alternation BLA and the separation of charge in the aromatic ring by effects of the substitution. These results allowed us to suggest the benzenesulfinate and benzenethiolate anions as promising candidates that should be incorporated in ionic materials for second and third-order nonlinear optical devices.

  1. Ab-initio Calculation of Optoelectronic and Structural Properties of Cubic Lithium Oxide (Li2O)

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    Ziegler, Joshua; Polin, Daniel; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    Using the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF), we performed ab-initio, density functional theory (DFT) calculations of optoelectronic, transport, and bulk properties of Li2S. In so doing, we avoid ``band gap'' and problems plaguing many DET calculations [AIP Advances 4, 127104 (2014)]. We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). With the BZW-EF method, our results possess the full, physical content of DFT and agree with available, corresponding experimental ones. In particular, we found a room temperature indirect band gap of 6.659 eV that compares favorably with experimental values ranging from 5 to 7.99 eV. We also calculated total and partial density of states (DOS and PDOS), effective masses of charge carriers, the equilibrium lattice constant, and the bulk modulus. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award Nos. DE-NA0001861 and DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  2. Pressure-induced changes in structural and dynamic properties of liquid Fe close to the melting line. An ab initio study

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    Marqués, Miriam; González, Luis E.; González, David J.

    2016-02-01

    The static and dynamic properties of liquid Fe at high pressure and temperature have been studied using an ab initio molecular dynamics method. We have focused on four thermodynamic states at pressures of 27, 42, 50 and 58 GPa for which x-ray scattering data are available. The calculated static structure shows very good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak which becomes more marked with increasing pressure. The dynamical structure reveals the existence of propagating density fluctuations and the associated dispersion relation has also been determined. The relaxation mechanisms for the density fluctuations have been analyzed in terms of a model with two decay channels (fast and slow, respectively). We found that the thermal relaxation proceeds along the slow decaying channel whereas the fast one is that of the viscoelastic relaxation. The possible coupling between longitudinal and transverse excitation modes has been investigated by looking at specific signatures in two wavevector regions: the first one is located around the position of the main peak of the structure factor, q p , as suggested by the recently reported appearance of high frequency transverse waves in liquid Li under high pressures; the second region is around q p /2, as suggested by the recent finding of transverse acoustic modes in inelastic x-ray scattering intensities of liquid Fe at ambient pressure. Finally, results are also reported for several transport coefficients.

  3. Rotational spectra and structure of the Ar2-H2S complex: pulsed nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectroscopic and ab initio studies.

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    Mandal, Pankaj K; Ramdass, Dharmender J; Arunan, E

    2005-07-21

    This paper reports the rotational spectrum and structure of the Ar2-H2S complex and its HDS and D2S isotopomers. The ground state structure has heavy-atom C2v symmetry with the two Ar atoms indistinguishable and H2S freely rotating as evinced by the fact that asymmetric top energy levels with Kp=odd levels are missing. The rotational constants for the parent isotopomer are: A=1733.115(1) MHz, B=1617.6160(5) MHz and C=830.2951(2) MHz. Unlike the Ar-H2S complex, the Ar2-H2S does not show an anomalous isotopic shift in rotational constants on deuterium substitution. However, the intermolecular potential is still quite floppy, leading to very different centrifugal distortion constants for the three isotopomers. The Ar-Ar and Ar-c.m.(H2S) distances are determined to be 3.820 A and 4.105 A, respectively. The A rotational constants for Ar2-H2S/HDS/D2S isotopomers are very close to each other and to the B constant of free Ar2, indicating that H2S does not contribute to the moment of inertia about the a-axis. Ab initio calculations at MP2 level with aug-cc-pVQZ basis set lead to an equilibrium C2v minimum structure with the Ar-Ar line perpendicular to the H-H line and the S away from Ar2. The centrifugal distortion constants, calculated using the ab initio force field, are in reasonable agreement with the experimental values. However, they do not show the variation observed for different isotopmers. The binding energy of Ar2-H2S has been determined to be 507 cm-1(6.0 kJ mol-1) by CBS extrapolation after correcting for basis set superposition error. Potential energy scans point out that the barrier for internal rotation of H2S about its b axis is only 10 cm-1 and it is below the zero point energy (13.5 cm-1) in this torsional degree of freedom. Internal rotation of H2S about its a- and c-axes also have small barriers of about 50 cm-1 only, suggesting that H2S is extremely floppy within the complex.

  4. The molecular structure of 1,1-dichlorosilacyclopentane as obtained from gas-phase electron diffraction and ab initio calculations

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    Dakkouri, Marwan; Typke, Volker

    2010-08-01

    The molecular structure of 1,1-dichlorosilacyclopentane (DCSCP) has been investigated by means of gas-phase electron diffraction and quantum mechanical calculation. We applied both a pseudorotation model to account for the dynamic and large amplitude motion in DCSCP, and a one-conformer model of C1 symmetry. Using the computational results we analyzed the dependency of the ring geometrical parameters and vibrational mean amplitudes on the phase angle φ. The joint electron diffraction and ab initio study has led to the following ra structural parameters of DCSCP ( C1 conformer): r(Si-Cl) = 2.047(2) Å, r(Si-C) = 1.867(4) Å, average r(C-C) ring = 1.548(4) Å, average r(C-H) = 1.103(7) Å, <(C-Si-C) = 97.4(6)°, <(Cl-Si-Cl) = 104.8(10)°, and effective phase angle φ = 74.8(58)°. The puckering amplitude for the five-membered ring was determined to be q = 0.480(24) Å. The quantum mechanical calculations were performed by utilizing the UHF, B3LYP, and MP2 methods in combination with basis sets 6-311++G(2df,2pd), 6-311++G(df,pd), 6-311++G(p,d), 6-311+G(d,p), 6-311G(d,p) and Dunning double and triple zeta (with and without augmentation). All these methods have consistently shown that the C2 conformer is more stable than the C s symmetric form. For all calculations we used the MOLPRO and Gaussian03 packages. NBO and AIM analyses were also carried out to explore the bond/anti-bond hyperconjugative interactions and the topological properties of the charge density distribution in DCSCP. NBO scheme including second-order perturbation analysis has shown that the major orbital stabilizing interactions are between the chlorine lone pair ( nπ) Cl and the low-lying σSi-C2∗ and σSi-C5∗ antibonding orbitals. It was found that remote σSi-C → σC-H∗ interactions are stabilized by 4.4 kcal mol -1 and contribute to the stabilization of the C2 conformer in DCSCP. Deletion analysis was performed using various deletion algorithms like NOSTAR, NOVIC, NOGEM (see text). The

  5. Molecular structures and electronic properties of isonicotinic acid (3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-benzylidene)-hydrazide: Ab initio and DFT calculation

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    Uǧurlu, Güventürk

    2017-02-01

    The molecular structure and conformational analysis of isonicotinic acid (3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-benzylidene)- hydrazide were investigated by Ab initio and density functional theory DFT/B3LYP levels of theory with complete relaxation in the potential energy surface using varied basis set. The four stable conformers of the studied molecule (C1, C2, C3 and C4) were computed. The computational results diagnose the most stable conformer of (3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-benzylidene)-hydrazide as the C1 form. Molecular structure, dipole moment, polarizability and first static hyperpolarizability of the four stable conformers have been calculated by using 6-311++G (d, p) basis set for both models. Besides, EHOMO (the highest occupied molecular orbital energy), ELUMO (the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy) and HOMO-LUMO energy gap (ΔEg) are investigated. The dipole moment for C1, C2, C3 and C4 conformers are calculated at 2.44, 7.74, 7.75 and 6.58 with DFT/B3LYP level of the theory 6-311++G (d, p) basis set and at the HF/6-311++ G (d, p) 2.60, 7.42, 7.41 and 6.36 Debye, respectively. The structural parameters of the studied molecule compared with data in the literature.

  6. Experimental and ab Initio Study of Catena(bis(μ2-iodo)-6-methylquinoline-copper(I)) under Pressure: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Electronic, and Luminescence Properties.

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    Aguirrechu-Comerón, Amagoia; Hernández-Molina, Rita; Rodríguez-Hernández, Plácida; Muñoz, Alfonso; Rodríguez-Mendoza, Ulises R; Lavín, Vı́ctor; Angel, Ross J; Gonzalez-Platas, Javier

    2016-08-01

    Copper(I) iodine compounds can exhibit interesting mechanochromic and thermochromic luminescent properties with important technological applications. We report the synthesis and structure determination by X-ray diffraction of a new polymeric staircase copper(I) iodine compound catena(bis(μ2-iodo)-6-methylquinoline-copper(I), [C10H9CuIN]. The structure is composed of isolated polymeric staircase chains of copper-iodine coordinated to organic ligands through Cu-N bonds. High pressure X-ray diffraction to 6.45 GPa shows that the material is soft, with a bulk modulus K0 = 10.2(2)GPa and a first derivative K'0 = 8.1(3), typical for organometallic compounds. The unit-cell compression is very anisotropic with the stiffest direction [302] arising from a combination of the stiff CuI ladders and the shear of the planar quinolone ligands over one another. Full structure refinements at elevated pressures show that pressures reduce the Cu···Cu distances in the compound. This effect is detected in luminescence spectra with the appearance of four sub-bands at 515, 600, 647, and 712 nm above 3.5 GPa. Red-shifts are observed, and they are tentatively associated with interactions between copper(I) ions due to the shortening of the Cu···Cu distances induced by pressure, below twice the van der Waals limit (2.8 Å). Additionally, ab initio simulations were performed, and they confirmed the structure and the results obtained experimentally for the equation of state. The simulation allowed the band structure and the electronic density of states of this copper(I) iodine complex to be determined. In particular, the band gap decreases slowly with pressure in a quadratic way with dEg/dP = -0.011 eV/GPa and d(2)Eg/dP(2) = 0.001 eV/GPa(2).

  7. Automated protein structure modeling in CASP9 by I-TASSER pipeline combined with QUARK-based ab initio folding and FG-MD-based structure refinement.

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    Xu, Dong; Zhang, Jian; Roy, Ambrish; Zhang, Yang

    2011-01-01

    I-TASSER is an automated pipeline for protein tertiary structure prediction using multiple threading alignments and iterative structure assembly simulations. In CASP9 experiments, two new algorithms, QUARK and fragment-guided molecular dynamics (FG-MD), were added to the I-TASSER pipeline for improving the structural modeling accuracy. QUARK is a de novo structure prediction algorithm used for structure modeling of proteins that lack detectable template structures. For distantly homologous targets, QUARK models are found useful as a reference structure for selecting good threading alignments and guiding the I-TASSER structure assembly simulations. FG-MD is an atomic-level structural refinement program that uses structural fragments collected from the PDB structures to guide molecular dynamics simulation and improve the local structure of predicted model, including hydrogen-bonding networks, torsion angles, and steric clashes. Despite considerable progress in both the template-based and template-free structure modeling, significant improvements on protein target classification, domain parsing, model selection, and ab initio folding of β-proteins are still needed to further improve the I-TASSER pipeline.

  8. Tunneling Splittings in Vibronic Structure of CH_3F^+ ( X^2E): Studied by High Resolution Photoelectron Spectra and AB Initio Theoretical Method

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    Mo, Yuxiang; Gao, Shuming; Dai, Zuyang; Li, Hua

    2013-06-01

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the vibronic structure of CH_3F^+. The results show that the tunneling splittings of vibrational energy levels occur in CH_3F^+ due to the Jahn-Teller effect. Experimentally, we have measured a high resolution ZEKE spectrum of CH_3F up to 3500 cm^-^1 above the ground state. Theoretically, we performed an ab initio calculation based on the diabatic model. The adiabatic potential energy surfaces (APES) of CH_3F^+ have been calculated at the MRCI/CAS/avq(t)z level and expressed by Taylor expansions with normal coordinates as variables. The energy gradients for the lower and upper APES, the derivative couplings between them and also the energies of the APES have been used to determine the coefficients in the Taylor expansion. The spin-vibronic energy levels have been calculated by accounting all six vibrational modes and their couplings. The experimental ZEKE spectra were assigned based on the theoretical calculations. W. Domcke, D. R. Yarkony, and H. Köpple (Eds.), Conical Intersections: Eletronic Structure, Dynamics and Spectroscopy (World Scientific, Singapore, 2004). M. S. Schuurman, D. E. Weinberg, and D. R. Yarkony, J. Chem. Phys. 127, 104309 (2007).

  9. Ab-initio phasing in protein crystallography

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    van der Plas, J. L.; Millane, Rick P.

    2000-11-01

    The central problem in the determination of protein structures form x-ray diffraction dada (x-ray crystallography) corresponds to a phase retrieval problem with undersampled amplitude data. Algorithms for this problem that have an increased radius of convergence have the potential for reducing the amount of experimental work, and cost, involved in determining protein structures. We describe such an algorithm. Application of the algorithm to a simulated crystallographic problem shows that it converges to the correct solution, with no initial phase information, where currently used algorithms fail. The results lend support to the possibility of ab initio phasing in protein crystallography.

  10. A photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio study of the structures and chemical bonding of the B{sub 25}{sup −} cluster

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    Piazza, Zachary A.; Li, Wei-Li; Wang, Lai-Sheng E-mail: lai-sheng-wang@brown.edu; Popov, Ivan A.; Boldyrev, Alexander I. E-mail: lai-sheng-wang@brown.edu; Pal, Rhitankar; Cheng Zeng, Xiao

    2014-07-21

    Photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations are used to investigate the structures and chemical bonding of the B{sub 25}{sup −} cluster. Global minimum searches reveal a dense potential energy landscape with 13 quasi-planar structures within 10 kcal/mol at the CCSD(T)/6-311+G(d) level of theory. Three quasi-planar isomers (I, II, and III) are lowest in energy and nearly degenerate at the CCSD(T) level of theory, with II and III being 0.8 and 0.9 kcal/mol higher, respectively, whereas at two density functional levels of theory isomer III is the lowest in energy (8.4 kcal/mol more stable than I at PBE0/6-311+G(2df) level). Comparison with experimental photoelectron spectroscopic data shows isomer II to be the major contributor while isomers I and III cannot be ruled out as minor contributors to the observed spectrum. Theoretical analyses reveal similar chemical bonding in I and II, both involving peripheral 2c-2e B−B σ-bonding and delocalized interior σ- and π-bonding. Isomer III has an interesting elongated ribbon-like structure with a π-bonding pattern analogous to those of dibenzopentalene. The high density of low-lying isomers indicates the complexity of the medium-sized boron clusters; the method dependency of predicting relative energies of the low-lying structures for B{sub 25}{sup −} suggests the importance of comparison with experiment in determining the global minima of boron clusters at this size range. The appearance of many low-lying quasi-planar structures containing a hexagonal hole in B{sub 25}{sup −} suggests the importance of this structural feature in maintaining planarity of larger boron clusters.

  11. 42214 layered Fe-based superconductors: An ab initio study of their structural, magnetic, and electronic properties

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    Bucci, F.; Sanna, A.; Continenza, A.; Katrych, S.; Karpinski, J.; Gross, E. K. U.; Profeta, G.

    2016-01-01

    As a follow-up to the discovery of a new family of Fe-based superconductors, namely, the RE4Fe2As2Te1 -xO4 (42214) (RE = Pr, Sm, and Gd), we present a detailed ab initio study of these compounds highlighting the role of rare-earth (RE) atoms, external pressure, and Te content on their physical properties. Modifications of the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of the pure (e.g., x =0.0 ) 42214 compounds and their possible correlations with the observed superconducting properties are calculated and discussed. The careful analysis of the results obtained shows that (i) changing the RE atoms allows one to tune the internal pressure acting on the As height with respect to the Fe planes; (ii) similarly to other Fe pnictides, the 42214 pure compounds show an antiferromagnetic-stripe magnetic ground state phase joined by an orthorhombic distortion (not experimentally found yet); (iii) smaller RE atoms increase the magnetic instability of the compounds possibly favoring the onset of the superconducting state; (iv) external pressure induces the vanishing of the magnetic order with a transition to the tetragonal phase and can be a possible experimental route towards higher superconducting critical temperature (Tc) ; and (v) Te vacancies act on the structural parameters, changing the As height and affecting the stability of the magnetic phase.

  12. Structure, dynamics and stability of water/scCO2/mineral interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lee, Mal-Soon; Peter McGrail, B.; Rousseau, Roger; Glezakou, Vassiliki-Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    The boundary layer at solid-liquid interfaces is a unique reaction environment that poses significant scientific challenges to characterize and understand by experimentation alone. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods, we report on the structure and dynamics of boundary layer formation, cation mobilization and carbonation under geologic carbon sequestration scenarios (T = 323 K and P = 90 bar) on a prototypical anorthite (001) surface. At low coverage, water film formation is enthalpically favored, but entropically hindered. Simulated adsorption isotherms show that a water monolayer will form even at the low water concentrations of water-saturated scCO2. Carbonation reactions readily occur at electron-rich terminal Oxygen sites adjacent to cation vacancies that readily form in the presence of a water monolayer. These results point to a carbonation mechanism that does not require prior carbonic acid formation in the bulk liquid. This work also highlights the modern capabilities of theoretical methods to address structure and reactivity at interfaces of high chemical complexity. PMID:26456362

  13. Interfacing the Ab initio multiple spawning method with electronic structure methods in GAMESS: Photodecay of trans-Azomethane

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    Gaenko, Alexander; DeFusco, Albert; Varganov, Sergey A.; ...

    2014-10-20

    This work presents a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane, using the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) program that has been interfaced with the General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System (GAMESS) quantum chemistry package for on-the-fly electronic structure evaluation. The interface strategy is discussed, and the capabilities of the combined programs are demonstrated with a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane. Energies, gradients, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements were obtained with the state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field method, as implemented in GAMESS. The influence of initial vibrational excitationmore » on the outcome of the photoinduced isomerization is explored. Increased vibrational excitation in the CNNC torsional mode shortens the excited state lifetime. Depending on the degree of vibrational excitation, the excited state lifetime varies from ~60–200 fs. As a result, these short lifetimes are in agreement with time-resolved photoionization mass spectroscopy experiments.« less

  14. A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic ab initio studies of the electronic structures of UFO and UFO-

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    Roy, Soumendra K.; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V.; Li, Wei-Li; Su, Jing; Bross, David H.; Peterson, Kirk A.; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Li, Jun

    2016-02-01

    The observation of the gaseous UFO- anion is reported, which is investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativisitic ab initio calculations. Two strong photoelectron bands are observed at low binding energies due to electron detachment from the U-7sσ orbital. Numerous weak detachment bands are also observed due to the strongly correlated U-5f electrons. The electron affinity of UFO is measured to be 1.27(3) eV. High-level relativistic quantum chemical calculations have been carried out on the ground state and many low-lying excited states of UFO to help interpret the photoelectron spectra and understand the electronic structure of UFO. The ground state of UFO- is linear with an O-U-F structure and a 3H4 spectral term derived from a U 7sσ25fφ15fδ1 electron configuration, whereas the ground state of neutral UFO has a 4H7/2 spectral term with a U 7sσ15fφ15fδ1 electron configuration. Strong electron correlation effects are found in both the anionic and neutral electronic configurations. In the UFO neutral, a high density of electronic states with strong configuration mixing is observed in most of the scalar relativistic and spin-orbit coupled states. The strong electron correlation, state mixing, and spin-orbit coupling of the electronic states make the excited states of UFO very challenging for accurate quantum chemical calculations.

  15. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N(+) vibronic structure. II. High-resolution VUV PFI-ZEKE spectroscopy.

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    Gans, Bérenger; Lamarre, Nicolas; Broquier, Michel; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-21

    Vacuum-ultraviolet pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectra of X(+)Π2←XΣ+1 and B(+)Π2←XΣ+1 transitions of the HC3(14)N and HC3(15)N isotopologues of cyanoacetylene have been recorded. The resolution of the photoelectron spectra allowed us to resolve the vibrational structures and the spin-orbit splittings in the cation. Accurate values of the adiabatic ionization potentials of the two isotopologues (EI/hc(HC3(14)N)=93 909(2) cm(-1) and EI/hc(HC3(15)N)=93 912(2) cm(-1)), the vibrational frequencies of the ν2, ν6, and ν7 vibrational modes, and the spin-orbit coupling constant (ASO = -44(2) cm(-1)) of the X(+)Π2 cationic ground state have been derived from the measurements. Using ab initio calculations, the unexpected structure of the B(+)Π2←XΣ+1 transition is tentatively attributed to a conical intersection between the A(+) and B(+) electronic states of the cation.

  16. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N+ vibronic structure. II. High-resolution VUV PFI-ZEKE spectroscopy

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    Gans, Bérenger; Lamarre, Nicolas; Broquier, Michel; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-01

    Vacuum-ultraviolet pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectra of X+2Π ←X +1Σ and B+2Π ←X +1Σ transitions of the HC314N and HC315N isotopologues of cyanoacetylene have been recorded. The resolution of the photoelectron spectra allowed us to resolve the vibrational structures and the spin-orbit splittings in the cation. Accurate values of the adiabatic ionization potentials of the two isotopologues (EI/h c (HC314N ) =93 909 (2 ) cm-1 and EI/h c (HC315N ) =93 912 (2 ) cm-1), the vibrational frequencies of the ν2, ν6, and ν7 vibrational modes, and the spin-orbit coupling constant (ASO = -44(2) cm-1) of the X+2Π cationic ground state have been derived from the measurements. Using ab initio calculations, the unexpected structure of the B+2Π ←X +1Σ transition is tentatively attributed to a conical intersection between the A+ and B+ electronic states of the cation.

  17. The ab initio calculations of the doping Zr's influence on the electronic structure of AlCo2Ti

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    Fu, Hongzhi; Peng, Feng; Cheng, Dong; Gao, Tao; Cheng, Xinlu; Yang, Xiangdong

    2007-08-01

    The electronic structures of the ternary (Hume Rothery) L21-phase compound AlCo2Ti are calculated by first-principles using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The ab initio results are analyzed with a simplified model for Al-based compounds containing transition metal (TM) atoms. The results show that the total DOS depends strongly on the positions of TM atoms, and the TM d DOS plays a crucial role in hybridization with other element valence electrons. However, the Al 3s states are repelled far away from the Fermi energy in studied sample, and the Al 3d states are far more extended-like in the character than the d states. Furthermore, the total DOSs are modulated by Al 3p states and the Al 3p states are more sensitive than d states to change in the electronic interactions. Then, the Al 3p is also important for the ternary stability of the intermetallic compound. The Co Ti interaction becomes stronger by the doping element Zr in the Al4Co8Ti3Zr structure. Especially, the doping Al4Co8Ti3Zr alloy has a larger value DOS at the Fermi level and makes the total DOS gap smaller than the AlCo2Ti.

  18. Structural transformation between long and short-chain form of liquid sulfur from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Plašienka, Dušan Martoňák, Roman; Cifra, Peter

    2015-04-21

    We present results of ab initio molecular dynamics study of the structural transformation occurring in hot liquid sulfur under high pressure, which corresponds to the recently observed chain-breakage phenomenon and to the electronic transition reported earlier. The transformation is temperature-induced and separates two distinct polymeric forms of liquid sulfur: high-temperature form composed of short chain-like fragments with open endings and low-temperature form with very long chains. We offer a structural description of the two liquid forms in terms of chain lengths, cross-linking, and chain geometry and investigate several physical properties. We conclude that the transformation is accompanied by changes in energy (but not density) as well as in diffusion coefficient and electronic properties—semiconductor-metal transition. We also describe the analogy of the investigated process to similar phenomena that take place in two other chalcogens selenium and tellurium. Finally, we remark that the behavior of heated liquid sulfur at ambient pressure might indicate a possible existence of a critical point in the low-pressure region of sulfur phase diagram.

  19. Modelling the local atomic structure of molybdenum in nuclear waste glasses with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Konstantinou, Konstantinos; Sushko, Peter V; Duffy, Dorothy M

    2016-09-21

    The nature of chemical bonding of molybdenum in high level nuclear waste glasses has been elucidated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two compositions, (SiO2)57.5-(B2O3)10-(Na2O)15-(CaO)15-(MoO3)2.5 and (SiO2)57.3-(B2O3)20-(Na2O)6.8-(Li2O)13.4-(MoO3)2.5, were considered in order to investigate the effect of ionic and covalent components on the glass structure and the formation of the crystallisation precursors (Na2MoO4 and CaMoO4). The coordination environments of Mo cations and the corresponding bond lengths calculated from our model are in excellent agreement with experimental observations. The analysis of the first coordination shell reveals two different types of molybdenum host matrix bonds in the lithium sodium borosilicate glass. Based on the structural data and the bond valence model, we demonstrate that the Mo cation can be found in a redox state and the molybdate tetrahedron can be connected with the borosilicate network in a way that inhibits the formation of crystalline molybdates. These results significantly extend our understanding of bonding in Mo-containing nuclear waste glasses and demonstrate that tailoring the glass composition to specific heavy metal constituents can facilitate incorporation of heavy metals at high concentrations.

  20. Crystal structure determination of Efavirenz

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    Popeneciu, Horea Dumitru, Ristoiu; Tripon, Carmen Borodi, Gheorghe Pop, Mihaela Maria

    2015-12-23

    Needle-shaped single crystals of the title compound, C{sub 14}H{sub 9}ClF{sub 3}NO{sub 2}, were obtained from a co-crystallization experiment of Efavirenz with maleic acid in a (1:1) ratio, using methanol as solvent. Crystal structure determination at room temperature revealed a significant anisotropy of the lattice expansion compared to the previously reported low-temperature structure. In both low- and room temperature structures the cyclopropylethynyl fragment in one of the asymmetric unit molecules is disordered. While at low-temperature only one C atom exhibits positional disorder, at room temperature the disorder is present for two C atoms of the cyclopropane ring.

  1. Novel gene complex structure determination

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    Gatewood, J.M.

    1997-08-01

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LORD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. `Operative` chromatin containing exclusively the minor hasten variants was successfully isolated. Linker hasten H1 is quantitatively missing from operative chromatin. One of the aims of this proposal was to determine the proteins responsible for stabilizing operative chromatin. This chromatin is stabilized by microtubule proteins tar and tubulin. Another goal of this project was the structural characterization of operate chromatin nucleosomes. Using solution scattering, nucleosomes containing the minor variants were shown to be structurally distinct from major variant containing nucleosomes. The unusual structure and stabilization of operative chromatin by microtubule proteins provides a possible mechanism for direct interaction of transcription machinery with specific chromatin domains.

  2. Secondary structure determines protein topology

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    Fleming, Patrick J.; Gong, Haipeng; Rose, George D.

    2006-01-01

    Using a test set of 13 small, compact proteins, we demonstrate that a remarkably simple protocol can capture native topology from secondary structure information alone, in the absence of long-range interactions. It has been a long-standing open question whether such information is sufficient to determine a protein's fold. Indeed, even the far simpler problem of reconstructing the three-dimensional structure of a protein from its exact backbone torsion angles has remained a difficult challenge owing to the small, but cumulative, deviations from ideality in backbone planarity, which, if ignored, cause large errors in structure. As a familiar example, a small change in an elbow angle causes a large displacement at the end of your arm; the longer the arm, the larger the displacement. Here, correct secondary structure assignments (α-helix, β-strand, β-turn, polyproline II, coil) were used to constrain polypeptide backbone chains devoid of side chains, and the most stable folded conformations were determined, using Monte Carlo simulation. Just three terms were used to assess stability: molecular compaction, steric exclusion, and hydrogen bonding. For nine of the 13 proteins, this protocol restricts the main chain to a surprisingly small number of energetically favorable topologies, with the native one prominent among them. PMID:16823044

  3. Electronic structural and bulk properties of ScSe: ab initio study

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    Bhardwaj, P.; Singh, S.

    2016-10-01

    Electronic, structural and bulk properties of scandium selenide, ScSe have been reported in the present paper. These properties have been studied using first principle calculations as well as the interionic potential model modified with covalency effect. The Gibbs free energy and enthalpy calculations show that present compound undergoes a structural phase transition from the NaCl-type structure to the CsCl-type structure. The stability of the present compound is discussed in terms of electronic band structure and density of states. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters are in a good agreement with the available experimental results.

  4. A web-deployed interface for performing ab initio molecular dynamics, optimization, and electronic structure in FIREBALL

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    Keith, J. Brandon; Fennick, Jacob R.; Junkermeier, Chad E.; Nelson, Daniel R.; Lewis, James P.

    2009-03-01

    FIREBALL is an ab initio technique for fast local orbital simulations of nanotechnological, solid state, and biological systems. We have implemented a convenient interface for new users and software architects in the platform-independent Java language to access FIREBALL's unique and powerful capabilities. The graphical user interface can be run directly from a web server or from within a larger framework such as the Computational Science and Engineering Online (CSE-Online) environment or the Distributed Analysis of Neutron Scattering Experiments (DANSE) framework. We demonstrate its use for high-throughput electronic structure calculations and a multi-100 atom quantum molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Program summaryProgram title: FireballUI Catalogue identifier: AECF_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AECF_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 279 784 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 12 836 145 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Java Computer: PC and workstation Operating system: The GUI will run under Windows, Mac and Linux. Executables for Mac and Linux are included in the package. RAM: 512 MB Word size: 32 or 64 bits Classification: 4.14 Nature of problem: The set up and running of many simulations (all of the same type), from the command line, is a slow process. But most research quality codes, including the ab initio tight-binding code FIREBALL, are designed to run from the command line. The desire is to have a method for quickly and efficiently setting up and running a host of simulations. Solution method: We have created a graphical user interface for use with the FIREBALL code. Once the user has created the files containing the atomic coordinates for each system that they are

  5. AB INITIO AND CALPHAD THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS

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    Turchi, P A

    2004-04-14

    Ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement CALPHAD in two major ways for subsequent applications to stability in complex alloys. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics {acute a} la CALPHAD. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys.

  6. The infrared spectra and structure of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and its oxyanion: an ab initio force field treatment

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    Binev, I. G.; Stamboliyska, B. A.; Binev, Y. I.

    1996-05-01

    The structures of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) (I) and its oxyanion (II) have been studied by means of infrared spectra and ab initio 3-21 G force field calculations. The 3100-1100 cm -1 region bands of both the aspirin molecule and its oxyanion have been assigned. The theoretical infrared data for the free aspirin anion are in good agreement with the experimental data for aspirin alkali-metal salts in dimethyl sulfoxide- d6. The theoretical geometrical parameters for the isolated aspirin molecule are close to the literature X-ray diffraction data for its dimer in the solid state, except for those of the carboxy group, which participates directly in hydrogen bond formation. The changes in both the spectral and geometrical parameters, caused by the conversion of the aspirin molecule into the anion, are essential, but they are localized mainly within the carboxy group and the adjacent C-Ph bond. This is also true for the changes in the corresponding bond indices and electronic charges.

  7. Photodissociation and ab initio studies of Mg+(NH3)n, n=1-4: Electronic structure and photoinduced reaction

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    Yoshida, Shinji; Daigoku, Kota; Okai, Nobuhiro; Takahata, Akihiro; Sabu, Akiyoshi; Hashimoto, Kenro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2002-11-01

    Photodissociation spectra of Mg+(NH3)n (n=1-4) cluster ions are examined in the wavelength region of 240-1200 nm. From the comparison with the results of ab initio calculations for the structure and the excitation energies of these clusters, the observed absorption bands are assigned to the transitions derived from the 2P-2S transition of Mg+ ion. The extensive redshift of the observed spectra is ascribed to the formation of a one-center ion-pair state. In the photolysis of Mg+NH3, NH3+ and Mg+NH2 ions are produced via photoinduced charge transfer and intracluster reaction processes, respectively, in addition to the Mg+ ion generated by the evaporation of ammonia molecules. For n=2, both the intracluster reaction and evaporation are dominant decay processes, while the evaporation is the sole photodissociation channel for larger clusters. The branching fractions of these processes are found to depend strongly on the solvation number n and also on the photolysis wavelength. The energetics and the dynamics of the dissociation processes are discussed in relation to the redox reaction of metal ions.

  8. Ab initio x-ray absorption near-edge structure study of Ti K-edge in rutile.

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    Chaboy, J; Nakajima, N; Tezuka, Y

    2007-07-04

    This work reports a theoretical x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy study at the Ti K-edge in TiO(2) rutile. We present detailed ab initio computations of the Ti K-edge XANES spectrum performed within the multiple-scattering framework. An extensive discussion is presented concerning the size of the cluster needed to reproduce the experimental spectrum, especially regarding the split main absorption line. In addition, the role of the exchange and correlation potential (ECP) in reproducing all the experimental XANES features is discussed. The best agreement between experimental data and computations is obtained by using real ECP potentials, i.e. the energy-dependent Dirac-Hara exchange potential, or by using only the real part of the energy-dependent Hedin-Lundqvist complex potential, together with an additional imaginary constant to account for the core-hole lifetime and the experimental resolution. The addition of the imaginary part of the HL potential worsens the agreement between the experimental and calculated spectra, indicating the failure of the complex part of the Hedin-Lundqvist ECP in accounting for the electron damping in these systems.

  9. Ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of the low-lying states for the ultracold LiYb molecule

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    Tohme, Samir N.; Korek, Mahmoud E-mail: fkorek@yahoo.com; Awad, Ramadan

    2015-03-21

    Ab initio techniques have been applied to investigate the electronic structure of the LiYb molecule. The potential energy curves have been computed in the Born–Oppenheimer approximation for the ground and 29 low-lying doublet and quartet excited electronic states. Complete active space self-consistent field, multi-reference configuration interaction, and Rayleigh Schrödinger perturbation theory to second order calculations have been utilized to investigate these states. The spectroscopic constants, ω{sub e}, R{sub e}, B{sub e}, …, and the static dipole moment, μ, have been investigated by using the two different techniques of calculation with five different types of basis. The eigenvalues, E{sub v}, the rotational constant, B{sub v}, the centrifugal distortion constant, D{sub v}, and the abscissas of the turning points, R{sub min} and R{sub max}, have been calculated by using the canonical functions approach. The comparison between the values of the present work, calculated by different techniques, and those available in the literature for several electronic states shows a very good agreement. Twenty-one new electronic states have been studied here for the first time.

  10. Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition in Actinide Monophospides: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-07-01

    The structural and electronic properties of monophospides of Thorium, Uranium and Neptunium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-in-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl- type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP to NpP). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  11. Pressure induced structural phase transition in actinide mono-bismuthides: Ab initio calculations

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    Pataiya, J.; Makode, C.; Aynyas, M.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2013-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of mono-bismuthides of Plutonium and Americium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that PuBi and AmBi are stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of PuBi and AmBi changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 45 - 4.5 GPa for PuBi and AmBi respectively. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  12. Structure determination of enterovirus 71

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    Plevka, Pavel; Perera, Rushika; Cardosa, Jane; Kuhn, Richard J.; Rossmann, Michael G.

    2013-02-20

    Enterovirus 71 is a picornavirus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease but may induce fatal neurological illness in infants and young children. Enterovirus 71 crystallized in a body-centered orthorhombic space group with two particles in general orientations in the crystallographic asymmetric unit. Determination of the particle orientations required that the locked rotation function excluded the twofold symmetry axes from the set of icosahedral symmetry operators. This avoided the occurrence of misleading high rotation-function values produced by the alignment of icosahedral and crystallographic twofold axes. Once the orientations and positions of the particles had been established, the structure was solved by molecular replacement and phase extension.

  13. Raman spectra and ab initio calculation of a structure of aqueous solutions of methanol

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    Hushvaktov, H. A.; Tukhvatullin, F. H.; Jumabaev, A.; Tashkenbaev, U. N.; Absanov, A. A.; Hudoyberdiev, B. G.; Kuyliev, B.

    2017-03-01

    Small amount of low molecular weight alcohols leads to appearance of some special properties of alcohol-water solutions. In the literature it is associated with structural changes in solution with changing concentration. However, the problem special properties and structure of solutions at low concentration of alcohol is not very clear. Accordingly, we carried out quantum-chemical calculations and experimental studies of aqueous solutions of methyl alcohol. The calculations performed for ten molecular alcohol-water mixtures showed that with a low concentration of methyl alcohol in water the solubility of alcohol is poor: the alcohol molecules are displaced from the water structure and should form a particular structure. Thus, with low concentration of alcohol in the aqueous solution there are two types of structures: the structure of water and the structure of alcohol that should lead to the presence of specific properties. At high concentration of alcohol the structure of water is destroyed and there is just the structure made of alcohol-water aggregates. This interpretation is consistent with the experimental data of Raman spectroscopy. The band of Csbnd O vibrations of alcohol is detected to be of complex character just in the region of the presence of specific properties. Formation of intermolecular H-bonds also complicates the Raman spectra of Osbnd H or O-D vibrations of pure alcohol: a non-coincidence of peak frequencies, a shift of the band towards low-frequency region, a strong broadening of the band.

  14. The individual and collective effects of exact exchange and dispersion interactions on the ab initio structure of liquid water

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    DiStasio, Robert A.; Santra, Biswajit; Li, Zhaofeng; Wu, Xifan; Car, Roberto

    2014-08-28

    In this work, we report the results of a series of density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of ambient liquid water using a hierarchy of exchange-correlation (XC) functionals to investigate the individual and collective effects of exact exchange (Exx), via the PBE0 hybrid functional, non-local van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions, via a fully self-consistent density-dependent dispersion correction, and an approximate treatment of nuclear quantum effects, via a 30 K increase in the simulation temperature, on the microscopic structure of liquid water. Based on these AIMD simulations, we found that the collective inclusion of Exx and vdW as resulting from a large-scale AIMD simulation of (H{sub 2}O){sub 128} significantly softens the structure of ambient liquid water and yields an oxygen-oxygen structure factor, S{sub OO}(Q), and corresponding oxygen-oxygen radial distribution function, g{sub OO}(r), that are now in quantitative agreement with the best available experimental data. This level of agreement between simulation and experiment demonstrated herein originates from an increase in the relative population of water molecules in the interstitial region between the first and second coordination shells, a collective reorganization in the liquid phase which is facilitated by a weakening of the hydrogen bond strength by the use of a hybrid XC functional, coupled with a relative stabilization of the resultant disordered liquid water configurations by the inclusion of non-local vdW/dispersion interactions. This increasingly more accurate description of the underlying hydrogen bond network in liquid water also yields higher-order correlation functions, such as the oxygen-oxygen-oxygen triplet angular distribution, P{sub OOO}(θ), and therefore the degree of local tetrahedrality, as well as electrostatic properties, such as the effective molecular dipole moment, that are in much better agreement with experiment.

  15. The individual and collective effects of exact exchange and dispersion interactions on the ab initio structure of liquid water.

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    DiStasio, Robert A; Santra, Biswajit; Li, Zhaofeng; Wu, Xifan; Car, Roberto

    2014-08-28

    In this work, we report the results of a series of density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of ambient liquid water using a hierarchy of exchange-correlation (XC) functionals to investigate the individual and collective effects of exact exchange (Exx), via the PBE0 hybrid functional, non-local van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions, via a fully self-consistent density-dependent dispersion correction, and an approximate treatment of nuclear quantum effects, via a 30 K increase in the simulation temperature, on the microscopic structure of liquid water. Based on these AIMD simulations, we found that the collective inclusion of Exx and vdW as resulting from a large-scale AIMD simulation of (H2O)128 significantly softens the structure of ambient liquid water and yields an oxygen-oxygen structure factor, SOO(Q), and corresponding oxygen-oxygen radial distribution function, gOO(r), that are now in quantitative agreement with the best available experimental data. This level of agreement between simulation and experiment demonstrated herein originates from an increase in the relative population of water molecules in the interstitial region between the first and second coordination shells, a collective reorganization in the liquid phase which is facilitated by a weakening of the hydrogen bond strength by the use of a hybrid XC functional, coupled with a relative stabilization of the resultant disordered liquid water configurations by the inclusion of non-local vdW/dispersion interactions. This increasingly more accurate description of the underlying hydrogen bond network in liquid water also yields higher-order correlation functions, such as the oxygen-oxygen-oxygen triplet angular distribution, POOO(θ), and therefore the degree of local tetrahedrality, as well as electrostatic properties, such as the effective molecular dipole moment, that are in much better agreement with experiment.

  16. Pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of actinide monophospides: Ab-initio calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-09-01

    We have investigated the structural and electronic properties of monophospides of thorium, uranium and neptunium. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of the self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From the present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl-type structure at ambient pressure. The structural stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B 1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B 2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP-NpP). We also calculate lattice parameter ( a0), bulk modulus ( B0), band structure and density of states. From energy band diagram it is observed that ThP, UP and NpP exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  17. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of ultrathin bismuth nanowires

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    Agrawal, B. K.; Singh, V.; Srivastava, R.; Agrawal, S.

    2006-05-01

    The energetics, structural, electronic and optical absorption properties of the bismuth nanowires Bin with n = 1, 6 have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) in the local density approximation (LDA) including the spin-orbit coupling (SOI). The inclusion of the SOI appreciably affects all the physical properties of the wires. The stable structures form four groups: the planar structures, the caged configurations, the pyramidal structures and the helical configurations. This finding may be a guide for the construction of atomic configurations of the nanowires possessing a larger number of atoms per unit cell. The most stable wire configurations are the 5-Bi pentagonal, and the 6-Bi hexagonal and 6-Bi triple zigzag wires, which should be seen in the experiments. All the wires are metallic. The behaviour of the electron states of the second category structures is quite near to that of a linear chain where the parabolic bands cross the EF, and the number of the channels available for the electric conduction is large. Thus, one should grow the wire structures falling into the second category for achieving high conduction. For the 5-Bi pentagonal and 6-Bi hexagonal cross-sectional wires, the number of channels available for the electric conduction are ten and twelve, respectively. The SOI drastically affects the calculated optical absorption, especially in the low energy region. The absorption peaks are different in terms of the number and the energy locations for the different wires, and may be used for the characterization of the structure of a wire. Our analysis of the calculated electronic structure and the optical data of all the studied structures supports the occurrence of the 4-Bi double and/or 6-Bi triple zigzag chains in the samples of Romanov.

  18. Structure electronique de nanorubans de graphene avec des contacts metalliques: Une etude ab initio

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    Archambault, Chloe

    Graphene, a graphite monolayer presenting novel exciting properties, has attracted much attention recently in the scientific community as well as in the high-technology industry. In electronics, nanoribbons -- narrow strips of graphene which happen to be semiconducting-- could possibly allow further miniaturization of electronic devices such as transistors because of their atomic thickness. On the other hand, once making devices, the problem of metallic contacts, which can have critical impact at the nanoscopic scale, cannot be evaded. For example, metal induced gap states may short-circuit very short devices. With this in mind, the interaction of gold, palladium and titanium contacts with finite size graphene nanoribbons has been studied using ab initio density functional theory calculations. This theoretical approach made it possible to study separately and then conjugate four important aspects of the metal-ribbon interaction: bonding, charge transfer, electrostatics and metal induced gap states. Another goal of this project was to study size effects related to the ribbons' dimensions and to estimate the minimal channel length necessary for a device to operate as expected without the unwanted effect of induced gap states. Aside from the high precision achieved, these calculations stand out from earlier studies because they take into account finite size effects which often prevail in small ribbons. Using this model for the metal-nanoribbon junction, it was shown that, as for two-dimensional graphene, the bonding between a ribbon and a metal can be of two types depending on the electronic configuration of the metal. In the first case, physisorption, weak bonding resulting in a large separation distance between ribbon and electrode, is illustrated by the gold contact. On the other hand, titanium, because of its high density of states at the Fermi level, binds more strongly with graphene nanoribbons. This chemisorption is characterized by strong hybridization between

  19. Ab-initio study of structural, mechanical and electronic properties of functionalized carbon nanotubes

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    Milowska, Karolina Z.; Birowska, Magdalena; Majewski, Jacek A.

    2013-12-04

    We present exemplary results of extensive studies of structural, mechanical and electronic properties of covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We report new results for metallic (9,0), and semiconducting (10,0) single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT) functionalized with -COOH, -OH, and both groups with concentration up to 12.5%. Our studies are performed in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). We discuss here the stability, local and global changes in structure, elastic moduli (Young's, Shear, and Bulk), electronic structure and resulting band gaps, as a function of the density of the adsorbed molecules.

  20. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in uranium monobismuthide

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    Pataiya, Jagdish Makode, C.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Singh, A.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2014-04-24

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural and electronic properties of uranium monobismuthide. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). We predict structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl-type structure at a pressure of 4.6 GPa. From energy band diagram it is observed that UBi exhibits metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter is in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical work.

  1. Structures and optical absorptions of PbSe clusters from ab initio calculations

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    Zeng, Qun; Shi, Jing; Jiang, Gang; Yang, Mingli; Wang, Fan; Chen, Jun

    2013-09-01

    Based on the low-lying structures of (PbSe)n (n = 1-10) clusters identified with a first-principles molecular dynamics approach, two growth patterns with distinct structure and energy evolutions were predicted for the even-n and odd-n clusters, respectively. Moreover, the clusters favor a simple cubic and bulk-like growth pattern, unlike the extensively studied II-VI clusters whose structural diversity has been well established. The overlap between 6p of Pb and 4p of Se makes not only the ordered and bulk-like structures but also a stable building block of (PbSe)4. The high stability of (PbSe)4 is recognized in terms of its binding energy, HOMO-LUMO gap, appearance in the structures of larger-size clusters, as well as its appearance in the fragmentation products of PbSe clusters. The geometrical and electronic structures of the PbSe clusters were further studied within the density functional theory framework including spin-orbital (SO) coupling. We found that SO coupling does not change the relative stability of the clusters but reduces their binding energy significantly. Particularly, the SO effect has a great impact on the UV-vis spectra of the clusters, which were simulated with time-dependent density functional theory at SO level of zeroth-order regular approximation.

  2. Electronic structure and anisotropic chemical bonding in TiNF from ab initio study

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    Matar, Samir F.

    2012-01-15

    Accounting for disorder in anatase titanium nitride fluoride TiNF is done through atoms re-distributions based on geometry optimizations using ultra soft pseudo potentials within density functional theory DFT. The fully geometry relaxed structures are found to keep the body centering of anatase (I4{sub 1}/amd No. 141). The new structural setups are identified with space groups I-4m2 No. 119 and Imm2 No. 44 which obey the 'group to subgroup' relationships with respect to anatase. In the ground state Imm2 structure identified from energy differences, TiNF is found semi-conducting with similar density of states features to anatase TiO{sub 2} and a chemical bonding differentiated between covalent like Ti-N versus ionic like Ti-F. Inter-anion N-F bonding is also identified. - Graphical Abstract: The geometry optimized ground state anatase derived TiNF structure with arrangement of open faceted TiN3F3 distorted octahedra. The insert shows the arrangement of octahedra in anatase TiO{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Original approach of TiNF structure for addressing the electronic band structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Based on anatase, two different ordering scheme models with geometry optimization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New structures obeying the group{yields}subgroup relationships with Imm2 ground state from energy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the ground state TiNF is found semi-conducting with similar density of states to anatase TiO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical bonding differentiated between covalent like Ti-N and ionic Ti-F.

  3. A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic ab initio studies of the electronic structures of UFO and UFO(-).

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    Roy, Soumendra K; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V; Li, Wei-Li; Su, Jing; Bross, David H; Peterson, Kirk A; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Li, Jun

    2016-02-28

    The observation of the gaseous UFO(-) anion is reported, which is investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativisitic ab initio calculations. Two strong photoelectron bands are observed at low binding energies due to electron detachment from the U-7sσ orbital. Numerous weak detachment bands are also observed due to the strongly correlated U-5f electrons. The electron affinity of UFO is measured to be 1.27(3) eV. High-level relativistic quantum chemical calculations have been carried out on the ground state and many low-lying excited states of UFO to help interpret the photoelectron spectra and understand the electronic structure of UFO. The ground state of UFO(-) is linear with an O-U-F structure and a (3)H4 spectral term derived from a U 7sσ(2)5fφ(1)5fδ(1) electron configuration, whereas the ground state of neutral UFO has a (4)H(7/2) spectral term with a U 7sσ(1)5fφ(1)5fδ(1) electron configuration. Strong electron correlation effects are found in both the anionic and neutral electronic configurations. In the UFO neutral, a high density of electronic states with strong configuration mixing is observed in most of the scalar relativistic and spin-orbit coupled states. The strong electron correlation, state mixing, and spin-orbit coupling of the electronic states make the excited states of UFO very challenging for accurate quantum chemical calculations.

  4. Structure and dynamics of high-pressure Na close to the melting line: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Marqués, M.; González, D. J.; González, L. E.

    2016-07-01

    The melting curve of sodium for a pressure range up to 100 GPa has been evaluated by the orbital free ab initio molecular dynamics method. This method uses the electronic density as the basic variable combined with an approximate electronic kinetic energy functional and a local ionic pseudopotential and makes it possible to perform simulations with a large number of particles and for long simulation times. The calculated melting curve shows a maximum melting temperature at a pressure around 30 GPa followed by a steep decrease up to 100 GPa. For various pressures and temperatures we have evaluated several static properties, including average and local structure, electronic properties, like the electron localization function (ELF), and dynamic properties, both single-particle and collective ones, from which some transport coefficients are deduced. Despite the accurate reproduction of the available experimental data, we do not observe any indication of an early transition from a bcc-like to an fcc-like liquid, as suggested previously by other authors, but rather pressure-induced change in the variation of icosahedral-like order and bcc-like order, with no sign of fcc-like structures in the whole liquid range studied. We also consider the evolution of the ELF within this type of local arrangement upon pressurization. In the dynamic realm, we find an enlarged wave-vector region where atomic collisions play an important role in the dynamic properties of the system as pressure is increased and temperature decreased along the melting line, leading to a peculiar behavior of the dynamic properties.

  5. Free Energies for Degradation Reactions of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane from ab initio Electronic Structure Theory

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    Bylaska, Eric J.; Glaesemann, Kurt R.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Vasiliu, Monica; Dixon, David A.; Tratnyek, P. G.

    2010-11-25

    Electronic structure methods were used to calculate the gas-phase and aqueous phase reaction energies for reductive dechlorination (i.e. hydrogenolysis), reductive Beta-elimination, dehydrochlorination, and nucleophilic substitution by OH- of 1,2,3-trichloropropane. The thermochemical properties Delta Hof(298.15K), So(298.15K,1 bar), and Delta GS(298.15K, 1 bar) were calculated by using ab initio electronic structure calculations, isodesmic reactions schemes, gas-phase entropy estimates, and continuum solvation models for 1,2,3-trichloropropane and several likely metabolites. On the basis of these thermochemical estimates, together with a Fe(II)/Fe(III) chemical equilibrium model for natural reducing environments, all of the reactions studied were predicted to be very favorable in the standard state and under a wide range of pH conditions. The most favorable reaction was reductive Beta-elimination (Delta Gorxn ≈ -32 kcal/mol), followed closely by reductive dechlorination (Delta Gorxn ≈ -27 kcal/mol), dehydrochlorination (Delta Gorxn ≈ -27kcal/mol), and nucleophilic substitution by OH- (Delta Gorxn ≈ -25 kcal/mol). For both reduction reactions studied, it was found that the first electron-transfer step, yielding the intermediate CH2-CHCl-CH2Cl , and CH2Cl-CH-CH2Cl species, was not favorable in the standard state (Delta Gorxn ≈ +15 kcal/mol) and was predicted to occur only at relatively high pH values. This result suggests that reduction by natural attenuation is unlikely.

  6. Silica glass structure generation for ab initio calculations using small samples of amorphous silica

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    van Ginhoven, Renée M.; Jónsson, Hannes; Corrales, L. René

    2005-01-01

    Multiple small samples of amorphous silica have been generated and optimized using classical dynamics and the van Beest-Kramer-van Santen (BKS) empirical potential function. The samples were subsequently optimized and annealed using density functional theory (DFT) with both the local density and the generalized gradient approximations. A thorough analysis of the local and medium-range structure of the optimized samples obtained from the different methods was carried out. The structural characteristics obtained for the average of small systems each containing ca. 100 ions are compared for each of the different methods, and to the BKS simulation of a larger system. The differences found between the DFT and BKS simulations and the effects of volume relaxation on the structures are discussed. Fixed-volume samples are compared to neutron scattering data, with good agreement to 5Å , the length limit of the sample sizes used here. It is shown that by creating multiple small samples, it is possible to achieve a good statistical sampling of structural features consistent with larger simulated glass systems. This study also shows that multiple small samples are necessary to capture the structural distribution of silica glass, and therefore to study more complex processes in glass, such as reactions.

  7. Ab initio study of structural, electronic, magnetic alloys: XTiSb (X = Co, Ni and Fe)

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    Ibrir, M. Berri, S.; Lakel, S.; Alleg, S.; Bensalem, R.

    2015-03-30

    Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of three semi-Heusler compounds of CoTiSb, NiTiSb and FeTiSb were calculated by the method (FP-LAPW) which is based on the DFT code WIEN2k. We used the generalized gradient approximation (GGA (06)) for the term of the potential exchange and correlation (XC) to calculate structural properties, electronic properties and magnetic properties. Structural properties obtained as the lattice parameter are in good agreement with the experimental results available for the electronic and magnetic properties was that: CoTiSb is a semiconductor NiTiSb is a metal and FeTiSb is a half-metal ferromagnetic.

  8. All-atom ab initio native structure prediction of a mixed fold (1FME): a comparison of structural and folding characteristics of various beta beta alpha miniproteins.

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    Kim, Eunae; Jang, Soonmin; Pak, Youngshang

    2009-11-21

    We performed an all-atom ab initio native structure prediction of 1FME, which is one of the computationally challenging mixed fold beta beta alpha miniproteins, by combining a novel conformational search algorithm (multiplexed Q-replica exchange molecular dynamics scheme) with a well-balanced all-atom force field employing a generalized Born implicit solvation model (param99MOD5/GBSA). The nativelike structure of 1FME was identified from the lowest free energy minimum state and in excellent agreement with the NMR structure. Based on the interpretation of the free energy landscape, the structural properties as well as the folding behaviors of 1FME were compared with other beta beta alpha miniproteins (1FSD, 1PSV, and BBA5) that we have previously studied with the same force field. Our simulation showed that the 28-residue beta beta alpha miniproteins (1FME, 1FSD, and 1PSV) share a common feature of the free energy topography and exhibit the three local minimum states on each computed free energy map, but the 23-residue miniprotein (BBA5) follows a downhill folding with a single minimum state. Also, the structure and stability changes resulting from the two point mutation (Gln1-->Glu1 and Ile7-->Tyr7) of 1FSD were investigated in details for direct comparison with the experiment. The comparison shows that upon mutation, the experimentally observed turn type switch from an irregular turn (1FSD) to type I(') turn (1FME) was well reproduced with the present simulation.

  9. Ab initio Study of Structure and Hydrogen Bonding of Cellulose Crystals and Surfaces

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    Davenport, James; Li, Yan

    2011-03-01

    We have studied the equilibrium structure and hydrogen bonding of cellulose crystals and surfaces using semi-empirical dispersion corrections to density functional theory (DFT+D), which has been shown to be an efficient alternative to more advanced methods for weakly bound aromatic assemblies. The predicted crystal structures for both Iα and Iβ phases agree well with experiments. The cohesive energy was decomposed into interchain and intersheet interactions and analyzed in terms of hydrogen bonding and van der Waals dispersion forces. Both interactions were found to be responsible for holding cellulose sheets together. In particular, the dispersion corrections to DFT proved to be indispensable in reproducing the equilibrium intersheet distance and binding strength. Adsorption energy and configuration of water molecules on cellulose surfaces were found to depend sensitively on the surface orientation, adsorption site and contribution from vdW interactions. This work was funded by US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  10. Ab-initio structural search in solid oxygen at high pressure: from zero to finite temperature

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    Cogollo-Olivo, B. H.; Montoya, J. A.

    2016-08-01

    The crystal structure of solid oxygen in the terapascal (TPa) regime has been investigated with Density Functional Theory and the Random Search algorithm at zero temperature. We also considered the effect of the entropy at finite temperatures using the QuasiHarmonic Approximation, and we found that the regime of stability of solid oxygen differs strongly from the results predicted at zero temperature. Finally, we provide some insights of oxygen as a chalcogen element.

  11. Ab-initio calculations of electronic structure and optical properties of TiAl alloy

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    Hussain, Altaf; Sikandar Hayat, Sardar; Choudhry, M. A.

    2011-05-01

    The electronic structures and optical properties of TiAl intermetallic alloy system are studied by the first-principle orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method. Results on the band structure, total and partial density of states, localization index, effective atomic charges, and optical conductivity are presented and discussed in detail. Total density of states spectra reveal that (near the Fermi level) the majority of the contribution is from Ti-3d states. The effective charge calculations show an average charge transfer of 0.52 electrons from Ti to Al in primitive cell calculations of TiAl alloy. On the other hand, calculations using supercell approach reveal an average charge transfer of 0.48 electrons from Ti to Al. The localization index calculations, of primitive cell as well as of supercell, show the presence of relatively localized states even above the Fermi level for this alloy. The calculated optical conductivity spectra of TiAl alloy are rich in structures, showing the highest peak at 5.73 eV for supercell calculations. Calculations of the imaginary part of the linear dielectric function show a prominent peak at 5.71 eV and a plateau in the range 1.1-3.5 eV.

  12. Unravelling the impact of hydrocarbon structure on the fumarate addition mechanism--a gas-phase ab initio study.

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    Bharadwaj, Vivek S; Vyas, Shubham; Villano, Stephanie M; Maupin, C Mark; Dean, Anthony M

    2015-02-14

    The fumarate addition reaction mechanism is central to the anaerobic biodegradation pathway of various hydrocarbons, both aromatic (e.g., toluene, ethyl benzene) and aliphatic (e.g., n-hexane, dodecane). Succinate synthase enzymes, which belong to the glycyl radical enzyme family, are the main facilitators of these biochemical reactions. The overall catalytic mechanism that converts hydrocarbons to a succinate molecule involves three steps: (1) initial H-abstraction from the hydrocarbon by the radical enzyme, (2) addition of the resulting hydrocarbon radical to fumarate, and (3) hydrogen abstraction by the addition product to regenerate the radical enzyme. Since the biodegradation of hydrocarbon fuels via the fumarate addition mechanism is linked to bio-corrosion, an improved understanding of this reaction is imperative to our efforts of predicting the susceptibility of proposed alternative fuels to biodegradation. An improved understanding of the fuel biodegradation process also has the potential to benefit bioremediation. In this study, we consider model aromatic (toluene) and aliphatic (butane) compounds to evaluate the impact of hydrocarbon structure on the energetics and kinetics of the fumarate addition mechanism by means of high level ab initio gas-phase calculations. We predict that the rate of toluene degradation is ∼100 times faster than butane at 298 K, and that the first abstraction step is kinetically significant for both hydrocarbons, which is consistent with deuterium isotope effect studies on toluene degradation. The detailed computations also show that the predicted stereo-chemical preference of the succinate products for both toluene and butane are due to the differences in the radical addition rate constants for the various isomers. The computational and kinetic modeling work presented here demonstrates the importance of considering pre-reaction and product complexes in order to accurately treat gas phase systems that involve intra and inter

  13. Structure and energy of point defects in TiC: An ab initio study

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    Sun, Weiwei; Ehteshami, Hossein; Korzhavyi, Pavel A.

    2015-04-01

    We employ first-principles calculations to study the atomic and electronic structure of various point defects such as vacancies, interstitials, and antisites in the stoichiometric as well as slightly off-stoichiometric Ti1 -cCc (including both C-poor and C-rich compositions, 0.49 ≤c ≤0.51 ). The atomic structure analysis has revealed that both interstitial and antisite defects can exist in split conformations involving dumbbells. To characterize the electronic structure changes caused by a defect, we introduce differential density of states (dDOS) defined as a local perturbation of the density of states (DOS) on the defect site and its surrounding relative to the perfect TiC. This definition allows us to identify the DOS peaks characteristic of the studied defects in several conformations. So far, characteristic defect states have been discussed only in connection with carbon vacancies. Here, in particular, we have identified dDOS peaks of carbon interstitials and dumbbells, which can be used for experimental detection of such defects in TiC. The formation energies of point defects in TiC are derived in the framework of a grand-canonical formalism. Among the considered defects, carbon vacancies and interstitials are shown to have, respectively, the lowest and the second-lowest formation energies. Their formation energetics are consistent with the thermodynamic data on the phase stability of nonstoichiometric TiC. A cluster type of point defect is found to be next in energy, a titanium [100] dumbbell terminated by two carbon vacancies.

  14. Structural, elastic, vibrational and electronic properties of amorphous Al2O3 from ab initio calculations.

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    Davis, Sergio; Gutiérrez, Gonzalo

    2011-12-14

    First-principles molecular dynamics calculations of the structural, elastic, vibrational and electronic properties of amorphous Al(2)O(3), in a system consisting of a supercell of 80 atoms, are reported. A detailed analysis of the interatomic correlations allows us to conclude that the short-range order is mainly composed of AlO(4) tetrahedra, but, in contrast with previous results, also an important number of AlO(6) octahedra and AlO(5) units are present. The vibrational density of states presents two frequency bands, related to bond-bending and bond-stretching modes. It also shows other recognizable features present in similar amorphous oxides. We also present the calculation of elastic properties (bulk modulus and shear modulus). The calculated electronic structure of the material, including total and partial electronic density of states, charge distribution, electron localization function and the ionicity for each species, gives evidence of correlation between the ionicity and the coordination for each Al atom.

  15. Ab initio structural and vibrational properties of GaAs diamondoids and nanocrystals

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    Abdulsattar, Mudar Ahmed; Hussein, Mohammed T.; Hameed, Hadeel Ali

    2014-12-15

    Gallium arsenide diamondoids structural and vibrational properties are investigated using density functional theory at the PBE/6-31(d) level and basis including polarization functions. Variation of energy gap as these diamondoids increase in size is seen to follow confinement theory for diamondoids having nearly equiaxed dimensions. Density of energy states transforms from nearly single levels to band structure as we reach larger diamondoids. Bonds of surface hydrogen with As atoms are relatively localized and shorter than that bonded to Ga atoms. Ga-As bonds have a distribution range of values due to surface reconstruction and effect of bonding to hydrogen atoms. Experimental bulk Ga-As bond length (2.45 Å) is within this distribution range. Tetrahedral and dihedral angles approach values of bulk as we go to higher diamondoids. Optical-phonon energy of larger diamondoids stabilizes at 0.037 eV (297 cm{sup -1}) compared to experimental 0.035 eV (285.2 cm{sup -1}). Ga-As force constant reaches 1.7 mDyne/Å which is comparable to Ga-Ge force constant (1.74 mDyne/Å). Hydrogen related vibrations are nearly constant and serve as a fingerprint of GaAs diamondoids while Ga-As vibrations vary with size of diamondoids.

  16. Structural determinants of glomerular permeability.

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    Deen, W M; Lazzara, M J; Myers, B D

    2001-10-01

    Recent progress in relating the functional properties of the glomerular capillary wall to its unique structure is reviewed. The fenestrated endothelium, glomerular basement membrane (GBM), and epithelial filtration slits form a series arrangement in which the flow diverges as it enters the GBM from the fenestrae and converges again at the filtration slits. A hydrodynamic model that combines morphometric findings with water flow data in isolated GBM has predicted overall hydraulic permeabilities that are consistent with measurements in vivo. The resistance of the GBM to water flow, which accounts for roughly half that of the capillary wall, is strongly dependent on the extent to which the GBM surfaces are blocked by cells. The spatial frequency of filtration slits is predicted to be a very important determinant of the overall hydraulic permeability, in keeping with observations in several glomerular diseases in humans. Whereas the hydraulic resistances of the cell layers and GBM are additive, the overall sieving coefficient for a macromolecule (its concentration in Bowman's space divided by that in plasma) is the product of the sieving coefficients for the individual layers. Models for macromolecule filtration reveal that the individual sieving coefficients are influenced by one another and by the filtrate velocity, requiring great care in extrapolating in vitro observations to the living animal. The size selectivity of the glomerular capillary has been shown to be determined largely by the cellular layers, rather than the GBM. Controversial findings concerning glomerular charge selectivity are reviewed, and it is concluded that there is good evidence for a role of charge in restricting the transmural movement of albumin. Also discussed is an effect of albumin that has received little attention, namely, its tendency to increase the sieving coefficients of test macromolecules via steric interactions. Among the unresolved issues are the specific contributions of the

  17. Ab initio electronic band structure study of III-VI layered semiconductors

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    Olguín, Daniel; Rubio-Ponce, Alberto; Cantarero, Andrés

    2013-08-01

    We present a total energy study of the electronic properties of the rhombohedral γ-InSe, hexagonal ɛ-GaSe, and monoclinic GaTe layered compounds. The calculations have been done using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method, including spin-orbit interaction. The calculated valence bands of the three compounds compare well with angle resolved photoemission measurements and a discussion of the small discrepancies found has been given. The present calculations are also compared with recent and previous band structure calculations available in the literature for the three compounds. Finally, in order to improve the calculated band gap value we have used the recently proposed modified Becke-Johnson correction for the exchange-correlation potential.

  18. Ab initio structural, electronic and optical properties of orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3}

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    Henriques, J.M.; Caetano, E.W.S. Freire, V.N.; Costa, J.A.P. da; Albuquerque, E.L.

    2007-03-15

    Orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3} is studied using density-functional theory (DFT) considering both the local density and generalized gradient approximations, LDA and GGA, respectively. The electronic band structure, density of states, dielectric function and optical absorption are calculated. Two very close indirect (S->{gamma}) and direct ({gamma}->{gamma}) band gap energies of 1.68eV (2.31eV) and 1.75eV (2.41eV) were obtained within the GGA (LDA) approximation, as well as the effective masses for electrons and holes. Comparing with orthorhombic CaCO{sub 3} (aragonite), the substitution of carbon by germanium changes the localization of the valence band maximum of the indirect transition, and decreases by almost 2.0eV the Kohn-Sham band gap energies.

  19. Ab initio, DFT, and spectroscopic studies of excited-state structure and dynamics of 9-ethylfluorene

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    Boo, Bong Hyun; Lee, Jae Kwang; Lim, Edward C.

    2008-12-01

    Fluorescence excitation and resonant two-photon ionization spectra were measured for 9-ethylfluorene ( EFR) molecule cooled in pulsed supersonic expansion of He in the range of 286.5 ˜ 300 nm. The structures and energies of the global and local minima and the transition states separating them are evaluated with the B3LYP/6-31G(d) and MP2/cc-pVTZ methods. It is found that the vertical excitation energies of fluorene and the EFR conformers can be reliably predicted by the time-dependent DFT method within 8.72%. The vibrational bands above the electronic origin are assigned on the basis of the RCIS/6-31G(d) calculation. Ethyl (or ethene) elimination from the excited neutral and/or ionic molecule is presumed to occur as an activation process along the adiabatic potential energy surface.

  20. Efficient preconditioning of the electronic structure problem in large scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schiffmann, Florian; VandeVondele, Joost

    2015-06-28

    We present an improved preconditioning scheme for electronic structure calculations based on the orbital transformation method. First, a preconditioner is developed which includes information from the full Kohn-Sham matrix but avoids computationally demanding diagonalisation steps in its construction. This reduces the computational cost of its construction, eliminating a bottleneck in large scale simulations, while maintaining rapid convergence. In addition, a modified form of Hotelling’s iterative inversion is introduced to replace the exact inversion of the preconditioner matrix. This method is highly effective during molecular dynamics (MD), as the solution obtained in earlier MD steps is a suitable initial guess. Filtering small elements during sparse matrix multiplication leads to linear scaling inversion, while retaining robustness, already for relatively small systems. For system sizes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand atoms, which are typical for many practical applications, the improvements to the algorithm lead to a 2-5 fold speedup per MD step.

  1. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties in transition-metal-doped arsenene: Ab initio study

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    Luo, Min; Hao Shen, Yu; Yin, Tai Ling

    2017-01-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of arsenene doped with five different transition-metal (TM) atoms (TM = Co, Cu, Mn, Fe, and Ni) are investigated using the density functional theory. Magnetism is observed in the cases of Cu, Mn, Fe, and Ni. Among these four magnetic systems, the Ni-doped system is the most easily formed. Hence, we study the ferromagnetic (FM) interaction in two-Ni-doped arsenene. It is found that the p-d hybridization mechanism results in the ferromagnetic state. However, the FM interaction is obviously depressed by the increasing Ni-Ni distance, which could be well explained by the Zener-Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) theory. Moreover, exotic phenomena appear in the two-Mn-doped system. Both nonmagnetic and ferromagnetic states are observed.

  2. Ab initio and DFT studies of the structure and vibrational spectra of anhydrous caffeine.

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    Srivastava, Santosh K; Singh, Vipin B

    2013-11-01

    Vibrational spectra and molecular structure of anhydrous caffeine have been systematically investigated by second order Moller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Vibrational assignments have been made and many previous ambiguous assignments in IR and Raman spectra are amended. The calculated DFT frequencies and intensities at B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level, were found to be in better agreement with the experimental values. It was found that DFT with B3LYP functional predicts harmonic vibrational wave numbers more close to experimentally observed value when it was performed on MP2 optimized geometry rather than DFT geometry. The calculated TD-DFT vertical excitation electronic energies of the valence excited states of anhydrous caffeine are found to be in consonance to the experimental absorption peaks.

  3. Efficient preconditioning of the electronic structure problem in large scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schiffmann, Florian; VandeVondele, Joost

    2015-06-01

    We present an improved preconditioning scheme for electronic structure calculations based on the orbital transformation method. First, a preconditioner is developed which includes information from the full Kohn-Sham matrix but avoids computationally demanding diagonalisation steps in its construction. This reduces the computational cost of its construction, eliminating a bottleneck in large scale simulations, while maintaining rapid convergence. In addition, a modified form of Hotelling's iterative inversion is introduced to replace the exact inversion of the preconditioner matrix. This method is highly effective during molecular dynamics (MD), as the solution obtained in earlier MD steps is a suitable initial guess. Filtering small elements during sparse matrix multiplication leads to linear scaling inversion, while retaining robustness, already for relatively small systems. For system sizes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand atoms, which are typical for many practical applications, the improvements to the algorithm lead to a 2-5 fold speedup per MD step.

  4. Ab initio and DFT studies of the structure and vibrational spectra of anhydrous caffeine

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    Srivastava, Santosh K.; Singh, Vipin B.

    2013-11-01

    Vibrational spectra and molecular structure of anhydrous caffeine have been systematically investigated by second order Moller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Vibrational assignments have been made and many previous ambiguous assignments in IR and Raman spectra are amended. The calculated DFT frequencies and intensities at B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level, were found to be in better agreement with the experimental values. It was found that DFT with B3LYP functional predicts harmonic vibrational wave numbers more close to experimentally observed value when it was performed on MP2 optimized geometry rather than DFT geometry. The calculated TD-DFT vertical excitation electronic energies of the valence excited states of anhydrous caffeine are found to be in consonance to the experimental absorption peaks.

  5. Gas-phase acidities of tetrahedral oxyacids from ab initio electronic structure theory

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    Rustad, J.R.; Dixon, D.A.; Kubicki, J.D.; Felmy, A.R.

    2000-05-04

    Density functional calculations have been performed on several protonation states of the oxyacids of Si, P, V, As, Cr, and S. Structures and vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with experimental values where these are available. A reasonably well-defined correlation between the calculated gas-phase acidities and the measured pK{sub a} in aqueous solution has been found. The pK{sub a}/gas-phase acidity slopes are consistent with those derived from previous molecular mechanics calculations on ferric hydrolysis and the first two acidity constants for orthosilicic acid. The successive deprotonation of other H{sub n}TO{sub 4} species, for a given tetrahedral anion T are roughly consistent with this slope, but not to the extent that there is a universal correlation among all species.

  6. Molecular geometry of OC···AgI determined by broadband rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Stephens, Susanna L; Mizukami, Wataru; Tew, David P; Walker, Nicholas R; Legon, Anthony C

    2012-02-14

    Pure rotational spectra of the ground vibrational states of six isotopologues of OC···AgI have been measured by chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The spectra are assigned to determine the rotational constant, B(0), centrifugal distortion constant, D(J), and nuclear quadrupole coupling constant of the iodine atom, χ(aa)(I). The complex is linear. Isotopic substitutions at the silver, carbon, and oxygen atoms allow bond lengths to be established by the r(0), r(s), and r(m)((1)) methods of structure determination. The length of the C-O bond, r(CO), in the r(0) geometry for OC···AgI is 0.008 Å shorter than that found in the free CO molecule. The length of the Ag-I bond, r(AgI), is 0.013 Å shorter than in free AgI. χ(aa)(I) is determined to be -769.84(22) MHz for OC···(107)AgI implying an ionic character of 0.66 for the metal halide bond. Attachment of carbon monoxide to the isolated AgI molecule results in an increase of the ionic character of AgI of 0.12. The molecular structure and spectroscopic parameters determined from the experimental data are presented alongside the results of calculations at the explicitly correlated coupled-cluster singles, doubles and perturbative triples level. Vibrational frequencies, the electric dipole moment, the nuclear quadrupole coupling constant, and the dissociation energy of the molecule have been calculated.

  7. Electronic structure and Fermi surface of UNZ ( Z=Se and Te) by ab initio calculations

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    Samsel-Czekała, M.

    2010-05-01

    The electronic structures of ferromagnetic (FM) UNTe and its nonmagnetically ordered (NMO) isostructural (tetragonal P4/nmm ) and isoelectronic counterpart, UNSe, have been calculated from first principles in the framework of the fully relativistic and full-potential local-orbital band-structure code within local-spin density approximation (LSDA) including also an orbital polarization correction by Eriksson, Brooks, and Johansson (OPB). The results predict that both ternaries have a covalently metallic character and solely uranium atoms, located in (001) planes, form a metallic bond due to the U5f-6d electrons. The U5f electrons contribute also to a covalent bond with the ligand N and Te or Se atoms and they reveal a dual character, i.e., partly localized and itinerant. Contrary to UNSe, UNTe is a collinear FM with the magnetic moment alignment along the c axis, as observed experimentally in the past and now is well reproduced by the LSDA+OPB calculations. In NMO states of both systems, band pseudogaps are opening merely ˜0.25eV below the Fermi level, which cause an instability of the metallic state under small perturbations leading to a semiconducting behavior. The two-band Fermi surfaces (FSs) of both compounds (in NMO state) have similar quasi-two-dimensional (Q2D) properties with nesting vectors along the [100] direction. In turn, UNTe in the FM state possesses three-band FS with also Q2D properties and nesting features along the [100] and [110] directions, being important, e.g., in arising such collective phenomena as superconductivity.

  8. Electronic structure and metallization of cubic GdH3 under pressure: Ab initio many-body GW calculations

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    Kong, Bo; Zhang, Yachao

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structures of the cubic GdH3 are extensively investigated using the ab initio many-body GW calculations treating the Gd 4f electrons either in the core (4f-core) or in the valence states (4f-val). Different degrees of quasiparticle (QP) self-consistent calculations with the different starting points are used to correct the failures of the GGA/GGA + U/HSE03 calculations. In the 4f-core case, GGA + G0W0 calculations give a fundamental band gap of 1.72 eV, while GGA+ GW0 or GGA + GW calculations present a larger band gap. In the 4f-val case, the nonlocal exchange-correlation (xc) functional HSE03 can account much better for the strong localization of the 4f states than the semilocal or Hubbard U corrected xc functional in the Kohn-Sham equation. We show that the fundamental gap of the antiferromagnetic (AFM) or ferromagnetic (FM) GdH3 can be opened up by solving the QP equation with improved starting point of eigenvalues and wave functions given by HSE03. The HSE03 + G0W0 calculations present a fundamental band gap of 2.73 eV in the AFM configuration, and the results of the corresponding GW0 and GW calculations are 2.89 and 3.03 eV, respectively. In general, for the cubic structure, the fundamental gap from G0W0 calculations in the 4f-core case is the closest to the real result. By G0W0 calculations in the 4f-core case, we find that H or Gd defects can strongly affect the band structure, especially the H defects. We explain the mechanism in terms of the possible electron correlation on the hydrogen site. Under compression, the insulator-to-metal transition in the cubic GdH3 occurs around 40 GPa, which might be a satisfied prediction.

  9. Calculs ab initio de structures electroniques pour un meilleur design de polymeres photovoltaiques

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    Berube, Nicolas

    This thesis focuses on the role of density functional theory in the design of polymers for photovoltaic applications. Theoretical calculations are first studied in the characterization of polymers in the context of collaborations between theory and experiment. The stability and the energy levels of some organic molecules are studied before and after a sulfurization of their carbonyl groups, a process destined to lower the band gaps. The dynamics of the electronic processes and the Raman vibration spectra are also explored in a polycarbazole-based polymer. From then, the usefulness of theoretical calculations in the design of polymers before their syntheses is explored. Density functional theory calculations are studied under the Scharber model in order to predict the efficiency of organic solar cells. Then, a new approach for the design of low band gap polymer based on the aromatic or quinoid structures is established, whose efficiency surpasses the actual donor-acceptor approach. These studies are used in the exploration of the chemical space and several candidate for polymers with interesting electronic properties are presented.

  10. Ab initio approach to structural, electronic, and ferroelectric properties of antimony sulphoiodide

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    Amoroso, Danila; Picozzi, Silvia

    2016-06-01

    By means of first-principles calculations for the SbSI semiconductor, we show that bare density functional theory fails to reproduce the experimentally observed ferroelectric phase, whereas a more advanced approach, based on hybrid functionals, correctly works. When comparing the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases, our results show polar displacements along the c direction of the Sb and S sublattices with respect to the iodine framework, leading to a predicted spontaneous polarization of P ≃20 μ C/cm2 , in good agreement with experiments. In the ferroelectric phase, the semiconducting behavior of SbSI is confirmed by relatively large values for the indirect and direct gaps (≃2.15 eV and 2.3 eV , respectively). An analysis of the electronic structure, in terms of density of states, charge density distribution, and anomalies in the Born effective charges, reveals (i) the clear presence of a Sb(III) lone pair and (ii) a large covalency in the SbSI bonding, based on the hybridization between Sb and S ions, in turn more ionically bonded to iodine anions. Finally, the interplay between ferroelectricity and spin-orbit coupling reveals a coexistence of Dresselhaus and Rashba relativistic effects and a spin texture that can be reversed by switching the polarization, of potential appeal in electrically controlled spintronics.

  11. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of carbon doped boron nitride nanowire: Ab initio study

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    Jalilian, Jaafar; Kanjouri, Faramarz

    2016-11-01

    Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we demonstrated that carbon doped boron nitride nanowire (C-doped BNNW) has diverse electronic and magnetic properties depending on position of carbon atoms and their percentages. Our results show that only when one carbon atom is situated on the edge of the nanowire, C-doped BNNW is transformed into half-metal. The calculated electronic structure of the C-doped BNNW suggests that doping carbon can induce localized edge states around the Fermi level, and the interaction among localized edge states leads to semiconductor to half-metal transition. Overall, the bond reconstruction causes of appearance of different electronic behavior such as semiconducting, half-metallicity, nonmagnetic metallic, and ferromagnetic metallic characters. The formation energy of the system shows that when a C atom is doped on surface boron site, system is more stable than the other positions of carbon impurity. Our calculations show that C-doped BNNW may offer unique opportunities for developing nanoscale spintronic materials.

  12. Determination of protolytic equilibria for methyl 3-azido-6-iodo-2,3,6-trideoxy-α- D- arabino-hexopyranoside by ab initio and spectrophotometric methods

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    Dąbrowska, Aleksandra; Makowski, Mariusz; Jacewicz, Dagmara; Chylewska, Agnieszka; Chmurzyński, Lech

    2008-12-01

    UV absorption spectra of methyl 3-azido-6-iodo-2,3,6-trideoxy-α- D- arabino-hexopyranoside were recorded over a wide pH range. On this basis, a relationship between absorbance and pH was plotted, from which deprotonation equilibrium constants of this compound were determined. Further, quantum-mechanical calculations were performed at the ab initio level both in the gas phase by using the Restricted Hartree Fock (RHF), Møller-Plesset (MP2) methods and under consideration of solvation effects within the Polarizable Continuum Model (PCM), which enabled location of preferred protonation and deprotonation centers of this compound. The results provided the basis for discussion of the influence of substituents in the sugar ring on protolytic equilibria occurring in aqueous solutions of 3-azido-2,3-dideoxy sugars.

  13. Modelling the local atomic structure of molybdenum in nuclear waste glasses with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    None, None

    2016-01-01

    The nature of chemical bonding of molybdenum in high level nuclear waste glasses has been elucidated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two compositions, (SiO2)57.5 – (B2O3)10 – (Na2O)15 – (CaO)15 – (MoO3)2.5 and (SiO2)57.3 – (B2O3)20 – (Na2O)6.8 – (Li2O)13.4 – (MoO3)2.5 , were considered in order to investigate the effect of ionic and covalent components on the glass structure and the formation of the crystallisation precursors (Na2MoO4 and CaMoO4). The coordination environments of Mo cations and the corresponding bond lengths calculated from our model are in excellent agreement with experimental observations. The analysis of the first coordination shell reveals two different types of molybdenum host matrix bonds in the lithium sodium borosilicate glass. Based on the structural data and the bond valence model, we demonstrate that the Mo cation can be found in a redox state and the molybdate tetrahedron can be connected with the borosilicate network in a way that inhibits the formation of crystalline molybdates. These results significantly extend our understanding of bonding in Mo-containing nuclear waste glasses and demonstrate that tailoring the glass composition to specific heavy metal constituents can facilitate incorporation of heavy metals at high concentrations. K.K. was supported through the Impact Studentship scheme at UCL co-funded by the IHI Corporation and UCL. P.V.S. thanks the Royal Society, which supported preliminary work on this project, and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at PNNL, a multiprogram national laboratory operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. Via our membership of the UK's HEC Materials Chemistry Consortium, which is funded by EPSRC (EP/L000202), this work used the ARCHER UK National Supercomputing Service (http://www.archer.ac.uk).

  14. Free energies for degradation reactions of 1,2,3-trichloropropane from ab initio electronic structure theory.

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    Bylaska, Eric J; Glaesemann, Kurt R; Felmy, Andrew R; Vasiliu, Monica; Dixon, David A; Tratnyek, Paul G

    2010-11-25

    Electronic structure methods were used to calculate the gas and aqueous phase reaction energies for reductive dechlorination (i.e., hydrogenolysis), reductive β-elimination, dehydrochlorination, and nucleophilic substitution by OH− of 1,2,3-trichloropropane. The thermochemical properties ΔH(f)°(298.15 K), S°(298.15 K, 1 bar), and ΔG(S)(298.15 K, 1 bar) were calculated by using ab initio electronic structure calculations, isodesmic reactions schemes, gas-phase entropy estimates, and continuum solvation models for 1,2,3-trichloropropane and several likely degradation products: CH3−CHCl−CH2Cl, CH2Cl−CH2−CH2Cl, C•H2−CHCl−CH2Cl, CH2Cl−C•H−CH2Cl, CH2═CCl−CH2Cl, cis-CHCl═CH−CH2Cl, trans-CHCl═CH−CH2Cl, CH2═CH−CH2Cl, CH2Cl−CHCl−CH2OH, CH2Cl−CHOH−CH2Cl, CH2═CCl−CH2OH, CH2═COH−CH2Cl, cis-CHOH═CH−CH2Cl, trans-CHOH═CH−CH2Cl, CH(═O)−CH2−CH2Cl, and CH3−C(═O)−CH2Cl. On the basis of these thermochemical estimates, together with a Fe(II)/Fe(III) chemical equilibrium model for natural reducing environments, all of the reactions studied were predicted to be very favorable in the standard state and under a wide range of pH conditions. The most favorable reaction was reductive β-elimination (ΔG(rxn)° ≈ −32 kcal/mol), followed closely by reductive dechlorination (ΔG(rxn)° ≈ −27 kcal/mol), dehydrochlorination (ΔG(rxn)° ≈ −27 kcal/mol), and nucleophilic substitution by OH− (ΔG(rxn)° ≈ −25 kcal/mol). For both reduction reactions studied, it was found that the first electron-transfer step, yielding the intermediate C•H2−CHCl−CH2Cl and the CH2Cl−C•H−CH2Cl species, was not favorable in the standard state (ΔG(rxn)° ≈ +15 kcal/mol) and was predicted to occur only at relatively high pH values. This result suggests that reduction by natural attenuation is unlikely.

  15. Efficient and accurate determination of lattice-vacancy diffusion coefficients via non equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Sangiovanni, D. G.; Hellman, O.; Alling, B.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    We revisit the color-diffusion algorithm [Aeberhard et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 095901 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.095901] in non equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics (NE-AIMD) and propose a simple efficient approach for the estimation of monovacancy jump rates in crystalline solids at temperatures well below melting. Color-diffusion applied to monovacancy migration entails that one lattice atom (colored atom) is accelerated toward the neighboring defect site by an external constant force F. Considering bcc molybdenum between 1000 and 2800 K as a model system, NE-AIMD results show that the colored-atom jump rate kNE increases exponentially with the force intensity F , up to F values far beyond the linear-fitting regime employed previously. Using a simple model, we derive an analytical expression which reproduces the observed kNE(F ) dependence on F . Equilibrium rates extrapolated by NE-AIMD results are in excellent agreement with those of unconstrained dynamics. The gain in computational efficiency achieved with our approach increases rapidly with decreasing temperatures and reaches a factor of 4 orders of magnitude at the lowest temperature considered in the present study.

  16. Ab initio single and multideterminant methods used in the determination of reduction potentials and magnetic properties of Rieske ferredoxins

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    Powers, Nathan Lee

    2008-10-01

    The [Fe2S2]2+/[Fe2S 2]+ electronic structure of seven Rieske protein active sites (bovine mitochondrial cytochrome bc1 complex, spinach chloroplast cytochrome b6f complex, Rieske-type ferredoxin associated with biphenyl dioxygenase from Burkholderia cepacia, yeast cytochrome bcl complex from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Rieske subunit of arsenite oxidase from Alcaligenes faecalis, respiratory-type Rieske protein from Thermus thermophilus, and Rieske protein II (soxF) from Sulfolobus acidocaldarius), which lie in a reduction potential range from -150 mV to 375 mV, have been studied by both single and multi-determinant quantum mechanical methods. Calculated reduction potentials and magnetic properties are found comparable to experimental values.

  17. Ab Initio Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of (ZnO) n "Magical" Nanoclusters n = (34, 60).

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    Bovhyra, Rostyslav; Popovych, Dmytro; Bovgyra, Oleg; Serednytski, Andrew

    2017-12-01

    Density functional theory studies of the structural and electronic properties of nanoclusters (ZnO) n (n = 34, 60) in different geometric configurations were conducted. For each cluster, an optimization (relaxation) of structure geometry was performed, and the basic properties of the band structure were investigated. It was established that for the (ZnO)34 nanoclusters, the most stable are fullerene-like hollow structures that satisfy the rule of six isolated quadrangles. For the (ZnO)60 nanoclusters, different types of isomers, including hollow structures and sodalite-like structures composed from (ZnO)12 nanoclusters, were investigated. It was determined that the most energetically favorable structure was sodalite-type structure composed of seven (ZnO)12 clusters with common quadrangle edges.

  18. Ab Initio Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of (ZnO) n "Magical" Nanoclusters n = (34, 60)

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    Bovhyra, Rostyslav; Popovych, Dmytro; Bovgyra, Oleg; Serednytski, Andrew

    2017-01-01

    Density functional theory studies of the structural and electronic properties of nanoclusters (ZnO) n ( n = 34, 60) in different geometric configurations were conducted. For each cluster, an optimization (relaxation) of structure geometry was performed, and the basic properties of the band structure were investigated. It was established that for the (ZnO)34 nanoclusters, the most stable are fullerene-like hollow structures that satisfy the rule of six isolated quadrangles. For the (ZnO)60 nanoclusters, different types of isomers, including hollow structures and sodalite-like structures composed from (ZnO)12 nanoclusters, were investigated. It was determined that the most energetically favorable structure was sodalite-type structure composed of seven (ZnO)12 clusters with common quadrangle edges.

  19. Structure and Dynamics of the Instantaneous Water/Vapor Interface Revisited by Path-Integral and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Kessler, Jan; Elgabarty, Hossam; Spura, Thomas; Karhan, Kristof; Partovi-Azar, Pouya; Hassanali, Ali A; Kühne, Thomas D

    2015-08-06

    The structure and dynamics of the water/vapor interface is revisited by means of path-integral and second-generation Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with an instantaneous surface definition [Willard, A. P.; Chandler, D. J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 1954]. In agreement with previous studies, we find that one of the OH bonds of the water molecules in the topmost layer is pointing out of the water into the vapor phase, while the orientation of the underlying layer is reversed. Therebetween, an additional water layer is detected, where the molecules are aligned parallel to the instantaneous water surface.

  20. Structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of tetragonal and orthorhombic polymorphs of Sr2GeN2: an ab initio investigation

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    Bedjaoui, A.; Bouhemadou, A.; Bin-Omran, S.

    2016-04-01

    The structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of the α (tetragonal) and β (orthorhombic) polymorphs of the Sr2GeN2 compound have been examined in detail using ab initio density functional theory pseudopotential plane-wave calculations. Apart the structural properties at the ambient conditions, all present reported results are predicted for the first time. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and inter-atomic bond-lengths of the considered polymorphs are in good agreement with the available experimental data. It is found that α-Sr2GeN2 is energetically more stable than β-Sr2GeN2. The two examined polymorphs are very similar in their crystal structures and have almost identical local environments. The single-crystal and polycrystalline elastic parameters and related properties - including elastic constants, bulk, shear and Young's moduli, Poisson's ratio, anisotropy indexes, Pugh's criterion, elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature - have been predicted. Temperature and pressure dependence of some macroscopic properties - including the unit-cell volume, bulk modulus, volume thermal expansion coefficient, heat capacity and Debye temperature - have been evaluated using ab initio calculations combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  1. cryoSPARC: algorithms for rapid unsupervised cryo-EM structure determination.

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    Punjani, Ali; Rubinstein, John L; Fleet, David J; Brubaker, Marcus A

    2017-03-01

    Single-particle electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) is a powerful method for determining the structures of biological macromolecules. With automated microscopes, cryo-EM data can often be obtained in a few days. However, processing cryo-EM image data to reveal heterogeneity in the protein structure and to refine 3D maps to high resolution frequently becomes a severe bottleneck, requiring expert intervention, prior structural knowledge, and weeks of calculations on expensive computer clusters. Here we show that stochastic gradient descent (SGD) and branch-and-bound maximum likelihood optimization algorithms permit the major steps in cryo-EM structure determination to be performed in hours or minutes on an inexpensive desktop computer. Furthermore, SGD with Bayesian marginalization allows ab initio 3D classification, enabling automated analysis and discovery of unexpected structures without bias from a reference map. These algorithms are combined in a user-friendly computer program named cryoSPARC (http://www.cryosparc.com).

  2. Ab-initio study of the magnetism, structure and spin dependent electronic states of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr)

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    Jaiganesh, G.; Jaya, S. Mathi

    2015-06-01

    The magnetism, structure and spin polarized electronic structure of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr) are studied using the ab-initio techniques within the framework of the density functional theory. Appropriately constructed supercell along with the full structural optimization of these cells is used for studying the influence of Ti substitution on the magnetism and electronic structure of these compounds. We find from our calculations that the Ti substituted MO compounds energetically favor magnetically ordered state. The Ti concentration is found to be important in deciding the magnetic order and we have observed antiferromagnetic order for the Ti concentration of 0.25. The Ti substituted MO compounds are thus an interesting class of materials that deserve further studies.

  3. Ab-initio study of the magnetism, structure and spin dependent electronic states of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr)

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    Jaiganesh, G. Jaya, S. Mathi

    2015-06-24

    The magnetism, structure and spin polarized electronic structure of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr) are studied using the ab-initio techniques within the framework of the density functional theory. Appropriately constructed supercell along with the full structural optimization of these cells is used for studying the influence of Ti substitution on the magnetism and electronic structure of these compounds. We find from our calculations that the Ti substituted MO compounds energetically favor magnetically ordered state. The Ti concentration is found to be important in deciding the magnetic order and we have observed antiferromagnetic order for the Ti concentration of 0.25. The Ti substituted MO compounds are thus an interesting class of materials that deserve further studies.

  4. The structure of SrTiO3(001)-2 × 1 surface analyzed by high-resolution medium energy ion scattering coupled with ab initio calculations

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    Matsuda, Taishi; Yoshida, Yuki; Mitsuhara, Kei; Kido, Yoshiaki

    2013-06-01

    High-resolution medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) spectrometry coupled with photoelectron spectroscopy revealed unambiguously that the initial SrTiO3(001) surface chemically etched in a buffered NH4F-HF solution was perfectly terminated with a single-layer (SL) of TiO2(001) and annealing the surface at 600-800 °C in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) led to a (2 × 1)-reconstructed surface terminated with a double-layer (DL) of TiO2(001). After annealing in UHV, rock-salt SrO(001) clusters with two atomic layer height grew epitaxially on the DL-TiO2(001)-2 × 1 surface with a coverage of 20%-30%. High-resolution MEIS in connection with ab initio calculations demonstrated the structure of the DL-TiO2(001)-2 × 1 surface close to that proposed by Erdman et al. [Nature (London) 419, 55 (2002)], 10.1038/nature01010 rather than that predicted by Herger et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 076102 (2007)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.076102. Based on the MEIS analysis combined with the ab initio calculations, we propose the most probable (2 × 1) surface structure.

  5. Structural and vibrational study of 2-MethoxyEthylAmmonium Nitrate (2-OMeEAN): Interpretation of experimental results with ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Campetella, M.; Bovi, D.; Caminiti, R.; Guidoni, L.; Bencivenni, L.; Gontrani, L.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report an analysis of the bulk phase of 2-methoxyethylammonium nitrate based on ab initio molecular dynamics. The structural and dynamical features of the ionic liquid have been characterized and the computational findings have been compared with the experimental X-ray diffraction patterns, with infrared spectroscopy data, and with the results obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. The experimental infrared spectrum was interpreted with the support of calculated vibrational density of states as well as harmonic frequency calculations of selected gas phase clusters. Particular attention was addressed to the high frequency region of the cation (ω > 2000 cm-1), where the vibrational motions involve the NH3+ group responsible for hydrogen bond formation, and to the frequency range 1200-1400 cm-1 where the antisymmetric stretching mode (ν3) of nitrate is found. Its multiple absorption lines in the liquid arise from the removal of the degeneracy present in the D3h symmetry of the isolated ion. Our ab initio molecular dynamics leads to a rationalization of the frequency shifts and splittings, which are inextricably related to the structural modifications induced by a hydrogen bonding environment. The DFT calculations lead to an inhomogeneous environment.

  6. Structural, electronic, elastic, optical, and vibrational properties of HfXSb (X = Co, Rh, Ru) half-Heusler compounds: an ab initio study

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    Çoban, C.; Çiftçi, Y. Ö.; Çolakoğlu, K.

    2016-11-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic, optical, and vibrational properties of ternary half-Heusler compounds HfXSb (X = Co, Rh, Ru) were studied with means of ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory. The calculated lattice constants were in good agreement with the available data. The electronic structure and corresponding density of states (DOS) were also calculated. Indirect band gaps were observed for HfCoSb and HfRhSb. Due to some valence bands crossing the Fermi level, HfRuSb has metallic character. In addition to the electronic structure, elastic and optical properties, phonon dispersion curves and phonon DOS were calculated. A detailed comparison was made between these three half-Heusler compounds.

  7. NMR-based structural modeling of graphite oxide using multidimensional 13C solid-state NMR and ab initio chemical shift calculations.

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    Casabianca, Leah B; Shaibat, Medhat A; Cai, Weiwei W; Park, Sungjin; Piner, Richard; Ruoff, Rodney S; Ishii, Yoshitaka

    2010-04-28

    Chemically modified graphenes and other graphite-based materials have attracted growing interest for their unique potential as lightweight electronic and structural nanomaterials. It is an important challenge to construct structural models of noncrystalline graphite-based materials on the basis of NMR or other spectroscopic data. To address this challenge, a solid-state NMR (SSNMR)-based structural modeling approach is presented on graphite oxide (GO), which is a prominent precursor and interesting benchmark system of modified graphene. An experimental 2D (13)C double-quantum/single-quantum correlation SSNMR spectrum of (13)C-labeled GO was compared with spectra simulated for different structural models using ab initio geometry optimization and chemical shift calculations. The results show that the spectral features of the GO sample are best reproduced by a geometry-optimized structural model that is based on the Lerf-Klinowski model (Lerf, A. et al. Phys. Chem. B 1998, 102, 4477); this model is composed of interconnected sp(2), 1,2-epoxide, and COH carbons. This study also convincingly excludes the possibility of other previously proposed models, including the highly oxidized structures involving 1,3-epoxide carbons (Szabo, I. et al. Chem. Mater. 2006, 18, 2740). (13)C chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) patterns measured by a 2D (13)C CSA/isotropic shift correlation SSNMR were well reproduced by the chemical shift tensor obtained by the ab initio calculation for the former model. The approach presented here is likely to be applicable to other chemically modified graphenes and graphite-based systems.

  8. Structural, vibrational, and quasiparticle band structure of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethelene from ab initio calculations

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    Appalakondaiah, S.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Lebègue, S.

    2014-01-07

    The effects of pressure on the structural and vibrational properties of the layered molecular crystal 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethelene (FOX-7) are explored by first principles calculations. We observe significant changes in the calculated structural properties with different corrections for treating van der Waals interactions to Density Functional Theory (DFT), as compared with standard DFT functionals. In particular, the calculated ground state lattice parameters, volume and bulk modulus obtained with Grimme's scheme, are found to agree well with experiments. The calculated vibrational frequencies demonstrate the dependence of the intra and inter-molecular interactions on FOX-7 under pressure. In addition, we also found a significant increment in the N–H...O hydrogen bond strength under compression. This is explained by the change in bond lengths between nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, as well as calculated IR spectra under pressure. Finally, the computed band gap is about 2.3 eV with generalized gradient approximation, and is enhanced to 5.1 eV with the GW approximation, which reveals the importance of performing quasiparticle calculations in high energy density materials.

  9. Determinants of Glycosaminoglycan (GAG) Structure

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    Prydz, Kristian

    2015-01-01

    Proteoglycans (PGs) are glycosylated proteins of biological importance at cell surfaces, in the extracellular matrix, and in the circulation. PGs are produced and modified by glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains in the secretory pathway of animal cells. The most common GAG attachment site is a serine residue followed by a glycine (-ser-gly-), from which a linker tetrasaccharide extends and may continue as a heparan sulfate, a heparin, a chondroitin sulfate, or a dermatan sulfate GAG chain. Which type of GAG chain becomes attached to the linker tetrasaccharide is influenced by the structure of the protein core, modifications occurring to the linker tetrasaccharide itself, and the biochemical environment of the Golgi apparatus, where GAG polymerization and modification by sulfation and epimerization take place. The same cell type may produce different GAG chains that vary, depending on the extent of epimerization and sulfation. However, it is not known to what extent these differences are caused by compartmental segregation of protein cores en route through the secretory pathway or by differential recruitment of modifying enzymes during synthesis of different PGs. The topic of this review is how different aspects of protein structure, cellular biochemistry, and compartmentalization may influence GAG synthesis. PMID:26308067

  10. Ab Initio Simulations and Electronic Structure of Lithium-Doped Ionic Liquids: Structure, Transport, and Electrochemical Stability.

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    Haskins, Justin B; Bauschlicher, Charles W; Lawson, John W

    2015-11-19

    Density functional theory (DFT), density functional theory molecular dynamics (DFT-MD), and classical molecular dynamics using polarizable force fields (PFF-MD) are employed to evaluate the influence of Li(+) on the structure, transport, and electrochemical stability of three potential ionic liquid electrolytes: N-methyl-N-butylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([pyr14][TFSI]), N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide ([pyr13][FSI]), and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium boron tetrafluoride ([EMIM][BF4]). We characterize the Li(+) solvation shell through DFT computations of [Li(Anion)n]((n-1)-) clusters, DFT-MD simulations of isolated Li(+) in small ionic liquid systems, and PFF-MD simulations with high Li-doping levels in large ionic liquid systems. At low levels of Li-salt doping, highly stable solvation shells having two to three anions are seen in both [pyr14][TFSI] and [pyr13][FSI], whereas solvation shells with four anions dominate in [EMIM][BF4]. At higher levels of doping, we find the formation of complex Li-network structures that increase the frequency of four anion-coordinated solvation shells. A comparison of computational and experimental Raman spectra for a wide range of [Li(Anion)n]((n-1)-) clusters shows that our proposed structures are consistent with experiment. We then compute the ion diffusion coefficients and find measures from small-cell DFT-MD simulations to be the correct order of magnitude, but influenced by small system size and short simulation length. Correcting for these errors with complementary PFF-MD simulations, we find DFT-MD measures to be in close agreement with experiment. Finally, we compute electrochemical windows from DFT computations on isolated ions, interacting cation/anion pairs, and liquid-phase systems with Li-doping. For the molecular-level computations, we generally find the difference between ionization energy and electron affinity from isolated ions and interacting cation/anion pairs to

  11. Surface structure determines dynamic wetting

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    Wang, Jiayu; Do-Quang, Minh; Cannon, James J.; Yue, Feng; Suzuki, Yuji; Amberg, Gustav; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2015-01-01

    Liquid wetting of a surface is omnipresent in nature and the advance of micro-fabrication and assembly techniques in recent years offers increasing ability to control this phenomenon. Here, we identify how surface roughness influences the initial dynamic spreading of a partially wetting droplet by studying the spreading on a solid substrate patterned with microstructures just a few micrometers in size. We reveal that the roughness influence can be quantified in terms of a line friction coefficient for the energy dissipation rate at the contact line, and that this can be described in a simple formula in terms of the geometrical parameters of the roughness and the line-friction coefficient of the planar surface. We further identify a criterion to predict if the spreading will be controlled by this surface roughness or by liquid inertia. Our results point to the possibility of selectively controlling the wetting behavior by engineering the surface structure. PMID:25683872

  12. On the elimination of the electronic structure bottleneck in on the fly nonadiabatic dynamics for small to moderate sized (10-15 atom) molecules using fit diabatic representations based solely on ab initio electronic structure data: The photodissociation of phenol

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    Zhu, Xiaolei Yarkony, David R.

    2016-01-14

    In this work, we demonstrate that for moderate sized systems, here a system with 13 atoms, global coupled potential energy surfaces defined for several electronic states over a wide energy range and for distinct regions of nuclear coordinate space characterized by distinct electron configurations, can be constructed with precise energetics and an excellent description of non-adiabatic interactions in all regions. This is accomplished using a recently reported algorithm for constructing quasi-diabatic representations, H{sup d}, of adiabatic electronic states coupled by conical intersections. In this work, the algorithm is used to construct an H{sup d} to describe the photodissociation of phenol from its first and second excited electronic states. The representation treats all 33 internal degrees of freedom in an even handed manner. The ab initio adiabatic electronic structure data used to construct the fit are obtained exclusively from multireference configuration interaction with single and double excitation wave functions comprised of 88 × 10{sup 6} configuration state functions, at geometries determined by quasi-classical trajectories. Since the algorithm uses energy gradients and derivative couplings in addition to electronic energies to construct H{sup d}, data at only 7379 nuclear configurations are required to construct a representation, which describes all nuclear configurations involved in H atom photodissociation to produce the phenoxyl radical in its ground or first excited electronic state, with a mean unsigned energy error of 202.9 cm{sup −1} for electronic energies <60 000 cm{sup −1}.

  13. Local atomic and electronic structures in ferromagnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (BixSb1-x) 2Te3 studied by XAFS and ab initio calculations

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    Liu, Zhen; Wei, Xinyuan; Wang, Jiajia; Pan, Hong; Ji, Fuhao; Ye, Mao; Yang, Zhongqin; Qiao, Shan

    2015-09-01

    The local atomic and electronic structures around the dopants in Cr-doped (BixSb1 -x )2Te3 are studied by x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements and first-principles calculations. Both Cr and Bi are confirmed substituting Sb sites (CrSb and BiSb). The six nearest Te atoms around Cr move towards Cr and shorten the Cr-Te bond lengths to 2.76 Å and 2.77 Å for x =0.1 and x =0.2 , respectively. Importantly, we reveal the hybridization between the Sb/Te p states and Cr d states by the presence of a pre-edge peak at Cr K -absorption edge, which is also supported by our ab initio calculations. These findings provide important clues to understand the mechanism of ferromagnetic order in this system with quantum anomalous Hall effect.

  14. Finding the stable structures of N1-xWx with an ab initio high-throughput approach

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    Mehl, Michael J.; Finkenstadt, Daniel; Dane, Christian; Hart, Gus L. W.; Curtarolo, Stefano

    2015-05-01

    Using density functional theory calculations, many researchers have predicted that various tungsten nitride compounds N1-xWx (x <1/2 ) will be "ultraincompressible" or "superhard," i.e., as hard as or harder than diamond. Necessary conditions for such compounds are that they have large bulk and shear moduli, greater than approximately 200 GPa, and are elastically and vibrationally stable. Compounds with such desirable properties also must be energetically stable against decomposition into other compounds. This test for stability can only be found after the determination of the convex hull for N1-xWx , which connects the lowest enthalpy structures as a function of composition. Unfortunately, the experimental phase diagram of the N-W structure is uncertain, as it is difficult to break the N2 bond to form compounds with tungsten. Experiment also indicates that there are a large number of partially filled sites in most N-W structures. This introduces computational difficulties since we cannot easily model randomly placed vacancies. In addition, van der Waals forces play a significant role in determining the structure of solid N2 and the nitrogen-rich compounds. This makes it difficult to determine the relative energies of these compounds, as there is no universally accepted density functional incorporating van der Waals interactions. The exact shape and even composition of the convex hull is dependent upon the choice of density functional, even if we only chose between the local density approximation and a generalized gradient functional. Despite these difficulties, computations can determine much about the ground-state form of the convex hull. Here, we use high-throughput calculations to map out the hull and other low-energy structures for the N-W system. The lowest-energy structures all have vacancies, on the tungsten sites in hexagonal-based compounds, and on both the nitrogen and tungsten sites in cubic compounds. We find that most of the N-W structures proposed in

  15. The Energetics of the Hydrogenolysis, Dehydrohalogenation, and Hydrolysis of 4,4'-Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane from Ab Initio Electronic Structure Theory

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    Bylaska, Eric J.; Dixon, David A.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Apra, Edoardo; Windus, Theresa L.; Zhan, Chang-Guo; Tratnyek, Paul G.

    2004-07-08

    Electronic structure methods were used to calculate the aqueous reaction energies for hydrogenolysis, dehydrochlorination, and nucleophilic substitution by OH- of 4,4¢-DDT. Thermochemical properties ¢Hf° (298.15 K), S° (298.15 K, 1 bar), ¢GS (298.15 K, 1 bar) were calculated by using ab initio electronic structure calculations, isodesmic reactions schemes, gas-phase entropy estimates, and continuum solvation models for a series of DDT type structures (p-C6H4Cl)2-CH-CCl3, (p-C6H4Cl)2-CH-CCl2¥, (p-C6H4Cl)2-CHCHCl2, (p-C6H4Cl)2-CdCCl2, (p-C6H4Cl)2-CH-CCl2OH, (p-C6H4Cl)2-CH-CCl(dO), and (p-C6H4-Cl)2-CH-COOH. On the basis of these thermochemical estimates, the overall aqueous reaction energetics of hydrogenolysis, dehydrochlorination, and hydrolysis of 4,4¢-DDT were estimated. The results of this investigation showed that the dehydrochlorination and hydrolysis reactions have strongly favorable thermodynamics in the standard state, as well as under a wide range of pH conditions. For hydrogenolysis with the reductant aqueous Fe(II), the thermodynamics are strongly dependent on pH, and the stability region of the (p-C6H4Cl)2-CH-CCl2¥(aq) species is a key to controlling the reactivity in hydrogenolysis. These results illustrate the use of ab initio electronic structure methods to identify the potentially important environmental degradation reactions by calculation of the reaction energetics of a potentially large number of organic compounds with aqueous species in natural waters.

  16. Determination of nuclear quadrupole moments – An example of the synergy of ab initio calculations and microwave spectroscopy

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    Kellö, Vladimir

    2015-01-22

    Highly correlated scalar relativistic calculations of electric field gradients at nuclei in diatomic molecules in combination with accurate nuclear quadrupole coupling constants obtained from microwave spectroscopy are used for determination of nuclear quadrupole moments.

  17. The rotational spectrum and dynamical structure of LiOH and LiOD: a combined laboratory and ab initio study.

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    Higgins, Kelly J; Freund, Samuel M; Klemperer, William; Apponi, Aldo J; Ziurys, Lucy M

    2004-12-15

    Millimeter wave rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations are used to explore the potential energy surface of LiOH and LiOD with particular emphasis on the bending states and bending potential. New measurements extend the observed rotational lines to J=7<--6 for LiOH and J=8<--7 for LiOD for all bending vibrational states up to (03(3)0). Rotation-vibration energy levels, geometric expectation values, and dipole moments are calculated using extensive high-level ab initio three-dimensional potential energy and dipole moment surfaces. Agreement between calculation and experiment is superb, with predicted Bv values typically within 0.3%, D values within 0.2%, ql values within 0.7%, and dipole moments within 0.9% of experiment. Shifts in Bv values with vibration and isotopic substitution are also well predicted. A combined theoretical and experimental structural analysis establishes the linear equilibrium structure with re(Li-O)=1.5776(4) A and re(O-H)=0.949(2) A. Predicted fundamental vibrational frequencies are v1=923.2, v2=318.3, and v3=3829.8 cm(-1) for LiOH and v1=912.9, v2=245.8, and v3=2824.2 cm(-1) for LiOD. The molecule is extremely nonrigid with respect to angular deformation; the calculated deviation from linearity for the vibrationally averaged structure is 19.0 degrees in the (000) state and 41.9 degrees in the (03(3)0) state. The calculation not only predicts, in agreement with previous work [P. R. Bunker, P. Jensen, A. Karpfen, and H. Lischka, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 135, 89 (1989)], a change from a linear to a bent minimum energy configuration at elongated Li-O distances, but also a similar change from linear to bent at elongated O-H distances.

  18. Ab Initio Determinations of Photoelectron Spectra Including Vibronic Features: An Upper-Level Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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    Lord, Richard L.; Davis, Lisa; Millam, Evan L.; Brown, Eric; Offerman, Chad; Wray, Paul; Green, Susan M. E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a first-principles determination of the photoelectron spectra of water and hypochlorous acid as a laboratory exercise accessible to students in an undergraduate physical chemistry course. This paper demonstrates the robustness and user-friendliness of software developed for the Franck-Condon factor calculation. While the calculator is…

  19. Spectra and structure of small ring compounds. LXVII vibrational spectra, variable temperature FT-IR spectra of krypton solutions, conformational stability and ab initio calculations of 1-bromosilacyclobutane.

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    Gounev, T K; Guirgis, G A; Zhen, P; Durig, J R

    2000-11-15

    The infrared (3,200-30 cm(-1) spectra of gaseous and solid 1-bromosilacyclobutane, c-C3H6SiBrH, have been recorded. Additionally, the Raman spectra of the liquid (3,200- 30 cm(-1) with quantitative depolarization values and the solid have been recorded. Both the equatorial and the axial conformers have been identified in the fluid phases, Variable temperature ( - 105 to - 150 degrees C) studies of the infrared spectra of the sample dissolved in liquid krypton have been carried out. From these data the enthalpy difference has been determined to be 182 +/- 18 cm(-1) (2.18 +/- 0.22 kJ/mol) with the equatorial conformer the more stable rotamer and only conformer remaining in the annealing solid. At ambient temperature there is approximately 22% of the axial conformer present in the vapor phase. A complete vibrational assignment is proposed for both conformers based on infrared contours, relative intensities, depolarization values and group frequencies. The vibrational assignments are supported by normal coordinate calculations utilizing the force constants from ab initio MP2/6-31G(d) calculations. From the frequencies of the Si-H stretch, the Si-H bond distance of 1.483 A has been determined for both the equatorial and the axial conformers. Complete equilibrium geometries have been determined for both rotamers by ab initio calculations employing the 6-31G(d) and 6-311 +/- G(d,p) basis sets at levels of Hartree Fock (RHF) and/or Moller- Plesset with full electron correlation by the perturbation method to the second order (MP2). The results are discussed and compared to those obtained for some similar molecules.

  20. Ab initio study of magnesium and magnesium hydride nanoclusters and nanocrystals: examining optimal structures and compositions for efficient hydrogen storage.

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    Koukaras, Emmanuel N; Zdetsis, Aristides D; Sigalas, Michael M

    2012-09-26

    On the basis of the attractive possibility of efficient hydrogen storage in light metal hydrides, we have examined a large variety of Mg(n)H(m) nanoclusters and (MgH(2))(n) nanocrystals (n = 2-216, m = 2-436) using high level coupled cluster, CCSD(T), ab initio methods, and judicially chosen density functional calculations of comparable quality and (near chemical) accuracy. Our calculated desorption energies as a function of size and percentage of hydrogen have pinpointed optimal regions of sizes and concentrations of hydrogen which are in full agreement with recent experimental findings. Furthermore, our results reproduce the experimental desorption energy of 75.5 kJ/mol for the infinite system with remarkable accuracy (76.5 ± 1.5 kJ/mol).

  1. Ab initio simulations of the structure, energetics and mobility of radiation-induced point defects in bcc Nb

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    Cerdeira, M. A.; Palacios, S. L.; González, C.; Fernández-Pello, D.; Iglesias, R.

    2016-09-01

    The formation, binding and migration energetics of helium clusters inside a niobium crystal have been analysed via ab initio simulations. The effect of placing several He atoms within an n-vacancy previously formed or as interstitials inside the initial perfect bulk matrix has been studied. DFT-based results show that He atoms prefer to aggregate forming small clusters at n-vacancy sites rather than at interstitial positions in the perfect crystal. The minimum formation energy is found when NHe is equal to the number of vacancies, n. It follows that vacancies act as almost perfect traps for He atoms, as is well known for other metals. The migration barriers of He atoms inside vacancies increase considerably when compared to what happens for vacancies alone. A secondary consequence is that the full set of energies obtained will be highly relevant as an input for new approaches to KMC simulations of defects in Nb.

  2. Orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics study of the free liquid surface of Sn. From pseudopotential generation to structural and dynamic properties

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    Gonzalez Del Rio, Beatriz; Gonzalez Tesedo, Luis Enrique

    We report results of an orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics (OF-AIMD) study of the free liquid surface of Sn at 1000 K. A key ingredient in the OF-AIMD method is the local ionic pseudopotential describing the ions-valence electrons interaction. We have developed a force-matching method to derive a local ionic pseudopotential suitable to account for a rapidly varying density system, such as in a free liquid surface. We obtain very good results for several structural properties. We have also studied the evolution of some dynamical properties when going from the central region (where the system behaves like the bulk liquid) towards the free liquid surface. We aknowledge the spanish MSI (Project FIS2012-33126) and the University of Valladolid for the provision of a PhD grant.

  3. Ab initio prediction of the solution structures and populations of a cyclic pentapeptide in DMSO based on an implicit solvation model.

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    Baysal, C; Meirovitch, H

    2000-04-15

    Using a recently developed statistical mechanics methodology, the solution structures and populations of the cyclic pentapeptide cyclo(D-Pro(1)-Ala(2)-Ala(3)-Ala(4)-Ala(5)) in DMSO are obtained ab initio, i.e., without using experimental restraints. An important ingredient of this methodology is a novel optimization of implicit solvation parameters, which in our previous publication [Baysal, C.; Meirovitch, H. J Am Chem Soc 1998, 120, 800-812] has been applied to a cyclic hexapeptide in DMSO. The molecule has been described by the simplified energy function E(tot) = E(GRO) + summation operator(k) sigma(k)A(k), where E(GRO) is the GROMOS force-field energy, sigma(k) and A(k) are the atomic solvation parameter (ASP) and the solvent accessible surface area of atom k. This methodology, which relies on an extensive conformational search, Monte Carlo simulations, and free energy calculations, is applied here with E(tot) based on the ASPs derived in our previous work, and for comparison also with E(GRO) alone. For both models, entropy effects are found to be significant. For E(tot), the theoretical values of proton-proton distances and (3)J coupling constants agree very well with the NMR results [Mierke, D. F.; Kurz, M.; Kessler, H. J Am Chem Soc 1994, 116, 1042-1049], while the results for E(GRO) are significantly worse. This suggests that our ASPs might be transferrable to other cyclic peptides in DMSO as well, making our methodology a reliable tool for an ab initio structure prediction; obviously, if necessary, parts of this methodology can also be incorporated in a best-fit analysis where experimental restraints are used.

  4. An ab initio study of the structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of the newly synthesized nitridoaluminate LiCaAlN2

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    Haddadi, K.; Bouhemadou, A.; Bin-Omran, S.; Maabed, S.; Khenata, R.

    2015-01-01

    The structural parameters, elastic constants, electronic structure and optical properties of the recently reported monoclinic quaternary nitridoaluminate LiCaAlN2 are investigated in detail using the ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential method within the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters are in excellent agreement with the experimental data, which validate the reliability of the applied theoretical method. The chemical and structural stabilities of LiCaAlN2 are confirmed by calculating the cohesion energy and enthalpy of formation. Chemical band stiffness is calculated to explain the pressure dependence of the lattice parameters. Through the band structure calculation, LiCaAlN2 is predicted to be an indirect band gap of 2.725 eV. The charge-carrier effective masses are estimated from the band structure dispersions. The frequency-dependent dielectric function, absorption coefficient, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity coefficient and electron energy loss function spectra are calculated for polarized incident light in a wide energy range. Optical spectra exhibit a noticeable anisotropy. Single-crystal and polycrystalline elastic constants and related properties, including isotropic sound velocities and Debye temperatures, are numerically estimated. The calculated elastic constants and elastic compliances are used to analyse and visualize the elastic anisotropy of LiCaAlN2. The calculated elastic constants demonstrate the mechanical stability and brittle behaviour of the considered material.

  5. Magneto-Structural Correlations in Pseudotetrahedral Forms of the [Co(SPh)4](2-) Complex Probed by Magnetometry, MCD Spectroscopy, Advanced EPR Techniques, and ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations.

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    Suturina, Elizaveta A; Nehrkorn, Joscha; Zadrozny, Joseph M; Liu, Junjie; Atanasov, Mihail; Weyhermüller, Thomas; Maganas, Dimitrios; Hill, Stephen; Schnegg, Alexander; Bill, Eckhard; Long, Jeffrey R; Neese, Frank

    2017-03-06

    The magnetic properties of pseudotetrahedral Co(II) complexes spawned intense interest after (PPh4)2[Co(SPh)4] was shown to be the first mononuclear transition-metal complex displaying slow relaxation of the magnetization in the absence of a direct current magnetic field. However, there are differing reports on its fundamental magnetic spin Hamiltonian (SH) parameters, which arise from inherent experimental challenges in detecting large zero-field splittings. There are also remarkable changes in the SH parameters of [Co(SPh)4](2-) upon structural variations, depending on the counterion and crystallization conditions. In this work, four complementary experimental techniques are utilized to unambiguously determine the SH parameters for two different salts of [Co(SPh)4](2-): (PPh4)2[Co(SPh)4] (1) and (NEt4)2[Co(SPh)4] (2). The characterization methods employed include multifield SQUID magnetometry, high-field/high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (HF-EPR), variable-field variable-temperature magnetic circular dichroism (VTVH-MCD), and frequency domain Fourier transform THz-EPR (FD-FT THz-EPR). Notably, the paramagnetic Co(II) complex [Co(SPh)4](2-) shows strong axial magnetic anisotropy in 1, with D = -55(1) cm(-1) and E/D = 0.00(3), but rhombic anisotropy is seen for 2, with D = +11(1) cm(-1) and E/D = 0.18(3). Multireference ab initio CASSCF/NEVPT2 calculations enable interpretation of the remarkable variation of D and its dependence on the electronic structure and geometry.

  6. Ab Initio Study of Polonium

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    Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Shrivastava, Keshav N.

    2008-05-20

    Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s{sup 2}6p{sup 4} (Z = 84). The low temperature {alpha}-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) {beta} structure at {approx}348 K. The sc {alpha}-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 A. The beta form of polonium ({beta}-Po) has the lattice parameters, a{sub R} = 3.359 A and a rhombohedral angle 98 deg. 13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by using the density functional theory. We have performed the calculation with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling by using both the LDA and the GGA for the exchange-correlations. The k-points in a simple cubic BZ are determined by R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5), {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the {gamma} point in the GGA+SO scheme for {alpha}-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the {beta}-Po these are 0.03 eV and 0.97 eV. We have also calculated the vibrational spectra for the unit cells in both the structures. We find that exchanging of a Po atom by Pb atom produces several more bands and destabilizes the {beta} phase.

  7. Determinants of Long Bone Structural Properties

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    Cleek, T. M.; Katz, B.; Whalen, R. T.; Wade, Charles E. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The objective of our research is to determine whether a non-invasive determination of long bone cross-sectional areal properties using only the mineral component of bone accurately predicts the true structural properties. In this study section properties of a whole long bone were compared using two methods: (1) special analysis of bone densitometry data, and (2) experimental determination of flexural rigidities from bone surface strain measurements during controlled loading.

  8. Direct atomic structure determination by the inspection of structural phase.

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    Nakashima, Philip N H; Moodie, Alexander F; Etheridge, Joanne

    2013-08-27

    A century has passed since Bragg solved the first atomic structure using diffraction. As with this first structure, all atomic structures to date have been deduced from the measurement of many diffracted intensities using iterative and statistical methods. We show that centrosymmetric atomic structures can be determined without the need to measure or even record a diffracted intensity. Instead, atomic structures can be determined directly and quickly from the observation of crystallographic phases in electron diffraction patterns. Furthermore, only a few phases are required to achieve high resolution. This represents a paradigm shift in structure determination methods, which we demonstrate with the moderately complex α-Al2O3. We show that the observation of just nine phases enables the location of all atoms with a resolution of better than 0.1 Å. This level of certainty previously required the measurement of thousands of diffracted intensities.

  9. Direct atomic structure determination by the inspection of structural phase

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    Nakashima, Philip N. H.; Moodie, Alexander F.; Etheridge, Joanne

    2013-01-01

    A century has passed since Bragg solved the first atomic structure using diffraction. As with this first structure, all atomic structures to date have been deduced from the measurement of many diffracted intensities using iterative and statistical methods. We show that centrosymmetric atomic structures can be determined without the need to measure or even record a diffracted intensity. Instead, atomic structures can be determined directly and quickly from the observation of crystallographic phases in electron diffraction patterns. Furthermore, only a few phases are required to achieve high resolution. This represents a paradigm shift in structure determination methods, which we demonstrate with the moderately complex α-Al2O3. We show that the observation of just nine phases enables the location of all atoms with a resolution of better than 0.1 Å. This level of certainty previously required the measurement of thousands of diffracted intensities. PMID:23940343

  10. Protein structure determination from NMR chemical shifts.

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    Cavalli, Andrea; Salvatella, Xavier; Dobson, Christopher M; Vendruscolo, Michele

    2007-06-05

    NMR spectroscopy plays a major role in the determination of the structures and dynamics of proteins and other biological macromolecules. Chemical shifts are the most readily and accurately measurable NMR parameters, and they reflect with great specificity the conformations of native and nonnative states of proteins. We show, using 11 examples of proteins representative of the major structural classes and containing up to 123 residues, that it is possible to use chemical shifts as structural restraints in combination with a conventional molecular mechanics force field to determine the conformations of proteins at a resolution of 2 angstroms or better. This strategy should be widely applicable and, subject to further development, will enable quantitative structural analysis to be carried out to address a range of complex biological problems not accessible to current structural techniques.

  11. Photoexcited Nuclear Dynamics with Ab Initio Electronic Structure Theory: Is TD-DFT Ready For the Challenge?

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    Subotnik, Joseph

    In this talk, I will give a broad overview of our work in nonadiabatic dynamics, i.e. the dynamics of strongly coupled nuclear-electronic motion whereby the relaxation of a photo-excited electron leads to the heating up of phonons. I will briefly discuss how to model such nuclear motion beyond mean field theory. Armed with the proper framework, I will then focus on how to calculate one flavor of electron-phonon couplings, known as derivative couplings in the chemical literature. Derivative couplings are the matrix elements that couple adiabatic electronic states within the Born-Oppenheimer treatment, and I will show that these matrix elements show spurious poles using formal (frequency-independent) time-dependent density functional theory. To correct this TD-DFT failure, a simple approximation will be proposed and evaluated. Finally, time permitting, I will show some ab initio calculations whereby one can use TD-DFT derivative couplings to study electronic relaxation through a conical intersection.

  12. Simple approach for ranking structure determining residues.

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    Luna-Martínez, Oscar D; Vidal-Limón, Abraham; Villalba-Velázquez, Miryam I; Sánchez-Alcalá, Rosalba; Garduño-Juárez, Ramón; Uversky, Vladimir N; Becerril, Baltazar

    2016-01-01

    Mutating residues has been a common task in order to study structural properties of the protein of interest. Here, we propose and validate a simple method that allows the identification of structural determinants; i.e., residues essential for preservation of the stability of global structure, regardless of the protein topology. This method evaluates all of the residues in a 3D structure of a given globular protein by ranking them according to their connectivity and movement restrictions without topology constraints. Our results matched up with sequence-based predictors that look up for intrinsically disordered segments, suggesting that protein disorder can also be described with the proposed methodology.

  13. Simple approach for ranking structure determining residues

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    Luna-Martínez, Oscar D.; Vidal-Limón, Abraham; Villalba-Velázquez, Miryam I.; Sánchez-Alcalá, Rosalba; Garduño-Juárez, Ramón; Uversky, Vladimir N.

    2016-01-01

    Mutating residues has been a common task in order to study structural properties of the protein of interest. Here, we propose and validate a simple method that allows the identification of structural determinants; i.e., residues essential for preservation of the stability of global structure, regardless of the protein topology. This method evaluates all of the residues in a 3D structure of a given globular protein by ranking them according to their connectivity and movement restrictions without topology constraints. Our results matched up with sequence-based predictors that look up for intrinsically disordered segments, suggesting that protein disorder can also be described with the proposed methodology. PMID:27366642

  14. Atomic and electronic structure of Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}P{sub 20} bulk metallic glass from ab initio simulations

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    Kumar, Vijay; Fujita, T.; Chen, M. W.; Inoue, A.; Konno, K.; Matsuura, M.; Kawazoe, Y.

    2011-10-01

    The atomic structure of Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}P{sub 20} bulk metallic glass has been simulated using an ab initio molecular dynamics method with projector-augmented wave pseudopotentials for electron-ion interaction and generalized gradient approximation for exchange-correlation energy. The calculated extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra of Pd-K and Ni-K edges, the mass density, and the electronic structure agree remarkably well with the available experimental data and the EXAFS spectra measured at the SPring-8 synchrotron radiation facility. Our results show that the atomic structure can be described in terms of P-centered polyhedra. There are no two P atoms that are nearest neighbors at this composition, and this could be a reason for the observed optimal P concentration of about 20 at.%. The neighboring polyhedra share metal (M) atoms and form a polar covalently bonded random network of P-M-P favoring certain angles. The remaining M atoms act as metallic glue with a tendency of nanoscale clustering of Pd-Pd and Ni-Ni atoms.

  15. Ab-initio study of structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of Ba2YTaO6

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    Du, Lifei; Du, Huiling

    2016-07-01

    The structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of cubic double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 are calculated by using the plane wave within density functional theory (DFT) framework employing the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The ground state quantities including the lattice parameter, bulk moduli and its pressure derivative are fitted by the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. The calculated energy band indicates that Ba2YTaO6 has a direct band gap of 3.42 eV at G point in the Brillouin zone and the energy band near Fermi level is determined by the density of states of O 2p, Ta 5d and Y 4d electrons. The thermodynamic properties including Debye temperature, bulk moduli and heat capacity of various pressures and temperatures are calculated and analyzed. Results indicate that the temperature and induced pressure have significant effect on the thermodynamic properties of Ba2YTaO6.

  16. Structural and Electronic properties of β- In2 X 3 (X = O, S, Se, Te) using ab initio calculations

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    Khare, S. V.; Marsillac, S.; Mangale, N. S.; Gade, V.

    2011-03-01

    Several III-VI body-centered tetragonal layered compounds belonging to space group I 4 1 /amd have been a subject of interest recently because of their potential applications in high efficiency and environmentally friendly copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) solar cells and molecules. Here we have studied the structural, energetic, and electronic properties of four compounds β - In 2 X3 (X = O, S, Se, Te), in this space group. Using first principles computations, we have fully determined the lattice constants a and c, as well as 10 internal parameters that define this unique structure of primitive unit cells of 40 atoms. For β - In 2 S3 our computed values are found to be consistent with experimental measurements. The bulk modulus B, local electronic density of states (LDOS), total density of states (DOS), and band gap Ef of these phases have been investigated. Supported by Ohio Supercomputing Center, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Wright Center for PVIC, National Science Foundation, DARPA.

  17. Computation and interpretation of vibrational spectra on the structure of Losartan using ab initio and Density Functional methods

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    Latha, B.; Gunasekaran, S.; Srinivasan, S.; Ramkumaar, G. R.

    2014-11-01

    The solid phase FTIR and FT-Raman spectra of Losartan have been recorded in the region 400-4000 cm-1. The spectra were interpreted in terms of fundamental modes, combination and overtone bands. The structure of the molecule was optimized and the structural characteristics were determined by Quantum chemical methods. The vibrational frequencies yield good agreement between observed and calculated values. The infrared and Raman spectra were also predicted from the calculated intensities. (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra were recorded and resonance chemical shifts of the molecule were calculated. UV-Visible spectrum of the compound was recorded in the region 200-600 nm and the electronic properties HOMO and LUMO energies calculated by TD-HF approach. NBO atomic charges of the molecules and second order perturbation theory analysis of Fock matrix also calculated and interpreted. The geometrical parameters, energies, harmonic vibrational frequencies, IR intensities, Raman intensities, and absorption wavelengths were compared with experimental and theoretical data of the molecule.

  18. Structures and electronic properties of B3Sin- (n = 4-10) clusters: A combined ab initio and experimental study

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    Wu, Xue; Lu, Sheng-Jie; Liang, Xiaoqing; Huang, Xiaoming; Qin, Ying; Chen, Maodu; Zhao, Jijun; Xu, Hong-Guang; King, R. Bruce; Zheng, Weijun

    2017-01-01

    The anionic silicon clusters doped with three boron atoms, B3Sin- (n = 4-10), have been generated by laser vaporization and investigated by anion photoelectron spectroscopy. The vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and adiabatic detachment energies (ADEs) of these anionic clusters are determined. The lowest energy structures of B3Sin- (n = 4-10) clusters are globally searched using genetic algorithm incorporated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The photoelectron spectra, VDEs, ADEs of these B3Sin- clusters (n = 4-10) are simulated using B3LYP/6-311+G(d) calculations. Satisfactory agreement is found between theory and experiment. Most of the lowest-energy structures of B3Sin- (n = 4-10) clusters can be derived by using the squashed pentagonal bipyramid structure of B3Si4- as the major building unit. Analyses of natural charge populations show that the boron atoms always possess negative charges, and that the electrons transfer from the 3s orbital of silicon and the 2s orbital of boron to the 2p orbital of boron. The calculated average binding energies, second-order differences of energies, and the HOMO-LUMO gaps show that B3Si6- and B3Si9- clusters have relatively high stability and enhanced chemical inertness. In particular, the B3Si9- cluster with high symmetry (C3v) stands out as an interesting superatom cluster with a magic number of 40 skeletal electrons and a closed-shell electronic configuration of 1S21P61D102S22P61F14 for superatom orbitals.

  19. Spin injection from Fe into Si(001): Ab initio calculations and role of the Si complex band structure

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    Mavropoulos, Phivos

    2008-08-01

    We study the possibility of spin injection from Fe into Si(001), using the Schottky barrier at the Fe/Si contact as tunneling barrier. Our calculations are based on density-functional theory for the description of the electronic structure and on a Landauer-Büttiker approach for the current. The current-carrying states correspond to the six conduction-band minima (pockets) of Si, which, when projected on the (001) surface Brillouin zone (SBZ), form five conductance hot spots: one at the SBZ center and four symmetric satellites. The satellites yield a current polarization of about 50%, while the SBZ center can, under very low gate voltage, yield up to almost 100%, showing a zero-gate anomaly. This extremely high polarization is traced back to the symmetry mismatch of the minority-spin Fe wave functions to the conduction-band wave functions of Si at the SBZ center. The tunneling current is determined by the complex band structure of Si in the [001] direction, which shows qualitative differences compared to that of direct-gap semiconductors. Depending on the Fermi level position and Schottky barrier thickness, the complex band structure can cause the contribution of the satellites to be orders of magnitude higher or lower than the central contribution. Thus, by appropriate tuning of the interface properties, there is a possibility to cut off the satellite contribution and to reach high injection efficiency. Also, we find that a moderate strain of 0.5% along the [001] direction is sufficient to lift the degeneracy of the pockets so that only states at the zone center can carry current.

  20. Hydrogen-induced nanotunnel structure on the C-terminated β-SiC(0 0 1)-c(2 × 2) surface investigated by ab-initio calculations

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    Rosso, E. F.; Baierle, R. J.; Orellana, W.; Miwa, R. H.

    2015-12-01

    The structural and electronic properties of pristine and H-passivated C-terminated β-SiC(0 0 1)-c(2 × 2) surface are addressed by ab initio calculations. Here, we verify the formation of C chains composed by double-bonded dimers rows (Cdbnd C), separated by triple-bonded bridged dimers (Ctbnd C). The surface states near the bandgap are confined along the Cdbnd C dimer rows, with no electronic contribution from the Ctbnd C bridged dimers. After hydrogenation, the C-chains are strongly modified, forming subsurface voids or nanotunnel (NT) structures. By considering a plausible set of energy release steps for increasing hydrogenation, we obtain a C-rich NT ruled by the Cdbnd C dimer rows. Somewhat similar to that recently reported on the Si-rich termination, but 0.8 eV lower in energy. The electronic band structures of both Si-rich and C-rich NTs have been examined within the hybrid HSE06 functional, which are compared with those previously reported using a semilocal functional.

  1. Composition- and temperature-dependent liquid structures in Al-Cu alloys: an ab initio molecular dynamics and x-ray diffraction study

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    Xiong, L. H.; Wang, X. D.; Cao, Q. P.; Zhang, D. X.; Xie, H. L.; Xiao, T. Q.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2017-01-01

    The composition- and temperature-dependent liquid structures in eight Alrich-Cu binary alloys (from hypoeutectic Al93Cu7 to hypereutectic Al70Cu30) have been experimentally and computationally studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments and ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The remarkable agreements of structure factors for all liquid Alrich-Cu alloys obtained from high-temperature high-energy XRD measurements and AIMD simulations have been achieved, which consolidates the analyses of structural evolutions in Alrich-Cu liquids during the cooling processing by AIMD simulations. The heat capacity of liquid Alrich-Cu alloys continuously increases and presents no abnormal peak when reducing the temperature, which differs from the reported prediction for 55-atom Alrich-Cu nanoliquids. The diffusivities of Al and Cu undergo an increasing deviation from Arrhenius behavior by tuning Cu concentration from 7 to 30 atomic percentages, correlated to the local ordering in these liquids by means of coordination number, bond-angle distribution, Honeycutt-Andersen index, bond-orientational order and Voronoi tessellation analyses. Upon cooling, the microstructure of the liquid Alrich-Cu alloys inclines to form Al2Cu crystal-like local atomic ordering, especially in the hypereutectic liquids. The favorable short-range ordering between Cu and Al atoms could cause the non-Arrhenius diffusion behavior.

  2. Structure of the GaP(001)-4×2-In surface investigated with LEED, STM, photoelectron spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations

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    Shimomura, M.; Ichikawa, D.; Srivastava, G. P.; Liu, K. Z.; Fukuda, Y.

    2008-09-01

    Surface structures at the initial stage of indium adsorption on GaP(001) are studied by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), and ab initio calculations. After indium deposition on the P -rich GaP(001)-2×1 surface followed by annealing at 400-450°C , ×4 LEED spots were observed along the [110] direction. STM images obtained after 400°C annealing show a 4×2-In reconstruction with row and hump structures. PES result for the 4×2-In surface shows existence of In atoms in two different chemical environments; one with In-In bonding and the other with In surrounded by phosphorus atoms at the surface. These LEED, STM, and PES results are consistent with the ζ structure, which was proposed for cation-rich clean surfaces of III-V semiconductors containing arsenic or antimony. Several plausible models derived from the original ζ model are examined by first-principles calculations for the GaP(001)-4×2-In surface.

  3. Ab initio thermodynamic study of the structure and chemical bonding of a β-Ni1-xAlx/α-Al2O3 interface

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    Li, Hongtao; Feng, Jiwei; Zhang, Wenqing; Jiang, Wan; Gu, Hui; Smith, John R.

    2009-11-01

    The properties of an interface between a metallic alloy and an oxide are computed by combining ab initio quantum mechanics with thermodynamics. Results for the stability, structures, and chemical compositions of the β-Ni1-xAlx/α-Al2O3 interface are presented. We found that there are two types of stable structures for the interface. Type I is characterized by joining an Al-rich Ni-Al alloy with an Al-rich Al2O3 surface (terminated by two Al atomic layers). Type II is a junction of a Ni-rich Ni-Al alloy with an Al2O3 surface terminated by an oxygen atomic layer and with atomic migrations and interchanges within the interfacial region. Both types of interfaces exhibit Al accumulation on top of the oxide scale while an adjacent Ni-rich layer is found at the type-II interfaces. The atomic geometries, electronic structures, and chemical bonds of the two types of interfacial systems were analyzed. The calculated interfacial works of separation Wsep agree reasonably well with experimental data and earlier calculations.

  4. Ab Initio Calculations on the Structural, Mechanical, Electronic, Dynamic, and Optical Properties of Semiconductor Half-Heusler Compound ZrPdSn

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    Çiftci, Yasemin Ö.; Çoban, Cansu

    2016-02-01

    The structural, mechanical, electronic, dynamic, and optical properties of the ZrPdSn compound crystallising into the MgAgAs structure are investigated by the ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory. The lattice constant, bulk modulus, and first derivative of bulk modulus were obtained by fitting the calculated total energy-atomic volume results to the Murnaghan equation of state. These results were compared to the previous data. The band structure and corresponding density of states (DOS) were also calculated and discussed. The elastic properties were calculated by using the stress-strain method, which shows that the MgAgAs phase of this compound is mechanically stable. The presented phonon dispersion curves and one-phonon DOS confirms that this compound is dynamically stable. In addition, the heat capacity, entropy, and free energy of ZrPdSn were calculated by using the phonon frequencies. Finally, the optical properties, such as dielectric function, reflectivity function, extinction coefficient, refractive index, and energy loss spectrum, were obtained under different pressures.

  5. Ab initio investigations of A-site doping on the structure and electric polarization of HoMnO{sub 3}

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    S, Sathya Sheela; C, Kanagaraj; Natesan, Baskaran

    2015-06-24

    We have investigated the effect of A-site doping on the structure and electric polarization of orthorhombic HoMnO{sub 3} using ab initio density functional theory calculations. We find that the substitution of rare earth ions, such as Lu, Y and La in place of Ho in orthorhombic HoMnO{sub 3} modifies the local structure around Mn ions drastically, and leads to the formation of two distinct Mn sites Mn(0) and Mn(1). As a result, large variance between Mn(0)O{sub 6} and Mn(1)O{sub 6} octahedral distortions arises. This variance in the octahedral distortions drives the disparate hopping of electrons between the e{sub g} orbitals enhancing the electronic polarization with increasing rare earth ion radius. The largest polarization of 7 µC/cm{sup 2} is obtained for La doped HoMnO{sub 3}. This increase in polarization has been explained on the basis of radius mismatch induced local structural effects.

  6. Structural and dynamical properties of liquid Cu[subscript 80]Si[subscript 20] alloy studied experimentally and by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Wu, S.; Kramer, M.J.; Fang, X.W.; Wang, S.Y.; Wang, C.Z.; Ho, K.M.; Ding, Z.J.; Chen, L.Y.

    2012-02-06

    The local structures and dynamical properties of the liquid Cu{sub 80}Si{sub 20} alloy have been studied by x-ray diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The pair-correlation functions and the structure factors derived from the three-dimensional coordinates of the MD configurations agree well with the experimental results. The local structure of the liquids is analyzed using Honeycutt-Andersen (HA) indices, Voronoi tessellation (VT), and an atomic cluster-alignment method. The HA indices analysis shows that the pentagonal bipyramid, a fragment of an icosahedron (ICO), plays a dominant role in the short-range order (SRO) of the Cu{sub 80}Si{sub 20} liquid. The HA indices corresponding to the pentagonal bipyramid increase dramatically with decreasing temperature. VT analysis indicates that, while the liquid does exhibit a strong icosahedral SRO, fcc-like SRO is also measurable. The results from VT analysis are further confirmed using the recently developed atomic cluster-alignment method. Finally, self-diffusion constants, as a function of temperature for both Cu and Si species, are calculated.

  7. Structural and dynamical aspects of the unsymmetric hydration of Sb(III): an ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Lim, Len Herald V; Bhattacharjee, Anirban; Asam, S Sikander; Hofer, Thomas S; Randolf, Bernhard R; Rode, Bernd M

    2010-03-01

    An ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF MD) simulation was performed to investigate the behavior of the Sb(3+) ion in aqueous solution. The simulation reveals a significant influence of the residual valence shell electron density on the solvation structure and dynamics of Sb(3+). A strong hemidirectional behavior of the ligand binding pattern is observed for the first hydration shell extending up to the second hydration layer. The apparent domain partitioned structural behavior was probed by solvent reorientational kinetics and three-body distribution functions. The three-dimensional hydration space was conveniently segmented such that domains having different properties were properly resolved. The approach afforded a fair isolation of localized solvent structural and dynamical motifs that Sb(3+) seems to induce to a remarkable degree. Most intriguing is the apparent impact of the lone pair electrons on the second hydration shell, which offers insight into the mechanistic aspects of hydrogen bonding networks in water. Such electronic effects observed in the hydration of Sb(3+) can only be studied by applying a suitable quantum mechanical treatment including first and second hydration shell as provided by the QMCF ansatz.

  8. Vibrational Properties of Hydrogen-Bonded Systems Using the Multireference Generalization to the "On-the-Fly" Electronic Structure within Quantum Wavepacket ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (QWAIMD).

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    Li, Junjie; Li, Xiaohu; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2014-06-10

    We discuss a multiconfigurational treatment of the "on-the-fly" electronic structure within the quantum wavepacket ab initio molecular dynamics (QWAIMD) method for coupled treatment of quantum nuclear effects with electronic structural effects. Here, multiple single-particle electronic density matrices are simultaneously propagated with a quantum nuclear wavepacket and other classical nuclear degrees of freedom. The multiple density matrices are coupled through a nonorthogonal configuration interaction (NOCI) procedure to construct the instantaneous potential surface. An adaptive-mesh-guided set of basis functions composed of Gaussian primitives are used to simplify the electronic structure calculations. Specifically, with the replacement of the atom-centered basis functions positioned on the centers of the quantum-mechanically treated nuclei by a mesh-guided band of basis functions, the two-electron integrals used to compute the electronic structure potential surface become independent of the quantum nuclear variable and hence reusable along the entire Cartesian grid representing the quantum nuclear coordinates. This reduces the computational complexity involved in obtaining a potential surface and facilitates the interpretation of the individual density matrices as representative diabatic states. The parametric nuclear position dependence of the diabatic states is evaluated at the initial time-step using a Shannon-entropy-based sampling function that depends on an approximation to the quantum nuclear wavepacket and the potential surface. This development is meant as a precursor to an on-the-fly fully multireference electronic structure procedure embedded, on-the-fly, within a quantum nuclear dynamics formalism. We benchmark the current development by computing structural, dynamic, and spectroscopic features for a series of bihalide hydrogen-bonded systems: FHF(-), ClHCl(-), BrHBr(-), and BrHCl(-). We find that the donor-acceptor structural features are in good

  9. Toward eliminating the electronic structure bottleneck in nonadiabatic dynamics on the fly: An algorithm to fit nonlocal, quasidiabatic, coupled electronic state Hamiltonians based on ab initio electronic structure data

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    Zhu, Xiaolei; Yarkony, David R.

    2010-03-01

    An algorithm for constructing a quasidiabatic, coupled electronic state Hamiltonian, in a localized region of nuclear coordinate space, suitable for determining bound state spectra, is generalized to determine a nonlocal Hamiltonian capable of describing, for example, multichannel nonadiabatic photodissociation. For Nstate coupled electronic states, the Hamiltonian, Hd, is a symmetric Nstate×Nstate matrix whose elements are polynomials involving: decaying exponentials exp(-ari,jn) n =1,2, where ri,j=Ri-Rj, ri,j=|ri,j|, Rj locates the jth nucleus; and scaled dot-cross product coordinates, proportional to ri,j×ri,k•ri,l. The constructed Hamiltonian is constrained to reproduce, exactly, the ab initio data, energies, gradients, and derivative coupling at selected points, or nodes, in nuclear coordinate space. The remainder of the ab initio data is approximated in a least-squares sense using a normal equations approach. The fitting procedure includes a damping term that precludes oscillations due to the nodal constraints or local excesses of parameters. To illustrate the potential of the fitting procedure an Hd is constructed, with the full nuclear permutation-inversion symmetry, which describes portions of the 1,2 A1 potential energy surfaces of NH3, including the minimum energy point on the 1,2 A1 seam of conical intersection and the NH2+H asymptote. Ab initio data at 239 nuclear configurations was used in the construction which was tested at 48 additional nuclear configurations. While the energy range on the ground and excited potential energy surface is each individually ˜45 000 cm-1, the root mean square error for the energies at all points is only 93.6 cm-1. The location and local conical topography of the minimum energy conical intersection is exactly reproduced. The derivative couplings are shown to be well reproduced, justifying the attribute quasidiabatic.

  10. Ab-initio crystal structure of hydroxy adipate of nickel and hydroxy subarate of nickel and cobalt from synchrotron powder diffraction and magnetic properties

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    Mesbah, Adel; Carton, Anne; Aranda, Lionel; Mazet, Thomas; Porcher, Florence; Francois, Michel

    2008-12-15

    Organic-inorganic hybrid compounds Ni(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(1), Ni(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 8}H{sub 12}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(2) and Co(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 8}H{sub 12}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(3) have a similar layered structure as determined ab initio from synchrotron powder diffraction analysis. The metal sites are octahedrally coordinated by O atoms. The slabs are built from edge-sharing octahedra in such a way that channels with an average size of 4 A are formed. Bis-bidentate and bridging dicarboxylate anions lead to a 3D framework. The compounds (1) and (2) order antiferromagnetically below T{sub N}=26.5 and 19.3 K, respectively, while (3) is ferrimagnetic with T{sub C}=16.2 K. Crystal data for compounds are as follows: (1)a=11.6504(1) A, b=6.8021(3) A, c=6.3603(1) A, {alpha}=73.52(1){sup o}, {beta}=99.69(1){sup o}, {gamma}=96.16(1){sup o}, R{sub B}=0.070, 668 reflections; (2)a=13.9325(1) A, b=6.7893(1) A, c=6.3534(4) A, {alpha}=73.63(1){sup o}, {beta}=95.14(1){sup o}, {gamma}=91.80(1){sup o}, R{sub B}=0.052, 804 reflections; (3)a=13.9806(1) A, b=6.9588(1) A, c=6.3967(1) A, {alpha}=73.05(1){sup o}, {beta}=94.51(1){sup o}, {gamma}=92.19(1){sup o}, R{sub B}=0.048, 410 reflections. The space group is P-1 for the three compounds. - Graphical abstract: The hybrid metal-organic compounds Ni(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(1), Ni(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 8}H{sub 12}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(2) and Co(II){sub 5}(OH){sub 6}(C{sub 8}H{sub 12}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(3) have been synthesized by the hydrothermal route. The microporous metal hydroxide layers are bridged by dicarboxylates anions. (1) and (2) are antiferromagnetic with T{sub N}=26.5 and 19.3 K, respectively, while (3) is ferrimagnetic with T{sub C}=16.2 K.

  11. Representing Personal Determinants in Causal Structures.

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    Bandura, Albert

    1984-01-01

    Responds to Staddon's critique of the author's earlier article and addresses issues raised by Staddon's (1984) alternative models of causality. The author argues that it is not the formalizability of causal processes that is the issue but whether cognitive determinants of behavior are reducible to past stimulus inputs in causal structures.…

  12. Method of fan sound mode structure determination

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    Pickett, G. F.; Sofrin, T. G.; Wells, R. W.

    1977-01-01

    A method for the determination of fan sound mode structure in the Inlet of turbofan engines using in-duct acoustic pressure measurements is presented. The method is based on the simultaneous solution of a set of equations whose unknowns are modal amplitude and phase. A computer program for the solution of the equation set was developed. An additional computer program was developed which calculates microphone locations the use of which results in an equation set that does not give rise to numerical instabilities. In addition to the development of a method for determination of coherent modal structure, experimental and analytical approaches are developed for the determination of the amplitude frequency spectrum of randomly generated sound models for use in narrow annulus ducts. Two approaches are defined: one based on the use of cross-spectral techniques and the other based on the use of an array of microphones.

  13. Ab initio investigation of the structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds

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    Hamioud, Farida; Alghamdi, Ghadah S.; Al-Omari, Saleh; Mubarak, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We have performed ab initio investigation of some physical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is employed as exchange-correlation potential. The calculated lattice constant and bulk modulus agree with previous studies. Both compounds are found to be elastically stable. TlMnF3 and TlMnCl3 are classified as anisotropic and ductile compounds. The calculations of the band structure of the studied compounds showed the semiconductor behavior with the indirect (M-X) energy gap. Both compounds are classified as a ferromagnetic due to the integer value of the total magnetic moment of the compounds. The different optical spectra are calculated from the real and the imaginary parts of the dielectric function and connected to the electronic structure of the compounds. The static refractive index n(0) is inversely proportional to the energy bandgap of the two compounds. Beneficial optics technology applications are predicted based on the optical spectra.

  14. Electronic structure and elastic properties of single crystal of shape memory alloys TiNi(1-x)Cux: An ab initio study

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    Fathi, M. B.; Kanjouri, F.; Farhadi, G.

    2015-07-01

    Nitinol as a superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) has been the focus of physical-chemical studies in recent decades in respect to functionality of biocompatibility in the body. Superelastic properties of nitinol are the direct results of the electronic structure of this material while dealing with the ab initio behavior of microstructure. In the present work, the elastic properties and electronic structure of B2-phase binary TiNi(1-x)Cux (x = 0, 0.25 and 0.75) shape memory alloys are discussed aiming at understanding of the physical properties underlying superelastic behavior. The calculations have been performed with the program package WIEN2K, in the framework of first-principle, all-electron density functional theory (DFT) within the scheme of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The optimized lattice parameters and independent elastic constants are obtained for use in the calculation of the bulk and shear moduli, Young modulus, Poisson ratio and Zener anisotropy parameter. For different alloying fractions x, the tetragonal (C‧) and trigonal (C44) shear constants are calculated and brittle/ductile behavior of these compounds is discussed. Finally, a qualitative discussion of dependence of elastic behavior of these compounds upon the electronic density of states (DOS) is presented.

  15. Ab initio structural and spectroscopic study of HPS{sup x} and HSP{sup x} (x = 0,+1,−1) in the gas phase

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    Yaghlane, Saida Ben; Cotton, C. Eric; Francisco, Joseph S. E-mail: hochlaf@univ-mlv.fr; Linguerri, Roberto; Hochlaf, Majdi E-mail: hochlaf@univ-mlv.fr

    2013-11-07

    Accurate ab initio computations of structural and spectroscopic parameters for the HPS/HSP molecules and corresponding cations and anions have been performed. For the electronic structure computations, standard and explicitly correlated coupled cluster techniques in conjunction with large basis sets have been adopted. In particular, we present equilibrium geometries, rotational constants, harmonic vibrational frequencies, adiabatic ionization energies, electron affinities, and, for the neutral species, singlet-triplet relative energies. Besides, the full-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) for HPS{sup x} and HSP{sup x} (x = −1,0,1) systems have been generated at the standard coupled cluster level with a basis set of augmented quintuple-zeta quality. By applying perturbation theory to the calculated PESs, an extended set of spectroscopic constants, including τ, first-order centrifugal distortion and anharmonic vibrational constants has been obtained. In addition, the potentials have been used in a variational approach to deduce the whole pattern of vibrational levels up to 4000 cm{sup −1} above the minima of the corresponding PESs.

  16. Nuclear Zero Point Effects as a Function of Density in Ice-like Structures and Liquid Water from vdW-DF Ab Initio Calculations

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    Pamuk, Betül; Allen, Philip B.; Soler, Jose M.; Fernández-Serra, Marivi

    2014-03-01

    The contributions of nuclear zero point vibrations to the structures of liquid water and ice are not negligible. Recently, we have explained the source of an anomalous isotope shift in hexagonal ice, representing itself as an increase in the lattice volume when H is replaced by D, by calculating free energy within the quasiharmonic approximation, with ab initio density functional theory. In this work, we extend our studies to analyze the zero point effect in other ice-like structures under different densities: clathrate hydrates, LDL and HDL-like amorphous ices with different densities, and a highly dense ice phase, ice VIII. We show that there is a transition from anomalous isotope effect to normal isotope effect as the density increases. We also analyze nuclear zero point effects in liquid water using different vdW-DFs and make connections to this anomalous-normal isotope effect transition in ice. This work is supported by DOE Early Career Award No. DE-SC0003871.

  17. Interfacing the Ab initio multiple spawning method with electronic structure methods in GAMESS: Photodecay of trans-Azomethane

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    Gaenko, Alexander; DeFusco, Albert; Varganov, Sergey A.; Martínez, Todd J.; Gordon, Mark S.

    2014-10-20

    This work presents a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane, using the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) program that has been interfaced with the General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System (GAMESS) quantum chemistry package for on-the-fly electronic structure evaluation. The interface strategy is discussed, and the capabilities of the combined programs are demonstrated with a nonadiabatic molecular dynamics study of the nonradiative decay of photoexcited trans-azomethane. Energies, gradients, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements were obtained with the state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field method, as implemented in GAMESS. The influence of initial vibrational excitation on the outcome of the photoinduced isomerization is explored. Increased vibrational excitation in the CNNC torsional mode shortens the excited state lifetime. Depending on the degree of vibrational excitation, the excited state lifetime varies from ~60–200 fs. As a result, these short lifetimes are in agreement with time-resolved photoionization mass spectroscopy experiments.

  18. Composition-dependent structural and electronic properties of Mg(95-x)Zn(x)Ca5 metallic glasses: an ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Li, S N; Liu, J B; Li, J H; Wang, J; Liu, B X

    2015-02-26

    Recent progress in the synthesis of Mg-based metallic glasses (MGs) has allowed them to be considered as potential candidates for biodegradable and bioabsorbable implant materials. In this work, we use the Mg-Zn-Ca system as a representative to investigate the effect of composition on the atomic-level structure and local chemical environment in Mg-based MGs from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The results suggest that the short-range order of Mg(95-x)Zn(x)Ca5 (x = 21, 25, 29, and 33) MGs is characterized by Zn-centered icosahedral and icosahedral-like clusters, which show an increasing number and a rising tendency to interpenetrate each other with the enrichment of Zn constituents. A considerable degree of charge transfer between Zn and the surrounding Mg/Ca atoms is observed through electronic structure and bonding character analysis. At Zn-rich compositions, a percolated Zn-Zn network extended throughout the entire sample is formed, upon which the accumulated charges around Zn atoms are associated into a continuous conductivity path. Such results may shed light on the improved corrosion resistance of the Zn-rich Mg-Zn-Ca MGs.

  19. Ab Initio Based 2D Continuum Mechanics - Sensitivity Prediction for Contact Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy Based Structure Fingerprints

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    Tu, Qing; Lange, Björn; Lopes, J. Marcelo J.; Zauscher, Stefan; Blum, Volker

    Contact resonance AFM is demonstrated as a powerful tool for mapping differences in the mechanical properties of 2D materials and heterostructures, permitting to resolve surface and subsurface structural differences of different domains. Measured contact resonance frequencies are related to the contact stiffness of the combined tip-sample system. Based on first principles predicted elastic properties and a continuum approach to model the mechanical impedance, we find contact stiffness ratios between different domains of few-layer graphene on 3C-SiC(111) in excellent agreement with experiment. We next demonstrate that the approach is able to quantitatively resolve differences between other 2D materials domains, e.g., for h-BN, MoS2 and MoO3 on graphene on SiC. We show that the combined effect of several materials parameters, especially the in-plane elastic properties and the layer thickness, determines the contact stiffness, therefore boosting the sensitivity even if the out-of-plane elastic properties are similar.

  20. Accurate and efficient representation of intramolecular energy in ab initio generation of crystal structures. I. Adaptive local approximate models.

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    Sugden, Isaac; Adjiman, Claire S; Pantelides, Constantinos C

    2016-12-01

    The global search stage of crystal structure prediction (CSP) methods requires a fine balance between accuracy and computational cost, particularly for the study of large flexible molecules. A major improvement in the accuracy and cost of the intramolecular energy function used in the CrystalPredictor II [Habgood et al. (2015). J. Chem. Theory Comput. 11, 1957-1969] program is presented, where the most efficient use of computational effort is ensured via the use of adaptive local approximate model (LAM) placement. The entire search space of the relevant molecule's conformations is initially evaluated using a coarse, low accuracy grid. Additional LAM points are then placed at appropriate points determined via an automated process, aiming to minimize the computational effort expended in high-energy regions whilst maximizing the accuracy in low-energy regions. As the size, complexity and flexibility of molecules increase, the reduction in computational cost becomes marked. This improvement is illustrated with energy calculations for benzoic acid and the ROY molecule, and a CSP study of molecule (XXVI) from the sixth blind test [Reilly et al. (2016). Acta Cryst. B72, 439-459], which is challenging due to its size and flexibility. Its known experimental form is successfully predicted as the global minimum. The computational cost of the study is tractable without the need to make unphysical simplifying assumptions.

  1. Towards Accurate Ab Initio Predictions of the Spectrum of Methane

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    Schwenke, David W.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We have carried out extensive ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of methane, and these results are used to compute vibrational energy levels. We include basis set extrapolations, core-valence correlation, relativistic effects, and Born- Oppenheimer breakdown terms in our calculations. Our ab initio predictions of the lowest lying levels are superb.

  2. Crystal structure of meteoritic schreibersites: determination of absolute structure

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    Skála, Roman; Císařová, Ivana

    Minerals of the schreibersite nickelphosphide series (Fe,Ni)3P crystallize in the non-centrosymmetric space group Ibar 4. As a consequence, they can possess two different spatial arrangements of the constituting atoms within the unit cell, related by the inversion symmetry operation. Here, we present the crystal structure refinements from single crystal X-ray diffraction data for schreibersite grains from iron meteorites Acuña, Carlton, Hex River Mts. (three different crystals), Odessa (two different crystals), Sikhote Alin, and Toluca aiming for the determination of the absolute structure of the examined crystals. The crystals studied cover the composition range from 58 mol% to 80 mol% Fe3P end-member. Unit-cell parameter a and volume of the unit cell V, as well as certain topological structural parameters tightly correlate with Fe3P content. Unit-cell parameter c, on the other hand, does not show such strong correlation. Eight of the nine crystal structure refinements allowed unambiguous absolute structure assignment. The single crystal extracted from Toluca is, however, of poor quality and consequently the structure refinement did not provide as good results as the rest of the materials. Also, this crystal has only weak inversion distinguishing power to provide unequivocal absolute structure determination. Six of the eight unambiguous absolute structure determinations indicated inverted atomic arrangement compared to that reported in earlier structure refinements (here called standard). Only two grains, one taken from Odessa iron and the other from the Hex River Mts. meteorite, reveal the dominance of standard crystal structure setting.

  3. Structure determination of molecules of biochemical interest

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    Honzatko, R. B.

    1985-10-01

    In the past year we have established a new laboratory for the determination of macromolecular structure. Currently, facilities are in place for data collection, data processing, molecular modeling and X-ray refinement of structures of up to 100,000 molecular weight in their crystallographic asymmetric unit. In parallel with establishing a new laboratory, we have pursued structure investigations of hemoglobin from the sea lamprey, aspartate carbamoyltransferase from Escherichia coli and p-nitrobenzylidine aminoguanidine, a small molecule which is an acceptor of the adenosine diphosphate ribosyl group in an enzyme mediated reaction. In addition to the structural studies above we have made a theoretical study by techniques of energy minimization of possible modes of aggregation of lamprey hemoglobin and the relationship between aggregate formation and cooperativity expressed in solutions by lamprey hemoglobin.

  4. Precise equilibrium structure determination of hydrazoic acid (HN{sub 3}) by millimeter-wave spectroscopy

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    Amberger, Brent K.; Esselman, Brian J.; Woods, R. Claude; McMahon, Robert J.; Stanton, John F.

    2015-09-14

    The millimeter-wave spectrum of hydrazoic acid (HN{sub 3}) was analyzed in the frequency region of 235-450 GHz. Transitions from a total of 14 isotopologues were observed and fit using the A-reduced or S-reduced Hamiltonian. Coupled-cluster calculations were performed to obtain a theoretical geometry, as well as rotation-vibration interaction corrections. These calculated vibration-rotation correction terms were applied to the experimental rotational constants to obtain mixed theoretical/experimental equilibrium rotational constants (A{sub e}, B{sub e}, and C{sub e}). These equilibrium rotational constants were then used to obtain an equilibrium (R{sub e}) structure using a least-squares fitting routine. The R{sub e} structural parameters are consistent with a previously published R{sub s} structure, largely falling within the uncertainty limits of that R{sub s} structure. The present R{sub e} geometric parameters of HN{sub 3} are determined with exceptionally high accuracy, as a consequence of the large number of isotopologues measured experimentally and the sophisticated (coupled-cluster theoretical treatment (CCSD(T))/ANO2) of the vibration-rotation interactions. The R{sub e} structure exhibits remarkable agreement with the CCSD(T)/cc-pCV5Z predicted structure, validating both the accuracy of the ab initio method and the claimed uncertainties of the theoretical/experimental structure determination.

  5. Water structure as a function of temperature from X-ray scatteringexperiments and ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Hura, Greg; Russo, Daniela; Glaeser, Robert M.; Head-Gordon,Teresa; Krack, Matthias; Parrinello, Michele

    2003-03-01

    We present high-quality X-ray scattering experiments on pure water taken over a temperature range of 2 to 77 C using a synchrotron beam line at the advanced light source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The ALS X-ray scattering intensities are qualitatively different in trend of maximum intensity over this temperature range compared to older X-ray experiments. While the common procedure is to report both the intensity curve and radial distribution function(s), the proper extraction of the real-space pair correlation functions from the experimental scattering is very difficult due to uncertainty introduced in the experimental corrections, the proper weighting of OO, OH, and HH contributions, and numerical problems of Fourier transforming truncated data in Q-space. Instead, we consider the direct calculation of X-ray scattering spectra using electron densities derived from density functional theory based on real-space configurations generated with classical water models. The simulation of the experimental intensity is therefore definitive for determining radial distribution functions over a smaller Q-range. We find that the TIP4P, TIP5P and polarizable TIP4P-Pol2 water models, with DFT-LDA densities, show very good agreement with the experimental intensities, and TIP4P-Pol2 in particular shows quantitative agreement over the full temperature range. The resulting radial distribution functions from TIP4P-Pol2 provide the current best benchmarks for real-space water structure over the biologically relevant temperature range studied here.

  6. A Novel Method Using Abstract Convex Underestimation in Ab-Initio Protein Structure Prediction for Guiding Search in Conformational Feature Space.

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    Hao, Xiao-Hu; Zhang, Gui-Jun; Zhou, Xiao-Gen; Yu, Xu-Feng

    2016-01-01

    To address the searching problem of protein conformational space in ab-initio protein structure prediction, a novel method using abstract convex underestimation (ACUE) based on the framework of evolutionary algorithm was proposed. Computing such conformations, essential to associate structural and functional information with gene sequences, is challenging due to the high-dimensionality and rugged energy surface of the protein conformational space. As a consequence, the dimension of protein conformational space should be reduced to a proper level. In this paper, the high-dimensionality original conformational space was converted into feature space whose dimension is considerably reduced by feature extraction technique. And, the underestimate space could be constructed according to abstract convex theory. Thus, the entropy effect caused by searching in the high-dimensionality conformational space could be avoided through such conversion. The tight lower bound estimate information was obtained to guide the searching direction, and the invalid searching area in which the global optimal solution is not located could be eliminated in advance. Moreover, instead of expensively calculating the energy of conformations in the original conformational space, the estimate value is employed to judge if the conformation is worth exploring to reduce the evaluation time, thereby making computational cost lower and the searching process more efficient. Additionally, fragment assembly and the Monte Carlo method are combined to generate a series of metastable conformations by sampling in the conformational space. The proposed method provides a novel technique to solve the searching problem of protein conformational space. Twenty small-to-medium structurally diverse proteins were tested, and the proposed ACUE method was compared with It Fix, HEA, Rosetta and the developed method LEDE without underestimate information. Test results show that the ACUE method can more rapidly and more

  7. Oligossacharide structure determination on an ion trap

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    Asam, M.R.; Glish, G.L.

    1995-12-31

    Oligosaccharides are important elements in intra- and inter-cellular/molecular recognition mechanisms. Linkage types are part of the information that determine the tertiary structure of oligosaccharides and the tertiary structure is what determines specific recognition, so easily obtained linkage sequences will provide valuable information for computer and other modeling of cellular signaling interactions. Hofmeister et al. have shown that lithium cationized oligosaccharides have specific MS/MS dissociation patterns indicative of the carbohydrate linkage under low energy CID conditions in a hybrid mass spectrometer. The authors have used electrospray ionization on a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer to examine MS/MS disaccharide dissociation patterns under ion trap conditions. These studies have concentrated on disaccharides complexed with lithium and sodium.

  8. Requirements for structure determination of aperiodic crystals

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    Li, X.; Stern, E.A.; Ma, Y. )

    1991-01-15

    Using computer simulation, we compared the Patterson functions of one-dimensional (1D) randomly packed and quasiperiodic Fibonacci lattices with or without disorder, and a 2D Penrose lattice and random packing of pentagons (icosahedral glass model). Based on these comparisons, we derived some empirical guidelines for distinguishing ideal quasicrystals from aperiodic crystals with disorder using diffraction data. In contrast to periodic crystals, it is essential to include the background to obtain correct Patterson functions of the average structure since the background contains unresolved peaks. In particular, a Bragg peak scattering measurement {ital cannot}, in general, determine the structure of aperiodic crystals. Instead, a diffuse scattering measurement is required, which determines the absolute value of the diffraction background, in addition to the Bragg peaks. We further estimate that, dependent upon the disorder present, it is necessary to include up to 75% of the total diffracted intensity in any analysis.

  9. Structure, electronic density of states and electric field gradients of icosahedral AlCuFe: An ab initio study of the original and a modified Cockayne model

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    Zijlstra, E. S.; Kortus, J.; Krajčí, M.; Stadnik, Z. M.; Bose, S. K.

    2004-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of electronic properties of the Cockayne model of icosahedral AlCuFe, both in its original form and after a structural relaxation using the ab initio density functional approach. The electronic density of states (DOS) and electric field gradients (EFG’s) of the Al and Fe atoms in the original and the relaxed Cockayne models were calculated and compared with available photoemission, Mössbauer, and nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy data. The relaxed and the original models show significantly different electronic properties. Both models are deficient in describing the available experimental data. The DOS’s show two Fe-d peaks, where there is only one such peak in the photoemission spectroscopy data. These models also cannot account for the shape of the Mössbauer spectra. We show that the interchange between 12 Cu and 12 Fe atoms, each belonging to a single symmetry class, results in a smaller number of Cu-Fe nearest-neighbor pairs and a lowering of the total energy by an amount of ΔE˜50 meV/atom. This “modified” version of the Cockayne model was further relaxed for the final comparison between the calculation and experimental results. The modified model shows a considerable improvement: The DOS has only one Fe-d peak, in agreement with photoemission spectroscopy data, and the calculated EFG’s account very well for the experimental Mössbauer spectra.

  10. Ab initio calculations on elastic properties in L12 structure Al3X and X3Al-type (X=transition or main group metal) intermetallic compounds

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    Tian, T.; Wang, X. F.; Li, W.

    2013-03-01

    As high-temperature structural materials, L12 intermetallic compounds have attracted the strong interest from both fundamental and industrial aspects. Understanding of elastic property is a basis for the complete investigations of mechanical behavior of L12 alloys. In an effort to explore the electronic origin of elastic properties of L12 intermetallics, we have performed a systematic study on elastic constants for single crystals, and Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio for poly-crystals of 22 known Al3X and X3Al-type (X=transition or main group metal) intermetallics using the ab initio calculations. Based on the calculations of elastic constants and extreme (both positive and negative) Poisson's ratios, we found a pronounced correlation between the extreme Poisson's ratio and the elastic anisotropy, i.e., approximate 40% of the investigated L12 intermetallics exhibit intrinsic auxetic behavior. Furthermore, based on the distribution of bonding charge densities, we revealed that the ductility and extreme Poisson's ratios were attributable to the directionality of bonds of these alloys. Our findings provide a new method to predict mechanical behavior of intermetallics.

  11. HfO_2and ZrO2 : Comparison of Structures and Thermodynamic and Electronic Properties Based on Ab Initio Calculations and Experiment

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    Demkov, Alexander A.; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2001-03-01

    The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) predicts that the strategy of scaling complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices will come to an abrupt end around the year 2012. The main reason for this will be the unacceptably high leakage current through the silicon dioxide gate with a thickness below 20 ÅFinding a gate insulator alternative to SiO2 has proven to be far from trivial. Hafnium and zirconium dioxides and silicates have been recently considered as gate dielectrics with intermediate dielectric constants. Hafnia and ziconia are important ceramic materials as well, and their phase relations are rather well studied. There is also interest in hafnia as a constituent of ceramic waste forms for plutonium, based on its refractory nature and high neutron absorption cross section. We use a combination of the ab-initio calculations and calorimetry to investigate thermodynamic and electronic properties of hafnia and zirconia. We describe the cubic to tetragonal phase transition in the fluorite structure by computing the total energy surface for zone-edge distortions correct to fourth order in the soft-mode displacement with the strain coupling renormalization included. We compare the two materials using some simple chemical concepts.

  12. The structural, elastic and optical properties of ScM (M = Rh, Cu, Ag, Hg) intermetallic compounds under pressure by ab initio simulations

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    Ali, Md. Lokman; Rahaman, Md. Zahidur; Rahman, Md. Atikur

    2016-11-01

    The influence of pressure on the structural and elastic properties of ScM (M = Rh, Cu, Ag, Hg) compounds has been investigated by using ab initio approach pseudopotential plane-wave method based on the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The optical properties have been investigated under zero pressure. It is found that the optimized lattice parameters for all metals are in good agreement with the experimental data and other available theoretical values. We obtained three independent elastic constants Cij (C11,C12 and C44) and various elastic parameters such as bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young’s modulus E,B/G, Poisson’s ratio ν and anisotropy factor A as a function of pressure. In addition, the mechanical stability and ductile/brittle nature are also investigated from the calculated elastic constants. The study of optical properties reveals that all of these compounds possess good absorption coefficient in the high energy region and the refractive index of all these compounds is higher in the low energy region and gradually decreased in the high energy region. All these calculations have been carried out using the CASTEP computer code.

  13. Ab initio study of nontrivial topological phases in corundum-structured (M2O3)/ (Al2O3)5 multilayers

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    Afonso, Juan F.; Pardo, Victor

    2015-12-01

    Ab initio calculations have been performed on hexagonal layers of M2O3 (M being several transition metals of the 5 d series) sandwiched by a band insulator such as Al2O3 that provides the honeycomb lattice where the 5 d electrons reside. This corundum-structure-based superlattice is a way to design a honeycomb lattice with transition metal cations avoiding the use of largely polar surfaces. We find that this system supports the presence of Dirac cones at the Fermi level that open up with the introduction of spin-orbit coupling at various fillings of the 5 d band. The DFT calculations performed in this paper show that the 5 d5 situation is always a trivial insulator, whereas the 5 d8 filling presents topological insulating configurations which evolve into a trivial state with increasing tensile strain or on-site Coulomb potential U . However, LDA + U calculations show a stable antiferromagnetic solution for the 5 d8 case at every U value, which would break time reversal symmetry and could affect the topological properties of the system. We also discuss the similarities with the buckled honeycomb lattice obtained using perovskite (111) bilayers previously studied in literature, in particular for the 5 d5 and 5 d8 configurations. This paper provides some clues on the stability of topological phases using metal oxides in general.

  14. Distributed structure determination at the JCSG

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    van den Bedem, Henry; Wolf, Guenter; Xu, Qingping; Deacon, Ashley M.

    2011-01-01

    The Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG), one of four large-scale structure-determination centers funded by the US Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) through the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, has been operating an automated distributed structure-solution pipeline, Xsolve, for well over half a decade. During PSI-2, Xsolve solved, traced and partially refined 90% of the JCSG’s nearly 770 MAD/SAD structures at an average resolution of about 2 Å without human intervention. Xsolve executes many well established publicly available crystallography software programs in parallel on a commodity Linux cluster, resulting in multiple traces for any given target. Additional software programs have been developed and integrated into Xsolve to further minimize human effort in structure refinement. ConsensusModeler exploits complementarities in traces from Xsolve to compute a single optimal model for manual refinement. Xpleo is a powerful robotics-inspired algorithm to build missing fragments and qFit automatically identifies and fits alternate conformations. PMID:21460455

  15. Structural determinants of sigma receptor affinity

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    Largent, B.L.; Wikstroem, H.G.; Gundlach, A.L.; Snyder, S.H.

    1987-12-01

    The structural determinants of sigma receptor affinity have been evaluated by examining a wide range of compounds related to opioids, neuroleptics, and phenylpiperidine dopaminergic structures for affinity at sigma receptor-binding sites labeled with (+)-(/sup 3/H)3-PPP. Among opioid compounds, requirements for sigma receptor affinity differ strikingly from the determinants of affinity for conventional opiate receptors. Sigma sites display reverse stereoselectivity to classical opiate receptors. Multi-ringed opiate-related compounds such as morphine and naloxone have negligible affinity for sigma sites, with the highest sigma receptor affinity apparent for benzomorphans which lack the C ring of opioids. Highest affinity among opioids and other compounds occurs with more lipophilic N-substituents. This feature is particularly striking among the 3-PPP derivatives as well as the opioids. The butyrophenone haloperidol is the most potent drug at sigma receptors we have detected. Among the series of butyrophenones, receptor affinity is primarily associated with the 4-phenylpiperidine moiety. Conformational calculations for various compounds indicate a fairly wide range of tolerance for distances between the aromatic ring and the amine nitrogen, which may account for the potency at sigma receptors of structures of considerable diversity. Among the wide range of structures that bind to sigma receptor-binding sites, the common pharmacophore associated with high receptor affinity is a phenylpiperidine with a lipophilic N-substituent.

  16. Ab initio study on pressure induced structural sequence in LaF3 up to 2 Mbar

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    Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2017-01-01

    Using an evolutionary structure search algorithm lanthanum trifluoride (LaF3) has been examined under hydrostatic compression. The comparison of enthalpies of various candidate structures suggests that at ambient condition the tysonite structure (space group P-3c1) is the lowest enthalpy phase. Further it has been found that this structure transforms to a primitive orthorhombic structure (space group Pmmn) around 19.5 GPa, which is in reasonable agreement with the experimental value of 16 GPa. Upon further compression the orthorhombic structure has been predicted to transform to another orthorhombic phase with space group symmetry Cmcm at 150 GPa. The results of the static lattice calculations have been substantiated by testing the lattice dynamic stability of these phases in the regime of their structural stability. Additionally, various Raman active modes for both the P-3c1 and Pmmn structures have been calculated as a function of pressure. The theoretically derived Raman active modes calculated for both the phases at various pressures display a good agreement with the experimental data.

  17. Si doped T6 carbon structure as an anode material for Li-ion batteries: An ab initio study

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    Rajkamal, A.; Kumar, E. Mathan; Kathirvel, V.; Park, Noejung; Thapa, Ranjit

    2016-11-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to identify the pristine and Si doped 3D metallic T6 carbon structure (having both sp2 and sp3 type hybridization) as a new carbon based anode material. The π electron of C2 atoms (sp2 bonded) forms an out of plane network that helps to capture the Li atom. The highest Li storage capacity of Si doped T6 structure with conformation Li1.7Si1C5 produces theoretical specific capacity of 632 mAh/g which substantially exceeding than graphite. Also, open-circuit voltage (OCV) with respect to Li metal shows large negative when compared to the pristine T6 structure. This indicates modifications in terms of chemical properties are required in anode materials for practical application. Among various doped (Si, Ge, Sn, B, N) configuration, Si doped T6 structure provides a stable positive OCV for high Li concentrations. Likewise, volume expansion study also shows Si doped T6 structure is more stable with less pulverization and substantial capacity losses in comparison with graphite and silicon as an anode materials. Overall, mixed hybridized (sp2 + sp3) Si doped T6 structure can become a superior anode material than present sp2 hybridized graphite and sp3 hybridized Si structure for modern Lithium ion batteries.

  18. Si doped T6 carbon structure as an anode material for Li-ion batteries: An ab initio study

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    Rajkamal, A.; Kumar, E. Mathan; Kathirvel, V.; Park, Noejung; Thapa, Ranjit

    2016-01-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to identify the pristine and Si doped 3D metallic T6 carbon structure (having both sp2 and sp3 type hybridization) as a new carbon based anode material. The π electron of C2 atoms (sp2 bonded) forms an out of plane network that helps to capture the Li atom. The highest Li storage capacity of Si doped T6 structure with conformation Li1.7Si1C5 produces theoretical specific capacity of 632 mAh/g which substantially exceeding than graphite. Also, open-circuit voltage (OCV) with respect to Li metal shows large negative when compared to the pristine T6 structure. This indicates modifications in terms of chemical properties are required in anode materials for practical application. Among various doped (Si, Ge, Sn, B, N) configuration, Si doped T6 structure provides a stable positive OCV for high Li concentrations. Likewise, volume expansion study also shows Si doped T6 structure is more stable with less pulverization and substantial capacity losses in comparison with graphite and silicon as an anode materials. Overall, mixed hybridized (sp2 + sp3) Si doped T6 structure can become a superior anode material than present sp2 hybridized graphite and sp3 hybridized Si structure for modern Lithium ion batteries. PMID:27892532

  19. Electronic and structural properties of NaZnX (X = P, As, Sb): an ab initio study

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    Jaiganesh, G.; Merita Anto Britto, T.; Eithiraj, R. D.; Kalpana, G.

    2008-02-01

    The first-principles tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method within the local density approximation (LDA) has been used to calculate the ground-state properties, structural phase stability and pressure dependence of the band gap of NaZnX (X = P, As, Sb). All three compounds are found to crystallize in the tetragonal Cu2Sb-type (C38) structure. NaZnAs is also found to crystallize in the zinc-blende-type related structure, i.e. the MgAgAs (order CaF2)-type structure. By interchanging the position of the atoms in the zinc-blende structure, three phases (α, β and γ) are formed. The energy-volume relations for these compounds have been obtained in the Cu2Sb-type and cubic α, β and γ phases of the zinc-blende-type related structure. Under ambient conditions these compounds are more stable in the Cu2Sb-type structure and are in agreement with experimental observations. At high pressure, these compounds undergo a structural phase transition from the tetragonal Cu2Sb-type to cubic α (or β) phase, and the transition pressures were calculated. The equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus and the cohesive energy for these compounds have also been calculated and are compared with the available results. In the Cu2Sb-type structure, NaZnP is found to be a direct-band-gap semiconductor, NaZnAs shows a very small direct band gap and NaZnSb is found to be a metal. In the α and β phases, NaZnP is found to be a direct-band-gap semiconductor, whereas NaZnAs and NaZnSb are found to be semi-metallic. In the γ-phase, all three compounds are found to exhibit metallic behaviour. However, this phase is energetically unfavourable.

  20. Structural stability of NiCoFeCrAlx high-entropy alloy from ab initio theory

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    Tian, Fuyang; Delczeg, Lorand; Chen, Nanxian; Varga, Lajos Karoly; Shen, Jiang; Vitos, Levente

    2013-08-01

    First-principles alloy theory predicts that at room temperature the paramagnetic NiCoFeCrAlx high entropy alloys adopt the face centered cubic (fcc) structure for x≲0.60 and the body centered cubic (bcc) structure for x≳1.23, with an fcc-bcc duplex region in between the two pure phases. The calculated single- and polycrystal elastic parameters exhibit strong composition and crystal structure dependence. Based on the present theoretical findings, it is concluded that alloys around the equimolar NiCoFeCrAl composition have superior mechanical performance as compared to the single-phase regions.

  1. Finding the Stable Structures of WxN1-x with an ab-initio High-Throughput Approach

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    2014-03-13

    cubic boron nitride[4], carbonitrides,[5] and transition metal borides .[6, 7] Over the past several years there has been considerable theoretical...include ionic and covalent structures which seem chemically similar to W-N. These include borides , carbides, oxides, and other nitrides. In this paper we...metallic alloys, [23–27] we extended it to include over fifty new structures. These include nitrides, oxides, borides , and carbides. The important

  2. Electronic structure, magnetism and stability of Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga, In) ab initio study

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    Dahmane, F.; Mesri, D.; Tadjer, A.; Khenata, R.; Benalia, S.; Djoudi, L.; Doumi, B.; Boumia, L.; Aourag, H.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, electronic as well as the magnetic properties of the Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga and In) full-Heusler alloy have been studied using first-principles calculations performed in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). It was taken into account both possible L21 structures (i.e. Hg2CuTi- and Cu2MnAl-type). Basically, for all compounds, the Cu2MnAl-type structure is energetically more stable than Hg2CuTi-type structure at the equilibrium volume. The electronic structure calculations for Co2CrAl reveal that half-metallic (HM) character in Cu2MnAl-type structure, Co2CrGa show nearly HM behavior and Co2CrIn has a metallic character. The predicted total magnetic moment is 3μB for Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga) which is in good convergence with the Slater-Pauling (SP) rule.

  3. Dimeric structure of the N-terminal domain of PriB protein from Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis solved ab initio

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    Liebschner, Dorothee; Brzezinski, Krzysztof; Dauter, Miroslawa; Dauter, Zbigniew; Nowak, Marta; Kur, Józef; Olszewski, Marcin

    2012-12-01

    The N-terminal domain of the PriB protein from the thermophilic bacterium T. tengcongensis (TtePriB) was expressed and its crystal structure has been solved at the atomic resolution of 1.09 Å by direct methods. PriB is one of the components of the bacterial primosome, which catalyzes the reactivation of stalled replication forks at sites of DNA damage. The N-terminal domain of the PriB protein from the thermophilic bacterium Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis (TtePriB) was expressed and its crystal structure was solved at the atomic resolution of 1.09 Å by direct methods. The protein chain, which encompasses the first 104 residues of the full 220-residue protein, adopts the characteristic oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding (OB) structure consisting of a five-stranded β-barrel filled with hydrophobic residues and equipped with four loops extending from the barrel. In the crystal two protomers dimerize, forming a six-stranded antiparallel β-sheet. The structure of the N-terminal OB domain of T. tengcongensis shows significant differences compared with mesophile PriBs. While in all other known structures of PriB a dimer is formed by two identical OB domains in separate chains, TtePriB contains two consecutive OB domains in one chain. However, sequence comparison of both the N-terminal and the C-terminal domains of TtePriB suggests that they have analogous structures and that the natural protein possesses a structure similar to a dimer of two N-terminal domains.

  4. Computational tools for experimental determination and theoretical prediction of protein structure

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    O`Donoghue, S.; Rost, B.

    1995-12-31

    This tutorial was one of eight tutorials selected to be presented at the Third International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology which was held in the United Kingdom from July 16 to 19, 1995. The authors intend to review the state of the art in the experimental determination of protein 3D structure (focus on nuclear magnetic resonance), and in the theoretical prediction of protein function and of protein structure in 1D, 2D and 3D from sequence. All the atomic resolution structures determined so far have been derived from either X-ray crystallography (the majority so far) or Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy (becoming increasingly more important). The authors briefly describe the physical methods behind both of these techniques; the major computational methods involved will be covered in some detail. They highlight parallels and differences between the methods, and also the current limitations. Special emphasis will be given to techniques which have application to ab initio structure prediction. Large scale sequencing techniques increase the gap between the number of known proteins sequences and that of known protein structures. They describe the scope and principles of methods that contribute successfully to closing that gap. Emphasis will be given on the specification of adequate testing procedures to validate such methods.

  5. Relationship between structural order and water-like anomalies in metastable liquid silicon: Ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Zhao, G.; Yan, J. L.; Yu, Y. J.; Ding, M. C.; Zhao, X. G.; Wang, H. Y.

    2017-01-01

    The relationship between structural order and water-like anomalies in tetrahedral liquids is still open. Here, first-principle molecular dynamics are performed to study it in metastable liquid Si. It is found that in T-P phase diagram, there indeed exists a structural anomaly region, which encloses density anomaly but not diffusivity anomaly. This is consistent with that of SW Si and BKS SiO2 but different from that of SPC/E water. Two-body excess entropy anomaly can neither capture the diffusivity, structural, and density anomalies, as it can in a two-scale potential fluid. In structural anomaly region, tetrahedrality order qtetra (measuring the extent to which an atom and its four nearest neighbours adopt tetrahedral arrangement) and translational order ttrans (measuring the tendency of two atoms to adopt preferential separation) are not perfectly correlated, which is different from that in SW Si and renders it impossible to use the isotaxis line to quantify the degree of structural order needed for water-like anomalies to occur. Along the isotherm of critical temperature Tc, ttrans/qtetra is approximately linear with pressure. With decreasing pressure along the isotherm below Tc, ttrans/qtetra departs downward from the line, while it is the opposite case above Tc. PMID:28054595

  6. Relationship between structural order and water-like anomalies in metastable liquid silicon: Ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Zhao, G.; Yan, J. L.; Yu, Y. J.; Ding, M. C.; Zhao, X. G.; Wang, H. Y.

    2017-01-01

    The relationship between structural order and water-like anomalies in tetrahedral liquids is still open. Here, first-principle molecular dynamics are performed to study it in metastable liquid Si. It is found that in T-P phase diagram, there indeed exists a structural anomaly region, which encloses density anomaly but not diffusivity anomaly. This is consistent with that of SW Si and BKS SiO2 but different from that of SPC/E water. Two-body excess entropy anomaly can neither capture the diffusivity, structural, and density anomalies, as it can in a two-scale potential fluid. In structural anomaly region, tetrahedrality order qtetra (measuring the extent to which an atom and its four nearest neighbours adopt tetrahedral arrangement) and translational order ttrans (measuring the tendency of two atoms to adopt preferential separation) are not perfectly correlated, which is different from that in SW Si and renders it impossible to use the isotaxis line to quantify the degree of structural order needed for water-like anomalies to occur. Along the isotherm of critical temperature Tc, ttrans/qtetra is approximately linear with pressure. With decreasing pressure along the isotherm below Tc, ttrans/qtetra departs downward from the line, while it is the opposite case above Tc.

  7. Ab initio study of electronic structure, elastic and optical properties of anti-perovskite type alkali metal oxyhalides

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    Ramanna, J.; Yedukondalu, N.; Ramesh Babu, K.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2013-06-01

    We report the structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of antiperovskite alkali metal oxyhalides Na3OCl, Na3OBr, and K3OBr using two different density functional methods within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Plane wave pseudo potential (PW-PP) method has been used to calculate the ground state structural and elastic properties while the electronic structure and optical properties are calculated explicitly using full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The calculated ground state properties of the investigated compounds agree quite well with the available experimental data. The predicted elastic constants using both PW-PP and FP-LAPW methods are in good accord with each other and show that the materials are mechanically stable. The low values of the elastic moduli indicate that these materials are soft in nature. The bulk properties such as shear moduli, Young's moduli, and Poisson's ratio are derived from the calculated elastic constants. Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential improves the band gaps over GGA and Engel-Vosko GGA. The computed TB-mBJ electronic band structure reveals that these materials are direct band gap insulators. The complex dielectric function of the metal oxyhalide compounds have been calculated and the observed prominent peaks are analyzed through the TB-mBJ electronic structures. By using the knowledge of complex dielectric function other important optical properties including absorption, reflectivity, refractive index and loss function have been obtained as a function of energy.

  8. Ab initio study of cyanoguanidine isomers

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    Arbuznikov, A. V.; Sheludyakova, L. A.; Burgina, E. B.

    1995-06-01

    An ab initio quantum chemical study of the geometric structure and stability of cyanoguanidine isomers was carried out at the Hartree-Fock and Møller-Plesset levels of theory. Two stable separable isomers ('cyanioime' and 'cyanoamine') are found. This gives evidence in favour of the vibrational spectroscopy data showing the existence of both isomers.

  9. Ab initio study of cyanoguanidine isomers

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    Arbuznikov, A. V.; Sheludyakova, L. A.; Burgina, E. B.

    1995-06-01

    An ab initio quantum chemical study of the geometric structure and stability of cyanoguanidine isomers was carried out at the Hartree-Fock and Møller-Plesset levels of theory. Two stable separable isomers (‘cyanioime' and ‘cyanoamine') are found. This gives evidence in favour of the vibrational spectroscopy data showing the existence of both isomers.

  10. Ab initio study of the effects of dilute defects on the local structure of unalloyed δ-plutonium

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    Hernandez, Sarah Christine; Kisiel, Elliot Steven; Freibert, Franz Joseph

    2016-11-22

    We used density functional theory to examine the effects impurities and vacancies in the dilute limit in order to explore the effects on the local structure of the unalloyed face centered cubic δ-Pu lattice. The impurities considered are the radioactive daughter U or stabilizers in δ-phase stabilizer Ga. These impurities were placed at various interstitial sites, including octahedral, tetrahedral, and split interstitial along the (100) direction, as well as substitutional lattice sites. Self-interstitials, mono and di-vacancies were also considered. In addition we examined impurity-vacancy complexes at first and second nearest neighboring distances from each other. Radial distribution functions were plotted to gauge the local structural variations around the defect within the lattice and volume change with structural variation quantifies influence on thermodynamics. These local distortions will be discussed in this report.

  11. Ab-initio study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of CdTe doped transition metal Co

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    Zitouni, A.; Bentata, Samir; Benstaali, W.; Abbar, B.

    2014-07-01

    The full potential linear augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) based on density-functional theory (DFT) is employed to study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal Co doped CdTe. We have analyzed the structural parameters, charge and spin densities, total and partial densities of states within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The results show a Half-Metallic Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors (HM-DMS) character with an important magnetic moment. The results obtained, make the CoxCd1-xTe a potential promising candidate for application in spintronics.

  12. Finding the Stable Structures of N1-xWx with an Ab Initio High-Throughput Approach

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-05-26

    1930). [15] R. Kiessling and Y. H. Liu, Thermal stability of the chromium, iron, and tungsten borides in streaming ammonia and the existence of a new...Yu, Z. Lin, R. Zhang, D. He, J. Qin, J. Zhu, J. Han, L. Wang, H.-K. Mao, J. Zhang, and Y. Zhao, Synthesis , crystal structure, and elastic properties...63] W. Jeitschko and R. Rühl, Synthesis and crystal structure of diamagnetic ReP4, a polyphosphide with Re-Re pairs, Acta Crystallogr., Sect. B

  13. Structure Determination of Novel Polydiacetylene Materials.

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    Thakur, Mrinal Kanti

    The major objective of this work has been to synthesize and characterize some novel diacetylene polymers. Monomers of the general type HC(TBOND)C-(CH(,2))(,n)-C(TBOND)CH were oxidatively coupled (Glaser coupling) to synthesize polymers of the form ( (CH(,2))(,n)-C(TBOND)C-C(TBOND)C )(,x). These polymers (n = 5, 6, 8), termed macromonomers, were subsequently exposed to CO('60)-(gamma) radiation to effect the diacetylene polymerization. The resulting materials, called crosspolymerized macromonomers, were composed of regular two-dimensional networks of polydiacetylene and hydrocarbon chains. Crystal structures of macromonomers before and after crosspolymerization were determined essentially by electron diffraction analysis, with supporting information from x-ray fiber diffraction. A detailed investigation of the crosspolymerization reaction was made by C-13 NMR in solid state. A very special type of diacetylene monomer was synthesized by dimerizing 1,11-dodecadiyne through a controlled oxidative coupling. Preliminary characterization of these dimers was accomplished by using GPC, DSC and electron diffraction. Macroscopic single crystals of polymerized dimer were obtained by radiation ((gamma)-radiation) induced polymerization and simultaneous crystallization from solution. X -ray diffraction analysis was employed for the crystal structure determination of this material. The structure was found to be composed of sheets of alternating polydiacetylene and polyacetylene chains. The nearest neighbor distance between a polydiacetylene and a polyacetylene chain was approximately 4(ANGSTROM). The electrical conductivity of this undoped material was measured and found to be reasonably high ((TURN)10('-2) (OMEGA)('-1)cm('-1)). A (pi)-electron band structure calculation indicated that such high conductivity resulted because of significant interchain interaction within the unit cell. A detailed investigation of the consequences of anharmonic interaction on diffraction intensities

  14. Accurate ab initio determination of the adiabatic potential energy function and the Born-Oppenheimer breakdown corrections for the electronic ground state of LiH isotopologues

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    Holka, Filip; Szalay, Péter G.; Fremont, Julien; Rey, Michael; Peterson, Kirk A.; Tyuterev, Vladimir G.

    2011-03-01

    High level ab initio potential energy functions have been constructed for LiH in order to predict vibrational levels up to dissociation. After careful tests of the parameters of the calculation, the final adiabatic potential energy function has been composed from: (a) an ab initio nonrelativistic potential obtained at the multireference configuration interaction with singles and doubles level including a size-extensivity correction and quintuple-sextuple ζ extrapolations of the basis, (b) a mass-velocity-Darwin relativistic correction, and (c) a diagonal Born-Oppenheimer (BO) correction. Finally, nonadiabatic effects have also been considered by including a nonadiabatic correction to the kinetic energy operator of the nuclei. This correction is calculated from nonadiabatic matrix elements between the ground and excited electronic states. The calculated vibrational levels have been compared with those obtained from the experimental data [J. A. Coxon and C. S. Dickinson, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 9378 (2004)]. It was found that the calculated BO potential results in vibrational levels which have root mean square (rms) deviations of about 6-7 cm-1 for LiH and ˜3 cm-1 for LiD. With all the above mentioned corrections accounted for, the rms deviation falls down to ˜1 cm-1. These results represent a drastic improvement over previous theoretical predictions of vibrational levels for all isotopologues of LiH.

  15. Accurate ab initio determination of the adiabatic potential energy function and the Born-Oppenheimer breakdown corrections for the electronic ground state of LiH isotopologues.

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    Holka, Filip; Szalay, Péter G; Fremont, Julien; Rey, Michael; Peterson, Kirk A; Tyuterev, Vladimir G

    2011-03-07

    High level ab initio potential energy functions have been constructed for LiH in order to predict vibrational levels up to dissociation. After careful tests of the parameters of the calculation, the final adiabatic potential energy function has been composed from: (a) an ab initio nonrelativistic potential obtained at the multireference configuration interaction with singles and doubles level including a size-extensivity correction and quintuple-sextuple ζ extrapolations of the basis, (b) a mass-velocity-Darwin relativistic correction, and (c) a diagonal Born-Oppenheimer (BO) correction. Finally, nonadiabatic effects have also been considered by including a nonadiabatic correction to the kinetic energy operator of the nuclei. This correction is calculated from nonadiabatic matrix elements between the ground and excited electronic states. The calculated vibrational levels have been compared with those obtained from the experimental data [J. A. Coxon and C. S. Dickinson, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 9378 (2004)]. It was found that the calculated BO potential results in vibrational levels which have root mean square (rms) deviations of about 6-7 cm(-1) for LiH and ∼3 cm(-1) for LiD. With all the above mentioned corrections accounted for, the rms deviation falls down to ∼1 cm(-1). These results represent a drastic improvement over previous theoretical predictions of vibrational levels for all isotopologues of LiH.

  16. Exocyclic push-pull conjugated compounds. Part 3. An experimental NMR and theoretical MO ab initio study of the structure, the electronic properties and barriers to rotation about the exocyclic partial double bond in 2- exo-methylene- and 2-cyanoimino-quinazolines and -benzodiazepines

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    Benassi, R.; Bertarini, C.; Hilfert, L.; Kempter, G.; Kleinpeter, E.; Spindler, J.; Taddei, F.; Thomas, S.

    2000-03-01

    The structure of a number of 2- exo-methylene substituted quinazolines and benzodiazepines, respectively, 1, 3a, b, 4( X=-CN, -COOEt ) and their 2-cyanoimino substituted analogues 2, 3c, d( X=-CN, -SO 2C 6H 4-Me (p) was completely assigned by the whole arsenal of 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic methods. The E/ Z isomerism at the exo-cyclic double bond was determined by both NMR spectroscopy and confirmed by ab initio quantum chemical calculations; the Z isomer is the preferred one, its amount proved dependent on steric hindrance. Due to the push-pull effect in this part of the molecules the restricted rotation about the partial C 2,C 11 and C 2,N 11 double bonds, could also be studied and the barrier to rotation measured by dynamic NMR spectroscopy. The free energies of activation of this dynamic process proved very similar along the compounds studied but being dependent on the polarity of the solvent. Quantum chemical calculations at the ab initio level were employed to prove the stereochemistry at the exo-cyclic partial double bonds of 1- 4, to calculate the barriers to rotation but also to discuss in detail both the ground and the transition state of the latter dynamic process in order to better understand electronic, inter- and intramolecular effects on the barrier to rotation which could be determined experimentally. In the cyanoimino substituted compounds 2, 3c, d, the MO ab initio calculations evidence the isomer interconversion to be better described by the internal rotation process than by the lateral shift mechanism.

  17. Conformational stability from variable temperature infrared spectra of krypton solutions, ab initio calculations, vibrational assignment, and r0 structural parameters of 1,3-difluoropropane.

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    Durig, James R; Zheng, Chao; Williams, Michael J; Stidham, Howard D; Guirgis, Gamil A

    2004-06-01

    The infrared spectra (3200-400 cm(-1)) of krypton solutions of 1,3-difluoropropane, FCH2CH2CH2F, at variable temperatures (-105 to -150 degrees C) have been recorded. Additionally, the infrared spectra (3200-50 cm(-1)) of the gas and solid have been recorded as well as the Raman spectrum of the liquid. From a comparison of the spectra of the fluid phases with that in the solid, all of the fundamental vibrations of the C2 conformer (gauche-gauche) where the first gauche indicates the form for one of the CH2F groups and the second gauche the other CH2F, and many of those for the C1 form (trans-gauche) have been identified. Tentative assignments have been made for a few of the fundamentals of the other two conformers, i.e. C2v (trans-trans) and Cs (gauche-gauche'). By utilizing six pairs of fundamentals for these two conformers in the krypton solutions, an enthalpy difference of 277 +/- 28 cm(-1) (3.31 +/- 0.33 kJ mol(-1)) has been obtained for the C2 versus C1 conformer with the C2 conformer the more stable form. For the C2v conformer, the enthalpy difference has been determined to be 716 +/- 72 cm(-1) (8.57 +/- 0.86 kJ mol(-1)) and for the Cs form 971 +/- 115 cm(-1) (11.6 +/- 1.4 kJ mol(-1)). It is estimated that there is 64 +/- 3% of the C2 form, 34 +/-3% of the C1 form, 1% of the C2v form and 0.6% of the Cs conformer present at ambient temperature. Equilibrium geometries and total energies of the four stable conformers have been determined from ab initio calculations with full electron correlation by the perturbation method to second order as well as by hybrid density functional theory calculations with the B3LYP method using a number of basis sets. The MP2 calculations predict the C1 conformer stability to be slightly higher than the experimentally determined value whereas for the C2v and Cs conformers the predicted energy difference is much larger than the experimental value. The B3LYP calculations predict a better energy difference for both the C1 and C2v as

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of MnPd/Fe grown on MgO(100) substrate: Ab initio studies

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    Malonda-Boungou, B. R.; Magnoungou, J. H. J.; M'Passi-Mabiala, B.; Demangeat, C.

    2016-07-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of ultrathin films MnPd/Fe grown on MgO(001) are investigated using a self-consistent pseudopotential plane waves method based on density functional theory in the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation. The results obtained reveal the presence of an antiferromagnetic coupling between successive Mn [100] rows, combined with a ripple where Mn outward atoms exhibit a positive magnetic moment, in the case of Mn overlayer on Fe/MgO(001). In the case of MnPd monolayer ordered alloy, the c(2 × 2) structure formation is more favorable than the p(1 × 2) one, exhibiting a ferromagnetic coupling between Mn neighbor atoms with a positive induced ferromagnetic moment on Pd atoms. Pd atoms are pushed outward. For 1-ML MnxPd1 - x on Fe/MgO, the Mn absolute mean magnetization per atom increases as x coverage increases, whereas the Pd mean induced magnetic moment decreases. For systems alternating Mn and Pd monolayers on Fe/MgO(001), a complex magnetic structure is shown on Mn monolayers: changing from Mn neighboring antiferromagnetic coupling to Mn [010] rows antiferromagnetic behavior. The correlation is made between the electronic structure and the magnetic properties, by comparing filled with partially filled components (Pd, Mn and Fe) d-bands. The magnetization easy-axis changes between the in-plane and the out-of-plane orientations from Fe/MgO to MnPd/Fe/MgO systems.

  19. Crystal structure of the pressure-induced metallic phase of SiH4 from ab initio theory.

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    Kim, D Y; Scheicher, R H; Lebègue, S; Prasongkit, J; Arnaud, B; Alouani, M; Ahuja, R

    2008-10-28

    Metallization of pure solid hydrogen is of great interest, not least because it could lead to high-temperature superconductivity, but it continues to be an elusive goal because of great experimental challenges. Hydrogen-rich materials, in particular, CH(4), SiH(4), and GeH(4), provide an opportunity to study related phenomena at experimentally achievable pressures, and they too are expected to be high-temperature superconductors. Recently, the emergence of a metallic phase has been observed in silane for pressures just above 60 GPa. However, some uncertainty exists about the crystal structure of the discovered metallic phase. Here, we show by way of elimination, that a single structure that possesses all of the required characteristics of the experimentally observed metallic phase of silane from a pool of plausible candidates can be identified. Our density functional theory and GW calculations show that a structure with space group P4/nbm is metallic at pressures >60 GPa. Based on phonon calculations, we furthermore demonstrate that the P4/nbm structure is dynamically stable at >43 GPa and becomes the ground state at 97 GPa when zero-point energy contributions are considered. These findings could lead the way for further theoretical analysis of metallic phases of hydrogen-rich materials and stimulate experimental studies.

  20. Ab initio investigation of structure, stability, thermal behavior, bonding, and infrared spectra of ionized water cluster (H2O)6+

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    Liu, Lei; Hu, Cui-E.; Tang, Mei; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2016-10-01

    The low-lying isomers of cationic water cluster (H2O)6+ have been globally explored by using particle swarm optimization algorithm in conjunction with quantum chemical calculations. Compared with previous results, our searching method covers a wide range of structural isomers of (H2O)6+ and therefore turns out to be more effective. With these local minima, geometry optimization and vibrational analysis are performed for the most interesting clusters at second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2)/aug-cc-pVDZ level, and their energies are further refined at MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ and coupled-cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations/aug-cc-pVDZ level. The interaction energies using the complete basis set limits at MP2 level are also reported. The relationships between their structure arrangement and their energies are discussed. Based on the results of thermal simulation, structural change from a four-numbered ring to a tree-like structure occurs at T ≈ 45 K, and the relative population of six lowest-free-energy isomers is found to exceed 4% at some point within the studied temperature range. Studies reveal that, among these six isomers, two new-found isomers constitute 10% of isomer population at 180 K, and the experimental spectra can be better explained with inclusions of the two isomers. The molecular orbitals for six representative cationic water clusters are also studied. Through topological and reduced density gradient analysis, we investigated the structural characteristics and the bonding strengths of these water cluster radical cations.

  1. Ab initio investigation of structure, stability, thermal behavior, bonding, and infrared spectra of ionized water cluster (H2O)6().

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    Liu, Lei; Hu, Cui-E; Tang, Mei; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2016-10-21

    The low-lying isomers of cationic water cluster (H2O)6(+) have been globally explored by using particle swarm optimization algorithm in conjunction with quantum chemical calculations. Compared with previous results, our searching method covers a wide range of structural isomers of (H2O)6(+) and therefore turns out to be more effective. With these local minima, geometry optimization and vibrational analysis are performed for the most interesting clusters at second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2)/aug-cc-pVDZ level, and their energies are further refined at MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ and coupled-cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations/aug-cc-pVDZ level. The interaction energies using the complete basis set limits at MP2 level are also reported. The relationships between their structure arrangement and their energies are discussed. Based on the results of thermal simulation, structural change from a four-numbered ring to a tree-like structure occurs at T ≈ 45 K, and the relative population of six lowest-free-energy isomers is found to exceed 4% at some point within the studied temperature range. Studies reveal that, among these six isomers, two new-found isomers constitute 10% of isomer population at 180 K, and the experimental spectra can be better explained with inclusions of the two isomers. The molecular orbitals for six representative cationic water clusters are also studied. Through topological and reduced density gradient analysis, we investigated the structural characteristics and the bonding strengths of these water cluster radical cations.

  2. Structure, stability and bonding of (BC 2N) n, n=2,3: an ab initio study

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    Kar, T.; Cuma, M.; Scheiner, S.

    2000-12-01

    The dimer and trimer of BC 2N are studied at the HF and MPn levels using 3-21G, 6-31G ∗ and 6-31+G ∗ basis sets. It is found that stability is enhanced by maintaining -BN- units together in the cyclic form. Both molecules have cyclic ground state structures with cumulenic-type equal bond lengths in the -BNBN- and polyacetylenic -CCCC- fragments. The linear-cyclic energy difference increases with the size of the cluster. Electron correlation substantially favors the cyclic structures over the linear forms. No general trend of atomic combination has been found in the linear isomers. Diffuse functions have negligible effects on the relative energies and geometries of the dimers.

  3. Ab initio description of the diluted magnetic semiconductor Ga1-xMnxAs: Ferromagnetism, electronic structure, and optical response

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    Craco, L.; Laad, M. S.; Müller-Hartmann, E.

    2003-12-01

    Motivated by a study of various experiments describing the electronic and magnetic properties of the diluted magnetic semiconductor Ga1-xMnxAs, we investigate its physical response in detail using a combination of first-principles band structure with methods based on dynamical mean field theory to incorporate strong, dynamical correlations, and intrinsic as well as extrinsic disorder in one single theoretical picture. We show how ferromagnetism is driven by double exchange (DE), in agreement with very recent observations, along with a good quantitative description of the details of the electronic structure, as probed by scanning tunneling microscopy and optical conductivity. Our results show how ferromagnetism can be driven by DE even in diluted magnetic semiconductors with small carrier concentration.

  4. Influence of the sequence on the ab initio band structures of single and double stranded DNA models

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    Bogár, Ferenc; Bende, Attila; Ladik, János

    2014-06-01

    The solid state physical approach is widely used for the characterization of electronic properties of DNA. In the simplest case the helical symmetry is explicitly utilized with a repeat unit containing only a single nucleotide or nucleotide pair. This model provides a band structure that is easily interpretable and reflects the main characteristic features of the single nucleotide or a nucleotide pair chain, respectively. The chemical variability of the different DNA chains is, however, almost completely neglected in this way. In the present work we have investigated the effect of the different sequences on the band structure of periodic DNA models. For this purpose we have applied the Hartree-Fock crystal orbital method for single and double stranded DNA chains with two different subsequent nucleotides in the repeat unit of former and two different nucleotide pairs in the latter case, respectively. These results are compared to simple helical models with uniform sequences. The valence and conduction bands related to the stacked nucleotide bases of single stranded DNA built up only from guanidine as well as of double stranded DNA built up only from guanidine-cytidine pairs showed special properties different from the other cases. Namely, they had higher conduction and lower valence band positions and this way larger band gaps and smaller widths of these bands. With the introduction of non-uniform guanidine containing sequences band structures became more similar to each other and to the band structures of other sequences without guanidine. The maximal bandwidths of the non-uniform sequences are considerably smaller than in the case of uniform sequences implying smaller charge carrier mobilities both in the conduction and valence bands.

  5. Structural models of activated γ-alumina surfaces revisited: Thermodynamics, NMR and IR spectroscopies from ab initio calculations

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    Ferreira, Ary R.; Küçükbenli, Emine; de Gironcoli, Stefano; Souza, Wladmir F.; Chiaro, Sandra Shirley X.; Konstantinova, Elena; Leitão, Alexandre A.

    2013-09-01

    The activation of highly catalytic γ-alumina surfaces by thermal treatment and the description of the related chemical processes at atomic scale is a topical issue. According to a recent study [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 14430], the enhanced reactivity of γ-alumina has been associated to tri-coordinated aluminum sites which supposedly are exposed exclusively on the (1 1 0) surfaces of this oxide. In this work, we explore this possibility by modeling the (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) terminations using Krokidis et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 105 (2001) 5121] bulk structure and performing an extensive search of the most stable hydrated surface models at conditions consistent with experiment. Among the 156 structures analyzed, we identify several “metastable” models for the (1 1 0) surface with a considerable probability of containing the AlIII centers at OH coverages of 9.0 and 6.0 OH/nm2. We then test the reactivity of these sites through their Lewis acidity by simulating the CO adsorbtion on the surface and our results confirm the high reactivity of AlIII centers. Based on the Gibbs free energy of the explored structures, we carry on a thermodynamical analysis at varying hydroxylation degrees and pretreatment temperatures and simulate the experimental volcano-type behavior reported in [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 14430] and predict the optimum pretreatment temperature as 700 °C, in very good agreement with experimental findings. We further use infrared and solid state MAS NMR spectroscopies and reproduce the 1H MAS NMR spectra under high vacuum conditions (10-5 Torr). The strong resemblance of spectra to the experimental ones in the literature [J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 834] validate further the structural models we have generated in this study.

  6. Structure of aldehyde cluster ions in the gas phase, according to data from ion mobility spectrometry and ab initio calculations

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    Lantsuzskaya (Krisilova), E. V.; Krisilov, A. V.; Levina, A. M.

    2015-09-01

    Ion-mobility spectra of a set of aliphatic linear aldehydes with the number of carbon atoms from 3 to 7 are obtained. Values of the mobility corresponding to two most intense peaks, considered to be those of a monomer and dimer, are determined according the spectra. Based on mobility, collision cross sections are calculated using the Mason-Schamp equation. The linear increase in the collision cross sections upon an increase in molecular weight is determined. According to the experimental results, the contribution to the cross section that has no dependence on molecular weight diminishes with the formation of dimers. It is established using quantum chemical calculations that this is associated with a reduction in the dipole moment upon the formation of dimers.

  7. Space-grown protein crystals are more useful for structure determination.

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    Ng, Joseph D

    2002-10-01

    The usefulness of X-ray data derived from space-grown protein crystals for calculating a more accurate structure is reviewed here for three model proteins. These include the plant sweetening protein, thaumatin, from Thaumatococcus daniellii; the aspartyl-tRNA synthetase from Thermus thermophilus; and pea lectin from Pisum sativum. In all three cases, X-ray diffraction data collected from protein crystals obtained under reduced gravity lead to better defined initial electron density maps, facilitating model building and improved crystallographic statistics. With thaumatin, the phasing power of the anomalous scattering atom, sulfur, is used to determine protein crystal quality in terms of its usefulness for ab initio structure determination. Thaumatin crystals grown under microgravity provided improved phasing statistics compared to those of Earth-grown crystals. Consequently, generating a de novo protein model of higher quality was facilitated using X-ray diffraction data from space-grown crystals. This lends evidence to the possibility that a microgravity environment can favor protein crystal growth and, subsequently, be more useful for structure determination.

  8. Energetics and structure in solvent: A dielectric continuum model of solvation combined with molecular mechanics, Ab Initio, and Semi-empirical molecular orbital treatments of the solute

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    Tawa, G.J.; Pratt, L.R.; Martin, R.L.

    1996-12-31

    We present a method for computing the electrostatic component of the solvation free energy, {Delta}G{sup el}, of a solute molecule in the presence of solvent modeled as a dielectric continuum. The method is based on an integral form of Poisson`s equation which is solved to obtain a distribution of induced polarization charge at the solute-solvent dielectric interface. The solution of Poisson`s equation is obtained by application of a boundary element procedure. The method is tested by comparing its predictions of {Delta}G{sup el} to exact values for several model problems. The method is then used in a variety of contexts to assess its qualitative prediction ability. It is first combined with a molecular mechanics treatment of the solute to evaluate the effects of aqueous solvent on the conformational equilibria of several small molecules of interest-these are N-methyl acetamide and alanine dipeptide. For both molecules dielectric continuum solvation predicts torsional free energies of solvation that are in accord with other more complete treatments of solvation. The method is then combined with ab initio and semi-empirical molecular orbital theory for the solute. Self consistent reaction field calculations (SCRF) are performed to evaluate the correlation is in general very good. Relative agreement with experiment is best for ions where electrostatics predominate and worst for non-polar neutral molecules were electrostatics are minor. Semi-empirical configuration interaction SCRF calculations are also performed in the presence of solvent in order to determine ground-to-excited state absorption energy shifts for formaldehyde and indole mine ground-to-excited state absorption energy shifts for formaldehyde and indole when placed in water. We find a rough correlation between transition energy shifts and the dipole moments of the initial and final states involved in the transition.

  9. High level ab initio structural and spectroscopic studies of interstellar ion-molecule complexes and interstellar triatomic molecules

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    Cotton, C. Eric

    Ion molecule complexes are considered possible novel intermediates in the molecular complexification of the interstellar medium. This study reports the results of calculations on the CO, CS, PN, HCN, and HNC molecules and the HCO+, HCS+, HPN+, and HNCH+ ions and their ion-molecule complexes, CO-HCO +, SC-HCS+, and PN-HNP+, HCN-HCNH +, HNC-HCNH+, and HCN-HNCH+. Results from calculations on the triatomic molecules HNSx, HSN x, HPSx, and HNSx (x = -1, 0 , +1) and their low lying electronic excited states are reported. Binging energies of the complexes are found to be significant, implying that these complexes may be observable. It is also found that the interaction of HNC with HNCH+ leads to a novel barrierless isomerization pathway for HNC to HCN. Structural and spectroscopic results from the highly correlated CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pV(6+d)Z and the explicitly correlated CCSD(T)-F12/VQZ-F12 calculations are within 1% when compared to available experimental values. Essential structural and spectroscopic properties for ions and molecules as well as ion-molecule complex are reported. This study provides evidence of novel intermediates and triatomic molecules that can be included in the molecular pathways that constitute the chemical models describing molecular complexification in the interstellar medium.

  10. Ab initio study of structural, mechanical, thermal and electronic properties of perovskites Sr(Li,Pd)H3

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    Benlamari, S.; Amara Korba, S.; Lakel, S.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, elastic, thermal and electronic properties of perovskite hydrides SrLiH3 and SrPdH3 have been investigated using the all-electron full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT). For the exchange-correlation potential, local-density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) have been used to calculate theoretical lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative. The present results are in good agreement with available theoretical and experimental data. The three independent elastic constants (C11, C12 and C44) are also reported. From electronic band structure and density of states (DOSs), it is found that SrLiH3 is an insulator characterized by an indirect gap of 3.48 eV, while SrPdH3 is metallic with a calculated DOSs at Fermi energy of 0.745 states/eV-unit cell. Poisson’s ratio (σ), Young’s modulus (E), shear modulus (G), anisotropy factor (A), average sound velocities (vm) and density (ρ) of these compounds are also estimated for the first time. The Debye temperature is deduced from the average sound velocity. Variation of elastic constants and bulk modulus of these compounds as a function of pressure is also reported. Pressure and thermal effects on some macroscopic properties are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  11. Ab initio study of structural parameters and optical properties of ZnTe1-xOx

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    Zerroug, S.; Gueddim, A.; Ajmal Khan, M.; Bouarissa, N.

    2013-01-01

    The present work employs the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) technique to investigate the structural and optical properties of zinc-blende-structured ZnTe1-xOx with oxygen concentration in the range 0-1. Features such as lattice constant, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative have been reported. In agreement with X-ray diffraction measurement, it is found that the lattice constant of ZnTe1-xOx does not follow Vegard's law. In addition, the spectral dependence of the dielectric functions of the material system of interest for various oxygen concentrations at energies below and above the fundamental absorption edge are examined and discussed. The calculated static and high-frequency dielectric constants are found to agree reasonably well with those reported in the literature. Other case, our results are predictions. The information derived from the present study may be useful for optical emitters/converters or intermediate/defect band solar cells.

  12. An ab initio investigation into the elastic, structural and electronic properties of MoS2 nanotubes

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    Ansari, R.; Malakpour, S.; Faghihnasiri, M.; Sahmani, S.

    2015-06-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a unique semiconductor with a honeycomb structure like graphite, which has the ability to form various nanostructures with distinct characteristics. In the present study, the elastic, structural and electronic properties of armchair and zigzag MoS2 nanotubes with different diameters are investigated using the density functional theory (DFT). The DFT calculations are performed within the framework of generalized gradient approximation and using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange model. It is demonstrated that for all of the considered MoS2 nanotubes anharmonicity exists, except for (6,6) MoS2 nanotube. Moreover, it is found that by increasing the tube diameter, Young's modulus of both armchair and zigzag MoS2 nanotubes increases. Also, it is observed that all of armchair MoS2 nanotubes are indirect band gap-type. On the other hand, all of zigzag MoS2 nanotubes have band gaps with the type of direct in Γ point.

  13. Structure, dynamics and stability of water/scCO2/mineral interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lee, Mal -Soon; Peter McGrail, B.; Rousseau, Roger; ...

    2015-10-12

    Here, the interface between a solid and a complex multi-component liquid forms a unique reaction environment whose structure and composition can significantly deviate from either bulk or liquid phase and is poorly understood due the innate difficulty to obtain molecular level information. Feldspar minerals, as typified by the Ca-end member Anorthite, serve as prototypical model systems to assess the reactivity and ion mobility at solid/water-bearing supercritical fluid (WBSF) interfaces due to recent X-ray based measurements that provide information on water-film formation, and cation vacancies at these surfaces. Using density functional theory based molecular dynamics, which allows the evaluation of reactivitymore » and condensed phase dynamics on equal footing, we report on the structure and dynamics of water nucleation and surface aggregation, carbonation and Ca mobilization under geologic carbon sequestration scenarios (T = 323 K and P = 90 bar). We find that water has a strong enthalpic preference for aggregation on a Ca-rich, O-terminated anorthite (001) surface, but entropy strongly hinders the film formation at very low water concentrations. Carbonation reactions readily occur at electron-rich terminal Oxygen sites adjacent to cation vacancies, when in contact with supercritical CO2. Cation vacancies of this type can form readily in the presence of a water layer that allows for facile and enthalpicly favorable Ca2+ extraction and solvation. Apart from providing unprecedented molecular level detail of a complex three component (mineral, water and scCO2) system), this work highlights the ability of modern capabilities of AIMD methods to begin to qualitatively and quantitatively address structure and reactivity at solid-liquid interfaces of high chemical complexity. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (M.-S. L., B. P. M. and V.-A. G.) and the Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Chemical Sciences

  14. Surface Relaxations, Surface Energies and Electronic Structures of BaSnO3 (001) Surfaces: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Slassi, A.; Hammi, M.; El Rhazouani, O.

    2017-02-01

    The surface relaxations, surface energies and electronic structures of BaO- and SnO2-terminated BaSnO3 (001) surfaces have been studied by employing the first-principles density functional theory. For both terminations, we find that the upper-layer Ba and Sn atoms move inward, whereas upper-layer O atoms move outward from the surface. Moreover, the largest relaxations are occurred on the first-layer atoms of both terminations. The surface rumpling of BaO-terminated BaSnO3 (001) is slightly less than that of the SnO2-terminated BaSnO3 (001) surface. The surface energies show that both terminated surfaces are energetically stable and favorable. Finally, the surface band gap is slightly decreased for the BaO termination, while it is dramatically decreased for the SnO2 termination.

  15. Relativistically corrected hyperfine structure constants calculated with the regular approximation applied to correlation corrected ab initio theory

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    Filatov, Michael; Cremer, Dieter

    2004-09-01

    The infinite-order regular approximation (IORA) and IORA with modified metric (IORAmm) is used to develop an algorithm for calculating relativistically corrected isotropic hyperfine structure (HFS) constants. The new method is applied to the calculation of alkali atoms Li-Fr, coinage metal atoms Cu, Ag, and Au, the Hg+ radical ion, and the mercury containing radicals HgH, HgCH3, HgCN, and HgF. By stepwise improvement of the level of theory from Hartree-Fock to second-order Møller-Plesset theory and to quadratic configuration interaction theory with single and double excitations, isotropic HFS constants of high accuracy were obtained for atoms and for molecular radicals. The importance of relativistic corrections is demonstrated.

  16. Structure and stability of VO2+ in aqueous solution: a Car-Parrinello and static ab initio study.

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    Sadoc, Aymeric; Messaoudi, Sabri; Furet, Eric; Gautier, Régis; Le Fur, Eric; le Pollès, Laurent; Pivan, Jean-Yves

    2007-06-11

    Quantum chemical calculations have been carried out to get some insight concerning the effects of temperature and solvent acidity on the structure and stability of solvated VO2+ as the elementary chemical unit involved in the nucleation of vanadophosphates. First, because some recent theoretical studies have suggested a tendency of density functional theory (DFT) to favor lower coordination numbers for such systems, static calculations have been performed on [VO2(H2O)(4-n)]+.nH2O (n=0-2) conformers at the MP2 and DFT level of theory, using two different combinations of basis sets. The results of two pure-GGA (BP86 and PBEPBE), two hybrid-GGA (PBE1PBE and mPWPW91), and two hybrid-meta-GGA (mPW1B95 and B1B95) functionals were analyzed on these systems. The comparison of the results indicates that the stability differences between the two methodologies are resolved when hydration energy is taken into account, provided that some amount of HF exchange is introduced in the DFT calculations. In a second step, Car-Parrinello simulations have been carried out starting from VO2(H2O)4+ surrounded by water molecules. The calculations at 300 K show the natural tendency of VO2(H2O)4+ to decompose to VO2(OH)2- and the requirements to work with an already acidified medium to be able to investigate the coordination sphere of VO2+ for an extended period of time. Under such conditions, we have obtained a clear preference for a five-coordinated vanadium. The molecular dynamics simulations performed at 500 K starting from hydrated VO2+ in a protonated medium found VO(OH)3 to be the most stable structure, whereas this ideal candidate for oxolation reactions is expected to be a very minor species at room temperature.

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics determination of competitive O2 vs. N2 adsorption at open metal sites of M2 (dobdc)

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    Parkes, Marie V.; Greathouse, Jeffery A.; Hart, David B.; ...

    2016-04-04

    The separation of oxygen from nitrogen using metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) is of great interest for potential pressure-swing adsorption processes for the generation of purified O2 on industrial scales. This study uses ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations to examine for the first time the pure-gas and competitive gas adsorption of O2 and N2 in the M2(dobdc) (M = Cr, Mn, Fe) MOF series with coordinatively unsaturated metal centers. Effects of metal, temperature, and gas composition are explored. Lastly, this unique application of AIMD allows us to study in detail the adsorption/desorption processes and to visualize the process of multiple guestsmore » competitively binding to coordinatively unsaturated metal sites of a MOF.« less

  18. Ab initio phase diagram of iridium

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    Burakovsky, L.; Burakovsky, N.; Cawkwell, M. J.; Preston, D. L.; Errandonea, D.; Simak, S. I.

    2016-09-01

    The phase diagram of iridium is investigated using the Z methodology. The Z methodology is a technique for phase diagram studies that combines the direct Z method for the computation of melting curves and the inverse Z method for the calculation of solid-solid phase boundaries. In the direct Z method, the solid phases along the melting curve are determined by comparing the solid-liquid equilibrium boundaries of candidate crystal structures. The inverse Z method involves quenching the liquid into the most stable solid phase at various temperatures and pressures to locate a solid-solid boundary. Although excellent agreement with the available experimental data (to ≲65 GPa) is found for the equation of state (EOS) of Ir, it is the third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS with B0'=5 rather than the more widely accepted B0'=4 that describes our ab initio data to higher pressure (P ) . Our results suggest the existence of a random-stacking hexagonal close-packed structure of iridium at high P . We offer an explanation for the 14-layer hexagonal structure observed in experiments by Cerenius and Dubrovinsky.

  19. Environmental effects on the structure of metal ion-DOTA complexes: An ab initio study of radiopharmaceutical metals.

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    Lau, E Y; Lightstone, F C; Colvin, M E

    2006-02-10

    Quantum mechanical calculations were performed to study the differences between the important radiopharmaceutical metals yttrium (Y) and indium (In) bound by DOTA and modified DOTA molecules. Energies were calculated at the MP2/6-31+G(d)//HF/6-31G(d) levels, using effective core potentials on the Y and In ions. Although the minimum energy structures obtained are similar for both metal ion-DOTA complexes, changes in coordination and local environment significantly affect the geometries and energies of these complexes. Coordination by a single water molecule causes a change in the coordination number and a change in the position of the metal ion in In-DOTA; but, Y-DOTA is hardly affected by water coordination. When one of the DOTA carboxylates is replaced by an amide, the coordination energy for the amide arm shows a large variation between the Y and In ions. Optimizations including water and guandinium moieties to approximate the effects of antibody binding indicate a large energy cost for the DOTA-chelated In to adopt the ideal conformation for antibody binding.

  20. Intrinsic acidity of aluminum, chromium (III) and iron (III) μ 3-hydroxo functional groups from ab initio electronic structure calculations

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    Rustad, James R.; Dixon, David A.; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2000-05-01

    Density functional calculations are performed on M 3(OH) 7(H 2O) 62+ and M 3O(OH) 6(H 2O) 6+ clusters for MAl, Cr(III), and Fe(III), allowing determination of the relative acidities of the μ 3-hydroxo and aquo functional groups. Contrary to previous predictions and rationalizations, Fe 3OH and Al 3OH groups have nearly the same intrinsic acidity, while Cr 3OH groups are significantly more acidic. The gas-phase acidity of the Fe 3OH site is in good agreement with the value predicted by the molecular mechanics model previously used to estimate the relative acidities of surface sites on iron oxides. [ J. R. Rustad et al. (1996)Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 60, 1563]. Acidities of aquo functional groups were also computed for Al and Cr. The AlOH 2 site is more acidic than the Al 3OH site, whereas the Cr 3OH site is more acidic than the CrOH 2 site. These findings predict that the surface charging behavior of chromium oxides/oxyhydroxides should be distinguishable from their Fe, Al counterparts. The calculations also provide insight into why the lepidocrocite/boehmite polymorph is not observed for CrOOH.

  1. Ab initio calculations of structures and interaction energies of toluene dimers including CCSD(T) level electron correlation correction

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    Tsuzuki, Seiji; Honda, Kazumasa; Uchimaru, Tadafumi; Mikami, Masuhiro

    2005-04-01

    The intermolecular interaction energy of the toluene dimer has been calculated with the ARS-F model (a model chemistry for the evaluation of intermolecular interaction energy between ARomatic Systems using Feller's method), which was formerly called as the AIMI model III. The CCSD(T) (coupled cluster calculations with single and double substitutions with noniterative triple excitations) interaction energy at the basis set limit has been estimated from the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation interaction energy at the basis set limit obtained by Feller's method and the CCSD(T) correction term obtained using a medium-size basis set. The cross (C2) dimer has the largest (most negative) interaction energy (-4.08kcal/mol). The antiparallel (C2h) and parallel (CS) dimers (-3.77 and -3.41kcal/mol, respectively) are slightly less stable. The dispersion interaction is found to be the major source of attraction in the toluene dimer. The dispersion interaction mainly determines the relative stability of the stacked three dimers. The electrostatic interaction of the stacked three dimers is repulsive. Although the T-shaped and slipped-parallel benzene dimers are nearly isoenergetic, the stacked toluene dimers are substantially more stable than the T-shaped toluene dimer (-2.62kcal/mol). The large dispersion interaction in the stacked toluene dimers is the cause of their enhanced stability.

  2. {ital Ab} {ital initio} investigation of the N{sub 2}{endash}HF complex: Accurate structure and energetics

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    Woon, D.E.; Dunning, T.H. Jr.; Peterson, K.A.

    1996-04-01

    Augmented correlation consistent basis sets of double (aug-cc-pVDZ), triple (aug-cc-pVTZ), and modified quadruple zeta (aug-cc-pVQZ{prime}) quality have been employed to describe the N{sub 2}{endash}HF potential energy surface at the Hartree{endash}Fock level and with single reference correlated wave functions including Mo/ller{endash}Plesset perturbation theory (MP2, MP3, MP4) and coupled cluster methods [CCSD, CCSD(T)]. The most accurate computed equilibrium binding energies {ital D}{sub {ital e}} are (with counterpoise correction) 810 cm{sup {minus}1} (MP4/aug-cc-pVQZ{prime}) and 788 cm{sup {minus}1} [CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ{prime}]. Estimated complete basis set limits of 814 cm{sup {minus}1} (MP4) and 793 cm{sup {minus}1} [CCSD(T)] indicate that the large basis set results are essentially converged. Harmonic frequencies and zero-point energies were determined through the aug-cc-pVTZ level. Combining the zero point energies computed at the aug-cc-pVTZ level with the equilibrium binding energies computed at the aug-cc-pVQZ{prime} level, we predict {ital D}{sub 0} values of 322 and 296 cm{sup {minus}1}, respectively, at the MP4 and CCSD(T) levels of theory. Using experimental anharmonic frequencies, on the other hand, the CCSD(T) value of {ital D}{sub 0} is increased to 415 cm{sup {minus}1}, in good agreement with the experimental value recently reported by Miller and co-workers, 398{plus_minus}2 cm{sup {minus}1}. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Ab initio thermodynamic model for magnesium carbonates and hydrates.

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    Chaka, Anne M; Felmy, Andrew R

    2014-09-04

    An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first-principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogues of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite, which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.

  4. Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates

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    Chaka, Anne M.; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2014-03-28

    An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogs of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.

  5. Molecular dynamics investigations of ozone on an ab initio potential energy surface with the utilization of pattern-recognition neural network for accurate determination of product formation.

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    Le, Hung M; Dinh, Thach S; Le, Hieu V

    2011-10-13

    The singlet-triplet transformation and molecular dissociation of ozone (O(3)) gas is investigated by performing quasi-classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on an ab initio potential energy surface (PES) with visible and near-infrared excitations. MP4(SDQ) level of theory with the 6-311g(2d,2p) basis set is executed for three different electronic spin states (singlet, triplet, and quintet). In order to simplify the potential energy function, an approximation is adopted by ignoring the spin-orbit coupling and allowing the molecule to switch favorably and instantaneously to the spin state that is more energetically stable (lowest in energy among the three spin states). This assumption has previously been utilized to study the SiO(2) system as reported by Agrawal et al. (J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 124 (13), 134306). The use of such assumption in this study probably makes the upper limits of computed rate coefficients the true rate coefficients. The global PES for ozone is constructed by fitting 5906 ab initio data points using a 60-neuron two-layer feed-forward neural network. The mean-absolute error and root-mean-squared error of this fit are 0.0446 eV (1.03 kcal/mol) and 0.0756 eV (1.74 kcal/mol), respectively, which reveal very good fitting accuracy. The parameter coefficients of the global PES are reported in this paper. In order to identify the spin state with high confidence, we propose the use of a pattern-recognition neural network, which is trained to predict the spin state of a given configuration (with a prediction accuracy being 95.6% on a set of testing data points). To enhance the prediction effectiveness, a buffer series of five points are validated to confirm the spin state during the MD process to gain better confidence. Quasi-classical MD simulations from 1.2 to 2.4 eV of total internal energy (including zero-point energy) result in rate coefficients of singlet-triplet transformation in the range of 0.027 ps(-1) to 1.21 ps(-1). Also, we find very

  6. Determination of the vibrational contribution to the entropy change at the martensitic transformation in Ni-Mn-Sn metamagnetic shape memory alloys: a combined approach of time-of-flight neutron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Recarte, V; Zbiri, M; Jiménez-Ruiz, M; Sánchez-Alarcos, V; Pérez-Landazábal, J I

    2016-05-25

    The different contributions to the entropy change linked to the austenite-martensitic transition in a Ni-Mn-Sn metamagnetic shape memory alloy have been determined by combining different experimental techniques. The vibrational contribution has been inferred from the vibrational density of states of both the martensitic and austenite phases. This has been accomplished by combining time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements and ab initio calculations. Further, the electronic part of the entropy change has also been calculated. Since the martensitic transformation takes place between two paramagnetic phases, the magnetic contribution can be neglected and the entropy change can be reduced to the sum of two terms: vibrational and electronic. The obtained value of the vibrational contribution ([Formula: see text]) nearly provides the total entropy change measured by calorimetry ([Formula: see text]), the difference being the electronic contribution within the experimental error.

  7. Determination of the structure of HBr DBr

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    Chen, Wei; Novick, S.E.; Walker, A.R.H.

    1995-12-31

    The authors have investigated the structure and dynamics of the weakly bound complex of the four bromine isotopomers of HBr DBr using pulsed-jet Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. In the hydrogen halide dimers, allowed transitions are across the inversion doublet caused by the geared interchange of the donor and acceptor of the hydrogen bond. While in the classic study of (HF){sub 2}{sup 1}, it was observed that this splitting results in an inversion frequency in the microwave region of the spectrum, in (HCl){sub 2} and (HBr){sub 2} the lower inversion barrier results in an inversion frequency in the infrared. In order to investigate the hydrogen bromide dimer with the high precision allowed by an FT microwave experiment, the authors have {open_quotes}quenched{close_quotes} the inversion motion by substituting a deuterium for one of the hydrogens. The Br-Br distance in the complex is 4.136 {Angstrom}. Using measurements of the nuclear quadrupole coupling constants of the bromine nuclei, the wide amplitude bending motions of the hydrogen-bonded deuterium can be determined as can the wide amplitude bending angle of the non-bonding hydrogen atom. Preliminary analysis suggests that the Br---Br-D angle undergoes excursions of 29{degrees} about zero, and that the H-Br--Br angle oscillates 36{degrees} about its 90{degrees} equilibrium angle.

  8. The V + I defects in diamond: An ab initio investigation of the electronic structure, of the Raman and IR spectra, and of their possible recombination

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    Salustro, S.; Nöel, Y.; Zicovich-Wilson, C. M.; Olivero, P.; Dovesi, R.

    2016-11-01

    The double defect in diamond, vacancy (V) plus <100> self-split-interstitial (V+I), is investigated at the ab initio quantum mechanical level, by considering the vicinal case VI1 (V is one of the first neighbors of one of the two C atoms constituting the I defect) and the two possible "second neighbors" cases, VI 2D , VI 2S , in which a carbon atom is a first neighbor of both V and I. The case in which the two defects are at a larger distance is simulated by considering the two isolated defects separately (VI∞). A 6-21G local Gaussian-type basis set and the B3LYP hybrid functional are used for most of the calculations; richer basis sets and other functionals (a global hybrid as PBE0, a range-separated hybrid as HSE06, LDA, PBE, and Hartree-Fock) have also been used for comparison. With this computational approach we evaluate the energy difference between the various spin states, the location of the corresponding bands in the energy gap of pristine diamond, as well as the defect formation energy of the four defects. The path for the recombination of V and I is explored for the vicinal case, by using the distinguished reaction coordinate strategy. A barrier as high as 0.75 eV is found with B3LYP between VI1 and the perfect diamond recombined structure; when other hybrids are used, as PBE0 or HSE06, the barrier increases up to 1.01 eV (pure density functional theory produces lower barriers: 0.62 and 0.67 for PBE and LDA, respectively). Such a barrier is lower than the one estimated in a very indirect way through experimental data, ranging from 1.3 to 1.7 eV. It confirms however the evidence of the extremely low recombination rate also at high temperature. The Raman (and IR) spectra of the various defects are generated, which permit one to unambiguously attribute to these defects (thanks also to the graphical animation of the modes) many of the peaks observed in damaged diamond above the dominant peak of perfect bulk. For the residual non-attributed peaks, more

  9. Ab initio study of II-(VI)2 dichalcogenides

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    Olsson, P.; Vidal, J.; Lincot, D.

    2011-10-01

    The structural stabilities of the (Zn,Cd)(S,Se,Te)2 dichalcogenides have been determined ab initio. These compounds are shown to be stable in the pyrite phase, in agreement with available experiments. Structural parameters for the ZnTe2 pyrite semiconductor compound proposed here are presented. The opto-electronic properties of these dichalcogenide compounds have been calculated using quasiparticle GW theory. Bandgaps, band structures and effective masses are proposed as well as absorption coefficients and refraction indices. The compounds are all indirect semiconductors with very flat conduction band dispersion and high absorption coefficients. The work functions and surface properties are predicted. The Te and Se based compounds could be of interest as absorber materials in photovoltaic applications.

  10. Ab initio dynamical vertex approximation

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    Galler, Anna; Thunström, Patrik; Gunacker, Patrik; Tomczak, Jan M.; Held, Karsten

    2017-03-01

    Diagrammatic extensions of dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) such as the dynamical vertex approximation (DΓ A) allow us to include nonlocal correlations beyond DMFT on all length scales and proved their worth for model calculations. Here, we develop and implement an Ab initio DΓ A approach (AbinitioDΓ A ) for electronic structure calculations of materials. The starting point is the two-particle irreducible vertex in the two particle-hole channels which is approximated by the bare nonlocal Coulomb interaction and all local vertex corrections. From this, we calculate the full nonlocal vertex and the nonlocal self-energy through the Bethe-Salpeter equation. The AbinitioDΓ A approach naturally generates all local DMFT correlations and all nonlocal G W contributions, but also further nonlocal correlations beyond: mixed terms of the former two and nonlocal spin fluctuations. We apply this new methodology to the prototypical correlated metal SrVO3.

  11. Study of the betulin molecule in a water environment; ab initio and molecular simulation calculations.

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    Pospíšil, Miroslav; Kovář, Petr; Vácha, Robert; Svoboda, Michal

    2012-01-01

    Ab initio and molecular simulation methods were used in calculations of the neutral individual betulin molecule, and molecular simulations were used to optimize the betulin molecule immersed in various amounts of water. Individual betulin was optimized in different force fields to find the one exhibiting best agreement with ab initio calculations obtained in the Gaussian03 program. Dihedral torsions of active groups of betulin were determined for both procedures, and related calculated structures were compared successfully. The selected force field was used for subsequent optimization of betulin in a water environment, and a conformational search was performed using quench molecular dynamics. The total energies of betulin and its interactions in water bulk were calculated, and the influence of water on betulin structure was investigated.

  12. Determination of Molecular Structure of Bisphenylene Homologues of BINOL-Based Phosphoramidites by Chiroptical Methods

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    Julínek, Ondřej; Setnička, Vladimír; Miklášová, Natalia; Putala, Martin; Ruud, Kenneth; Urbanová, Marie

    2009-09-01

    Vibrational (VCD), electronic circular dichroism (ECD), and IR absorption spectra together with transparent spectral region optical rotation (OR) of two derivatives of bisphenylene 1,1'-binaphthyl-based phosphoramidites containing three stereogenic axes were measured and the results were compared with simulated data obtained by ab initio calculations with density functional theory. An excellent agreement between experimental and predicted B3LYP/6-31G** and BPW91/6-31G** VCD spectra enabled the assignment of all VCD bands in the experimental spectra, while the Gibbs free energy of all the conformers allowed the determination of their relative populations. The calculation of ECD spectra showed that CAM-B3LYP/6-311G** provided results superior to those of B3LYP/6-311G**. The theoretical results for the OR at the B3LYP/6-311G** and CAM-B3LYP/6-311G** levels were in good agreement with experimental optical rotations, but exhibited lower sensitivity in determining particular conformers than VCD and ECD. By a careful comparison of experimental VCD, IR, and ECD spectra and OR with calculated data, it was possible to assign the absolute configuration of all three stereogenic axes and to determine the molecular structure of the studied bisphenylene 1,1'-binaphthyl-based phosphoramidites in solution with a high degree of confidence.

  13. Ab-initio DFT FP-LAPW GGA and LDA TB-mBJ and SO theoretical study of structural and elastic properties of Zinc-Blende crystal phase GaAs1-xBix alloys

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    Menezla, S.; Kadri, A.; Zitouni, K.; Djelal, A.; Djermouni, M.; Hallouche, A.; Zaoui, A.

    2015-12-01

    We present an ab-initio theoretical study of structural and elastic properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys in the Zinc-Blende (ZB) phase. We use a recent version of Wien2k package code based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) Full Potential and Linearized Augmented Plane Waves (FP-LAPW) method including recent Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson correction of the exchange potential (TB-mBJ) and the spin-orbit interaction (SO). The calculations are performed within the Local Density Approximation (LDA) as well as the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). We study first the structural properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys by solving Murnaghan equation of state. Our results show that the ZB phase is the lowest equilibrium crystal structure of GaAs1-xBix in the whole alloy composition range, in agreement with previous theoretical predictions. The variations versus Bi contents of the ZB GaAs1-xBix lattice constant a0, bulk modulus B0 and its pressure derivative B0‧ are also found very close to other theoretical and experimental data, but with much smaller bowing effects indicating a better resolution thanks to TB-mBJ correction. The variations of B0 versus the reverse equilibrium volume of the unit cell (1/V0) are found to be described by the simple linear empirical expression B0 = -0.21068 + 0.16695/V0 which is close to the theoretical prediction for III-V semiconductors with, however, somewhat lower linear coefficients values, suggesting a more metallic behavior. In a second part of this work, we use Birch-Murnaghan approach to study the elastic properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys. The elastic stiffness coefficients, C11, C12 and C44, and their variations versus alloy composition were determined for ZB GaAs1-xBix alloy. Their values in GaAs and GaBi binary compounds are found in very good agreement with available experimental and/or theoretical data. Their variations in GaAs1-xBix alloy show a monotonic decrease with increasing Bi contents, indicating a softening behavior as is

  14. Ab initio RNA folding

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    Cragnolini, Tristan; Derreumaux, Philippe; Pasquali, Samuela

    2015-06-01

    RNA molecules are essential cellular machines performing a wide variety of functions for which a specific three-dimensional structure is required. Over the last several years, the experimental determination of RNA structures through x-ray crystallography and NMR seems to have reached a plateau in the number of structures resolved each year, but as more and more RNA sequences are being discovered, the need for structure prediction tools to complement experimental data is strong. Theoretical approaches to RNA folding have been developed since the late nineties, when the first algorithms for secondary structure prediction appeared. Over the last 10 years a number of prediction methods for 3D structures have been developed, first based on bioinformatics and data-mining, and more recently based on a coarse-grained physical representation of the systems. In this review we are going to present the challenges of RNA structure prediction and the main ideas behind bioinformatic approaches and physics-based approaches. We will focus on the description of the more recent physics-based phenomenological models and on how they are built to include the specificity of the interactions of RNA bases, whose role is critical in folding. Through examples from different models, we will point out the strengths of physics-based approaches, which are able not only to predict equilibrium structures, but also to investigate dynamical and thermodynamical behavior, and the open challenges to include more key interactions ruling RNA folding.

  15. Ab initio RNA folding.

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    Cragnolini, Tristan; Derreumaux, Philippe; Pasquali, Samuela

    2015-06-17

    RNA molecules are essential cellular machines performing a wide variety of functions for which a specific three-dimensional structure is required. Over the last several years, the experimental determination of RNA structures through x-ray crystallography and NMR seems to have reached a plateau in the number of structures resolved each year, but as more and more RNA sequences are being discovered, the need for structure prediction tools to complement experimental data is strong. Theoretical approaches to RNA folding have been developed since the late nineties, when the first algorithms for secondary structure prediction appeared. Over the last 10 years a number of prediction methods for 3D structures have been developed, first based on bioinformatics and data-mining, and more recently based on a coarse-grained physical representation of the systems. In this review we are going to present the challenges of RNA structure prediction and the main ideas behind bioinformatic approaches and physics-based approaches. We will focus on the description of the more recent physics-based phenomenological models and on how they are built to include the specificity of the interactions of RNA bases, whose role is critical in folding. Through examples from different models, we will point out the strengths of physics-based approaches, which are able not only to predict equilibrium structures, but also to investigate dynamical and thermodynamical behavior, and the open challenges to include more key interactions ruling RNA folding.

  16. Brønsted acidity of protic ionic liquids: a modern ab initio valence bond theory perspective.

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    Patil, Amol Baliram; Mahadeo Bhanage, Bhalchandra

    2016-09-21

    Room temperature ionic liquids (ILs), especially protic ionic liquids (PILs), are used in many areas of the chemical sciences. Ionicity, the extent of proton transfer, is a key parameter which determines many physicochemical properties and in turn the suitability of PILs for various applications. The spectrum of computational chemistry techniques applied to investigate ionic liquids includes classical molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, ab initio molecular dynamics, Density Functional Theory (DFT), CCSD(t) etc. At the other end of the spectrum is another computational approach: modern ab initio Valence Bond Theory (VBT). VBT differs from molecular orbital theory based methods in the expression of the molecular wave function. The molecular wave function in the valence bond ansatz is expressed as a linear combination of valence bond structures. These structures include covalent and ionic structures explicitly. Modern ab initio valence bond theory calculations of representative primary and tertiary ammonium protic ionic liquids indicate that modern ab initio valence bond theory can be employed to assess the acidity and ionicity of protic ionic liquids a priori.

  17. STRUCTURE AS A DETERMINANT OF DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.

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    COLLINS, CHARLES C.

    THE DEGREE OF OPERATIONAL DEMOCRACY WITHIN A JUNIOR COLLEGE AND, BY EXTENSION, WITHIN ANY SCHOOL OR COLLEGE IS LARGELY DEPENDENT UPON THE KIND OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE WHICH IS ESTABLISHED. THE STRUCTURE AND MECHANICS MOST SUPPORTIVE TO THE DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLEGE AND ITS INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM SHOULD HAVE MAXIMAL OPPORTUNITY FOR…

  18. Communication: Determining the structure of the N₂Ar van der Waals complex with laser-based channel-selected Coulomb explosion.

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    Wu, Chengyin; Wu, Cong; Song, Di; Su, Hongmei; Xie, Xiguo; Li, Min; Deng, Yongkai; Liu, Yunquan; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-04-14

    We experimentally reconstructed the structure of the N2Ar van der Waals complex with the technique of laser-based channel-selected Coulomb explosion imaging. The internuclear distance between the N2 center of mass and the Ar atom, i.e., the length of the van der Waals bond, was determined to be 3.88 Å from the two-body explosion channels. The angle between the van der Waals bond and the N2 principal axis was determined to be 90° from the three-body explosion channels. The reconstructed structure was contrasted with our high level ab initio calculations. The agreement demonstrated the potential application of laser-based Coulomb explosion in imaging transient molecular structure, particularly for floppy van der Waals complexes, whose structures remain difficult to be determined by conventional spectroscopic methods.

  19. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of doped Al1- x Ti x N ( x = 0.03, 0.25) compositions based on cubic aluminum nitride from ab initio simulation data

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    Bannikov, V. V.; Beketov, A. R.; Baranov, M. V.; Elagin, A. A.; Kudyakova, V. S.; Shishkin, R. A.

    2016-05-01

    The phase stability, electronic structure, and magnetic properties of Al1- x Ti x N compositions based on the metastable aluminum nitride modification with the rock-salt structure at low ( x = 0.03) and high ( x = 0.25) concentrations of titanium in the system have been investigated using the results of ab initio band calculations. It has been shown that, at low values of x, the partial substitution is characterized by a positive enthalpy, which, however, changes sign with an increase in the titanium concentration. According to the results of the band structure calculations, the doped compositions have electronic conductivity. For x = 0.03, titanium impurity atoms have local magnetic moments (˜0.6 μB), and the electronic spectrum is characterized by a 100% spin polarization of near-Fermi states. Some of the specific features of the chemical bonding in Al1- x Ti x N cubic phases have been considered.

  20. Determining crystal structures through crowdsourcing and coursework

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    Horowitz, Scott; Koepnick, Brian; Martin, Raoul; Tymieniecki, Agnes; Winburn, Amanda A.; Cooper, Seth; Flatten, Jeff; Rogawski, David S.; Koropatkin, Nicole M.; Hailu, Tsinatkeab T.; Jain, Neha; Koldewey, Philipp; Ahlstrom, Logan S.; Chapman, Matthew R.; Sikkema, Andrew P.; Skiba, Meredith A.; Maloney, Finn P.; Beinlich, Felix R. M.; Caglar, Ahmet; Coral, Alan; Jensen, Alice Elizabeth; Lubow, Allen; Boitano, Amanda; Lisle, Amy Elizabeth; Maxwell, Andrew T.; Failer, Barb; Kaszubowski, Bartosz; Hrytsiv, Bohdan; Vincenzo, Brancaccio; de Melo Cruz, Breno Renan; McManus, Brian Joseph; Kestemont, Bruno; Vardeman, Carl; Comisky, Casey; Neilson, Catherine; Landers, Catherine R.; Ince, Christopher; Buske, Daniel Jon; Totonjian, Daniel; Copeland, David Marshall; Murray, David; Jagieła, Dawid; Janz, Dietmar; Wheeler, Douglas C.; Cali, Elie; Croze, Emmanuel; Rezae, Farah; Martin, Floyd Orville; Beecher, Gil; de Jong, Guido Alexander; Ykman, Guy; Feldmann, Harald; Chan, Hugo Paul Perez; Kovanecz, Istvan; Vasilchenko, Ivan; Connellan, James C.; Borman, Jami Lynne; Norrgard, Jane; Kanfer, Jebbie; Canfield, Jeffrey M.; Slone, Jesse David; Oh, Jimmy; Mitchell, Joanne; Bishop, John; Kroeger, John Douglas; Schinkler, Jonas; McLaughlin, Joseph; Brownlee, June M.; Bell, Justin; Fellbaum, Karl Willem; Harper, Kathleen; Abbey, Kirk J.; Isaksson, Lennart E.; Wei, Linda; Cummins, Lisa N.; Miller, Lori Anne; Bain, Lyn; Carpenter, Lynn; Desnouck, Maarten; Sharma, Manasa G.; Belcastro, Marcus; Szew, Martin; Szew, Martin; Britton, Matthew; Gaebel, Matthias; Power, Max; Cassidy, Michael; Pfützenreuter, Michael; Minett, Michele; Wesselingh, Michiel; Yi, Minjune; Cameron, Neil Haydn Tormey; Bolibruch, Nicholas I.; Benevides, Noah; Kathleen Kerr, Norah; Barlow, Nova; Crevits, Nykole Krystyne; Dunn, Paul; Roque, Paulo Sergio Silveira Belo Nascimento; Riber, Peter; Pikkanen, Petri; Shehzad, Raafay; Viosca, Randy; James Fraser, Robert; Leduc, Robert; Madala, Roman; Shnider, Scott; de Boisblanc, Sharon; Butkovich, Slava; Bliven, Spencer; Hettler, Stephen; Telehany, Stephen; Schwegmann, Steven A.; Parkes, Steven; Kleinfelter, Susan C.; Michael Holst, Sven; van der Laan, T. J. A.; Bausewein, Thomas; Simon, Vera; Pulley, Warwick; Hull, William; Kim, Annes Yukyung; Lawton, Alexis; Ruesch, Amanda; Sundar, Anjali; Lawrence, Anna-Lisa; Afrin, Antara; Maheshwer, Bhargavi; Turfe, Bilal; Huebner, Christian; Killeen, Courtney Elizabeth; Antebi-Lerrman, Dalia; Luan, Danny; Wolfe, Derek; Pham, Duc; Michewicz, Elaina; Hull, Elizabeth; Pardington, Emily; Galal, Galal Osama; Sun, Grace; Chen, Grace; Anderson, Halie E.; Chang, Jane; Hewlett, Jeffrey Thomas; Sterbenz, Jennifer; Lim, Jiho; Morof, Joshua; Lee, Junho; Inn, Juyoung Samuel; Hahm, Kaitlin; Roth, Kaitlin; Nair, Karun; Markin, Katherine; Schramm, Katie; Toni Eid, Kevin; Gam, Kristina; Murphy, Lisha; Yuan, Lucy; Kana, Lulia; Daboul, Lynn; Shammas, Mario Karam; Chason, Max; Sinan, Moaz; Andrew Tooley, Nicholas; Korakavi, Nisha; Comer, Patrick; Magur, Pragya; Savliwala, Quresh; Davison, Reid Michael; Sankaran, Roshun Rajiv; Lewe, Sam; Tamkus, Saule; Chen, Shirley; Harvey, Sho; Hwang, Sin Ye; Vatsia, Sohrab; Withrow, Stefan; Luther, Tahra K; Manett, Taylor; Johnson, Thomas James; Ryan Brash, Timothy; Kuhlman, Wyatt; Park, Yeonjung; Popović, Zoran; Baker, David; Khatib, Firas; Bardwell, James C. A.

    2016-01-01

    We show here that computer game players can build high-quality crystal structures. Introduction of a new feature into the computer game Foldit allows players to build and real-space refine structures into electron density maps. To assess the usefulness of this feature, we held a crystallographic model-building competition between trained crystallographers, undergraduate students, Foldit players and automatic model-building algorithms. After removal of disordered residues, a team of Foldit players achieved the most accurate structure. Analysing the target protein of the competition, YPL067C, uncovered a new family of histidine triad proteins apparently involved in the prevention of amyloid toxicity. From this study, we conclude that crystallographers can utilize crowdsourcing to interpret electron density information and to produce structure solutions of the highest quality. PMID:27633552

  1. Determining crystal structures through crowdsourcing and coursework

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    Horowitz, Scott; Koepnick, Brian; Martin, Raoul; Tymieniecki, Agnes; Winburn, Amanda A.; Cooper, Seth; Flatten, Jeff; Rogawski, David S.; Koropatkin, Nicole M.; Hailu, Tsinatkeab T.; Jain, Neha; Koldewey, Philipp; Ahlstrom, Logan S.; Chapman, Matthew R.; Sikkema, Andrew P.; Skiba, Meredith A.; Maloney, Finn P.; Beinlich, Felix R. M.; Caglar, Ahmet; Coral, Alan; Jensen, Alice Elizabeth; Lubow, Allen; Boitano, Amanda; Lisle, Amy Elizabeth; Maxwell, Andrew T.; Failer, Barb; Kaszubowski, Bartosz; Hrytsiv, Bohdan; Vincenzo, Brancaccio; de Melo Cruz, Breno Renan; McManus, Brian Joseph; Kestemont, Bruno; Vardeman, Carl; Comisky, Casey; Neilson, Catherine; Landers, Catherine R.; Ince, Christopher; Buske, Daniel Jon; Totonjian, Daniel; Copeland, David Marshall; Murray, David; Jagieła, Dawid; Janz, Dietmar; Wheeler, Douglas C.; Cali, Elie; Croze, Emmanuel; Rezae, Farah; Martin, Floyd Orville; Beecher, Gil; de Jong, Guido Alexander; Ykman, Guy; Feldmann, Harald; Chan, Hugo Paul Perez; Kovanecz, Istvan; Vasilchenko, Ivan; Connellan, James C.; Borman, Jami Lynne; Norrgard, Jane; Kanfer, Jebbie; Canfield, Jeffrey M.; Slone, Jesse David; Oh, Jimmy; Mitchell, Joanne; Bishop, John; Kroeger, John Douglas; Schinkler, Jonas; McLaughlin, Joseph; Brownlee, June M.; Bell, Justin; Fellbaum, Karl Willem; Harper, Kathleen; Abbey, Kirk J.; Isaksson, Lennart E.; Wei, Linda; Cummins, Lisa N.; Miller, Lori Anne; Bain, Lyn; Carpenter, Lynn; Desnouck, Maarten; Sharma, Manasa G.; Belcastro, Marcus; Szew, Martin; Szew, Martin; Britton, Matthew; Gaebel, Matthias; Power, Max; Cassidy, Michael; Pfützenreuter, Michael; Minett, Michele; Wesselingh, Michiel; Yi, Minjune; Cameron, Neil Haydn Tormey; Bolibruch, Nicholas I.; Benevides, Noah; Kathleen Kerr, Norah; Barlow, Nova; Crevits, Nykole Krystyne; Dunn, Paul; Silveira Belo Nascimento Roque, Paulo Sergio; Riber, Peter; Pikkanen, Petri; Shehzad, Raafay; Viosca, Randy; James Fraser, Robert; Leduc, Robert; Madala, Roman; Shnider, Scott; de Boisblanc, Sharon; Butkovich, Slava; Bliven, Spencer; Hettler, Stephen; Telehany, Stephen; Schwegmann, Steven A.; Parkes, Steven; Kleinfelter, Susan C.; Michael Holst, Sven; van der Laan, T. J. A.; Bausewein, Thomas; Simon, Vera; Pulley, Warwick; Hull, William; Kim, Annes Yukyung; Lawton, Alexis; Ruesch, Amanda; Sundar, Anjali; Lawrence, Anna-Lisa; Afrin, Antara; Maheshwer, Bhargavi; Turfe, Bilal; Huebner, Christian; Killeen, Courtney Elizabeth; Antebi-Lerrman, Dalia; Luan, Danny; Wolfe, Derek; Pham, Duc; Michewicz, Elaina; Hull, Elizabeth; Pardington, Emily; Galal, Galal Osama; Sun, Grace; Chen, Grace; Anderson, Halie E.; Chang, Jane; Hewlett, Jeffrey Thomas; Sterbenz, Jennifer; Lim, Jiho; Morof, Joshua; Lee, Junho; Inn, Juyoung Samuel; Hahm, Kaitlin; Roth, Kaitlin; Nair, Karun; Markin, Katherine; Schramm, Katie; Toni Eid, Kevin; Gam, Kristina; Murphy, Lisha; Yuan, Lucy; Kana, Lulia; Daboul, Lynn; Shammas, Mario Karam; Chason, Max; Sinan, Moaz; Andrew Tooley, Nicholas; Korakavi, Nisha; Comer, Patrick; Magur, Pragya; Savliwala, Quresh; Davison, Reid Michael; Sankaran, Roshun Rajiv; Lewe, Sam; Tamkus, Saule; Chen, Shirley; Harvey, Sho; Hwang, Sin Ye; Vatsia, Sohrab; Withrow, Stefan; Luther, Tahra K.; Manett, Taylor; Johnson, Thomas James; Ryan Brash, Timothy; Kuhlman, Wyatt; Park, Yeonjung; Popović, Zoran; Baker, David; Khatib, Firas; Bardwell, James C. A.

    2016-09-01

    We show here that computer game players can build high-quality crystal structures. Introduction of a new feature into the computer game Foldit allows players to build and real-space refine structures into electron density maps. To assess the usefulness of this feature, we held a crystallographic model-building competition between trained crystallographers, undergraduate students, Foldit players and automatic model-building algorithms. After removal of disordered residues, a team of Foldit players achieved the most accurate structure. Analysing the target protein of the competition, YPL067C, uncovered a new family of histidine triad proteins apparently involved in the prevention of amyloid toxicity. From this study, we conclude that crystallographers can utilize crowdsourcing to interpret electron density information and to produce structure solutions of the highest quality.

  2. Structural Determination of Biomolecules in Microfluidic Systems

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    Butler, John C.; Menard, Etienne; Rogers, John A.; Wong, Gerard C. L.

    2004-03-01

    Supramolecular biological complexes are often too large to be crystallized for structural studies. Here, we explore the use of microfluidic arrays to order a model self-assembled cytoskeletal system. Filamentous actin (F-actin) is a negatively charged protein rod and is a key structural component in the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. In this context, F-actin can self-assemble with actin binding proteins (ABP) in a highly regulated manner to dynamically form structures for a wide range of biomechanical functions. In this work, we will systematically study the action of 3 types of actin binding proteins (a-actinin, fimbrin, cofilin) on the self-assembled structures of F-actin that have been aligned in microfluidic arrays.

  3. Determining crystal structures through crowdsourcing and coursework.

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    Horowitz, Scott; Koepnick, Brian; Martin, Raoul; Tymieniecki, Agnes; Winburn, Amanda A; Cooper, Seth; Flatten, Jeff; Rogawski, David S; Koropatkin, Nicole M; Hailu, Tsinatkeab T; Jain, Neha; Koldewey, Philipp; Ahlstrom, Logan S; Chapman, Matthew R; Sikkema, Andrew P; Skiba, Meredith A; Maloney, Finn P; Beinlich, Felix R M; Popović, Zoran; Baker, David; Khatib, Firas; Bardwell, James C A

    2016-09-16

    We show here that computer game players can build high-quality crystal structures. Introduction of a new feature into the computer game Foldit allows players to build and real-space refine structures into electron density maps. To assess the usefulness of this feature, we held a crystallographic model-building competition between trained crystallographers, undergraduate students, Foldit players and automatic model-building algorithms. After removal of disordered residues, a team of Foldit players achieved the most accurate structure. Analysing the target protein of the competition, YPL067C, uncovered a new family of histidine triad proteins apparently involved in the prevention of amyloid toxicity. From this study, we conclude that crystallographers can utilize crowdsourcing to interpret electron density information and to produce structure solutions of the highest quality.

  4. Ab initio study of structural, electronic and optical properties of ternary CdO1-xSex alloys using special quasi-random structures

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    Muhammad, Rashid; Fayyaz, Hussain; Muhammad, Imran; A. Ahmad, S.; A. Noor, N.

    2014-01-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of binary CdO, CdSe, and their ternary CdO1-xSex alloys (0 <= x <= 1) in the rock salt and zinc blend phases have been studied by the special quasi-random structure (SQS) method. All the calculations are performed using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital's (FP-LAPW+lo) method within the framework of density function theory (DFT). We use Wu—Cohen (WC) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to calculate structural parameters, whereas both Wu—Cohen and Engel—Vosko (EV) GGA have been applied to calculate electronic structure of the materials. Our predicted results of lattice constant and bulk modulus show only a slight deviation from Vegard's law for the whole concentrations. The obtained band structure indicates that for the rock-salt phase, the ternary alloys present semi-metallic behavior, while for the zinc blend phase, semiconductor behavior with direct bandgap is observed with decreasing order of x except for CdSe. Finally, by incorporating the basic optical properties, we discuss the dielectric function, refractive index, optical reflectivity, the absorption coefficient, and optical conductivity in terms of incident photon energy up to 14 eV. The calculated results of both binaries are in agreement with existing experimental and theoretical values.

  5. Comparison of the experimental, semi-experimental and ab initio equilibrium structures of acetylene: influence of relativisitic effects and of the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections.

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    Liévin, J; Demaison, J; Herman, M; Fayt, A; Puzzarini, C

    2011-02-14

    The equilibrium structure of acetylene (also named ethyne) has been reinvestigated to resolve the small discrepancies noted between different determinations. The size of the system as well as the large amount of available experimental data provides the quite unique opportunity to check the magnitude and relevance of various contributions to equilibrium structure as well as to verify the accuracy of experimental results. With respect to pure theoretical investigation, quantum-chemical calculations at the coupled-cluster level have been employed together with extrapolation to the basis set limit, consideration of higher excitations in the cluster operator, inclusion of core correlation effects as well as relativistic and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections. In particular, it is found that the extrapolation to the complete basis set limit, the inclusion of higher excitations in the electronic-correlation treatment and the relativistic corrections are of the same order of magnitude. It also appears that a basis set as large as a core-valence quintuple-zeta set is required for accurately accounting for the inner-shell correlation contribution. From a pure experimental point of view, the equilibrium structure has been determined using very accurate rotational constants recently obtained by a "global analysis" (that is to say that all non-negligible interactions are explicitly included in the Hamiltonian matrix) of rovibrational spectra. Finally, a semi-experimental equilibrium structure (where the equilibrium rotational constants are obtained from the experimental ground state rotational constants and computed rovibrational corrections) has been obtained from the available experimental ground-state rotational constants for ten isotopic species corrected for computed vibrational corrections. Such a determination led to the revision of the ground-state rotational constants of two isotopologues, thus showing that structural determination is a good method to identify

  6. Structural determinants of TRIM protein function.

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    Esposito, Diego; Koliopoulos, Marios G; Rittinger, Katrin

    2017-02-08

    Tripartite motif (TRIM) proteins constitute one of the largest subfamilies of Really Interesting New Gene (RING) E3 ubiquitin ligases and contribute to the regulation of numerous cellular activities, including innate immune responses. The conserved TRIM harbours a RING domain that imparts E3 ligase activity to TRIM family proteins, whilst a variable C-terminal region can mediate recognition of substrate proteins. The knowledge of the structure of these multidomain proteins and the functional interplay between their constituent domains is paramount to understanding their cellular roles. To date, available structural information on TRIM proteins is still largely restricted to subdomains of many TRIMs in isolation. Nevertheless, applying a combination of structural, biophysical and biochemical approaches has recently allowed important progress to be made towards providing a better understanding of the molecular features that underlie the function of TRIM family proteins and has uncovered an unexpected diversity in the link between self-association and catalytic activity.

  7. AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT

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    French, Martin; Becker, Andreas; Lorenzen, Winfried; Nettelmann, Nadine; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Redmer, Ronald; Wicht, Johannes

    2012-09-15

    We determine basic thermodynamic and transport properties of hydrogen-helium-water mixtures for the extreme conditions along Jupiter's adiabat via ab initio simulations, which are compiled in an accurate and consistent data set. In particular, we calculate the electrical and thermal conductivity, the shear and longitudinal viscosity, and diffusion coefficients of the nuclei. We present results for associated quantities like the magnetic and thermal diffusivity and the kinematic shear viscosity along an adiabat that is taken from a state-of-the-art interior structure model. Furthermore, the heat capacities, the thermal expansion coefficient, the isothermal compressibility, the Grueneisen parameter, and the speed of sound are calculated. We find that the onset of dissociation and ionization of hydrogen at about 0.9 Jupiter radii marks a region where the material properties change drastically. In the deep interior, where the electrons are degenerate, many of the material properties remain relatively constant. Our ab initio data will serve as a robust foundation for applications that require accurate knowledge of the material properties in Jupiter's interior, e.g., models for the dynamo generation.

  8. Contemporary Methodology for Protein Structure Determination.

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    Hunkapiller, Michael W.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Describes the nature and capabilities of methods used to characterize protein and peptide structure, indicating that they have undergone changes which have improved the speed, reliability, and applicability of the process. Also indicates that high-performance liquid chromatography and gel electrophoresis have made purifying proteins and peptides a…

  9. Electron Diffraction Determination of Nanoscale Structures

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    Parks, Joel H

    2013-03-01

    Dominant research results on adsorption on gold clusters are reviewed, including adsorption of H{sub 2}O and O{sub 2} on gold cluster cations and anions, kinetics of CO adsorption to middle sized gold cluster cations, adsorption of CO on Au{sub n}{sup +} with induced changes in structure, and H{sub 2}O enhancement of CO adsorption.

  10. Vascular structure determines pulmonary blood flow distribution

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    Hlastala, M. P.; Glenny, R. W.

    1999-01-01

    Scientific knowledge develops through the evolution of new concepts. This process is usually driven by new methodologies that provide observations not previously available. Understanding of pulmonary blood flow determinants advanced significantly in the 1960s and is now changing rapidly again, because of increased spatial resolution of regional pulmonary blood flow measurements.

  11. Ab initio Theory of Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Wang, Lin-Wang

    2007-03-01

    With blooming experimental synthesis of various nanostructures out of many semiconductor materials, there is an urgent need to calculate the electronic structures and optical properties of these nanosystems based on reliable ab initio methods. Unfortunately, due to the O(N^3) scaling of the conventional ab initio calculation methods based on the density functional theory (DFT), and the >1000 atom sizes of the most experimental nanosystems, the direct applications of these conventional ab intio methods are often difficult. Here we will present the calculated results using our O(N) scaling charge patching method (CPM) [1,2] to nanosystems up to 10,000 atoms. The CPM yields the charge density of a nanosystem by patching the charge motifs generated from small prototype systems. The CPM electron/hole eigen energies differ from the directly calculated results by only ˜10-20 meV. We will present the optical band gaps of quantum dots and wires, quantum rods, quantum dot/quantum well, and quantum dots doped with impurities. Besides good agreements with experimental measurements, we will demonstrate why it is important to perform ab initio calculations, in contrast with the continuum model k.p calculations. We will show the effects of surface polarization potentials and the internal electric fields. Finally, a linear scaling 3 dimensional fragment (LS3DF) method will be discussed. The LS3DF method can be used to calculate the total energy and atomic forces of a large nanosystem, with the results practically the same as the direct DFT method. Our work demonstrates that, with the help of supercomputers, it is now feasible to calculate the electronic structures and optical properties of >10,000 atom nanocrystals with ab initio accuracy. [1] L.W. Wang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 256402 (2002). [2] J. Li, L.W. Wang, Phys. Rev. B 72, 125325 (2005).

  12. Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra

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    Fredkin, Donald R.; Komornicki, Andrew; White, Steven R.; Wilson, Kent R.

    1983-06-01

    mechanically, using gradient techniques step by step along a classical trajectory whose path is determined by these quantum forces. We believe the QFCT method to be a more practical ab initio route to spectral band contours for large molecules, clusters, and solutions, and it can be equally applied to equilibrium and nonequilibrium systems. It is pointed out that a similar ab initio QFCT molecular dynamic approach could be used to compute other types of spectra, e.g., electronic absorption, as well as other parameters such as transport properties and thermodynamic functions and their quantum corrections. For parameters not depending on momenta, a parallel ab initio Monte Carlo approach would use electronic energies and other parameters of interest generated quantum mechanically, and ``classical'' trial moves of the nuclei.

  13. Determination of optimum structure of backpropagation networks

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    Phien, Huynh N.; Sureerattanan, Songyot

    2000-10-01

    The paper proposes the use of the Baysian Information Criterion (BIC), along with an algorithm to systematically select the appropriate structure of the backpropagation (BP) network for a given set of data. Simulation results with hydrological and economic data show that the algorithm performs very satisfactorily. Moreover, it compares with the method of Daqi and Shouyi for one hidden layer network and it is also used for the networks with more than one hidden layer.

  14. Structure determination of {alpha}-La{sub 6}W{sub 2}O{sub 15}

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    Chambrier, M-H.; Ibberson, R.M.; Goutenoire, F.

    2010-06-15

    The structure of the high temperature alpha form of La{sub 6}W{sub 2}O{sub 15} has been determined ab-initio from high temperature laboratory X-ray and neutron time-of-flight data. This tungstate crystallizes in the non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic space group (No. 20) C222{sub 1}, with Z=2, a=12.6250(2) A, b=9.1875(1) A, c=5.9688(1) A. The structure comprises [O{sub 2}La{sub 3}] infinite ribbons and is better described by the structural formula [O{sub 2}La{sub 3}]{sub 2}[WO{sub 5.5}]{sub 2}. Using this description we can understand the strong structural similarity of the present compound with compounds of the general composition BiM{sub 2}AO{sub 6} (M=Cu, Mg, Zn, Mn, Cd, Ca, Pb; A=P, As, V) described as [O{sub 2}M{sub 2}Bi][AO{sub 4}]. The [WO{sub 5.5}] entity implies oxygen disorder in the material. - Graphical abstract: Projection of the polyhedra around the tungsten atom. Atoms labelled in grey are occupied at 50%. Short oxygen-oxygen distances are marked. The polyhedra represents WO{sub 5.5} that is related to the structural unit W{sub 2}O{sub 11} unit. Alpha-La{sub 6}W{sub 2}O{sub 15} could be described as [O{sub 2}La{sub 3}]{sub 2}[WO{sub 5.5}]{sub 2}.

  15. Kinetic products in coordination networks: ab initio X-ray powder diffraction analysis.

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    Martí-Rujas, Javier; Kawano, Masaki

    2013-02-19

    Porous coordination networks are materials that maintain their crystal structure as molecular "guests" enter and exit their pores. They are of great research interest with applications in areas such as catalysis, gas adsorption, proton conductivity, and drug release. As with zeolite preparation, the kinetic states in coordination network preparation play a crucial role in determining the final products. Controlling the kinetic state during self-assembly of coordination networks is a fundamental aspect of developing further functionalization of this class of materials. However, unlike for zeolites, there are few structural studies reporting the kinetic products made during self-assembly of coordination networks. Synthetic routes that produce the necessary selectivity are complex. The structural knowledge obtained from X-ray crystallography has been crucial for developing rational strategies for design of organic-inorganic hybrid networks. However, despite the explosive progress in the solid-state study of coordination networks during the last 15 years, researchers still do not understand many chemical reaction processes because of the difficulties in growing single crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction: Fast precipitation can lead to kinetic (metastable) products, but in microcrystalline form, unsuitable for single crystal X-ray analysis. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) routinely is used to check phase purity, crystallinity, and to monitor the stability of frameworks upon guest removal/inclusion under various conditions, but rarely is used for structure elucidation. Recent advances in structure determination of microcrystalline solids from ab initio XRPD have allowed three-dimensional structure determination when single crystals are not available. Thus, ab initio XRPD structure determination is becoming a powerful method for structure determination of microcrystalline solids, including porous coordination networks. Because of the great interest across scientific

  16. Size effects on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of (5,0) finite-length carbon nanotube: An ab-initio electronic structure study

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    Tarighi Ahmadpour, Mahdi; Hashemifar, S. Javad; Rostamnejadi, Ali

    2016-07-01

    We use density functional computations to study the zero temperature structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of (5,0) finite carbon nanotubes (FCNT), with length in the range of 4-44 Å. It is found that the structural and electronic properties of (5,0) FCNTs, in the ground state, converge at a length of about 30 Å, while the excited state properties exhibit long-range edge effects. We discuss that curvature effects enhance energy gap of FCNTs, in contrast to the known trend in the periodic limit. It is seen that compensation of curvature effects in two special small sizes may give rise to spontaneous magnetization. The obtained cohesive energies provide some insights into the effects of environment on the growth of FCNTs. The second-order difference of the total energies reveals an important magic size of about 15 Å. The optical and dynamical magnetic responses of the FCNTs to polarized electromagnetic pulses are studied by time dependent density functional theory. The results show that the static and dynamic magnetic properties mainly come from the edge carbon atoms. The optical absorption properties are described in terms of local field effects and characterized by Casida linear response method.

  17. Structure of the Sevoflurane-Benzene Complex as Determined by Chirped-Pulse Ftmw Spectroscopy

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    Seifert, Nathan A.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Neill, Justin L.; Pate, Brooks H.; Lesarri, Alberto; Vallejo, Montserrat; Cocinero, Emilio J.; Castano, Fernando

    2012-06-01

    Following previous microwave studies on sevoflurane monomer by Suenram {et al.} and Vega-Toribio et al. we report the broadband rotational spectrum of sevoflurane clustered with benzene. The structure assigned is consistent with a C-H...π interaction between the benzene ring and the (CF_3)_2C-H hydrogen on sevoflurane. The spectrum of this species is complicated by the six-fold internal rotation of the benzene ring over the C_1 framework of sevoflurane. The six-fold tunneling falls into a high effective barrier case where there are several bound torsional levels. The tunneling spectrum has been successfully analyzed using the BELGI internal rotation program and a barrier to internal rotation of the benzene against sevoflurane of 32.5 cm-1 has been determined. Structural information about the complex has been obtained by studying the complex of sevoflurane with benzene-{d_1}. For this complex, six unique isomers are observed making it possible to determine the positions of the benzene H-atoms in the complex. Combination of these hydrogen r_s positions with the sevoflurane monomer r_s coordinates reported by Lesarri {et al.} results in a substitution structure in excellent agreement with the ab initio results. Finally, initial microwave results on two sevoflurane dimer species will also be presented. R. D. Suenram, D. J. Brugh, F. J. Lovas and C. Chu, 51st OSU Int. Symp. On Mol. Spectrosc., Columbus, OH, 1999, RB07. A. Vega-Toribio, A. Lesarri, R.D. Suenram, J. Grabow, 64th OSU Int. Symp. On Mol. Spectrosc., Columbus, OH, 2009, MH07. A. Lesarri, A. Vega-Toribio, R. D. Suenram, D. J. Brugh, J.-U. Grabow, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12, 9624-9631 (2010).

  18. High-resolution infrared spectroscopy of HCN-Znn (n = 1-4) clusters: structure determination and comparisons with theory.

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    Stiles, Paul L; Miller, Roger E

    2006-05-04

    High-resolution infrared laser spectroscopy has been used to obtain rotationally resolved spectra of HCN-Zn(n) (n = 1-4) complexes formed in helium nanodroplets. In the present study the droplets passed through a metal oven, where the zinc vapor pressure was adjusted until one or more atoms were captured by the droplets. A second pickup cell was then used to dope the droplets with a single HCN molecule. Rotationally resolved infrared spectra are obtained for all of these complexes, providing valuable information concerning their structures. Stark spectra are reported and used to determine the corresponding permanent electric dipole moments. Ab initio calculations are also reported for these complexes for comparison with the experimental results.

  19. Structural determinants of MALT1 protease activity.

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    Wiesmann, Christian; Leder, Lukas; Blank, Jutta; Bernardi, Anna; Melkko, Samu; Decock, Arnaud; D'Arcy, Allan; Villard, Frederic; Erbel, Paulus; Hughes, Nicola; Freuler, Felix; Nikolay, Rainer; Alves, Juliano; Bornancin, Frederic; Renatus, Martin

    2012-05-25

    The formation of the CBM (CARD11-BCL10-MALT1) complex is pivotal for antigen-receptor-mediated activation of the transcription factor NF-κB. Signaling is dependent on MALT1 (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation protein 1), which not only acts as a scaffolding protein but also possesses proteolytic activity mediated by its caspase-like domain. It remained unclear how the CBM activates MALT1. Here, we provide biochemical and structural evidence that MALT1 activation is dependent on its dimerization and show that mutations at the dimer interface abrogate activity in cells. The unliganded protease presents itself in a dimeric yet inactive state and undergoes substantial conformational changes upon substrate binding. These structural changes also affect the conformation of the C-terminal Ig-like domain, a domain that is required for MALT1 activity. Binding to the active site is coupled to a relative movement of caspase and Ig-like domains. MALT1 binding partners thus may have the potential of tuning MALT1 protease activity without binding directly to the caspase domain.

  20. How Structure Determines Correlations in Neuronal Networks

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    Pernice, Volker; Staude, Benjamin; Cardanobile, Stefano; Rotter, Stefan

    2011-01-01

    Networks are becoming a ubiquitous metaphor for the understanding of complex biological systems, spanning the range between molecular signalling pathways, neural networks in the brain, and interacting species in a food web. In many models, we face an intricate interplay between the topology of the network and the dynamics of the system, which is generally very hard to disentangle. A dynamical feature that has been subject of intense research in various fields are correlations between the noisy activity of nodes in a network. We consider a class of systems, where discrete signals are sent along the links of the network. Such systems are of particular relevance in neuroscience, because they provide models for networks of neurons that use action potentials for communication. We study correlations in dynamic networks with arbitrary topology, assuming linear pulse coupling. With our novel approach, we are able to understand in detail how specific structural motifs affect pairwise correlations. Based on a power series decomposition of the covariance matrix, we describe the conditions under which very indirect interactions will have a pronounced effect on correlations and population dynamics. In random networks, we find that indirect interactions may lead to a broad distribution of activation levels with low average but highly variable correlations. This phenomenon is even more pronounced in networks with distance dependent connectivity. In contrast, networks with highly connected hubs or patchy connections often exhibit strong average correlations. Our results are particularly relevant in view of new experimental techniques that enable the parallel recording of spiking activity from a large number of neurons, an appropriate interpretation of which is hampered by the currently limited understanding of structure-dynamics relations in complex networks. PMID:21625580

  1. Ab Initio Calculations and Synthesis of Sc2InC-Y2InC Solid Solution

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    2010-02-03

    tribological materials. It will study a solid solution of this fascinating new class of nanolaminated materials using both theoretical and experimental means...Sc2InC-Y2InC solid solution using ab initio calculations and 2) to synthesize Sc2InC-Y2InC thin films using magnetron sputtering and to determine the correlation between composition, structure, and mechanical properties thereof.

  2. An extensive ab initio study of the structures, vibrational spectra, quadratic force fields, and relative energetics of three isomers of Cl2O2

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Rohlfing, Celeste MCM.; Rice, Julia E.

    1992-01-01

    Quantum mechanical computational methods are employed for an ab initio investigation of: (1) the molecular properties of the lowest isomers of the ClO dimer; and (2) predicted molecular and thermochemical properties. Techniques employed include electron correlation and particularly singles and doubles coupled-cluster (CCSD) theory with or without perturbational estimates of the effects of connected triple excitations. The isomers ClOClO and ClClO2 are found to have higher energies than the ClOOCl isomer, and the theoretical vibrational frequencies of the isomers are well correlated with experimental data. Experimental values of the heat of formation for the isomers are also compared with calculations based on an isodesmic reaction with Cl2O, H2O, and HOOH.

  3. Structural determinants of criticality in biological networks

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    Valverde, Sergi; Ohse, Sebastian; Turalska, Malgorzata; West, Bruce J.; Garcia-Ojalvo, Jordi

    2015-01-01

    Many adaptive evolutionary systems display spatial and temporal features, such as long-range correlations, typically associated with the critical point of a phase transition in statistical physics. Empirical and theoretical studies suggest that operating near criticality enhances the functionality of biological networks, such as brain and gene networks, in terms for instance of information processing, robustness, and evolvability. While previous studies have explained criticality with specific system features, we still lack a general theory of critical behavior in biological systems. Here we look at this problem from the complex systems perspective, since in principle all critical biological circuits have in common the fact that their internal organization can be described as a complex network. An important question is how self-similar structure influences self-similar dynamics. Modularity and heterogeneity, for instance, affect the location of critical points and can be used to tune the system toward criticality. We review and discuss recent studies on the criticality of neuronal and genetic networks, and discuss the implications of network theory when assessing the evolutionary features of criticality. PMID:26005422

  4. Atmospheric structure determined from satellite data

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    Knight, K. S.; Scoggins, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    The capabilities of the Nimbus 6 satellite sounding data for use in synoptic analysis were considered and interpreted. An evaluation of the ability of the satellite sounding data to detect and depict structural features of the atmosphere was made on the basis of vertical profiles of average difference and standard deviation of differences between satellite and rawinsonde data at nine pressure levels from 850 to 100 mb; and constant pressure charts and cross sections of satellite, rawinsonde and difference values. Results indicate that satellite measurements of temperature as well as the vertical lapse rate and horizontal gradient of temperature are accurate enough to show large scale patterns but not to precisely define fronts or tropopauses; satellite measurements of dew point temperature are smoothed enough to severely reduce contrasts between air masses across fronts; the magnitude of the standard deviation of differences between rawinsonde and satellite data for most variables increases with the synoptic activity in the region; and the most reliable variables to examine from satellite data for depiction of synoptic features are the temperature equivalent potential temperature and mixing ratio.

  5. Structural Determinants of Sleeping Beauty Transposase Activity.

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    Abrusán, György; Yant, Stephen R; Szilágyi, András; Marsh, Joseph A; Mátés, Lajos; Izsvák, Zsuzsanna; Barabás, Orsolya; Ivics, Zoltán

    2016-08-01

    Transposases are important tools in genome engineering, and there is considerable interest in engineering more efficient ones. Here, we seek to understand the factors determining their activity using the Sleeping Beauty transposase. Recent work suggests that protein coevolutionary information can be used to classify groups of physically connected, coevolving residues into elements called "sectors", which have proven useful for understanding the folding, allosteric interactions, and enzymatic activity of proteins. Using extensive mutagenesis data, protein modeling and analysis of folding energies, we show that (i) The Sleeping Beauty transposase contains two sectors, which span across conserved domains, and are enriched in DNA-binding residues, indicating that the DNA binding and endonuclease functions of the transposase coevolve; (ii) Sector residues are highly sensitive to mutations, and most mutations of these residues strongly reduce transposition rate; (iii) Mutations with a strong effect on free energy of folding in the DDE domain of the transposase significantly reduce transposition rate. (iv) Mutations that influence DNA and protein-protein interactions generally reduce transposition rate, although most hyperactive mutants are also located on the protein surface, including residues with protein-protein interactions. This suggests that hyperactivity results from the modification of protein interactions, rather than the stabilization of protein fold.

  6. Structural determinants of Sleeping Beauty transposase activity

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    Abrusán, György; Yant, Stephen R.; Szilágyi, András; Marsh, Joseph A.; Mátés, Lajos; Izsvák, Zsuzsanna; Barabás, Orsolya; Ivics, Zoltán

    2016-01-01

    Transposases are important tools in genome engineering, and there is considerable interest in engineering more efficient ones. Here we seek to understand the factors determining their activity using the Sleeping Beauty transposase. Recent work suggests that protein co-evolutionary information can be used to classify groups of physically connected, co-evolving residues into elements called ‘sectors’, which have proven useful for understanding the folding, allosteric interactions, and enzymatic activity of proteins. Using extensive mutagenesis data, protein modeling and analysis of folding energies, we show that 1) The Sleeping Beauty transposase contains two sectors, which span across conserved domains, and are enriched in DNA-binding residues, indicating that the DNA binding and endonuclease functions of the transposase coevolve; 2) Sector residues are highly sensitive to mutations, and most mutations of these residues strongly reduce transposition rate; 3) Mutations with a strong effect on free energy of folding in the DDE domain of the transposase significantly reduce transposition rate. 4) Mutations that influence DNA and protein-protein interactions generally reduce transposition rate, although most hyperactive mutants are also located on the protein surface, including residues with protein-protein interactions. This suggests that hyperactivity results from the modification of protein interactions, rather than the stabilization of protein fold. PMID:27401040

  7. Syntheses and Structure Determinations of Calcium Thiolates.

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    Chadwick, Scott; Englich, Ulrich; Noll, Bruce; Ruhlandt-Senge, Karin

    1998-09-07

    The exploration of synthetic methodologies toward heavy alkaline-earth chalcogenolates resulted in the preparation and structural characterization of a family of calcium thiolates, including [Ca(SC(6)F(5))(2)(py)(4)], 1 (py = pyridine), the separated ion-triple [Ca(18-crown-6)(NH(3))(3))][SMes](2).2THF, 2 (Mes = 2,4,6-tBu(3)C(6)H(2)), and the contact triple [Ca(18-crown-6)(SMes)(2)].THF, 3. Compound 1 was prepared by treating [Ca(N(SiMe(3))(2))(2)](2) with 4 equiv of HSC(6)F(5) under addition of pyridine. The thiolates 2 and 3 were synthesized by treatment of calcium metal dissolved in dry, liquid NH(3) under addition of 2 equiv of HSMes and crown ether or, alternatively, by the reduction of MesSSMes with calcium metal in dry, liquid ammonia. We also report two reaction products isolated during attempted calcium thiolate syntheses: [CaBr(4)(THF)(2)(&mgr;(2)-Li)(2)(THF)(4)], 4, isolated as the product of a salt elimination reaction between CaBr(2) and 2 equiv of [Li(THF)(n)()S-2,4,6-(i)()Pr(3)C(6)H(2)](m)(). [(NH(4))(py)(SC(6)F(5))], 5, was obtained as the sole product in the reaction of metallic calcium with HSC(6)F(5) in liquid ammonia under addition of pyridine. All compounds were characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography in addition to IR and NMR spectroscopy.

  8. Determination of Ice Characteristics for Marine Hydroengineering Structures

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    Kantarzhi, I. G.; Maderich, V. S. Koshebutskii, V. I.

    2016-01-15

    Problems and potential approaches to determining ice characteristics for sea hydroengineering structures design are considered. A system for numerical modeling of ice dynamics is presented. The system may be used to define ice characteristics on approaches to structures with due regard for local hydrometeorological conditions and ice loads on structures. System application examples are presented for determining computational scenarios for ice loads at structures of the Pevek floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), as well as for the breakwater pier under reconstruction in Vanino. A scenario approach is used to determined ice loads.

  9. Language Structure Is Partly Determined by Social Structure

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    Lupyan, Gary; Dale, Rick

    2010-01-01

    Background Languages differ greatly both in their syntactic and morphological systems and in the social environments in which they exist. We challenge the view that language grammars are unrelated to social environments in which they are learned and used. Methodology/Principal Findings We conducted a statistical analysis of >2,000 languages using a combination of demographic sources and the World Atlas of Language Structures— a database of structural language properties. We found strong relationships between linguistic factors related to morphological complexity, and demographic/socio-historical factors such as the number of language users, geographic spread, and degree of language contact. The analyses suggest that languages spoken by large groups have simpler inflectional morphology than languages spoken by smaller groups as measured on a variety of factors such as case systems and complexity of conjugations. Additionally, languages spoken by large groups are much more likely to use lexical strategies in place of inflectional morphology to encode evidentiality, negation, aspect, and possession. Our findings indicate that just as biological organisms are shaped by ecological niches, language structures appear to adapt to the environment (niche) in which they are being learned and used. As adults learn a language, features that are difficult for them to acquire, are less likely to be passed on to subsequent learners. Languages used for communication in large groups that include adult learners appear to have been subjected to such selection. Conversely, the morphological complexity common to languages used in small groups increases redundancy which may facilitate language learning by infants. Conclusions/Significance We hypothesize that language structures are subjected to different evolutionary pressures in different social environments. Just as biological organisms are shaped by ecological niches, language structures appear to adapt to the environment (niche) in

  10. Ab initio phonon limited transport

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    Verstraete, Matthieu

    We revisit the thermoelectric (TE) transport properties of two champion materials, PbTe and SnSe, using fully first principles methods. In both cases the performance of the material is due to subtle combinations of structural effects, scattering, and phase space reduction. In PbTe anharmonic effects are completely opposite to the predicted quasiharmonic evolution of phonon frequencies and to frequently (and incorrectly) cited extrapolations of experiments. This stabilizes the material at high T, but also tends to enhance its thermal conductivity, in a non linear manner, above 600 Kelvin. This explains why PbTe is in practice limited to room temperature applications. SnSe has recently been shown to be the most efficient TE material in bulk form. This is mainly due to a strongly enhanced carrier concentration and electrical conductivity, after going through a phase transition from 600 to 800 K. We calculate the transport coefficients as well as the defect concentrations ab initio, showing excellent agreement with experiment, and elucidating the origin of the double phase transition as well as the new charge carriers. AH Romero, EKU Gross, MJ Verstraete, and O Hellman PRB 91, 214310 (2015) O. Hellman, IA Abrikosov, and SI Simak, PRB 84 180301 (2011)

  11. Structure and crystal chemistry of fluorite-related Bi{sub 38}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 78} from single crystal X-ray diffraction and ab initio calculations

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    Sharma, Neeraj; Macquart, Rene B.; Christensen, Mogens; Avdeev, Maxim; Chen Yusheng; Ling, Chris D.

    2009-06-15

    The floating-zone furnace method was used to synthesize single crystals of the fluorite-related delta-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-type phase Bi{sub 38}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 78} for the first time. Single crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction data, in conjunction with ab initio (density functional theory) calculations, were used to solve, optimize, and refine the 5x3x3 commensurate superstructure of fluorite-type delta-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} in Pbcn (a=28.7058(11) A, b=16.8493(7) A and c=16.9376(6) A, Z=4, R{sub F}=11.26%, wR{sub I}=21.67%). The structure contains stepped channels of Mo{sup 6+} in tetrahedral environments along the b axis and chains of Mo{sup 6+} in octahedral environments along the ac plane. The role of the stepped channels in oxide ion conduction is discussed. The simultaneous presence of both tetrahedral and octahedral coordination environments for Mo{sup 6+}, something not previously observed in Mo{sup 6+}-doped delta-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-type phases, is supported by charge balance considerations in addition to the results of crystallographic and ab initio analysis. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Bi{sub 38}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 78} with MoO{sub 4} and MoO{sub 6} represented as polyhedra, Bi atoms as gray spheres, and fluorite-type O atoms as white vertices of Bi-O-Bi bonds.

  12. Determination of symmetry reduced structures using a soft phonon analysis for magnetic shape memory alloys (abstract only).

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    Hickel, Tilmann; Uijttewaal, Matthé; Grabowski, Blazej; Neugebauer, Jörg

    2008-02-13

    Ni(2)MnGa is a typical example of a Heusler alloy that undergoes a martensitic transformation. In the high temperature austenitic phase it has a cubic L2(1) structure, whereas below 200 K the symmetry is reduced by an orthorhombic distortion. Despite lattice deformations of more than 6% and large strains connected to this change, it is completely reversible. Therefore, Ni(2)MnGa serves as a shape memory compound. The fact that Ni(2)MnGa additionally orders ferromagnetically below 360 K makes the material particularly attractive for applications in actuators and sensors. Nevertheless, its structural details in the martensitic phase are still a subject of much debate. Several shuffling structures have been observed experimentally. The temperature and magnetic field dependent transformations between these structures need to be understood for improvement of the magnetic switching (e.g. operation with higher reliability and smaller magnetic fields). Our tool for identifying the stable structures and the low energy transition paths is the calculation of free energy surfaces as functions of key reaction coordinates (e.g. the ratio c/a) in density functional theory. (The generalized gradient approximation to the exchange-correlation functional and the projector augmented wave approach implemented in VASP (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package) were used in these investigations.) The different variants of the low symmetry orthorhombic structures lead to characteristic minima on this surface. However, the ab initio determination of the experimentally observed shuffling structures is challenging, due to the large phase space of possible atomic positions and the small shuffling formation energies of only a few meV per unit cell. Hence, we used the quasiharmonic approximation in order to compute and analyze phonon spectra. Starting with the symmetric structure of the austenite, the TA(2) (TA standing for transverse acoustic) phonon dispersion shows a phonon softening along

  13. Automating the determination of 3D protein structure

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    Rayl, K.D.

    1993-12-31

    The creation of an automated method for determining 3D protein structure would be invaluable to the field of biology and presents an interesting challenge to computer science. Unfortunately, given the current level of protein knowledge, a completely automated solution method is not yet feasible, therefore, our group has decided to integrate existing databases and theories to create a software system that assists X-ray crystallographers in specifying a particular protein structure. By breaking the problem of determining overall protein structure into small subproblems, we hope to come closer to solving a novel structure by solving each component. By generating necessary information for structure determination, this method provides the first step toward designing a program to determine protein conformation automatically.

  14. THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS: FROM AB INITIO TO PHENOMENOLOGY

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    Turchi, P A

    2004-09-24

    Quantum mechanical-based (or ab initio) methods are used to predict the stability properties of materials although their application is limited to relatively simple systems in terms of structures and number of alloy components. However thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys requires a more versatile approach afforded within the CALPHAD formalism. Despite its success, the lack of experimental data very often prevents the design of robust thermodynamic databases. After a brief survey of ab initio methodologies and CALPHAD, it will be shown how ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement in two ways CALPHAD for subsequent applications. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics '{acute a} la CALPHAD'. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys. Finally, comments will be made on challenges and future prospects.

  15. Algorithms for Determining Physical Responses of Structures Under Load

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    Richards, W. Lance; Ko, William L.

    2012-01-01

    Ultra-efficient real-time structural monitoring algorithms have been developed to provide extensive information about the physical response of structures under load. These algorithms are driven by actual strain data to measure accurately local strains at multiple locations on the surface of a structure. Through a single point load calibration test, these structural strains are then used to calculate key physical properties of the structure at each measurement location. Such properties include the structure s flexural rigidity (the product of the structure's modulus of elasticity, and its moment of inertia) and the section modulus (the moment of inertia divided by the structure s half-depth). The resulting structural properties at each location can be used to determine the structure s bending moment, shear, and structural loads in real time while the structure is in service. The amount of structural information can be maximized through the use of highly multiplexed fiber Bragg grating technology using optical time domain reflectometry and optical frequency domain reflectometry, which can provide a local strain measurement every 10 mm on a single hair-sized optical fiber. Since local strain is used as input to the algorithms, this system serves multiple purposes of measuring strains and displacements, as well as determining structural bending moment, shear, and loads for assessing real-time structural health. The first step is to install a series of strain sensors on the structure s surface in such a way as to measure bending strains at desired locations. The next step is to perform a simple ground test calibration. For a beam of length l (see example), discretized into n sections and subjected to a tip load of P that places the beam in bending, the flexural rigidity of the beam can be experimentally determined at each measurement location x. The bending moment at each station can then be determined for any general set of loads applied during operation.

  16. Target selection and determination of function in structural genomics.

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    Watson, James D; Todd, Annabel E; Bray, James; Laskowski, Roman A; Edwards, Aled; Joachimiak, Andrzej; Orengo, Christine A; Thornton, Janet M

    2003-01-01

    The first crucial step in any structural genomics project is the selection and prioritization of target proteins for structure determination. There may be a number of selection criteria to be satisfied, including that the proteins have novel folds, that they be representatives of large families for which no structure is known, and so on. The better the selection at this stage, the greater is the value of the structures obtained at the end of the experimental process. This value can be further enhanced once the protein structures have been solved if the functions of the given proteins can also be determined. Here we describe the methods used at either end of the experimental process: firstly, sensitive sequence comparison techniques for selecting a high-quality list of target proteins, and secondly the various computational methods that can be applied to the eventual 3D structures to determine the most likely biochemical function of the proteins in question.

  17. Atomic arrangement and electron band structure of Si(1 1 1)-ß-\\sqrt{3}\\times \\sqrt{3} -Bi reconstruction modified by alkali-metal adsorption: ab initio study

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    Eremeev, S. V.; Chukurov, E. N.; Gruznev, D. V.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2015-08-01

    Using ab initio calculations, atomic structure and electronic properties of Si(1 1 1)\\sqrt{3}× \\sqrt{3} -Bi surface modified by adsorption of 1/3 monolayer of alkali metals, Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, have been explored. Upon adsorption of all metals, a similar atomic structure develops at the surface where twisted chained Bi trimers are arranged into a honeycomb network and alkali metal atoms occupy the {{T}4} sites in the center of each honeycomb unit. Among other structural characteristics, the greatest variation concerns the relative heights at which alkali metals reside with respect to Bi-trimer layer. Except for Li, the other metals reside higher than Bi layer and their heights increase with atomic number. All adsorbed surface structures display similar electron band structures of which the most essential feature is metallic surface-state band with a giant spin splitting. This electronic property allows one to consider the Si(1 1 1)\\sqrt{3}× \\sqrt{3} -Bi surfaces modified by alkali metal adsorption as a set of material systems showing promise for spintronic applications.

  18. Atomic arrangement and electron band structure of Si(1 1 1)-ß-√3 x √3-Bi reconstruction modified by alkali-metal adsorption: ab initio study.

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    Eremeev, S V; Chukurov, E N; Gruznev, D V; Zotov, A V; Saranin, A A

    2015-08-05

    Using ab initio calculations, atomic structure and electronic properties of Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surface modified by adsorption of 1/3 monolayer of alkali metals, Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, have been explored. Upon adsorption of all metals, a similar atomic structure develops at the surface where twisted chained Bi trimers are arranged into a honeycomb network and alkali metal atoms occupy the [Formula: see text] sites in the center of each honeycomb unit. Among other structural characteristics, the greatest variation concerns the relative heights at which alkali metals reside with respect to Bi-trimer layer. Except for Li, the other metals reside higher than Bi layer and their heights increase with atomic number. All adsorbed surface structures display similar electron band structures of which the most essential feature is metallic surface-state band with a giant spin splitting. This electronic property allows one to consider the Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surfaces modified by alkali metal adsorption as a set of material systems showing promise for spintronic applications.

  19. An ab initio study of many isomers of S 2O 2. A combined theoretical and experimental analysis of the harmonic force field and molecular structure of cis-planar OSSO

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    Marsden, Colin J.; Smith, Brian J.

    1990-03-01

    Thirteen singlet and six triplet isomers of S 2O 2 have been studied by ab initio methods; a DZ(P) basis was used for most calculations, but a larger TZ(2)P basis was used for a few final results. All geometries were fully optimized. The nine most stable singlet isomers were all found to be true local minima at the SCF level. Vibrational frequencies, IR intensities and MP3 energies (at the SCF geometries) are reported. Although a triplet form of S 2O 2 is the most stable at the SCF level, a singlet isomer is the global minimum when MP3 energies are included; this isomer is a thio species related to SO 3, and at the TZ(2)P/CCD level it is some 70 kJ mol -1 more stable than the cis-planar OSSO isomer which has been identified by microwave spectroscopy in an SO 2 discharge by Lovas et al. cis- and trans-planar isomers are found to be almost degenerate. Our best estimates for the equilibrium structure of the lowest energy isomer are r (SS) = 1.881 (10) Å, r(SO) = 1.431 (5) Å and < SSO = 120.4 (0.5)°, and for the ground-state rotational constants are A0 = 10327(160), B0 = 4355(50) and C0 = 3063(25) MHz; its binding energy compared to 2 SO is about 100 kJ mol -1 at the TZ(2)P/CCD level. The strikingly long formal SS double bond in cis-planar OSSO cannot be understood using the orbital (SCF) approximation, but its length is satisfactorily predicted by correlated methods which show the importance of the HOMO→LUMO double excitation to be substantial. For the global minimum structure, however, the SCF description is a reasonably good approximation. Factors determining the importance of correlation in the description of SS linkages are discussed. The potential function linking cis- and trans-planar OSSO isomers has been studied by SCF, MP3 and CISD methods; two electronic configurations were found to cross near a dihedral angle of 90°, so all these single-references methods failed to give physically realistic results. The DZ(P)/SCF harmonic force fields for

  20. Ab Initio Prediction of Adsorption Isotherms for Small Molecules in Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Kundu, Arpan; Piccini, GiovanniMaria; Sillar, Kaido; Sauer, Joachim

    2016-10-17

    For CO and N2 on Mg(2+) sites of the metal-organic framework CPO-27-Mg (Mg-MOF-74), ab initio calculations of Gibbs free energies of adsorption have been performed. Combined with the Bragg-Williams/Langmuir model and taking into account the experimental site availability (76.5%), we obtained adsorption isotherms in close agreement with those in experiment. The remaining deviations in the Gibbs free energy (about 1 kJ/mol) are significantly smaller than the "chemical accuracy" limit of about 4 kJ/mol. The presented approach uses (i) a DFT dispersion method (PBE+D2) to optimize the structure and to calculate anharmonic frequencies for vibrational partition functions and (ii) a "hybrid MP2:(PBE+D2)+ΔCCSD(T)" method to determine electronic energies. With the achieved accuracy (estimated uncertainty ±1.4 kJ/mol), the ab initio energies become useful benchmarks for assessing different DFT + dispersion methods (PBE+D2, B3LYP+D*, and vdW-D2), whereas the ab initio heats, entropies, and Gibbs free energies of adsorption are used to assess the reliability of experimental values derived from fitting isotherms or from variable-temperature IR studies.

  1. Dominant Modes in Light Nuclei - Ab Initio View of Emergent Symmetries

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    Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Langr, D.

    2015-01-01

    An innovative symmetry-guided concept is discussed with a focus on emergent symmetry patterns in complex nuclei. In particular, the ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which capitalizes on exact as well as partial symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, provides remarkable insight into how simple symmetry patterns emerge in the many-body nuclear dynamics from first principles. This ab initio view is complemented by a fully microscopic no-core symplectic shell-model framework (NCSpM), which, in turn, informs key features of the primary physics responsible for the emergent phenomena of large deformation and alpha-cluster substructures in studies of the challenging Hoyle state in Carbon-12 and enhanced collectivity in intermediate-mass nuclei. Furthermore, by recognizing that deformed configurations often dominate the low-energy regime, the SA-NCSM provides a strategy for determining the nature of bound states of nuclei in terms of a relatively small subspace of the symmetry-reorganized complete model space, which opens new domains of nuclei for ab initio investigations, namely, the intermediate-mass region, including isotopes of Ne, Mg, and Si.

  2. Experimental cross-sections energy dependence and an ab initio electronic structure survey of the ground singlet potential surface for reactive Li(+) + n-C(3)H(7)Cl collisions at low energies.

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    Lucas, José María; de Andrés, Jaime; Albertí, Margarita; Bofill, Josep Maria; Bassi, Davide; Aguilar, Antonio

    2010-11-07

    Reactive collisions between n-C(3)H(7)Cl molecules and lithium ions both in their ground electronic state have been studied in the 0.05-7.00 eV center of mass energy range using an octopole radio frequency guided-ion beam apparatus developed in our laboratory and recently modified. At low collision energies, dehydrohalogenation reactions leading to Li(C(3)H(6))(+) and Li(HCl)(+) are the main reaction channels, while on increasing energies C(3)H(7)(+) and C(2)H(3)(+) formation become dominant. Cross section energy dependences in arbitrary units for all these reactions have been measured. Also, ab initio electronic structure calculations at the MP2 level have been performed to obtain information about the potential energy surface on which the reactive processes take place. The reactants' entrance channel leads to the formation of a stable [Li-n-C(3)H(7)Cl](+) ion-molecule adduct that, following an intrinsic-reaction-coordinate pathway and surmounting a transition state, isomerizes to [Li-i-C(3)H(7)Cl](+). From this second minimum, dehydrohalogenation reactions for both n-C(3)H(7)Cl and i-C(3)H(7)Cl share a common reaction pathway leading to the same products. All potential barriers explored by reactions always lie below the reactants' energy. The entrance reaction channel [Li-n-C(3)H(7)Cl](+) adduct also leads adiabatically to C(3)H(7)(+) formation which, on increasing collision energy generates C(2)H(3)(+)via a unimolecular decomposition. A qualitative interpretation of the experimental results based on our ab initio calculations is also given.

  3. Ab initio MCDHF calculations of electron-nucleus interactions

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    Bieroń, Jacek; Froese Fischer, Charlotte; Fritzsche, Stephan; Gaigalas, Gediminas; Grant, Ian P.; Indelicato, Paul; Jönsson, Per; Pyykkö, Pekka

    2015-05-01

    We present recent advances in the development of atomic ab initio multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock theory, implemented in the GRASP relativistic atomic structure code. For neutral atoms, the deviations of properties calculated within the Dirac-Hartree-Fock (DHF) method (based on independent particle model of an atomic cloud) are usually dominated by electron correlation effects, i.e. the non-central interactions of individual electrons. We present the recent advances in accurate calculations of electron correlation effects in small, medium, and heavy neutral atoms. We describe methods of systematic development of multiconfiguration expansions leading to systematic, controlled improvement of the accuracy of the ab initio calculations. These methods originate from the concept of the complete active space (CAS) model within the DHF theory, which, at least in principle, permits fully relativistic calculations with full account of electron correlation effects. The calculations within the CAS model on currently available computer systems are feasible only for very light systems. For heavier atoms or ions with more than a few electrons, restrictions have to be imposed on the multiconfiguration expansions. We present methods and tools, which are designed to extend the numerical calculations in a controlled manner, where multiconfiguration expansions account for all leading electron correlation effects. We show examples of applications of the GRASP code to calculations of hyperfine structure constants, but the code may be used for calculations of arbitrary bound-state atomic properties. In recent years it has been applied to calculations of atomic and ionic spectra (transition energies and rates), to determinations of nuclear electromagnetic moments, as well as to calculations related to interactions of bound electrons with nuclear electromagnetic moments leading to violations of discrete symmetries.

  4. Multistage ab initio quantum wavepacket dynamics for electronic structure and dynamics in open systems: momentum representation, coupled electron-nuclear dynamics, and external fields.

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    Pacheco, Alexander B; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2011-02-21

    We recently proposed a multistage ab initio wavepacket dynamics (MS-AIWD) treatment for the study of delocalized electronic systems as well as electron transport through donor-bridge-acceptor systems such as those found in molecular-wire/electrode networks. In this method, the full donor-bridge-acceptor open system is treated through a rigorous partitioning scheme that utilizes judiciously placed offsetting absorbing and emitting boundary conditions. In this manner, the electronic coupling between the bridge molecule and surrounding electrodes is accounted. Here, we extend MS-AIWD to include the dynamics of open-electronic systems in conjunction with (a) simultaneous treatment of nuclear dynamics and (b) external electromagnetic fields. This generalization is benchmarked through an analysis of wavepackets propagated on a potential modeled on an Al(27) - C(7) - Al(27) nanowire. The wavepacket results are inspected in the momentum representation and the dependence of momentum of the wavepacket as well as its transmission probabilities on the magnitude of external bias are analyzed.

  5. Fine-Tuning of the Coordination Environment To Regulate the Magnetic Behavior in Solvent/Anion-Dependent Dy(III) Compounds: Synthesis, Structure, Magnetism, and Ab Initio Calculations.

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    Sun, Lin; Zhang, Sheng; Qiao, Chengfang; Chen, Sanping; Yin, Bing; Wang, Wenyuan; Wei, Qing; Xie, Gang; Gao, Shengli

    2016-10-17

    It is crucial to understand and elucidate the self-assembly mechanism in solution systems for the construction of Dy(III)-based single-molecule magnets (SMMs). Herein, through fine-tuning of the anion and solvent, we prepared three nine-coordinate mononuclear dysprosium compounds, [Dy(2,3'-pcad)(NO3)2(CH3OH)2] (1), [Dy(2,3'-Hpcad)2(H2O)3]·3Cl·5H2O (2), and [Dy(2,3'-pcad)(NO3)(H2O)4]·NO3·H2O (3) [2,3'-Hpcad = N(3)-(2-pyridoyl)-3-pyridinecarboxamidrazone]. The reactions of formation for 1-3 are in situ thermodynamically monitored by isothermal titration calorimetry. Magnetic data analysis reveals that 2 shows SMM behavior under a zero direct-current (dc) field, whereas 1 and 3 exhibit distinct slow magnetic relaxation processes upon a 1200 Oe dc field. To deeply understand the different magnetic behaviors, the magnetic anisotropy of 1-3 has been systematically studied by ab initio calculations, which is consistent with the experimental observations. Moreover, the semiconductor behaviors of 1-3 have been investigated by experimental measurements of UV-vis spectroscopy.

  6. Protein Structure Determination Using Protein Threading and Sparse NMR Data

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    Crawford, O.H.; Einstein, J.R.; Xu, D.; Xu, Y.

    1999-11-14

    It is well known that the NMR method for protein structure determination applies to small proteins and that its effectiveness decreases very rapidly as the molecular weight increases beyond about 30 kD. We have recently developed a method for protein structure determination that can fully utilize partial NMR data as calculation constraints. The core of the method is a threading algorithm that guarantees to find a globally optimal alignment between a query sequence and a template structure, under distance constraints specified by NMR/NOE data. Our preliminary tests have demonstrated that a small number of NMR/NOE distance restraints can significantly improve threading performance in both fold recognition and threading-alignment accuracy, and can possibly extend threading's scope of applicability from structural homologs to structural analogs. An accurate backbone structure generated by NMR-constrained threading can then provide a significant amount of structural information, equivalent to that provided by the NMR method with many NMR/NOE restraints; and hence can greatly reduce the amount of NMR data typically required for accurate structure determination. Our preliminary study suggests that a small number of NMR/NOE restraints may suffice to determine adequately the all-atom structure when those restraints are incorporated in a procedure combining threading, modeling of loops and sidechains, and molecular dynamics simulation. Potentially, this new technique can expand NMR's capability to larger proteins.

  7. Determining the surface and interface structure of nanomaterials

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    Van Hove, Michel A.

    2004-06-14

    This paper informally speculates on the challenges of determining the atomic-scale surface and interface structure of nanomaterials. The relative capabilities of different techniques are compared. This includes discussion of theoretical methods needed to interpret experimental techniques.

  8. Ambiguity of structure determination from a minimum of diffraction intensities.

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    Al-Asadi, Ahmed; Leggas, Dimitri; Tsodikov, Oleg V

    2014-07-01

    Although the ambiguity of the crystal structures determined directly from diffraction intensities has been historically recognized, it is not well understood in quantitative terms. Bernstein's theorem has recently been used to obtain the number of one-dimensional crystal structures of equal point atoms, given a minimum set of diffraction intensities. By a similar approach, the number of two- and three-dimensional crystal structures that can be determined from a minimum intensity data set is estimated herein. The ambiguity of structure determination from the algebraic minimum of data increases at least exponentially fast with the increasing structure size. Substituting lower-resolution intensities by higher-resolution ones in the minimum data set has little or no effect on this ambiguity if the number of such substitutions is relatively small.

  9. First fully ab initio potential energy surface of methane with a spectroscopic accuracy

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    Nikitin, A. V.; Rey, M.; Tyuterev, Vl. G.

    2016-09-01

    Full 9-dimensional ab initio potential energy surfaces for the methane molecule are constructed using extended electronic structure coupled-cluster calculations with various series of basis sets following increasing X cardinal numbers: cc-pVXZ (X = 3, 4, 5, 6), aug-cc-ACVXZ (X = 3, 4, 5), and cc-pCVXZ-F12 (X = 3, 4). High-order dynamic electron correlations including triple and quadrupole excitations as well as relativistic and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer breakdown corrections were accounted for. Analytical potential functions are parametrized as non-polynomial expansions in internal coordinates in irreducible tensor representation. Vibrational energy levels are reported using global variational nuclear motion calculations with exact kinetic energy operator and a full account of the tetrahedral symmetry of CH4. Our best ab initio surface including above-mentioned contributions provides the rms (obs.-calc.) errors of less than 0.11 cm-1 for vibrational band centers below 4700 cm-1, and ˜0.3 cm-1 for all 229 assigned experimentally determined vibrational levels up to the Icosad range <7900 cm-1 without empirically adjusted parameters. These results improve the accuracy of ab initio methane vibrational predictions by more than an order of magnitude with respect to previous works. This is an unprecedented accuracy of first-principles calculations of a five-atomic molecule for such a large data set. New ab initio potential results in significantly better band center predictions even in comparison with best available empirically corrected potential energy surfaces. The issues related to the basis set extrapolation and an additivity of various corrections at this level of accuracy are discussed.

  10. Combined electron beam imaging and ab initio modeling of T{sub 1} precipitates in Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Dwyer, C.; Weyland, M.; Chang, L. Y.; Muddle, B. C.

    2011-05-16

    Among the many considerable challenges faced in developing a rational basis for advanced alloy design, establishing accurate atomistic models is one of the most fundamental. Here we demonstrate how advanced imaging techniques in a double-aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope, combined with ab initio modeling, have been used to determine the atomic structure of embedded 1 nm thick T{sub 1} precipitates in precipitation-hardened Al-Li-Cu aerospace alloys. The results provide an accurate determination of the controversial T{sub 1} structure, and demonstrate how next-generation techniques permit the characterization of embedded nanostructures in alloys and other nanostructured materials.

  11. An ab initio study of the electronic structure and optical properties of CdS{sub 1-x}Te{sub x} alloys

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    Al-Douri, Y.; Ahmad, S.; Hashim, U.; Reshak, Ali Hussain; Baaziz, H.; Charifi, Z.; Khenata, R.

    2010-12-15

    The structural, electronic and optical properties of cubic CdS{sub 1-x}Te{sub x} alloys, with Te-concentrations varying from 0% up to 100% are investigated. The calculations are based on the total-energy calculations using the full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange and correlation potential is treated by the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) for the total-energy calculations, while for electronic properties in addition to that the Engel-Vosko (EV-GGA) formalism was also applied. The ground state properties for all Te-concentrations are presented. The optical dielectric constant is also determined for both the binary and their related ternary alloys. (author)

  12. Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    An overview of the current understanding of ozone depletion chemistry, particularly with regards the formation of the so-called Antarctic ozone hole, will be presented together with an outline as to how ab initio quantum chemistry can be used to further our understanding of stratospheric chemistry. The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results will be shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.

  13. Formalism for the determination of structural isotope effects with neutrons

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    Neuefeind, Joerg C; Benmore, Chris J

    2009-01-01

    In general the analysis of neutron isotopic substitution experiments in terms of partial structure factors and partial pair distribution functions is based on the assumption that the structure of isotopic variants of a molecule is identical. This assumption is clearly only an approximation especially in the case of hydrogen bonding molecular liquids like liquid water and structural isotope effects have been measured with X-rays for more than 20 years. A analysis method of neutron isotope data is presented that avoids the necessity to assume structural equality and allows the determination of the isotope effect in the hydrogen-hydrogen partial structure factor of liquid water from neutron data. It is shown that a combination of X-ray and neutron scattering measurements allows in principle the determination of the isotope effects on all all partials structure factors of liquid water.

  14. Introducing Chemists to X-Ray Structure Determination.

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    Enemark, John H.

    1988-01-01

    Presents the organization of a one-semester graduate course in structural chemistry including lectures and problems. Discusses the coverage of diffraction from real crystals and structure determination. Summarizes experiments on real crystals conducted by students in the X-ray laboratory. (CW)

  15. Labor Market Structure and Salary Determination among Professional Basketball Players.

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    Wallace, Michael

    1988-01-01

    The author investigates the labor market structure and determinants of salaries for professional basketball players. An expanded version of the resource perspective is used. A three-tiered model of labor market segmentation is revealed for professional basketball players, but other variables also are important in salary determination. (Author/CH)

  16. Ab initio and density functional theory calculations of molecular structure and vibrational spectra of 4-(2-Hydroxyethyl) piperazine-1-ethanesulfonic acid

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    Kumar, J. Sharmi; Devi, T. S. Renuga; Ramkumaar, G. R.; Bright, A.

    2016-01-01

    The FTIR and FT-Raman spectra of 4-(2-Hydroxyethyl) piperazine-1-ethanesulfonic acid were recorded and the structural and spectroscopic data of the molecule in the ground state were calculated using Hartree-Fock and Density Functional Method (B3LYP). The most stable conformer was optimized and the structural and vibrational parameters were determined. With the observed FTIR and FT-Raman data, a complete vibrational band assignment and analysis of the fundamental modes of the compound were carried out. Thermodynamic properties, Mulliken and natural atomic charge distribution were calculated using both Hartree-Fock and Density Functional Method and compared. UV-Visible and HOMO-LUMO analysis were carried out. 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts of the molecule were calculated using gauge including atomic orbital method and were compared with experimental results. Stability of the molecule arising from hyperconjugative interactions and charge delocalization has been analyzed using natural bond orbital analysis. The first order hyperpolarizability (β) and molecular electrostatic potential of the molecule was computed using DFT calculations. The electron density based local reactivity descriptor such as Fukui functions were calculated to explain the chemically reactive site in the molecule.

  17. Fast native-SAD phasing for routine macromolecular structure determination.

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    Weinert, Tobias; Olieric, Vincent; Waltersperger, Sandro; Panepucci, Ezequiel; Chen, Lirong; Zhang, Hua; Zhou, Dayong; Rose, John; Ebihara, Akio; Kuramitsu, Seiki; Li, Dianfan; Howe, Nicole; Schnapp, Gisela; Pautsch, Alexander; Bargsten, Katja; Prota, Andrea E; Surana, Parag; Kottur, Jithesh; Nair, Deepak T; Basilico, Federica; Cecatiello, Valentina; Pasqualato, Sebastiano; Boland, Andreas; Weichenrieder, Oliver; Wang, Bi-Cheng; Steinmetz, Michel O; Caffrey, Martin; Wang, Meitian

    2015-02-01

    We describe a data collection method that uses a single crystal to solve X-ray structures by native SAD (single-wavelength anomalous diffraction). We solved the structures of 11 real-life examples, including a human membrane protein, a protein-DNA complex and a 266-kDa multiprotein-ligand complex, using this method. The data collection strategy is suitable for routine structure determination and can be implemented at most macromolecular crystallography synchrotron beamlines.

  18. Boric acid, “carbonic” acid, and N-containing oxyacids in aqueous solution: Ab initio studies of structure, pKa, NMR shifts, and isotopic fractionations

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    Tossell, J. A.

    2005-12-01

    B(OH) 3 and CO 2 are acidic species of considerable geochemical importance, yet the microscopic nature of the acid dissociation reactions for these B and C species is not well understood. Quantum mechanical methods have recently been applied to the direct ab initio calculation of p Ka values for many organic and inorganic weak acids, but the B and C acids have not yet been considered in detail. In the present study, p Ka values are calculated quantum mechanically for the oxyacids B(OH) 3, H 2CO 3 and HNO 3, which have experimental first p Ka values of 9.2, 6.4 and -1.3, respectively. We calculate the gas-phase reaction free energies at the highly accurate CBS-QB3 ab initio quantum mechanical level and reaction free energies of hydration using a polarizable continuum method. Using a thermodynamic cycle corresponding to the simple dissociation process HA A - + H +, in aqueous solution, we calculate p Ka values of 21.6, 3.8 to 2.2 and -0.8 for the three oxyacids mentioned above, closely matching experiment only for HNO 3. The discrepancies with experiment arise from the more complex nature of the acid dissociation process for B(OH) 3, which involves the addition of H 2O to B(OH) 3 and formation of the B(OH) 4- anion, and from the instability of hypothetical H 2CO 3 compared to the proper hydrated reactant complex CO 2. . . H 2O. When the proper microscopic description of the reactants and products is used the calculated p Ka values for the three acids become 11.1, 7.2 and -0.8, in considerably better agreement with experiment for B(OH) 3 and CO 2. . . H 2O. Thus p Ka calculations using this approach are accurate enough to give information on the actual acid species present in solution and the details of their acid dissociation processes at the microscopic level. 11B and 13C-NMR chemical shifts are also calculated for the various species and compared to experiment. By comparison of our calculations with experiment it is apparent that the 13C-NMR chemical shift has

  19. Local structure of the crystalline and amorphous states of Ga2Te3 phase-change alloy without resonant bonding: A combined x-ray absorption and ab initio study

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    Kolobov, A. V.; Fons, P.; Krbal, M.; Mitrofanov, K.; Tominaga, J.; Uruga, T.

    2017-02-01

    Phase-change memories are usually associated with GeTe-Sb2Te3 quasibinary alloys, where the large optical contrast between the crystalline and amorphous phases is attributed to the formation of resonant bonds in the crystalline phase, which has a rocksalt-like structure. The recent findings that tetrahedrally bonded Ga2Te3 possesses a similarly large property contrast and very low thermal conductivity in the crystalline phase and undergoes low-energy switching [H. Zhu et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 083504 (2010), 10.1063/1.3483762; K. Kurosaki et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 012101 (2008), 10.1063/1.2940591] challenge the existing paradigm. In this work we report on the local structure of the crystalline and amorphous phases of Ga2Te3 obtained from x-ray absorption measurements and ab initio simulations. Based on the obtained results, a model of phase change in Ga2Te3 is proposed. We argue that efficient switching in Ga2Te3 is due to the presence of primary and secondary bonding in the crystalline phase originating from the high concentration of Ga vacancies, whereas the structural stability of both phases is ensured by polyvalency of Te atoms due to the presence of lone-pair electrons and the formation of like-atom bonds in the amorphous phase.

  20. The MSRC Ab Initio Methods Benchmark Suite: A measurement of hardware and software performance in the area of electronic structure methods

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    Feller, D.F.

    1993-07-01

    This collection of benchmark timings represents a snapshot of the hardware and software capabilities available for ab initio quantum chemical calculations at Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s Molecular Science Research Center in late 1992 and early 1993. The ``snapshot`` nature of these results should not be underestimated, because of the speed with which both hardware and software are changing. Even during the brief period of this study, we were presented with newer, faster versions of several of the codes. However, the deadline for completing this edition of the benchmarks precluded updating all the relevant entries in the tables. As will be discussed below, a similar situation occurred with the hardware. The timing data included in this report are subject to all the normal failures, omissions, and errors that accompany any human activity. In an attempt to mimic the manner in which calculations are typically performed, we have run the calculations with the maximum number of defaults provided by each program and a near minimum amount of memory. This approach may not produce the fastest performance that a particular code can deliver. It is not known to what extent improved timings could be obtained for each code by varying the run parameters. If sufficient interest exists, it might be possible to compile a second list of timing data corresponding to the fastest observed performance from each application, using an unrestricted set of input parameters. Improvements in I/O might have been possible by fine tuning the Unix kernel, but we resisted the temptation to make changes to the operating system. Due to the large number of possible variations in levels of operating system, compilers, speed of disks and memory, versions of applications, etc., readers of this report may not be able to exactly reproduce the times indicated. Copies of the output files from individual runs are available if questions arise about a particular set of timings.

  1. Structural determination of intact proteins using mass spectrometry

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    Kruppa, Gary; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Young, Malin M.

    2008-05-06

    The present invention relates to novel methods of determining the sequence and structure of proteins. Specifically, the present invention allows for the analysis of intact proteins within a mass spectrometer. Therefore, preparatory separations need not be performed prior to introducing a protein sample into the mass spectrometer. Also disclosed herein are new instrumental developments for enhancing the signal from the desired modified proteins, methods for producing controlled protein fragments in the mass spectrometer, eliminating complex microseparations, and protein preparatory chemical steps necessary for cross-linking based protein structure determination.Additionally, the preferred method of the present invention involves the determination of protein structures utilizing a top-down analysis of protein structures to search for covalent modifications. In the preferred method, intact proteins are ionized and fragmented within the mass spectrometer.

  2. Structure Determination of Natural Products by Mass Spectrometry

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    Biemann, Klaus

    2015-07-01

    I review laboratory research on the development of mass spectrometric methodology for the determination of the structure of natural products of biological and medical interest, which I conducted from 1958 to the end of the twentieth century. The methodology was developed by converting small peptides to their corresponding polyamino alcohols to make them amenable to mass spectrometry, thereby making it applicable to whole proteins. The structures of alkaloids were determined by analyzing the fragmentation of a known alkaloid and then using the results to deduce the structures of related compounds. Heparin-like structures were investigated by determining their molecular weights from the mass of protonated molecular ions of complexes with highly basic, synthetic peptides. Mass spectrometry was also employed in the analysis of lunar material returned by the Apollo missions. A miniaturized gas chromatograph mass spectrometer was sent to Mars on board of the two Viking 1976 spacecrafts.

  3. The progress made in determining the Mycobacterium tuberculosis structural proteome

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    Hecker, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a highly infectious pathogen that is still responsible for millions of deaths annually. Effectively treating this disease typically requires a course of antibiotics, most of which were developed decades ago. These drugs are, however, not effective against persistent tubercle bacilli and the emergence of drug-resistant stains threatens to make many of them obsolete. The identification of new drug targets, allowing the development of new potential drugs, is therefore imperative. Both proteomics and structural biology have important roles to play in this process, the former as a means of identifying promising drug targets and the latter allowing understanding of protein function and protein–drug interactions at atomic resolution. The determination of M. tuberculosis protein structures has been a goal of the scientific community for the last decade, who have aimed to supply a large amount of structural data that can be used in structure-based approaches for drug discovery and design. Only since the genome sequence of M. tuberculosis has been available has the determination of large numbers of tuberculosis protein structures been possible. Currently, the molecular structures of 8.5% of all the pathogen's protein-encoding ORFs have been determined. In this review, we look at the progress made in determining the M. tuberculosis structural proteome and the impact this has had on the development of potential new drugs, as well as the discovery of the function of crucial mycobaterial proteins. PMID:21674801

  4. Ab initio X-ray structural characterization of an inclusion compound with a compositionally disordered chiral guest: no prior knowledge of the crystal composition.

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    Guzei, Ilia A; Miles, Kelsey C

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structure and absolute configuration of a molecular host/guest/impurity inclusion complex were established unequivocally in spite of our having no prior knowledge of its chemical composition. The host (4R,5R)-4,5-bis(hydroxydiphenylmethyl)-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane, (I), displays expected conformational features. The crystal-disordered chiral guest 4,4a,5,6,7,8-hexahydronaphthalen-2(3H)-one, (II), is present in the crystal 85.1 (4)% of the time. It shares a common site with 4a-hydroperoxymethyl-4,4a,5,6,7,8-hexahydronaphthalen-2(3H)-one, (III), present 14.9 (4)% of the time, which is the product of autoxidation of (II). This minor peroxide impurity was isolated, and the results of nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and X-ray fluorescence studies are consistent with the proposed structure of (III). The complete structure was therefore determined to be (4R,5R)-4,5-bis(hydroxydiphenylmethyl)-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4,4a,5,6,7,8-hexahydronaphthalen-2(3H)-one-4a-hydroperoxymethyl-4,4a,5,6,7,8-hexahydronaphthalen-2(3H)-one (1/0.85/0.15), C31H30O4·0.85C10H14O·0.15C10H14O3, (IV). There are host-host, host-guest, and host-impurity hydrogen-bonding interactions of types S and D in the solid state. We believe that the crystals of (IV) were originally prepared to establish the chirality of the guest (II) by means of X-ray diffraction analysis of host/guest crystals obtained in the course of chiral resolution during cocrystallization of (II) with (I). In spite of the absence of `heavy' elements, the absolute configurations of all anomeric centres in the structure are assigned as R based on resonant scattering effects.

  5. The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1989-01-01

    The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed, with an emphasis on recent developments such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is shown that new developments in methodology combined with improvements in computer hardware are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.

  6. The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1989-01-01

    The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed with an emphasis on recent developments, such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is found that new developments in methodology, combined with improvements in computer hardware, are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.

  7. Ab initio based polarizable force field parametrization

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    Masia, Marco

    2008-05-01

    Experimental and simulation studies of anion-water systems have pointed out the importance of molecular polarization for many phenomena ranging from hydrogen-bond dynamics to water interfaces structure. The study of such systems at molecular level is usually made with classical molecular dynamics simulations. Structural and dynamical features are deeply influenced by molecular and ionic polarizability, which parametrization in classical force field has been an object of long-standing efforts. Although when classical models are compared to ab initio calculations at condensed phase, it is found that the water dipole moments are underestimated by ˜30%, while the anion shows an overpolarization at short distances. A model for chloride-water polarizable interaction is parametrized here, making use of Car-Parrinello simulations at condensed phase. The results hint to an innovative approach in polarizable force fields development, based on ab initio simulations, which do not suffer for the mentioned drawbacks. The method is general and can be applied to the modeling of different systems ranging from biomolecular to solid state simulations.

  8. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics

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    Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong; Frisch, Michael J.

    2014-12-07

    Many magnetic materials do not conform to the (anti-)ferromagnetic paradigm where all electronic spins are aligned to a global magnetization axis. Unfortunately, most electronic structure methods cannot describe such materials with noncollinear electron spin on account of formally requiring spin alignment. To overcome this limitation, it is necessary to generalize electronic structure methods and allow each electron spin to rotate freely. Here, we report the development of an ab initio time-dependent non-relativistic two-component spinor (TDN2C), which is a generalization of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock equations. Propagating the TDN2C equations in the time domain allows for the first-principles description of spin dynamics. A numerical tool based on the Hirshfeld partitioning scheme is developed to analyze the time-dependent spin magnetization. In this work, we also introduce the coupling between electron spin and a homogenous magnetic field into the TDN2C framework to simulate the response of the electronic spin degrees of freedom to an external magnetic field. This is illustrated for several model systems, including the spin-frustrated Li{sub 3} molecule. Exact agreement is found between numerical and analytic results for Larmor precession of hydrogen and lithium atoms. The TDN2C method paves the way for the ab initio description of molecular spin transport and spintronics in the time domain.

  9. Determination of surface structure of cleaved (001) USb2 single crystal

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    Chen, Shao-ping; Hawley, Marilyn; Bauer, Eric D; Stockum, Phil B; Manoharan, Hari C

    2009-01-01

    We have achieved what we believe to be the first atomic resolution STM images for a uranium compound taken at room temperature. The a, b, and c lattice parameters in the images confirm that the USb{sub 2} crystals cleave on the (001) basal plane as expected. The a and b dimensions were equal, with the atoms arranged in a cubic pattern. Our calculations indicate a symmetric cut between Sb planes to be the most favorable cleavage plane and U atoms to be responsible for most of the DOS measured by STM. Some strange features associated with vacancies were observed in the STM win be discussed in conjunction with ab initio calculations. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the power of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques combined with a theoretical underpinning to determine the surface atomic structure and properties of actinide materials, such as the quasi 2-dimensional uranium dipnictide USb{sub 2} single crystal, thereby contributing to the understanding of their surface structural and electronic properties. The members of this interesting UX{sub 2} (X=P, As, Sb, Bi) series of compounds display dual localized and itinerant 5f electron behavior within the same compound due to the hybridization of the 5f orbitals with the conduction band. With the exception of UO{sub 2}, which has to be studied at elevated temperature to generate enough carriers for STM imaging, STM techniques have not been applied successfully to the characterization of the surface atomic structure of any other single crystal actinide compound, to the best of our knowledge. However, STM has been used to a limited extent for the study of some cerium compounds. STM probes electronic properties at the atomic level and can directly provide information about the local density of filled and empty states (LDOS) states simultaneously. A STM topograph provides the local atomic arrangement and spacing of the atoms on the surface, local defect structures (e.g. steps, vacancies, and kink sites

  10. Study on structures and properties of ammonia clusters (NH3)n (n=1-5) and liquid ammonia in terms of ab initio method and atom-bond electronegativity equalization method ammonia-8P fluctuating charge potential model.

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    Yu, Ling; Yang, Zhong-Zhi

    2010-05-07

    Structures, binding energies, and vibrational frequencies of (NH(3))(n) (n=2-5) isomers and dynamical properties of liquid ammonia have been explored using a transferable intermolecular potential eight point model including fluctuating charges and flexible body based on a combination of the atom-bond electronegativity equalization and molecular (ABEEM) mechanics (ABEEM ammonia-8P) in this paper. The important feature of this model is to divide the charge sites of one ammonia molecule into eight points region containing four atoms, three sigma bonds, and a lone pair, and allows the charges in system to fluctuate responding to the ambient environment. Due to the explicit descriptions of charges and special treatment of hydrogen bonds, the results of equilibrium geometries, dipole moments, cluster interaction energies, vibrational frequencies for the gas phase of small ammonia clusters, and radial distribution function for liquid ammonia calculated with the ABEEM ammonia-8P potential model are in good agreement with those measured by available experiments and those obtained from high level ab initio calculations. The properties of ammonia dimer are studied in detail involving the structure and one-dimensional, two-dimensional potential energy surface. As for interaction energies, the root mean square deviation is 0.27 kcal/mol, and the linear correlation coefficient reaches 0.994.

  11. Accurate and efficient representation of intra­molecular energy in ab initio generation of crystal structures. I. Adaptive local approximate models

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    Sugden, Isaac; Adjiman, Claire S.; Pantelides, Constantinos C.

    2016-01-01

    The global search stage of crystal structure prediction (CSP) methods requires a fine balance between accuracy and computational cost, particularly for the study of large flexible molecules. A major improvement in the accuracy and cost of the intramolecular energy function used in the CrystalPredictor II [Habgood et al. (2015 ▸). J. Chem. Theory Comput. 11, 1957–1969] program is presented, where the most efficient use of computational effort is ensured via the use of adaptive local approximate model (LAM) placement. The entire search space of the relevant molecule’s conformations is initially evaluated using a coarse, low accuracy grid. Additional LAM points are then placed at appropriate points determined via an automated process, aiming to minimize the computational effort expended in high-energy regions whilst maximizing the accuracy in low-energy regions. As the size, complexity and flexibility of molecules increase, the reduction in computational cost becomes marked. This improvement is illustrated with energy calculations for benzoic acid and the ROY molecule, and a CSP study of molecule (XXVI) from the sixth blind test [Reilly et al. (2016 ▸). Acta Cryst. B72, 439–459], which is challenging due to its size and flexibility. Its known experimental form is successfully predicted as the global minimum. The computational cost of the study is tractable without the need to make unphysical simplifying assumptions. PMID:27910837

  12. Ab-initio and DFT calculations on molecular structure, NBO, HOMO-LUMO study and a new vibrational analysis of 4-(Dimethylamino) Benzaldehyde.

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    Rocha, Mariana; Di Santo, Alejandro; Arias, Juan Marcelo; Gil, Diego M; Ben Altabef, Aída

    2015-02-05

    The experimental and theoretical study on the molecular structure and a new vibrational analysis of 4-(Dimethylamino) Benzaldehyde (DMABA) is presented. The IR and Raman spectra were recorded in solid state. Optimized geometry, vibrational frequencies and various thermodynamic parameters of the title compound were calculated using DFT methods and are in agreement with the experimental values. A detailed interpretation of the IR and Raman spectra of the title compound were reported. The stability of the molecule arising from hyper-conjugative interactions and charge delocalization has been analyzed using NBO analysis and AIM approach. The HOMO and LUMO analysis were used to determine the charge transfer within the molecule and some molecular properties such as ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, chemical potential, hardness, softness and global electrophilicity index. The TD-DFT approach was applied to assign the electronic transitions observed in the UV-visible spectrum measured experimentally. Molecular electrostatic potential map was performed by the DFT method. According to DSC measurements, the substance presents a melting point of 72.34°C and decomposes at temperatures higher than 193°C.

  13. Magneto-structural correlations in a family of Fe(II)Re(IV)(CN)2 single-chain magnets: density functional theory and ab initio calculations.

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    Zhang, Yi-Quan; Luo, Cheng-Lin; Wu, Xin-Bao; Wang, Bing-Wu; Gao, Song

    2014-04-07

    Until now, the expressions of the anisotropic energy barriers Δξ and ΔA, using the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy D, the intrachain coupling strength J, and the high-spin ground state S for single-chain magnets (SCMs) in the intermediate region between the Ising and the Heisenberg limits, were unknown. To explore this relationship, we used density functional theory and ab initio methods to obtain expressions of Δξ and ΔA in terms of D, J, and S of six R4Fe(II)-Re(IV)Cl4(CN)2 (R = diethylformamide (1), dibutylformamide (2), dimethylformamide (3), dimethylbutyramide (4), dimethylpropionamide (5), and diethylacetamide (6)) SCMs in the intermediate region. The ΔA value for compounds 1-3 was very similar to the magnetic anisotropic energy of a single Fe(II), while the value of Δξ was predicted using the exchange interaction of Fe(II) with the neighboring Re(IV), which could be expressed as 2JSReSFe. Similar to compounds 1-3, the anisotropy energy barrier ΔA of compounds 4 and 5 was also equal to (Di - Ei)SFe(2), but the correlation energy Δξ was closely equal to 2JSReSFe(cos 98.4 - cos 180) due to the reversal of the spins on the opposite Fe(II). For compound 6, one unit cell of Re(IV)Fe(II) was regarded as a domain wall since it had two different Re(IV)-Fe(II) couplings. Thus, the Δξ of compound 6 was expressed as 4J″SRe1Fe1SRe2Fe2, where J″ was the coupling constant of the neighboring unit cells of Re1Fe1 and Re2Fe2, and ΔA was equal to the anisotropic energy barrier of one domain wall given by DRe1Fe1(S(2)Re1Fe1 - 1/4).

  14. In cellulo structure determination of a novel cypovirus polyhedrin

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    Axford, Danny; Ji, Xiaoyun; Stuart, David I.; Sutton, Geoff

    2014-05-01

    The crystal structure of a previously unsolved type of cypovirus polyhedrin has been determined from data collected directly from frozen live insect cells. This work demonstrates that with the use of a microfocus synchrotron beam the structure of a novel viral polyhedrin could be successfully determined from microcrystals within cells, removing the preparatory step of sample isolation and maintaining a favourable biological environment. The data obtained are of high quality, comparable to that obtained from isolated crystals, and enabled a facile structure determination. A small but significant difference is observed between the unit-cell parameters and the mosaic spread of in cellulo and isolated crystals, suggesting that even these robust crystals are adversely affected by removal from the cell.

  15. Ab initio no core shell model

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    Barrett, Bruce R.; Navrátil, Petr; Vary, James P.

    2012-11-17

    A long-standing goal of nuclear theory is to determine the properties of atomic nuclei based on the fundamental interactions among the protons and neutrons (i.e., nucleons). By adopting nucleon-nucleon (NN), three-nucleon (NNN) and higher-nucleon interactions determined from either meson-exchange theory or QCD, with couplings fixed by few-body systems, we preserve the predictive power of nuclear theory. This foundation enables tests of nature's fundamental symmetries and offers new vistas for the full range of complex nuclear phenomena. Basic questions that drive our quest for a microscopic predictive theory of nuclear phenomena include: (1) What controls nuclear saturation; (2) How the nuclear shell model emerges from the underlying theory; (3) What are the properties of nuclei with extreme neutron/proton ratios; (4) Can we predict useful cross sections that cannot be measured; (5) Can nuclei provide precision tests of the fundamental laws of nature; and (6) Under what conditions do we need QCD to describe nuclear structure, among others. Along with other ab initio nuclear theory groups, we have pursued these questions with meson-theoretical NN interactions, such as CD-Bonn and Argonne V18, that were tuned to provide high-quality descriptions of the NN scattering phase shifts and deuteron properties. We then add meson-theoretic NNN interactions such as the Tucson-Melbourne or Urbana IX interactions. More recently, we have adopted realistic NN and NNN interactions with ties to QCD. Chiral perturbation theory within effective field theory ({chi}EFT) provides us with a promising bridge between QCD and hadronic systems. In this approach one works consistently with systems of increasing nucleon number and makes use of the explicit and spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry to expand the strong interaction in terms of a dimensionless constant, the ratio of a generic small momentum divided by the chiral symmetry breaking scale taken to be about 1 GeV/c. The resulting NN

  16. Mixing and Matching Detergents for Membrane Protein NMR Structure Determination

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    Columbus, Linda; Lipfert, Jan; Jambunathan, Kalyani; Fox, Daniel A.; Sim, Adelene Y.L.; Doniach, Sebastian; Lesley, Scott A.

    2009-10-21

    One major obstacle to membrane protein structure determination is the selection of a detergent micelle that mimics the native lipid bilayer. Currently, detergents are selected by exhaustive screening because the effects of protein-detergent interactions on protein structure are poorly understood. In this study, the structure and dynamics of an integral membrane protein in different detergents is investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The results suggest that matching of the micelle dimensions to the protein's hydrophobic surface avoids exchange processes that reduce the completeness of the NMR observations. Based on these dimensions, several mixed micelles were designed that improved the completeness of NMR observations. These findings provide a basis for the rational design of mixed micelles that may advance membrane protein structure determination by NMR.

  17. Determination of the structure and bond energies of NiO2 and CuO2

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Sodupe, Mariona

    1993-01-01

    On the basis of extensive ab initio calculations, we estimate the metal-O2 binding energies of NiO2 and CuO2 to be 48 +/- 7 and 18 +/- 4 kcal/mol, respectively. We feel that the experimental estimate of 57 +/- 10 kcal/mol for the binding energy of NiO2 is slightly too large, while we are in complete agreement with the experimental estimate of 15 +10/-5 kcal/mol for CuO2. While the 1A1 ground state of NiO2 definitely has a side-on C(2v) structure, matrix isolation studies suggest that CuO2 has an end-on C(s) structure. Calculations at the coupled-cluster singles plus doubles level with a perturbational estimate of triple excitations, CCSD(T), produce a 2A2 state with C(2v) as a global minimum. However, the entire 2A-double prime ground-state surface is exceedingly flat, precluding a reliable determination of the gas-phase equilibrium structure.

  18. Boric acid adsorption on humic acids: Ab initio calculation of structures, stabilities, 11B NMR and 11B, 10B isotopic fractionations of surface complexes

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    Tossell, J. A.

    2006-10-01

    Boric acid, B(OH) 3, forms complexes in aqueous solution with a number of bidentate O-containing ligands, HL -, where H 2L is C 2O 4H 2 (oxalic acid), C 3O 4H 4 (malonic acid), C 2H 6O 2 (ethylene glycol), C 6H 6O 2 (catechol), C 10H 8O 2 (dioxynaphthalene) and C 2O 3H 4 (glycolic acid). McElligott and Byrne [McElligott, S., Byrne, R.H., 1998. Interaction of B(OH)30 and HCO3- in seawater: Formation of B(OH)CO3-. Aquat. Geochem.3, 345-356.] have also found B(OH) 3 to form an aqueous complex with HCO3-1. Recently Lemarchand et al. [Lemarchand, E., Schott, J., Gaillardeet, J., 2005. Boron isotopic fractionation related to boron sorption on humic acid and the structure of surface complexes formed. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta69, 3519-3533] have studied the formation of surface complexes of B(OH) 3 on humic acid, determining 11B NMR shifts and fitted values of formation constants, and 11B, 10B isotope fractionations for a number of surface complexation models. Their work helps to clarify both the nature of the interaction of boric acid with the functional groups in humic acid and the nature of some of these coordinating sites on the humic acid. The determination of isotope fractionations may be seen as a form of vibrational spectroscopy, using the fractionating element as a local probe of the vibrational spectrum. We have calculated quantum mechanically the structures, stabilities, vibrational spectra, 11B NMR spectra and 11B, 10B isotope fractionations of a number of complexes B(OH) 2L - formed by reactions of the type: B(OH)3+HL-⇒B(OH)2L+HO using a 6-311G(d,p) basis set and the B3LYP method for determination of structures, vibrational frequencies and isotopic fractionations, the highly accurate Complete Basis Set-QB3 method for calculating the free energies and the GIAO HF method with a 6-311+G(2d,p) basis for the NMR shieldings. The calculations indicate that oxalic acid, malonic acid, catechol and glycolic acid all form stable complexes (Δ G < 0 for Reaction (1

  19. Optimizing an emperical scoring function for transmembrane protein structure determination.

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    Young, Malin M.; Sale, Kenneth L.; Gray, Genetha Anne; Kolda, Tamara Gibson

    2003-10-01

    We examine the problem of transmembrane protein structure determination. Like many other questions that arise in biological research, this problem cannot be addressed by traditional laboratory experimentation alone. An approach that integrates experiment and computation is required. We investigate a procedure which states the transmembrane protein structure determination problem as a bound constrained optimization problem using a special empirical scoring function, called Bundler, as the objective function. In this paper, we describe the optimization problem and some of its mathematical properties. We compare and contrast results obtained using two different derivative free optimization algorithms.

  20. Microgram-scale protein structure determination by NMR.

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    Aramini, James M; Rossi, Paolo; Anklin, Clemens; Xiao, Rong; Montelione, Gaetano T

    2007-06-01

    Using conventional triple-resonance nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments with a 1 mm triple-resonance microcoil NMR probe, we determined near complete resonance assignments and three-dimensional (3D) structure of the 68-residue Methanosarcina mazei TRAM protein using only 72 mug (6 microl, 1.4 mM) of protein. This first example of a complete solution NMR structure determined using microgram quantities of protein demonstrates the utility of microcoil-probe NMR technologies for protein samples that can be produced in only limited quantities.

  1. Organizational Structure as a Determinant of Job Burnout.

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    Bilal, Atif; Ahmed, Hafiz Mushtaq

    2017-03-01

    This exploratory study determined the impact of organizational structure, particularly participation in decision making, instrumental communication, formalization, integration, and promotional opportunity, on burnout among Pakistani pediatric nurses. Data were collected from pediatric nurses working for Punjab's largest state-run hospital. The findings revealed that participation in decision making, instrumental communication, and promotional opportunity prevented burnout. Formalization contributed to burnout but integration was not related to burnout. Quite interestingly, except for supervisory status, most control variables for this study were not significantly related to emotional burnout. Hence, the hypothesis that organizational structure is a determinant of job burnout was accepted.

  2. Determinants of Market Structure and the Airline Industry

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    Raduchel, W.

    1972-01-01

    The general economic determinants of market structure are outlined with special reference to the airline industry. Included are the following facets: absolute size of firms; distributions of firms by size; concentration; entry barriers; product and service differentiation; diversification; degrees of competition; vertical integration; market boundaries; and economies of scale. Also examined are the static and dynamic properties of market structure in terms of mergers, government policies, and economic growth conditions.

  3. Structure determination of a siderophore peucechelin from Streptomyces peucetius.

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    Kodani, Shinya; Komaki, Hisayuki; Suzuki, Masahiro; Kobayakawa, Fumiya; Hemmi, Hikaru

    2015-10-01

    Previously, Park et al. isolated a new siderophore from Streptomyces peucetius ATCC 27952 based on information of the genome sequence and the structure of the siderophore was deduced to be a cyclic peptide based on MS/MS analysis. To clarify the structure of the siderophore, we cultured S. peucetius with iron deficient medium. Through several chromatographic procedures, the siderophore named peucechelin was isolated with the yield enough to perform NMR experiments. The planar structure of peucechelin was elucidated by the combination of ESI-MS experiment and NMR spectroscopic analyses of the gallium (III) complex. Unlike the previously deduced cyclic structure, the structure was determined to be a linear peptide which was similar to a known siderophore foroxymithine. The stereochemistries of amino acids constituting peucechelin were determined by applying modified Marfey method to the hydrolysate. Since the biosynthetic gene of peucechelin was formerly determined by Park et al. the similar genes were searched using genome data of other streptomycetes. As a result, the similar genes were found in the genome data of S. venezuelae and S. purpureus. Isolation and identification of siderophore was performed from the iron deficient culture of S. venezuelae. The siderophore of S. venezuelae was identified to be known compound foroxymithine by analysis ESI-MS and NMR spectra in the similar manner with peucechelin. Production of foroxymithine was also observed in the iron deficient culture of S. purpureus. Based on the genome data, comparison of the biosynthetic genes of structurally related siderophores peucechelin and foroxymithine was accomplished in discussion.

  4. High-Resolution Protein Structure Determination by Serial Femtosecond Crystallography

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    Boutet, Sébastien; Lomb, Lukas; Williams, Garth J.; Barends, Thomas R. M.; Aquila, Andrew; Doak, R. Bruce; Weierstall, Uwe; DePonte, Daniel P.; Steinbrener, Jan; Shoeman, Robert L.; Messerschmidt, Marc; Barty, Anton; White, Thomas A.; Kassemeyer, Stephan; Kirian, Richard A.; Seibert, M. Marvin; Montanez, Paul A.; Kenney, Chris; Herbst, Ryan; Hart, Philip; Pines, Jack; Haller, Gunther; Gruner, Sol M.; Philipp, Hugh T.; Tate, Mark W.; Hromalik, Marianne; Koerner, Lucas J.; van Bakel, Niels; Morse, John; Ghonsalves, Wilfred; Arnlund, David; Bogan, Michael J.; Caleman, Carl; Fromme, Raimund; Hampton, Christina Y.; Hunter, Mark S.; Johansson, Linda C.; Katona, Gergely; Kupitz, Christopher; Liang, Mengning; Martin, Andrew V.; Nass, Karol; Redecke, Lars; Stellato, Francesco; Timneanu, Nicusor; Wang, Dingjie; Zatsepin, Nadia A.; Schafer, Donald; Defever, James; Neutze, Richard; Fromme, Petra; Spence, John C. H.; Chapman, Henry N.; Schlichting, Ilme

    2013-01-01

    Structure determination of proteins and other macromolecules has historically required the growth of high-quality crystals sufficiently large to diffract x-rays efficiently while withstanding radiation damage. We applied serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) using an x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) to obtain high-resolution structural information from microcrystals (less than 1 micrometer by 1 micrometer by 3 micrometers) of the well-characterized model protein lysozyme. The agreement with synchrotron data demonstrates the immediate relevance of SFX for analyzing the structure of the large group of difficult-to-crystallize molecules. PMID:22653729

  5. High-resolution protein structure determination by serial femtosecond crystallography.

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    Boutet, Sébastien; Lomb, Lukas; Williams, Garth J; Barends, Thomas R M; Aquila, Andrew; Doak, R Bruce; Weierstall, Uwe; DePonte, Daniel P; Steinbrener, Jan; Shoeman, Robert L; Messerschmidt, Marc; Barty, Anton; White, Thomas A; Kassemeyer, Stephan; Kirian, Richard A; Seibert, M Marvin; Montanez, Paul A; Kenney, Chris; Herbst, Ryan; Hart, Philip; Pines, Jack; Haller, Gunther; Gruner, Sol M; Philipp, Hugh T; Tate, Mark W; Hromalik, Marianne; Koerner, Lucas J; van Bakel, Niels; Morse, John; Ghonsalves, Wilfred; Arnlund, David; Bogan, Michael J; Caleman, Carl; Fromme, Raimund; Hampton, Christina Y; Hunter, Mark S; Johansson, Linda C; Katona, Gergely; Kupitz, Christopher; Liang, Mengning; Martin, Andrew V; Nass, Karol; Redecke, Lars; Stellato, Francesco; Timneanu, Nicusor; Wang, Dingjie; Zatsepin, Nadia A; Schafer, Donald; Defever, James; Neutze, Richard; Fromme, Petra; Spence, John C H; Chapman, Henry N; Schlichting, Ilme

    2012-07-20

    Structure determination of proteins and other macromolecules has historically required the growth of high-quality crystals sufficiently large to diffract x-rays efficiently while withstanding radiation damage. We applied serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) using an x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) to obtain high-resolution structural information from microcrystals (less than 1 micrometer by 1 micrometer by 3 micrometers) of the well-characterized model protein lysozyme. The agreement with synchrotron data demonstrates the immediate relevance of SFX for analyzing the structure of the large group of difficult-to-crystallize molecules.

  6. Experimental Inferential Structure Determination of Ensembles for Intrinsically Disordered Proteins.

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    Brookes, David H; Head-Gordon, Teresa

    2016-04-06

    We develop a Bayesian approach to determine the most probable structural ensemble model from candidate structures for intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) that takes full advantage of NMR chemical shifts and J-coupling data, their known errors and variances, and the quality of the theoretical back-calculation from structure to experimental observables. Our approach differs from previous formulations in the optimization of experimental and back-calculation nuisance parameters that are treated as random variables with known distributions, as opposed to structural or ensemble weight optimization or use of a reference ensemble. The resulting experimental inferential structure determination (EISD) method is size extensive with O(N) scaling, with N = number of structures, that allows for the rapid ranking of large ensemble data comprising tens of thousands of conformations. We apply the EISD approach on singular folded proteins and a corresponding set of ∼25 000 misfolded states to illustrate the problems that can arise using Boltzmann weighted priors. We then apply the EISD method to rank IDP ensembles most consistent with the NMR data and show that the primary error for ranking or creating good IDP ensembles resides in the poor back-calculation from structure to simulated experimental observable. We show that a reduction by a factor of 3 in the uncertainty of the back-calculation error can improve the discrimination among qualitatively different IDP ensembles for the amyloid-beta peptide.

  7. Structural and electronic properties of Si n, Si n+, and AlSi n-1 (n=2-13) clusters: theoretical investigation based on ab initio molecular orbital theory.

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    Nigam, Sandeep; Majumder, Chiranjib; Kulshreshtha, S K

    2004-10-22

    The geometric and electronic structures of Si(n), Si(n) (+), and AlSi(n-1) clusters (2< or =n< or =13) have been investigated using the ab initio molecular orbital theory under the density functional theory formalism. The hybrid exchange-correlation energy function (B3LYP) and a standard split-valence basis set with polarization functions [6-31G(d)] were employed for this purpose. Relative stabilities of these clusters have been analyzed based on their binding energies, second difference in energy (Delta (2)E) and fragmentation behavior. The equilibrium geometry of the neutral and charged Si(n) clusters show similar structural growth. However, significant differences have been observed in the electronic structure leading to their different stability pattern. While for neutral clusters, the Si(10) is magic, the extra stability of the Si(11) (+) cluster over the Si(10) (+) and Si(12) (+) bears evidence for the magic behavior of the Si(11) (+) cluster, which is in excellent agreement with the recent experimental observations. Similarly for AlSi(n-1) clusters, which is isoelectronic with Si(n) (+) clusters show extra stability of the AlSi(10) cluster suggesting the influence of the electronic structures for different stabilities between neutral and charged clusters. The ground state geometries of the AlSi(n-1) clusters show that the impurity Al atom prefers to substitute for the Si atom, that has the highest coordination number in the host Si(n) cluster. The fragmentation behavior of all these clusters show that while small clusters prefers to evaporate monomer, the larger ones dissociate into two stable clusters of smaller size.

  8. Determining the Cognitive Structures of Geography Teacher Candidates on "Earthquake"

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    Kaya, Bastürk; Aladag, Caner

    2017-01-01

    The objective of this study is to determine the cognitive structures of the students of geography teaching department by identifying their conceptual frameworks about the concept of earthquake. A case study design from qualitative research approaches was used in this research. Sample group of the study constitutes 155 students from the Department…

  9. Birthday Cake Activity Structured Arrangement for Helping Children Determining Quantities

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    Mariana, Neni

    2010-01-01

    Few researches have been concerned about relation between children's spatial thinking and number sense. Narrowing for this small research, we focused on one component of spatial thinking, that is structuring objects, and one component of number senses, that is cardinality by determining quantities. This study focused on a design research that was…

  10. A Laboratory Exercise in the Determination of Carbohydrate Structures.

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    White, Bernard J.; Robyt, John F.

    1988-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which students are given a naturally occurring oligosaccharide as an unknown and are asked to determine both its monosaccharide composition and its structure. Discusses methods and experimental techniques including thin layer chromatography and the use of enzymes. (CW)

  11. The Determination of Molecular Structure from Rotational Spectra

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    Laurie, V. W.; Herschbach, D. R.

    1962-07-01

    An analysis is presented concerning the average molecular configuration variations and their effects on molecular structure determinations. It is noted that the isotopic dependence of the zero-point is often primarily governed by the isotopic variation of the average molecular configuration. (J.R.D.)

  12. Determination of permissible applied load stress in structural elements

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    Loy, R. E.; Posever, F. C.

    1969-01-01

    Graphic method is used to select allowable stresses in thermally loaded structures. Equations are used for determining the mode of failure for specific materials in order to plot a range of stress curves. Linear assumption and iterative calculations are eliminated resulting in comparatively high accuracy.

  13. From bacterial to human dihydrouridine synthase: automated structure determination

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    Whelan, Fiona Jenkins, Huw T.; Griffiths, Samuel C.; Byrne, Robert T.; Dodson, Eleanor J.; Antson, Alfred A.

    2015-06-30

    The crystal structure of a human dihydrouridine synthase, an enzyme associated with lung cancer, with 18% sequence identity to a T. maritima enzyme, has been determined at 1.9 Å resolution by molecular replacement after extensive molecular remodelling of the template. The reduction of uridine to dihydrouridine at specific positions in tRNA is catalysed by dihydrouridine synthase (Dus) enzymes. Increased expression of human dihydrouridine synthase 2 (hDus2) has been linked to pulmonary carcinogenesis, while its knockdown decreased cancer cell line viability, suggesting that it may serve as a valuable target for therapeutic intervention. Here, the X-ray crystal structure of a construct of hDus2 encompassing the catalytic and tRNA-recognition domains (residues 1–340) determined at 1.9 Å resolution is presented. It is shown that the structure can be determined automatically by phenix.mr-rosetta starting from a bacterial Dus enzyme with only 18% sequence identity and a significantly divergent structure. The overall fold of the human Dus2 is similar to that of bacterial enzymes, but has a larger recognition domain and a unique three-stranded antiparallel β-sheet insertion into the catalytic domain that packs next to the recognition domain, contributing to domain–domain interactions. The structure may inform the development of novel therapeutic approaches in the fight against lung cancer.

  14. Does the genetic type of collagen determine fibril structure

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    Eikenberry, E.; Brodsky, B.; Cassidy, K.

    1980-10-01

    A number of genetic types of collagen, all triple-helical but with significant variations in their amino acid sequences, have been found and the distribution of these genetic types is tissue specific. For example, tendon is composed only of type I collagen, while cartilage contains largely type II collagen. Skin contains a large amount of type I, but has a significant fraction, approx. 15%, of type III. Each of these types can form fibrils, but it is not known whether they form distinctive fibril structures that are important in determining tissue organization. We are using x-ray diffraction to analyze a variety of tissues with different collagen genetic types to compare the fibril structures and thus investigate whether genetic type is an important determinant of this structure.

  15. Ab initio calculation of the potential bubble nucleus 34Si

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    Duguet, T.; Somà, V.; Lecluse, S.; Barbieri, C.; Navrátil, P.

    2017-03-01

    Background: The possibility that an unconventional depletion (referred to as a "bubble") occurs in the center of the charge density distribution of certain nuclei due to a purely quantum mechanical effect has attracted theoretical and experimental attention in recent years. Based on a mean-field rationale, a correlation between the occurrence of such a semibubble and an anomalously weak splitting between low angular-momentum spin-orbit partners has been further conjectured. Energy density functional and valence-space shell model calculations have been performed to identify and characterize the best candidates, among which 34Si appears as a particularly interesting case. While the experimental determination of the charge density distribution of the unstable 34Si is currently out of reach, (d ,p ) experiments on this nucleus have been performed recently to test the correlation between the presence of a bubble and an anomalously weak 1 /2--3 /2- splitting in the spectrum of 35Si as compared to 37S. Purpose: We study the potential bubble structure of 34Si on the basis of the state-of-the-art ab initio self-consistent Green's function many-body method. Methods: We perform the first ab initio calculations of 34Si and 36S. In addition to binding energies, the first observables of interest are the charge density distribution and the charge root-mean-square radius for which experimental data exist in 36S. The next observable of interest is the low-lying spectroscopy of 35Si and 37S obtained from (d ,p ) experiments along with the spectroscopy of 33Al and 35P obtained from knock-out experiments. The interpretation in terms of the evolution of the underlying shell structure is also provided. The study is repeated using several chiral effective field theory Hamiltonians as a way to test the robustness of the results with respect to input internucleon interactions. The convergence of the results with respect to the truncation of the many-body expansion, i.e., with respect to

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Si(n), Si(n)-, and PSi(n-1) clusters (2 < or = n < or = 13): Theoretical investigation based on ab initio molecular orbital theory.

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    Nigam, Sandeep; Majumder, Chiranjib; Kulshreshtha, S K

    2006-08-21

    The geometric and electronic structures of Si(n), Si(n)-, and PSi(n-1) clusters (2 < or = n < or = 13) have been investigated using the ab initio molecular orbital theory formalism. The hybrid exchange-correlation energy functional (B3LYP) and a standard split-valence basis set with polarization functions (6-31+G(d)) were employed to optimize geometrical configurations. The total energies of the lowest energy isomers thus obtained were recalculated at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. Unlike positively charged clusters, which showed similar structural behavior as that of neutral clusters [Nigam et al., J. Chem. Phys. 121, 7756 (2004)], significant geometrical changes were observed between Si(n) and Si(n)- clusters for n = 6, 8, 11, and 13. However, the geometries of P substituted silicon clusters show similar growth as that of negatively charged Si(n) clusters with small local distortions. The relative stability as a function of cluster size has been verified based on their binding energies, second difference in energy (Delta2 E), and fragmentation behavior. In general, the average binding energy of Si(n)- clusters is found to be higher than that of Si(n) clusters. For isoelectronic PSi(n-1) clusters, it is found that although for small clusters (n < 4) substitution of P atom improves the binding energy of Si(n) clusters, for larger clusters (n > or = 4) the effect is opposite. The fragmentation behavior of these clusters reveals that while small clusters prefer to evaporate monomer, the larger ones dissociate into two stable clusters of smaller size. The adiabatic electron affinities of Si(n) clusters and vertical detachment energies of Si(n)- clusters were calculated and compared with available experimental results. Finally, a good agreement between experimental and our theoretical results suggests good prediction of the lowest energy isomeric structures for all clusters calculated in the present study.

  17. Crystallization, X-Ray Structure Determination and Structure-Based Drug Design for Targeted Malarial Enzymes

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1998-07-01

    COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NUMBER DAMD17-95-2-5007 TITLE: Crystallization, X-ray Structure Determination and Structure-Based Drug Design for...approach for the develpment of anti-malarial agent using structure-based drug design . This technique will enable us to identify active site inhibitors...based drug design project high resolution three domensional structure of the enzyme - inhibitor complex provides the basis for further modifications

  18. Atomic structure determination of the 3C -SiC(001) c(4×2) surface reconstruction: Experiment and theory

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tejeda, A.; Wimmer, E.; Soukiassian, P.; Dunham, D.; Rotenberg, E.; Denlinger, J. D.; Michel, E. G.

    2007-05-01

    The structure of the Si-terminated 3C-SiC(001)-c(4×2) surface reconstruction is determined using synchrotron-radiation-based x-ray photoelectron diffraction from the Si2p and C1s core levels. Only the alternating up-and-down dimer (AUDD) model reproduces satisfactorily the experimental results. The refinement of the AUDD model leads to a height difference of (0.4±0.1)Å between the up and down Si-Si dimers. Also, the top and bottom dimers have alternating bond lengths at (2.5±0.2)Å and (2.2±0.2)Å , respectively. These results are in excellent agreement with ab initio density-functional calculations, which also further support the high sensitivity of this reconstruction on lateral strain and on the presence of defects. Finally, beyond well-established synchrotron-radiation-based core-level photoemission spectroscopy, an assignment is made on the structural origin of each Si2p surface and subsurface shifted component, based on their different photoelectron diffraction patterns.

  19. Third Structure Determination by Powder Diffractometery Round Robin (SDPDRR-3)

    SciTech Connect

    Le Bail, A.; Cranswick, L; Adil, K; Altomare, A; Avdeev, M; Cerny, R; Cuocci, C; Giacovazzo, C; Halasz, I; et al.

    2009-01-01

    The results from a third structure determination by powder diffractometry (SDPD) round robin are discussed. From the 175 potential participants having downloaded the powder data, nine sent a total of 12 solutions (8 and 4 for samples 1 and 2, respectively, a tetrahydrated calcium tartrate and a lanthanum tungstate). Participants used seven different computer programs for structure solution (ESPOIR, EXPO, FOX, PSSP, SHELXS, SUPERFLIP, and TOPAS), applying Patterson, direct methods, direct space methods, and charge flipping approach. It is concluded that solving a structure from powder data remains a challenge, at least one order of magnitude more difficult than solving a problem with similar complexity from single-crystal data. Nevertheless, a few more steps in the direction of increasing the SDPD rate of success were accomplished since the two previous round robins: this time, not only the computer program developers were successful but also some users. No result was obtained from crystal structure prediction experts.

  20. Ab initio path integral ring polymer molecular dynamics: Vibrational spectra of molecules

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shiga, Motoyuki; Nakayama, Akira

    2008-01-01

    The path integral ring polymer molecular dynamics method is combined with 'on-the-fly' ab initio electronic structure calculations and applied to vibrational spectra of small molecules, LiH and H 2O, at the room temperature. The results are compared with those of the numerically exact solution and ab initio path integral centroid molecular dynamics calculation. The peak positions in the calculated spectra are found to be reasonable, showing the red-shift due to potential anharmonicity. This unification enables the investigation of real-time quantum dynamics of chemically complex molecular systems on the ab initio Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface.