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  1. Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation

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    Jaffe, Richard; Schwenke, David

    2014-01-01

    Radiative emission from excited states of atoms and molecules can comprise a significant fraction of the total heat flux experienced by spacecraft during atmospheric entry at hypersonic speeds. For spacecraft with ablating heat shields, some of this radiative flux can be absorbed by molecular constituents in the boundary layer that are formed by the ablation process. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations are carried out to predict the strengths of these emission and absorption processes. This talk will describe the methods used in these calculations using, as examples, the 4th positive emission bands of CO and the 1g+ 1u+ absorption in C3. The results of these calculations are being used as input to NASA radiation modeling codes like NeqAir, HARA and HyperRad.

  2. Interfacing ab initio Quantum Mechanical Method with Classical Drude Osillator Polarizable Model for Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Chemical Reactions

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    Lu, Zhenyu; Zhang, Yingkai

    2009-01-01

    In order to further improve the accuracy and applicability of combined quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods, we have interfaced the ab initio QM method with the classical Drude oscillator polarizable MM force field (ai-QM/MM-Drude). Different coupling approaches have been employed and compared: 1. the conventional dual self-consistent-field (SCF) procedure; 2. the direct SCF scheme, in which QM densities and MM Drude positions are converged simultaneously; 3. the micro-iterative SCF scheme, in which the Drude positions of the polarizable model are fully converged during each self-consistent field (SCF) step of QM calculations; 4. the one-step-Drude-update scheme, in which the MM Drude positions are updated only once instead of fully converged during each molecular dynamics (MD) step. The last three coupling approaches are found to be efficient and can achieve the desired convergence in a similar number of QM SCF steps comparing with the corresponding QM method coupled to a non-polarizable force field. The feasibility and applicability of the implemented ai-QM/MM-Drude approach have been demonstrated by carrying out Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations with the umbrella sampling method to determine potentials of mean force for both the methyl transfer reaction of the methyl chlorine-chlorine ion system and the glycine intra-molecular proton transfer reaction in aqueous solution. Our results indicate that the ai-QM/MM-Drude approach is very promising, which provides a better description of QM/MM interactions while can achieve quite similar computational efficiency in comparison with the corresponding conventional ab initio QM/MM method. PMID:19221605

  3. YinYang atom: a simple combined ab initio quantum mechanical molecular mechanical model.

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    Shao, Yihan; Kong, Jing

    2007-05-10

    A simple interface is proposed for combined quantum mechanical (QM) molecular mechanical (MM) calculations for the systems where the QM and MM regions are connected through covalent bonds. Within this model, the atom that connects the two regions, called YinYang atom here, serves as an ordinary MM atom to other MM atoms and as a hydrogen-like atom to other QM atoms. Only one new empirical parameter is introduced to adjust the length of the connecting bond and is calibrated with the molecule propanol. This model is tested with the computation of equilibrium geometries and protonation energies for dozens of molecules. Special attention is paid on the influence of MM point charges on optimized geometry and protonation energy, and it is found that it is important to maintain local charge-neutrality in the MM region in order for the accurate calculation of the protonation and deprotonation energies. Overall the simple YinYang atom model yields comparable results to some other QM/MM models.

  4. Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2014-12-01

    Two families of high-temperature superconductors whose critical temperatures are higher than 50 K are known. One are the copper oxides and the other are the iron-based superconductors. Comparisons of mechanisms between these two in terms of common ground as well as distinctions will greatly help in searching for higher Tc superconductors. However, studies on mechanisms for the iron family based on first principles calculations are few. Here we first show that superconductivity emerges in the state-of-the-art numerical calculations for an ab initio multi-orbital model of an electron-doped iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO, in accordance with experimental observations. Then the mechanism of the superconductivity is identified as enhanced uniform density fluctuations by one-to-one correspondence with the instability towards inhomogeneity driven by first-order antiferromagnetic and nematic transitions. Despite many differences, certain common features with the copper oxides are also discovered in terms of the underlying orbital-selective Mottness found in the iron family.

  5. Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO.

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2014-12-22

    Two families of high-temperature superconductors whose critical temperatures are higher than 50 K are known. One are the copper oxides and the other are the iron-based superconductors. Comparisons of mechanisms between these two in terms of common ground as well as distinctions will greatly help in searching for higher T(c) superconductors. However, studies on mechanisms for the iron family based on first principles calculations are few. Here we first show that superconductivity emerges in the state-of-the-art numerical calculations for an ab initio multi-orbital model of an electron-doped iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO, in accordance with experimental observations. Then the mechanism of the superconductivity is identified as enhanced uniform density fluctuations by one-to-one correspondence with the instability towards inhomogeneity driven by first-order antiferromagnetic and nematic transitions. Despite many differences, certain common features with the copper oxides are also discovered in terms of the underlying orbital-selective Mottness found in the iron family.

  6. Comparison of SAMO and ab initio model calculations for pyrazine

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    Duke, B. J.; Collins, M. P. S.

    1981-04-01

    The simulated ab initio molecular orbital (SAMO) technique and the ab initio model calculation of Butkus and Fink are compared for the pyrazine molecule. Both methods construct the wave function of pyrazine from wave functions of smaller pattern molecules. The methods are complimentary in that the strengths of one are often the weakness of the other. The SAMO method gives good orbital energies which are not given by the ab initio model method, while the latter is more readily extended to the ionic protonated molecules.

  7. Ab initio derivation of model energy density functionals

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    Dobaczewski, Jacek

    2016-08-01

    I propose a simple and manageable method that allows for deriving coupling constants of model energy density functionals (EDFs) directly from ab initio calculations performed for finite fermion systems. A proof-of-principle application allows for linking properties of finite nuclei, determined by using the nuclear nonlocal Gogny functional, to the coupling constants of the quasilocal Skyrme functional. The method does not rely on properties of infinite fermion systems but on the ab initio calculations in finite systems. It also allows for quantifying merits of different model EDFs in describing the ab initio results.

  8. Ab Initio Modeling Of Friction Reducing Agents Shows Quantum Mechanical Interactions Can Have Macroscopic Manifestation.

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    Hernández Velázquez, J D; Barroso-Flores, J; Gama Goicochea, A

    2016-11-23

    Two of the most commonly encountered friction-reducing agents used in plastic sheet production are the amides known as erucamide and behenamide, which despite being almost identical chemically, lead to markedly different values of the friction coefficient. To understand the origin of this contrasting behavior, in this work we model brushes made of these two types of linear-chain molecules using quantum mechanical numerical simulations under the density functional theory at the B97D/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. Four chains of erucamide and behenamide were linked to a 2 × 10 zigzag graphene sheet and optimized both in vacuum and in continuous solvent using the SMD implicit solvation model. We find that erucamide chains tend to remain closer together through π-π stacking interactions arising from the double bonds located at C13-C14, a feature behenamide lacks, and thus a more spread configuration is obtained with the latter. It is argued that this arrangement of the erucamide chains is responsible for the lower friction coefficient of erucamide brushes, compared with behenamide brushes, which is a macroscopic consequence of cooperative quantum mechanical interactions. While only quantum level interactions are modeled here, we show that behenamide chains are more spread out in the brush than erucamide chains as a consequence of those interactions. The spread-out configuration allows more solvent particles to penetrate the brush, leading in turn to more friction, in agreement with macroscopic measurements and mesoscale simulations of the friction coefficient reported in the literature.

  9. 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

  10. Quantum plasmonics: from jellium models to ab initio calculations

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    Varas, Alejandro; García-González, Pablo; Feist, Johannes; García-Vidal, F. J.; Rubio, Angel

    2016-08-01

    Light-matter interaction in plasmonic nanostructures is often treated within the realm of classical optics. However, recent experimental findings show the need to go beyond the classical models to explain and predict the plasmonic response at the nanoscale. A prototypical system is a nanoparticle dimer, extensively studied using both classical and quantum prescriptions. However, only very recently, fully ab initio time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations of the optical response of these dimers have been carried out. Here, we review the recent work on the impact of the atomic structure on the optical properties of such systems. We show that TDDFT can be an invaluable tool to simulate the time evolution of plasmonic modes, providing fundamental understanding into the underlying microscopical mechanisms.

  11. Student Modeling and Ab Initio Language Learning.

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    Heift, Trude; Schulze, Mathias

    2003-01-01

    Provides examples of student modeling techniques that have been employed in computer-assisted language learning over the past decade. Describes two systems for learning German: "German Tutor" and "Geroline." Shows how a student model can support computerized adaptive language testing for diagnostic purposes in a Web-based language learning…

  12. Ab Initio Modelling of Steady Rotating Stars

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    Rieutord, Michel; Espinosa Lara, Francisco

    Modelling isolated rotating stars at any rotation rate is a challenge for the next generation of stellar models. These models will couple dynamical aspects of rotating stars, like angular momentum and chemicals transport, with classical chemical evolution, gravitational contraction or mass-loss. Such modelling needs to be achieved in two dimensions, combining the calculation of the structure of the star, its mean flows and the time-evolution of the whole. We present here a first step in this challenging programme. It leads to the first self-consistent two-dimensional models of rotating stars in a steady state generated by the ESTER code. In these models the structure (pressure, density and temperature) and the flow fields are computed in a self-consistent way allowing the prediction of the differential rotation and the associated meridian circulation of the stars. After a presentation of the physical properties of such models and the numerical methods at work, we give the first grid of such models describing massive and intermediate-mass stars for a selection of rotation rates up to 90 % of the breakup angular velocity.

  13. Ab Initio and Ab Exitu No-Core Shell Model

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    Vary, J P; Navratil, P; Gueorguiev, V G; Ormand, W E; Nogga, A; Maris, P; Shirokov, A

    2007-10-02

    We outline two complementary approaches based on the no core shell model (NCSM) and present recent results. In the ab initio approach, nuclear properties are evaluated with two-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon interactions (TNI) derived within effective field theory (EFT) based on chiral perturbation theory (ChPT). Fitting two available parameters of the TNI generates good descriptions of light nuclei. In a second effort, an ab exitu approach, results are obtained with a realistic NN interaction derived by inverse scattering theory with off-shell properties tuned to fit light nuclei. Both approaches produce good results for observables sensitive to spin-orbit properties.

  14. Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core

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    Lisetskiy, A F; Barrett, B R; Kruse, M; Navratil, P; Stetcu, I; Vary, J P

    2008-06-04

    We construct effective 2- and 3-body Hamiltonians for the p-shell by performing 12{h_bar}{Omega} ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations for A=6 and 7 nuclei and explicitly projecting the many-body Hamiltonians onto the 0{h_bar}{Omega} space. We then separate these effective Hamiltonians into 0-, 1- and 2-body contributions (also 3-body for A=7) and analyze the systematic behavior of these different parts as a function of the mass number A and size of the NCSM basis space. The role of effective 3- and higher-body interactions for A > 6 is investigated and discussed.

  15. Ab initio quantum chemical and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods for studying enzymatic catalysis.

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    Friesner, Richard A; Guallar, Victor

    2005-01-01

    We describe large scale ab initio quantum chemical and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods for studying enzymatic reactions. First, technical aspects of the methodology are reviewed, including the hybrid density functional theory (DFT) methods that are typically employed for the QM aspect of the calculations, and various approaches to defining the interface between the QM and MM regions in QM/MM approaches. The modeling of the enzymatic catalytic cycle for three examples--methane monooxygenase, cytochrome P450, and triose phosphate isomerase--are discussed in some depth, followed by a brief summary of other systems that have been investigated by ab initio methods over the past several years. Finally, a discussion of the qualitative and quantitative conclusions concerning enzymatic catalysis that are available from modern ab initio approaches is presented, followed by a conclusion briefly summarizing future prospects.

  16. Probing protein environment in an enzymatic process: All-electron quantum chemical analysis combined with ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical modeling of chorismate mutase.

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    Ishida, Toyokazu

    2008-09-28

    In this study, we investigated the electronic character of protein environment in enzymatic processes by performing all-electron QM calculations based on the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method. By introducing a new computational strategy combining all-electron QM analysis with ab initio QM/MM modeling, we investigated the details of molecular interaction energy between a reactive substrate and amino acid residues at a catalytic site. For a practical application, we selected the chorismate mutase catalyzed reaction as an example. Because the computational time required to perform all-electron QM reaction path searches was very large, we employed the ab initio QM/MM modeling technique to construct reliable reaction profiles and performed all-electron FMO calculations for the selected geometries. The main focus of the paper is to analyze the details of electrostatic stabilization, which is considered to be the major feature of enzymatic catalyses, and to clarify how the electronic structure of proteins is polarized in response to the change in electron distribution of the substrate. By performing interaction energy decomposition analysis from a quantum chemical viewpoint, we clarified the relationship between the location of amino acid residues on the protein domain and the degree of electronic polarization of each residue. In particular, in the enzymatic transition state, Arg7, Glu78, and Arg90 are highly polarized in response to the delocalized electronic character of the substrate, and as a result, a large amount of electrostatic stabilization energy is stored in the molecular interaction between the enzyme and the substrate and supplied for transition state stabilization.

  17. Probing protein environment in an enzymatic process: All-electron quantum chemical analysis combined with ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical modeling of chorismate mutase

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    Ishida, Toyokazu

    2008-09-01

    In this study, we investigated the electronic character of protein environment in enzymatic processes by performing all-electron QM calculations based on the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method. By introducing a new computational strategy combining all-electron QM analysis with ab initio QM/MM modeling, we investigated the details of molecular interaction energy between a reactive substrate and amino acid residues at a catalytic site. For a practical application, we selected the chorismate mutase catalyzed reaction as an example. Because the computational time required to perform all-electron QM reaction path searches was very large, we employed the ab initio QM/MM modeling technique to construct reliable reaction profiles and performed all-electron FMO calculations for the selected geometries. The main focus of the paper is to analyze the details of electrostatic stabilization, which is considered to be the major feature of enzymatic catalyses, and to clarify how the electronic structure of proteins is polarized in response to the change in electron distribution of the substrate. By performing interaction energy decomposition analysis from a quantum chemical viewpoint, we clarified the relationship between the location of amino acid residues on the protein domain and the degree of electronic polarization of each residue. In particular, in the enzymatic transition state, Arg7, Glu78, and Arg90 are highly polarized in response to the delocalized electronic character of the substrate, and as a result, a large amount of electrostatic stabilization energy is stored in the molecular interaction between the enzyme and the substrate and supplied for transition state stabilization.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Combining ab initio quantum mechanics with a dipole-field model to describe acid dissociation reactions in water: first-principles free energy and entropy calculations.

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    Maurer, Patrick; Iftimie, Radu

    2010-02-21

    We introduce a novel approach to compute dissociation free energy and entropy values in simulations that employ a density functional theory description of the acidic moiety and of the solvent. The approach consists of utilizing an alchemical transformation of a weak acid A-COOH into the strong acid B-COOH, which makes it practical to employ alchemical free energy perturbation methods in the context of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present alchemical transformation circumvents the need to tackle changes in the total number of electrons and atoms by replacing the chemical residue responsible for the change in acidity with an easily tunable external effective potential. Our investigation demonstrates that (1) a simple but effective class of external potentials that control acidity changes in the acetic/trifluoroacetic acid series can be achieved by replacing the methyl and trifluoromethyl substituents by screened dipoles. Using this dipole-field/quantum-mechanics (DF/QM) approach one can predict gas-phase geometries, proton dissociation energies, total dipole moments, and water binding energies in good agreement with full-QM values. (2) The resulting alchemical perturbation calculations are stable and well converged and allow one to compute absolute pK(a) values whose accuracy is limited primarily by the exchange-correlation functional employed: H-COOH=2.5+/-0.6 (full-QM calculation), 3.7 (exp); F(3)C-COOH=0.4+/-0.6 (DF/QM calculation), 0.5 (exp); H(3)C-COOH=3.1+/-0.7 (DF/QM calculation), 4.7 (exp); 3) Our DF/QM model predicts that the difference in acidity between H-COOH and H(3)C-COOH is dominated by solvent entropy effects, in excellent agreement with experimental observations. The calculated difference between the dissociation energies of these acids is DeltaDelta(d)U=0.0+/-0.26 kcal/mol while the experimental value is 0.0+/-0.1 kcal/mol.

  2. Mixed ab initio quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics methods using frozen orbitals with applications to peptides and proteins

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    Philipp, Dean Michael

    Methodology is discussed for mixed ab initio quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics modeling of systems where the quantum mechanics (QM) and molecular mechanics (MM) regions are within the same molecule. The ab initio QM calculations are at the restricted Hartree-Fock level using the pseudospectral method of the Jaguar program while the MM part is treated with the OPLS force fields implemented in the IMPACT program. The interface between the QM and MM regions, in particular, is elaborated upon, as it is dealt with by ``breaking'' bonds at the boundaries and using Boys-localized orbitals found from model molecules in place of the bonds. These orbitals are kept frozen during QM calculations. The mixed modeling presented here can be used for single point energy calculations and geometry optimizations. Results from tests of the method to find relative conformational energies and geometries of alanine tetrapeptides are presented along with comparisons to pure QM and pure MM calculations.

  3. Ab initio modelling of methane hydrate thermophysical properties.

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    Jendi, Z M; Servio, P; Rey, A D

    2016-04-21

    The key thermophysical properties of methane hydrate were determined using ab initio modelling. Using density functional theory, the second-order elastic constants, heat capacity, compressibility, and thermal expansion coefficient were calculated. A wide and relevant range of pressure-temperature conditions were considered, and the structures were assessed for stability using the mean square displacement and radial distribution functions. Methane hydrate was found to be elastically isotropic with a linear dependence of the bulk modulus on pressure. Equally significant, multi-body interactions were found to be important in hydrates, and water-water interactions appear to strongly influence compressibility like in ice Ih. While the heat capacity of hydrate was found to be higher than that of ice, the thermal expansion coefficient was significantly lower, most likely due to the lower rigidity of hydrates. The mean square displacement gave important insight into stability, heat capacity, and elastic moduli, and the radial distribution functions further confirmed stability. The presented results provide a much needed atomistic thermoelastic characterization of methane hydrates and are essential input for the large-scale applications of hydrate detection and production.

  4. Ab initio modeling of decomposition in iron based alloys

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    Gorbatov, O. I.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Korzhavyi, P. A.; Ruban, A. V.

    2016-12-01

    This paper reviews recent progress in the field of ab initio based simulations of structure and properties of Fe-based alloys. We focus on thermodynamics of these alloys, their decomposition kinetics, and microstructure formation taking into account disorder of magnetic moments with temperature. We review modern theoretical tools which allow a consistent description of the electronic structure and energetics of random alloys with local magnetic moments that become totally or partially disordered when temperature increases. This approach gives a basis for an accurate finite-temperature description of alloys by calculating all the relevant contributions to the Gibbs energy from first-principles, including a configurational part as well as terms due to electronic, vibrational, and magnetic excitations. Applications of these theoretical approaches to the calculations of thermodynamics parameters at elevated temperatures (solution energies and effective interatomic interactions) are discussed including atomistic modeling of decomposition/clustering in Fe-based alloys. It provides a solid basis for understanding experimental data and for developing new steels for modern applications. The precipitation in Fe-Cu based alloys, the decomposition in Fe-Cr, and the short-range order formation in iron alloys with s-p elements are considered as examples.

  5. AN AB INITIO MODEL FOR COSMIC-RAY MODULATION

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    Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.

    2013-07-20

    A proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays (CRs) is of vital importance for a better understanding of CR modulation in the heliosphere. This study presents an ab initio model for CR modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for solar minimum heliospheric conditions, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in reasonable agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities in the solar ecliptic plane and along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modeled slab and two-dimensional (2D) turbulence energy spectra. The modeled 2D spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers. There currently exist no models or observations for the wavenumber where this drop-off occurs, and it is considered to be the only free parameter in this study. The modeled spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on CR drifts are modeled in a self-consistent way, also employing a recently developed model for wavy current sheet drift. The resulting diffusion and drift coefficients are applied to the study of galactic CR protons and antiprotons using a 3D, steady-state CR modulation code, and sample solutions in fair to good agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.

  6. An investigation of ab initio shell-model interactions derived by no-core shell model

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    Wang, XiaoBao; Dong, GuoXiang; Li, QingFeng; Shen, CaiWan; Yu, ShaoYing

    2016-09-01

    The microscopic shell-model effective interactions are mainly based on the many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), the first work of which can be traced to Brown and Kuo's first attempt in 1966, derived from the Hamada-Johnston nucleon-nucleon potential. However, the convergence of the MBPT is still unclear. On the other hand, ab initio theories, such as Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC), no-core shell model (NCSM), and coupled-cluster theory with single and double excitations (CCSD), have made many progress in recent years. However, due to the increasing demanding of computing resources, these ab initio applications are usually limited to nuclei with mass up to A = 16. Recently, people have realized the ab initio construction of valence-space effective interactions, which is obtained through a second-time renormalization, or to be more exactly, projecting the full-manybody Hamiltonian into core, one-body, and two-body cluster parts. In this paper, we present the investigation of such ab initio shell-model interactions, by the recent derived sd-shell effective interactions based on effective J-matrix Inverse Scattering Potential (JISP) and chiral effective-field theory (EFT) through NCSM. In this work, we have seen the similarity between the ab initio shellmodel interactions and the interactions obtained by MBPT or by empirical fitting. Without the inclusion of three-body (3-bd) force, the ab initio shell-model interactions still share similar defects with the microscopic interactions by MBPT, i.e., T = 1 channel is more attractive while T = 0 channel is more repulsive than empirical interactions. The progress to include more many-body correlations and 3-bd force is still badly needed, to see whether such efforts of ab initio shell-model interactions can reach similar precision as the interactions fitted to experimental data.

  7. Thermochemical data for CVD modeling from ab initio calculations

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    Ho, P.; Melius, C.F.

    1993-12-31

    Ab initio electronic-structure calculations are combined with empirical bond-additivity corrections to yield thermochemical properties of gas-phase molecules. A self-consistent set of heats of formation for molecules in the Si-H, Si-H-Cl, Si-H-F, Si-N-H and Si-N-H-F systems is presented, along with preliminary values for some Si-O-C-H species.

  8. Application of ab-initio calculations to modeling of nanoscale diffusion and activation in silicon

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    Diebel, Milan

    As ULSI devices enter the nanoscale, ultra-shallow and highly electrically active junctions become necessary. New materials and 3D device structures as well as new process technologies are under exploration to meet the requirements of future devices. A detailed understanding of the atomistic mechanisms of point-defect/dopant interactions which govern diffusion and activation behavior is required to overcome the challenges in building these devices. This dissertation describes how ab-initio calculations can be used to develop physical models of diffusion and activation in silicon. A hierarchy of approaches (ab-initio, kinetic lattice Monte Carlo, continuum) is used to bridge the gaps in time scale and system size between atomistic calculations and nanoscale devices. This modeling approach is demonstrated by investigating two very different challenges in process technology: F co-implantation and stress effects on dopant diffusion/activation. In the first application, ab-initio calculations are used to understand anomalous F diffusion behavior. A set of strongly bound fluorine vacancy complexes (FnVm ) were found. The decoration of vacancies/dangling silicon bonds by fluorine leads to fluorine accumulating in vacancy rich regions, which explains the fluorine redistribution behavior reported experimentally. The revealed interactions of F with point-defects explain the benefits of F co-implantation for B and P activation and diffusion. Based on the insight gained, a simplified F diffusion model at the continuum level (50--100 nm scale) is extracted that accounts for co-implantation effects on B and P for various implant energies and doses. The second application addresses the effect of stress on point-defect/dopant equilibrium concentration, diffusion, and activation. A methodology is developed to extract detailed stress effects from ab-initio calculations. The approach is used to extract induced strains and elasticity tensors for various defects and impurities in order

  9. Cooperative effects in spherical spasers: Ab initio analytical model

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    Bordo, V. G.

    2017-06-01

    A fully analytical semiclassical theory of cooperative optical processes which occur in an ensemble of molecules embedded in a spherical core-shell nanoparticle is developed from first principles. Both the plasmonic Dicke effect and spaser generation are investigated for the designs in which a shell/core contains an arbitrarily large number of active molecules in the vicinity of a metallic core/shell. An essential aspect of the theory is an ab initio account of the feedback from the core/shell boundaries which significantly modifies the molecular dynamics. The theory provides rigorous, albeit simple and physically transparent, criteria for both plasmonic superradiance and surface plasmon generation.

  10. Ab initio calculations to support accurate modelling of the rovibronic spectroscopy calculations of vanadium monoxide (VO)

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    McKemmish, Laura K.; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2016-11-01

    Accurate knowledge of the rovibronic near-infrared and visible spectra of vanadium monoxide (VO) is very important for studies of cool stellar and hot planetary atmospheres. Here, the required ab initio dipole moment and spin-orbit coupling curves for VO are produced. This data forms the basis of a new VO line list considering 13 different electronic states and containing over 277 million transitions. Open shell transition, metal diatomics are challenging species to model through ab initio quantum mechanics due to the large number of low-lying electronic states, significant spin-orbit coupling and strong static and dynamic electron correlation. Multi-reference configuration interaction methodologies using orbitals from a complete active space self-consistent-field (CASSCF) calculation are the standard technique for these systems. We use different state-specific or minimal-state CASSCF orbitals for each electronic state to maximise the calculation accuracy. The off-diagonal dipole moment controls the intensity of electronic transitions. We test finite-field off-diagonal dipole moments, but found that (1) the accuracy of the excitation energies were not sufficient to allow accurate dipole moments to be evaluated and (2) computer time requirements for perpendicular transitions were prohibitive. The best off-diagonal dipole moments are calculated using wavefunctions with different CASSCF orbitals.

  11. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models

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    Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.

    2015-02-01

    Two ab initio modelling programs solve complementary sets of targets, enhancing the success of AMPLE with small proteins. AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.

  12. 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.

  13. Ab initio approach to the development of interatomic potentials for the shell model of silica polymorphs

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    de Boer, K.; Jansen, A. P. J.; van Santen, R. A.

    1994-06-01

    We have developed a new method for deriving parameters for the shell model of silica polymorphs. All parameters for the shell model are derived in a self-consistent way from ab initio energy surfaces, polarizabilities and dipole moments of small clusters. This yields an ab initio partial charge shell model potential. The predictive power of our potential is demonstrated by presenting predictions for the structure of α-quartz, α-cristobalite, coesite, stishovite and the IR spectrum of α-quartz which are compared with experiment and predictions of the widely used potentials of Jackson and Catlow, and Kramer, Farragher, van Beest and van Santen.

  14. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models

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    Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected. PMID:25664744

  15. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models.

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    Keegan, Ronan M; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D; Rigden, Daniel J

    2015-02-01

    AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.

  16. Ab initio modeling of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Szieberth, Dénes; Ferrari, Anna Maria; Noel, Yves; Ferrabone, Matteo

    2010-01-01

    TiO2 nanotubes constructed from a lepidocrocite-like TiO2 layer were investigated with ab initio methods employing the periodic CRYSTAL code. The dependence of strain energies, structural and electronic properties on the tube diameter was investigated in the 18-57 Å range. Nanotubes constructed by a (0,n) rollup proved to be the most stable at all diameters. All three types of rollup undergo significant reconstruction at diameters <25 Å. All investigated structures possess a high (~5.4 eV) band gap compared to bulk TiO2 phases (3.96 and 4.63 eV for rutile and anatase calculated with the same functional and basis set).

  17. Impact and penetration studies: Simplified models and materials design from ab initio methods

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    Jiang, Tianci

    In recent impact and penetration mechanical tests, steel projectiles (AISI4340) were impacted into targets like concrete with striking velocities (1200 m/s to 1500 m/s). Results indicated a material removal from the nose of the projectile, phase changes of the projectile materials, a reduction in the length of the projectile, and a blunting of the nose shape. These observations cannot be explained by current theories and numerical integration code that are used to study impact and penetration mechanics. Thus, the objectives of the thesis research are to (a) formulate and characterize the mechanisms responsible for the material erosion of the impacting projectile and the mass loss from the nose region; and (b) to determine the physical properties of alloy steels that are important to penetration mechanics from ab initio methods. The results can be used to design new projectile materials that can provide the desired penetration characteristics. These objectives are accomplished by investigating two related problems. The first problem is to formulate simplified models that can explain the penetration mechanics. The new models include the varying cross-section nose, changes of yield stress behind the shock wave and high strain rate phase transitions. Nose erosion effects, and time-dependent penetration path can be determined by integrating ODEs. A cavity expansion theory model is used to obtain the target resistance that is responsible slowing and deforming the penetrating projectile. The second problem concerns the determination of the constitutive relations from ab initio methods. The equation of state (EOS) and magnetic moments for alloy steels are investigated by using a special quasirandom structure technique and ab initio methods. Specifically, EOS for an interstitial disordered alloy Fe1-x-yNixCy is developed. First, the EOS of iron and phase transition of iron are studied and validated. Second, Nickel is considered to investigate the substitutional disordered

  18. Li ion diffusion mechanisms in LiFePO4: an ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Yang, Jianjun; Tse, John S

    2011-11-17

    The mechanisms for thermal (self) diffusion of Li ions in fully lithiated LiFePO(4) have been investigated with spin polarized ab initio molecular dynamics calculations. The effect of electron correlation is taken into account with the GGA+U formalism. It was found that Li ion diffusion is not a continuous process but through a series of jumps from one site to another. A dominant process is the hopping between neighboring Li sites around the PO(4) groups, which results in a zigzag pathway along the crystallographic b-axis. This observation is in agreement with a recent neutron diffraction experiment. A second process involves the collaborative movements of the Fe ions leading to the formation of antisite defects and promotes Li diffusion across the Li ion channels. The finding of the second mechanism demonstrates the benefit of ab initio molecular dynamics simulation in sampling diffusion pathways that may not be anticipated.

  19. Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors

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    Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Liu, Feilong; Nitsche, Robert; Coehoorn, Reinder; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Bobbert, Peter A.

    2016-05-01

    Accurate charge-carrier mobility models of amorphous organic molecular semiconductors are essential to describe the electrical properties of devices based on these materials. The disordered nature of these semiconductors leads to percolative charge transport with a large characteristic length scale, posing a challenge to the development of such models from ab initio simulations. Here, we develop an ab initio mobility model using a four-step procedure. First, the amorphous morphology together with its energy disorder and intermolecular charge-transfer integrals are obtained from ab initio simulations in a small box. Next, the ab initio information is used to set up a stochastic model for the morphology and transfer integrals. This stochastic model is then employed to generate a large simulation box with modeled morphology and transfer integrals, which can fully capture the percolative charge transport. Finally, the charge-carrier mobility in this simulation box is calculated by solving a master equation, yielding a mobility function depending on temperature, carrier concentration, and electric field. We demonstrate the procedure for hole transport in two important molecular semiconductors, α -NPD and TCTA. In contrast to a previous study, we conclude that spatial correlations in the energy disorder are unimportant for α -NPD. We apply our mobility model to two types of hole-only α -NPD devices and find that the experimental temperature-dependent current density-voltage characteristics of all devices can be well described by only slightly decreasing the simulated energy disorder strength.

  20. Ab initio Based Modeling of Radiation Effects in Multi-Component Alloys: Final Scientific/Technical Report

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    Dane Morgan

    2010-06-10

    The project began March 13, 2006, allocated for three years, and received a one year extension from March 13, 2009 to March 12, 2010. It has now completed 48 of 48 total months. The project was focused on using ab initio methods to gain insights into radiation induced segregation (RIS) in Ni-Fe-Cr alloys. The project had the following key accomplishments • Development of a large database of ab initio energetics that can be used by many researchers in the future for increased understanding of this system. For example, we have the first calculations showing a dramatic stabilization effect of Cr-Cr interstitial dumbbells in Ni. • Prediction of both vacancy and interstitial diffusion constants for Ni-Cr and Ni-Fe for dilute Cr and Fe. This work included generalization of widely used multifrequency models to make use of ab initio derived energetics and thermodynamics. • Prediction of qualitative trends of RIS from vacancy and interstitial mechanisms, suggesting the two types of defect fluxes drive Cr RIS in opposite directions. • Detailed kinetic Monte Carlo modeling of diffusion by vacancy mechanism in Ni-Cr as a function of Cr concentration. The results demonstrate that Cr content can have a significant effect on RIS. • Development of a quantitative RIS transport model, including models for thermodynamic factors and boundary conditions.

  1. A molecular mechanics valence force field for sulfonamides derived by ab initio methods

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    Nicholas, J.B.; Burke, B.J.; Hopfinger, A.J. ); Vance, R.; Martin, E. )

    1991-11-28

    Molecular mechanics valence force field parameters for the sulfonamide group, SO[sub 2]NH, have been derived from ab initio calculations at the RHF/6-31G* level of theory. The force field parameters were designed to be used in conjunction with existing parameters from the MM2/MMP2 force field. The new parameters are demonstrated to accurately reproduce the ab initio optimized geometries of four molecules that contain the sulfonamide group. The strategy used in force field parametrization is discussed. The conformational flexibility of the sulfonamide group has been investigated. Calculations at the RHF/6-31G* level reveal the existence of two stable conformers and that interconversion is achieved by nitrogen inversion rather than rotation about the S-N bond. The energetic effects of expanding the basis set to 6-31G** and of including MP2 and MP3 corrections for electron correlation are discussed. The geometries and Mulliken charges for the ab initio optimized structures are also reported.

  2. Ab initio statistical mechanics of surface adsorption and desorption. II. Nuclear quantum effects.

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    Alfè, D; Gillan, M J

    2010-07-28

    We show how the path-integral formulation of quantum statistical mechanics can be used to construct practical ab initio techniques for computing the chemical potential of molecules adsorbed on surfaces, with full inclusion of quantum nuclear effects. The techniques we describe are based on the computation of the potential of mean force on a chosen molecule and generalize the techniques developed recently for classical nuclei. We present practical calculations based on density functional theory with a generalized-gradient exchange-correlation functional for the case of H(2)O on the MgO (001) surface at low coverage. We note that the very high vibrational frequencies of the H(2)O molecule would normally require very large numbers of time slices (beads) in path-integral calculations, but we show that this requirement can be dramatically reduced by employing the idea of thermodynamic integration with respect to the number of beads. The validity and correctness of our path-integral calculations on the H(2)O/MgO(001) system are demonstrated by supporting calculations on a set of simple model systems for which quantum contributions to the free energy are known exactly from analytic arguments.

  3. Effects of Mg II and Ca II ionization on ab-initio solar chromosphere models

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    Rammacher, W.; Cuntz, M.

    1991-01-01

    Acoustically heated solar chromosphere models are computed considering radiation damping by (non-LTE) emission from H(-) and by Mg II and Ca II emission lines. The radiative transfer equations for the Mg II k and Ca II K emission lines are solved using the core-saturation method with complete redistribution. The Mg II k and Ca II K cooling rates are compared with the VAL model C. Several substantial improvements over the work of Ulmschneider et al. (1987) are included. It is found that the rapid temperature rises caused by the ionization of Mg II are not formed in the middle chromosphere, but occur at larger atmospheric heights. These models represent the temperature structure of the 'real' solar chromosphere much better. This result is a major precondition for the study of ab-initio models for solar flux tubes based on MHD wave propagation and also for ab-initio models for the solar transition layer.

  4. Effects of Mg II and Ca II ionization on ab-initio solar chromosphere models

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    Rammacher, W.; Cuntz, M.

    1991-01-01

    Acoustically heated solar chromosphere models are computed considering radiation damping by (non-LTE) emission from H(-) and by Mg II and Ca II emission lines. The radiative transfer equations for the Mg II k and Ca II K emission lines are solved using the core-saturation method with complete redistribution. The Mg II k and Ca II K cooling rates are compared with the VAL model C. Several substantial improvements over the work of Ulmschneider et al. (1987) are included. It is found that the rapid temperature rises caused by the ionization of Mg II are not formed in the middle chromosphere, but occur at larger atmospheric heights. These models represent the temperature structure of the 'real' solar chromosphere much better. This result is a major precondition for the study of ab-initio models for solar flux tubes based on MHD wave propagation and also for ab-initio models for the solar transition layer.

  5. Relating Ab Initio Mechanical Behavior of Intergranular Glassy Films in Γ-Si3N4 to Continuum Scales

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    Ouyang, L.; Chen, J.; Ching, W.; Misra, A.

    2006-05-01

    Nanometer thin intergranular glassy films (IGFs) form in polycrystalline ceramics during sintering at high temperatures. The structure and properties of these IGFs are significantly changed by doping with rare earth elements. We have performed highly accurate large-scale ab initio calculations of the mechanical properties of both undoped and Yittria doped (Y-IGF) model by theoretical uniaxial tensile experiments. Uniaxial strain was applied by incrementally stretching the super cell in one direction, while the other two dimensions were kept constant. At each strain, all atoms in the model were fully relaxed using Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package VASP. The relaxed model at a given strain serves as the starting position for the next increment of strain. This process is carried on until the total energy (TE) and stress data show that the "sample" is fully fractured. Interesting differences are seen between the stress-strain response of undoped and Y-doped models. For the undoped model, the stress-strain behavior indicates that the initial atomic structure of the IGF is such that there is negligible coupling between the x- and the y-z directions. However, once the behavior becomes non- linear the lateral stresses increase, indicating that the atomic structure evolves with loading [1]. To relate the ab initio calculations to the continuum scales we analyze the atomic-scale deformation field under this uniaxial loading [1]. The applied strain in the x-direction is mostly accommodated by the IGF part of the model and the crystalline part experiences almost negligible strain. As the overall strain on the sample is incrementally increased, the local strain field evolves such that locations proximal to the softer spots attract higher strains. As the load progresses, the strain concentration spots coalesce and eventually form persistent strain localization zone across the IGF. The deformation pattern obtained through ab initio calculations indicates that it is possible to

  6. Point defect modeling in materials: Coupling ab initio and elasticity approaches

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    Varvenne, Céline; Bruneval, Fabien; Marinica, Mihai-Cosmin; Clouet, Emmanuel

    2013-10-01

    Modeling point defects at an atomic scale requires careful treatment of the long-range atomic relaxations. This elastic field can strongly affect point defect properties calculated in atomistic simulations because of the finite size of the system under study. This is an important restriction for ab initio methods which are limited to a few hundred atoms. We propose an original approach coupling ab initio calculations and linear elasticity theory to obtain the properties of an isolated point defect for reduced supercell sizes. The reliability and benefit of our approach are demonstrated for three problematic cases: the self-interstitial in zirconium, clusters of self-interstitials in iron, and the neutral vacancy in silicon.

  7. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model Calculations Using Realistic Two- and Three-Body Interactions

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    Navratil, P; Ormand, W E; Forssen, C; Caurier, E

    2004-11-30

    There has been significant progress in the ab initio approaches to the structure of light nuclei. One such method is the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM). Starting from realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions this method can predict low-lying levels in p-shell nuclei. In this contribution, we present a brief overview of the NCSM with examples of recent applications. We highlight our study of the parity inversion in {sup 11}Be, for which calculations were performed in basis spaces up to 9{Dirac_h}{Omega} (dimensions reaching 7 x 10{sup 8}). We also present our latest results for the p-shell nuclei using the Tucson-Melbourne TM three-nucleon interaction with several proposed parameter sets.

  8. Mechanical and thermodynamic properties of cubic boron nitride from ab initio calculation

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    Wang, Q.; Chen, L.; Xiong, L.; Gong, H. R.

    2017-05-01

    Ab initio calculation shows that the ideal strength of C-BN phase in the [111] direction has lower values, which signifies first cleave in the (111) plane under tensile loadings. It is found that C-BN phase possesses a stronger covalent bonding and wide bandgap. In addition, a combination of first principles calculation and quasi-harmonic Debye model are extremely useful in studying thermodynamic and elastic properties of C-BN phase within the temperature range of 0-2000 K. The calculated results are in good agreements with experimental observations in the literature, and are discussed in terms of electronic structures, heat of information and ideal strength.

  9. 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.

  10. Ab initio simulation of elastic and mechanical properties of Zn- and Mg-doped hydroxyapatite (HAP).

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    Aryal, Sitaram; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki; Ching, Wai-Yim

    2015-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) is an important bioceramic which constitutes the mineral components of bones and hard tissues in mammals. It is bioactive and used as bioceramic coatings for metallic implants and bone fillers. HAP readily absorbs a large amount of impurities. Knowledge on the elastic and mechanical properties of impurity-doped HAP is a subject of great importance to its potential for biomedical applications. Zn and Mg are the most common divalent cations HAP absorbs. Using density function theory based ab initio methods, we have carried out a large number of ab initio calculations to obtain the bulk elastic and mechanical properties of HAP with Zn or Mg doped in different concentration at the Ca1 and Ca2 sites using large 352-atom supercells. Detailed information on their dependece on the concetraion of the substitued impurity is obtained. Our results show that Mg enhances overall elastic and bulk mechanical properties whereas Zn tends to degrade except at low concentrations. At a higher concentration, the mechanical properties of Zn and Mg doped HAP also depend significantly on impurity distribution between the Ca1 and Ca2 sites. There is a strong evidence that Zn prefers Ca2 site for substituion whereas Mg has no such preference. These results imply that proper control of dopant concentration and their site preference must carefully considered in using doped HAP for specific biomedical applications.

  11. Ab initio based State Specific Modeling of N2+O System

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    Luo, Han

    Nitrogen and atomic oxygen play an important role in high temperature gas systems. Their Zeldovich reaction product nitric oxide not only affects aerothermal loads and emissions of hypersonic vehicles, but also has the possibility to influence the efficiency of hypersonic propulsion. Atomic oxygen induced nitrogen dissociation is another reaction mechanism of the N2+O system. However, due to the difficulty of conducting ground tests, there are no experimental data for this reaction now. Thermo-chemical nonequilibrium could make the problem more difficult since experiments could only track macroscopic gas properties instead of internal energy distribution. On the other hand, current reaction and internal energy exchange models are able to reproduce equilibrium condition. Whether their predictions at nonequilibrium conditions are reliable is still questionable. The work in this thesis employs quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) method based on an ab-initio chemistry calculated potential energy surface for the N2+O system. Through QCT calculations of different initial condition, high fidelity cross sections and rates are obtained. The cross sections are further used to generate a ME-QCT-VT model for vibrational excitation/relaxation, a state-specific exchange (SSE) model and a state-specific dissociation (SSD) model. These models are verified by comparison with direct QCT calculated rates and other experimental data or models. Although there are no flowfield calculations in this work, the models are able to be applied easily in DSMC calculations.

  12. Ab initio determination of kinetics for atomic layer deposition modeling

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    Remmers, Elizabeth M.

    A first principles model is developed to describe the kinetics of atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems. This model requires no fitting parameters, as it is based on the reaction pathways, structures, and energetics obtained from quantum-chemical studies. Using transition state theory and partition functions from statistical mechanics, equilibrium constants and reaction rates can be calculated. Several tools were created in Python to aid in the calculation of these quantities, and this procedure was applied to two systems- zinc oxide deposition from diethyl zinc (DEZ) and water, and alumina deposition from trimethyl aluminum (TMA) and water. A Gauss-Jordan factorization is used to decompose the system dynamics, and the resulting systems of equations are solved numerically to obtain the temporal concentration profiles of these two deposition systems.

  13. Hydrogen spillover mechanism on a Pd-doped Mg surface as revealed by ab initio density functional calculation.

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    Du, A J; Smith, Sean C; Yao, X D; Lu, G Q

    2007-08-22

    The hydrogenation kinetics of Mg is slow, impeding its application for mobile hydrogen storage. We demonstrate by ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations that the reaction path can be greatly modified by adding transition metal catalysts. Contrasting with Ti doping, a Pd dopant will result in a very small activation barrier for both dissociation of molecular hydrogen and diffusion of atomic H on the Mg surface. This new computational finding supports-for the first time by ab initio simulation-the proposed hydrogen spillover mechanism for rationalizing experimentally observed fast hydrogenation kinetics for Pd-capped Mg materials.

  14. Dislocation structure and mechanical behavior of Rh3X L12 intermetallic alloys: combined ab-initio-Peierls-Nabarro model approach

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    Kontsevoi, O. Yu.

    2005-03-01

    Alloys based on Pt-group metals are promising materials for ultra-high temperature applications. Among them, Rh-based alloys are attractive due to a combination of high melting point, strength and superior oxidation resistance. Unfortunately, there is no information about dislocation properties and mechanisms driving their mechanical behavior. We analyzed the structure and mobility of dislocations in Rh3X, where X = Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, within the modified Peierls-Nabarro model with generalized stacking fault energetics calculated using the FLAPW methodootnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, and Freeman, PRB 24, 864 (1981). Superdislocations with type I core structure (APB-bounded) are preferred in Rh3Ti and Rh3Ta, whereas superdislocations with type II core (SISF-bounded) are predicted in Rh3V and Rh3Nb. An unusual superdislocation core structure (SISF-bounded type II^' with different sequence of Shockley partials), resulting from the unstable APB energy, was found in Rh3Hf and Rh3Zr. Based on our analysis of dislocation structure and mobility, we provide predictions of temperature yield stress behavior of Rh-based intermetallics, and show that their dislocation properties are closely connected with features of the electronic structure and the instability of the L12 phase with respect to D019 and D024.

  15. Ab-initio modeling of electromechanical coupling at Si surfaces

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    Hoppe, Sandra; Müller, Stefan; Michl, Anja; Weissmüller, Jörg

    2014-08-21

    The electromechanical coupling at the silicon (100) and (111) surfaces was studied via density functional theory by calculating the response of the ionization potential and the electron affinity to different types of strain. We find a branched strain response of those two quantities with different coupling coefficients for negative and positive strain values. This can be attributed to the reduced crystal symmetry due to anisotropic strain, which partially lifts the degeneracy of the valence and conduction bands. Only the Si(111) electron affinity exhibits a monotonously linear strain response, as the conduction band valleys remain degenerate under strain. The strain response of the surface dipole is linear and seems to be dominated by volume changes. Our results may help to understand the mechanisms behind electromechanical coupling at an atomic level in greater detail and for different electronic and atomic structures.

  16. Ab initio modeling of 2D layered organohalide lead perovskites

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    Fraccarollo, Alberto; Cantatore, Valentina; Boschetto, Gabriele; Marchese, Leonardo; Cossi, Maurizio

    2016-04-01

    A number of 2D layered perovskites A2PbI4 and BPbI4, with A and B mono- and divalent ammonium and imidazolium cations, have been modeled with different theoretical methods. The periodic structures have been optimized (both in monoclinic and in triclinic systems, corresponding to eclipsed and staggered arrangements of the inorganic layers) at the DFT level, with hybrid functionals, Gaussian-type orbitals and dispersion energy corrections. With the same methods, the various contributions to the solid stabilization energy have been discussed, separating electrostatic and dispersion energies, organic-organic intralayer interactions and H-bonding effects, when applicable. Then the electronic band gaps have been computed with plane waves, at the DFT level with scalar and full relativistic potentials, and including the correlation energy through the GW approximation. Spin orbit coupling and GW effects have been combined in an additive scheme, validated by comparing the computed gap with well known experimental and theoretical results for a model system. Finally, various contributions to the computed band gaps have been discussed on some of the studied systems, by varying some geometrical parameters and by substituting one cation in another's place.

  17. Reactive molecular dynamics models from ab initio molecular dynamics data using relative entropy minimization

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    Arntsen, Christopher; Chen, Chen; Voth, Gregory A.

    2017-09-01

    We present two new multiscale molecular dynamics (MS-RMD) models for the hydrated excess proton in water developed directly from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation data of the same system. The potential of mean force along the proton transfer reaction coordinate and radial distribution functions for the MS-RMD models are shown to faithfully reproduce those of AIMD. The models are developed using an algorithm based on relative entropy minimization, thus demonstrating the ability of the method to rapidly generate accurate and highly efficient reactive MD force fields.

  18. Reactive molecular dynamics models from ab initio molecular dynamics data using relative entropy minimization.

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    Arntsen, Christopher; Chen, Chen; Voth, Gregory A

    2017-09-01

    We present two new multiscale molecular dynamics (MS-RMD) models for the hydrated excess proton in water developed directly from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation data of the same system. The potential of mean force along the proton transfer reaction coordinate and radial distribution functions for the MS-RMD models are shown faithfully reproduce those of AIMD. The models are developed using an algorithm based on relative entropy minimization, thus demonstrating the ability of the method to rapidly generate accurate and highly efficient reactive MD force fields.

  19. Ab-initio simulations of self-diffusion mechanisms in semiconductors

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    El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Mousseau, Normand

    2007-12-01

    We present an application of SIEST-A-RT that combines the activation relaxation technique, ART nouveau, and the local-basis ab-initio code SIESTA, to study self-defect migration pathways in semiconductors. SIESTA provides reliable descriptions of defect properties in semiconductors directly comparable to experiment as well as, once combined with ART nouveau, a detailed description of their possible migration mechanisms. We use this package to characterize the properties of vacancies in silicon and GaAs, such as relaxation geometries, formation energies at low and high temperature, diffusion mechanisms and migration barriers. We show here that diffusion in bulk semiconductors is a rich and complex phenomenon that depends not only on the geometry of the defect and the surrounding lattice but also on its charge.

  20. Ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulation of electron transfer process: fractional electron approach.

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    Zeng, Xiancheng; Hu, Hao; Hu, Xiangqian; Cohen, Aron J; Yang, Weitao

    2008-03-28

    Electron transfer (ET) reactions are one of the most important processes in chemistry and biology. Because of the quantum nature of the processes and the complicated roles of the solvent, theoretical study of ET processes is challenging. To simulate ET processes at the electronic level, we have developed an efficient density functional theory (DFT) quantum mechanical (QM)/molecular mechanical (MM) approach that uses the fractional number of electrons as the order parameter to calculate the redox free energy of ET reactions in solution. We applied this method to study the ET reactions of the aqueous metal complexes Fe(H(2)O)(6)(2+/3+) and Ru(H(2)O)(6)(2+/3+). The calculated oxidation potentials, 5.82 eV for Fe(II/III) and 5.14 eV for Ru(II/III), agree well with the experimental data, 5.50 and 4.96 eV, for iron and ruthenium, respectively. Furthermore, we have constructed the diabatic free energy surfaces from histogram analysis based on the molecular dynamics trajectories. The resulting reorganization energy and the diabatic activation energy also show good agreement with experimental data. Our calculations show that using the fractional number of electrons (FNE) as the order parameter in the thermodynamic integration process leads to efficient sampling and validate the ab initio QM/MM approach in the calculation of redox free energies.

  1. Converging sequences in the ab initio no-core shell model

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    Forssen, C.; Vary, J. P.; Caurier, E.; Navratil, P.

    2008-02-15

    We demonstrate the existence of multiple converging sequences in the ab initio no-core shell model. By examining the underlying theory of effective operators, we expose the physical foundations for the alternative pathways to convergence. This leads us to propose a revised strategy for evaluating effective interactions for A-body calculations in restricted model spaces. We suggest that this strategy is particularly useful for applications to nuclear processes in which states of both parities are used simultaneously, such as for transition rates. We demonstrate the utility of our strategy with large-scale calculations in light nuclei.

  2. Ab-initio Study of the Diffusion Mechanisms of Gallium in a Silicon Matrix

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    Levasseur-Smith, Kevin; Mousseau, Normand

    2007-03-01

    We present the results of a study into the diffusion mechanisms of Ga defects in crystalline Si. The dominant neutral configurations for single and multi-atom defects are established by ab-initio calculations using the density functional theory in the LDA approximation, with a LCAO basis as implemented in the SIESTA package. We find formation energies of 0.7 eV and 2.9 eV, respectively, for the substitutional and tetrahedral interstitial defects, while the diatomic substitutional-tetrahedral complex has a formation energy of 2.2 eV. Subsequent calculations using this same DFT package in conjunction with the activation relaxation technique (ART nouveau) allow us to determine possible diffusion pathways as well as their corresponding saddle points and energy barriers.

  3. 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.

  4. Unusual conduction mechanism at graphitic carbon foam surfaces: An ab initio study

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    Tomanek, David; Zhu, Zhen; Fthenakis, Zacharias G.; Guan, Jie

    2014-03-01

    Using ab initio electronic structure and quantum conductance calculations, we identify an unusual conduction mechanism at the surface of a previously described graphitic carbon foam structure. The emergence of a new, topologically protected conduction band in this semiconducting system is intimately linked to the topology of the foam. In contrast to conduction bands of graphitic structures, which are related to nearest-neighbor interactions between p⊥ orbitals normal to the surface, the new band responsible for metallic behavior derives from interactions between p∥ orbitals lying in the surface plane. The conducting surface state occurs on bare and hydrogen-terminated surfaces and is thus unrelated to dangling bonds. We find that the conductance behavior can be further significantly modified by surface patterning. Supported by the National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement #EEC-0832785, titled ``NSEC: Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing.''

  5. Trivacancy in silicon: A combined DLTS and ab-initio modeling study

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    Markevich, V. P.; Peaker, A. R.; Lastovskii, S. B.; Murin, L. I.; Coutinho, J.; Markevich, A. V.; Torres, V. J. B.; Briddon, P. R.; Dobaczewski, L.; Monakhov, E. V.; Svensson, B. G.

    2009-12-01

    Deep level transient spectroscopy and ab-initio modeling have been used for identification of energy levels and structure of trivacancy (V3) in Si. It is found that in the neutral charge state the V3 is bistable, with the "fourfold" configuration being lower in energy than the (1 1 0) planar configuration. V3 in the (1 1 0) planar configuration gives rise to two acceptor levels at Ec-0.36 eV and Ec-0.46 eV in the gap, while in the "fourfold" configuration the defect has trigonal symmetry and an acceptor level at Ec-0.075 eV.

  6. Overlap model and ab initio cluster calculations of polarisabilities of ions in solids

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    Domene, C.; Fowler, P. W.; Madden, P. A.; Wilson, M.; Wheatley, R. J.

    1999-11-01

    A recently developed overlap model for exchange-induction is used to simulate in-crystal anion polarisabilities for alkali halides and chalcogenides (LiF, NaF, KF, LiCl, NaCl, KCl, LiBr, NaBr, KBr, MgO, CaO, SrO, MgS, CaS and SrS) in overall qualitative agreement with results of ab initio cluster calculations and experiment. Extension to AgF supports the proposal that crystal-field splitting causes significant enhancement of cation polarisability for d 10 systems, in contrast to the demonstrated insensitivity of s 2 and p 6 spherical cations.

  7. Ab initio based understanding of diffusion mechanisms of hydrogen in liquid aluminum

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    Jakse, N.; Pasturel, A.

    2014-04-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to describe the diffusion of hydrogen in liquid aluminum at different temperatures. We show that the hydrogen motion does not follow a Brownian motion caused by a broad distribution of spatial jumps that can exceed 15 times the interatomic AlH distance. This breakdown is also evidenced in the calculation of the self-part of the van Hove distribution function that is not the Gaussian expected for a Fickian process. We show that the hydrogen motion can be described well by a generalized continuous time random walk model leading to computed self-diffusion coefficients of H in liquid aluminum in good agreement with experimental ones. Finally, the impact of impurities and alloying elements is discussed.

  8. Quantitative Comparison of a New Ab Initio Micrometeor Ablation Model with an Observationally Verifiable Standard Model

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    Meisel, David D.; Szasz, Csilla; Kero, Johan

    2008-06-01

    The Arecibo UHF radar is able to detect the head-echos of micron-sized meteoroids up to velocities of 75 km/s over a height range of 80 140 km. Because of their small size there are many uncertainties involved in calculating their above atmosphere properties as needed for orbit determination. An ab initio model of meteor ablation has been devised that should work over the mass range 10-16 kg to 10-7 kg, but the faint end of this range cannot be observed by any other method and so direct verification is not possible. On the other hand, the EISCAT UHF radar system detects micrometeors in the high mass part of this range and its observations can be fit to a “standard” ablation model and calibrated to optical observations (Szasz et al. 2007). In this paper, we present a preliminary comparison of the two models, one observationally confirmable. Among the features of the ab initio model that are different from the “standard” model are: (1) uses the experimentally based low pressure vaporization theory of O’Hanlon (A users’s guide to vacuum technology, 2003) for ablation, (2) uses velocity dependent functions fit from experimental data on heat transfer, luminosity and ionization efficiencies measured by Friichtenicht and Becker (NASA Special Publication 319: 53, 1973) for micron sized particles, (3) assumes a density and temperature dependence of the micrometeoroids and ablation product specific heats, (4) assumes a density and size dependent value for the thermal emissivity and (5) uses a unified synthesis of experimental data for the most important meteoroid elements and their oxides through least square fits (as functions of temperature, density, and/or melting point) of the tables of thermodynamic parameters given in Weast (CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, 1984), Gray (American Institute of Physics Handbook, 1972), and Cox (Allen’s Astrophysical Quantities 2000). This utilization of mostly experimentally determined data is the main reason for

  9. Ab initio parametrization of bond-polarizability model for Raman spectroscopy of complex Si materials

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    Strubbe, David A.; Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    Classical inter-atomic potentials can be successful at predicting the vibrations of materials at system sizes intractable by quantum methods. However, to predict Raman spectra, electrons must be re-introduced, for example via a bond-polarizability model which attributes the polarizability to cylindrically symmetrical inter-atomic bonds. Parameters in assumed functional forms are fit to experimental spectra, and then a Raman intensity can be computed for each mode. In the case of amorphous silicon, the existing models do not show satisfactory agreement with experimental spectra. To generate a more accurate and transferable bond-polarizability model, we have instead begun with ab initio calculated Raman tensors for a set of a-Si:H structures [DA Strubbe et al., arXiv:1511.01139]. This atomistic data set al.lows us to obtain parameters and functional forms for a general model, without confounding errors from the potentials. This Raman model can be used to study large structural models with relevance for photovoltaics, such as medium- and long-range order in a-Si:H, nanocrystalline Si, amorphous/crystalline interfaces, or a-Si:H nanowires, at sizes that would be inaccessible for ab initio calculations. We analyze the applicability of this approach to other materials systems.

  10. 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.

  11. Experimental and ab initio study of the mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite

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    Snyders, R.; Music, D.; Sigumonrong, D.; Schelnberger, B.; Jensen, J.; Schneider, J. M.

    2007-05-01

    The authors have studied the elastic properties of radio frequency sputtered phase pure, stoichiometric, and dense hydroxyapatite films by nanoindentation. The measured elastic modulus values have been compared to ab initio calculated data. The calculation technique was based on the determination of all elastic constants. The calculated and measured elastic modulus values differ by ˜10%. The good agreement indicates that the elasticity of hydroxyapatite can be described using ab initio calculations, establishing the elastic modulus thereof.

  12. Ab initio Computations of the Electronic, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties of Ultra High Temperature Ceramics (UHTC) ZrB2 and HfB2

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    Lawson, John W.; Bauschlicher, Charles W.; Daw, Murray

    2011-01-01

    Refractory materials such as metallic borides, often considered as ultra high temperature ceramics (UHTC), are characterized by high melting point, high hardness, and good chemical inertness. These materials have many applications which require high temperature materials that can operate with no or limited oxidation. Ab initio, first principles methods are the most accurate modeling approaches available and represent a parameter free description of the material based on the quantum mechanical equations. Using these methods, many of the intrinsic properties of these material can be obtained. We performed ab initio calculations based on density functional theory for the UHTC materials ZrB2 and HfB2. Computational results are presented for structural information (lattice constants, bond lengths, etc), electronic structure (bonding motifs, densities of states, band structure, etc), thermal quantities (phonon spectra, phonon densities of states, specific heat), as well as information about point defects such as vacancy and antisite formation energies.

  13. Comparison between phenomenological and ab-initio reaction and relaxation models in DSMC

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    Sebastião, Israel B.; Kulakhmetov, Marat; Alexeenko, Alina

    2016-11-01

    New state-specific vibrational-translational energy exchange and dissociation models, based on ab-initio data, are implemented in direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method and compared to the established Larsen-Borgnakke (LB) and total collision energy (TCE) phenomenological models. For consistency, both the LB and TCE models are calibrated with QCT-calculated O2+O data. The model comparison test cases include 0-D thermochemical relaxation under adiabatic conditions and 1-D normal shockwave calculations. The results show that both the ME-QCT-VT and LB models can reproduce vibrational relaxation accurately but the TCE model is unable to reproduce nonequilibrium rates even when it is calibrated to accurate equilibrium rates. The new reaction model does capture QCT-calculated nonequilibrium rates. For all investigated cases, we discuss the prediction differences based on the new model features.

  14. 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.

  15. Challenges in modelling homogeneous catalysis: new answers from ab initio molecular dynamics to the controversy over the Wacker process.

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    Stirling, András; Nair, Nisanth N; Lledós, Agustí; Ujaque, Gregori

    2014-07-21

    We present here a review of the mechanistic studies of the Wacker process stressing the long controversy about the key reaction steps. We give an overview of the previous experimental and theoretical studies on the topic. Then we describe the importance of the most recent Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) calculations in modelling organometallic reactivity in water. As a prototypical example of homogeneous catalytic reactions, the Wacker process poses serious challenges to modelling. The adequate description of the multiple role of the water solvent is very difficult by using static quantum chemical approaches including cluster and continuum solvent models. In contrast, such reaction systems are suitable for AIMD, and by combining with rare event sampling techniques, the method provides reaction mechanisms and the corresponding free energy profiles. The review also highlights how AIMD has helped to obtain a novel understanding of the mechanism and kinetics of the Wacker process.

  16. AB INITIO Modeling of Thermomechanical Properties of Mo-Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Conversion

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    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2013-12-31

    In this final scientific/technical report covering the period of 3.5 years started on July 1, 2011, we report the accomplishments on the study of thermo-mechanical properties of Mo-based intermetallic compounds under NETL support. These include computational method development, physical properties investigation of Mo-based compounds and alloys. The main focus is on the mechanical and thermo mechanical properties at high temperature since these are the most crucial properties for their potential applications. In particular, recent development of applying ab initio molecular dynamic (AIMD) simulations to the T1 (Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}) and T2 (Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}) phases are highlighted for alloy design in further improving their properties.

  17. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the oxidation mechanism of binary and ternary alloy surfaces

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    Liu, Shi-Yu; Liu, Shiyang; Li, De-Jun; Wang, Sanwu; Guo, Jing; Shen, Yaogen

    2015-02-14

    Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations.

  18. An ab initio model for the modulation of galactic cosmic-ray electrons

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    Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.

    2013-12-20

    The modulation of galactic cosmic-ray electrons is studied using an ab initio three-dimensional steady state cosmic-ray modulation code in which the effects of turbulence on both the diffusion and drift of these cosmic-rays are treated as self-consistently as possible. A significant refinement is that a recent two-component turbulence transport model is used. This model yields results in reasonable agreement with observations of turbulence quantities throughout the heliosphere. The sensitivity of computed galactic electron intensities to choices of various turbulence parameters pertaining to the dissipation range of the slab turbulence spectrum, and to the choice of model of dynamical turbulence, is demonstrated using diffusion coefficients derived from the quasi-linear and extended nonlinear guiding center theories. Computed electron intensities and latitude gradients are also compared with spacecraft observations.

  19. Ab Initio study of the diffusion mechanisms of gallium in a silicon matrix

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    Levasseur-Smith, K.; Mousseau, N.

    2008-07-01

    We present the results of a study into the diffusion mechanisms of Ga defects in crystalline Si using ab initio techniques. Five stable neutral configurations for single and multi-atom defects are identified by density-functional theory (DFT) calculations within the local density approximation and using a localized basis set as implemented in the SIESTA package. Formation energy (E_F) calculations on these stable structures show the most likely neutral single-atom defect to be the Ga substitutional, with an EF of 0.7 eV in good agreement with previous work. Charge state studies show the Ga tetrahedral interstitial defect to be in a +1 state for most doping conditions. They also indicate the possibility for a gallium substitutional-tetrahedral interstitial complex to act as a deactivating center for the Ga dopants except in n-doped regime, where the complex adopts a -1 charge state. Migration pathway calculations using SIESTA coupled with the activation relaxation technique (ART nouveau) allow us to determine possible migration paths from the stable configurations found, under various charge states. In general, diffusion barriers decrease as the charge state becomes more negative, suggesting that the presence of Si self-interstitials can enhance diffusion through the kicking out of substitutional Si and by adding negative charge carriers to the system. An overall picture of a possible Ga diffusion and complex formation mechanism is presented based on these results.

  20. Ab initio atomic recombination reaction energetics on model heat shield surfaces

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    Senese, Fredrick; Ake, Robert

    1992-01-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations on small hydration complexes involving the nitrate anion are reported. The self-consistent field method with accurate basis sets has been applied to compute completely optimized equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, thermochemical parameters, and stable site labilities of complexes involving 1, 2, and 3 waters. The most stable geometries in the first hydration shell involve in-plane waters bridging pairs of nitrate oxygens with two equal and bent hydrogen bonds. A second extremely labile local minimum involves out-of-plane waters with a single hydrogen bond and lies about 2 kcal/mol higher. The potential in the region of the second minimum is extremely flat and qualitatively sensitive to changes in the basis set; it does not correspond to a true equilibrium structure.

  1. Ab initio-based fracture toughness estimates and transgranular traction-separation modelling of zirconium hydrides

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    Olsson, P. A. T.; Kese, K.; Kroon, M.; Alvarez Holston, A.-M.

    2015-06-01

    In this work we report the results of an ab initio study of the transgranular fracture toughness and cleavage of brittle zirconium hydrides. We use the Griffith-Irwin relation to assess the fracture toughness using calculated surface energy and estimated isotropic Voigt-Reuss-Hill averages of the elastic constants. The calculated fracture toughness values are found to concur well with experimental data, which implies that fracture is dominated by cleavage failure. To investigate the cleavage energetics, we model the decohesion process. To describe the interplanar interaction we adopt Rose’s universal binding energy relation, which is found to reproduce the behaviour accurately. The modelling shows that the work of fracture and ductility decreases with increasing hydrogen content.

  2. A New Generation of Cool White Dwarf Atmosphere Models Using Ab Initio Calculations

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    Blouin, S.; Dufour, P.; Kowalski, P. M.

    2017-03-01

    Due to their high photospheric density, cool helium-rich white dwarfs (particularly DZ, DQpec and ultracool) are often poorly described by current atmosphere models. As part of our ongoing efforts to design atmosphere models suitable for all cool white dwarfs, we investigate how the ionization ratio of heavy elements and the H2-He collision-induced absorption (CIA) spectrum are altered under fluid-like densities. For the conditions encountered at the photosphere of cool helium-rich white dwarfs, our ab initio calculations show that the ionization of most metals is inhibited and that the H2-He CIA spectrum is significantly distorted for densities higher than 0.1 g/cm3.

  3. Large basis ab initio shell model investigation of {sup 9}Be and {sup 11}Be

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    Forssen, C.; Navratil, P.; Ormand, W.E.; Caurier, E.

    2005-04-01

    We present the first ab initio structure investigation of the loosely bound {sup 11}Be nucleus, together with a study of the lighter isotope {sup 9}Be. The nuclear structure of these isotopes is particularly interesting because of the appearance of a parity-inverted ground state in {sup 11}Be. Our study is performed in the framework of the ab initio no-core shell model. Results obtained using four different, high-precision two-nucleon interactions, in model spaces up to 9({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){omega}, are shown. For both nuclei, and all potentials, we reach convergence in the level ordering of positive- and negative-parity spectra separately. Concerning their relative position, the positive-parity states are always too high in excitation energy, but a fast drop with respect to the negative-parity spectrum is observed when the model space is increased. This behavior is most dramatic for {sup 11}Be. In the largest model space we were able to reach, the 1/2{sup +} level has dropped down to become either the first or the second excited state, depending on which interaction we use. We also observe a contrasting behavior in the convergence patterns for different two-nucleon potentials and argue that a three-nucleon interaction is needed to explain the parity inversion. Furthermore, large-basis calculations of {sup 13}C and {sup 11}B are performed. This allows us to study the systematics of the position of the first unnatural-parity state in the N=7 isotone and the A=11 isobar. The {sup 11}B run in the 9({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){omega} model space involves a matrix with dimension exceeding 1.1x10{sup 9}, and is our largest calculation so far. We present results on binding energies, excitation spectra, level configurations, radii, electromagnetic observables, and {sup 10}Be+n overlap functions.

  4. Development of a Polarizable Force Field For Proteins via Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry: First Generation Model and Gas Phase Tests

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    KAMINSKI, GEORGE A.; STERN, HARRY A.; BERNE, B. J.; FRIESNER, RICHARD A.; CAO, YIXIANG X.; MURPHY, ROBERT B.; ZHOU, RUHONG; HALGREN, THOMAS A.

    2014-01-01

    We present results of developing a methodology suitable for producing molecular mechanics force fields with explicit treatment of electrostatic polarization for proteins and other molecular system of biological interest. The technique allows simulation of realistic-size systems. Employing high-level ab initio data as a target for fitting allows us to avoid the problem of the lack of detailed experimental data. Using the fast and reliable quantum mechanical methods supplies robust fitting data for the resulting parameter sets. As a result, gas-phase many-body effects for dipeptides are captured within the average RMSD of 0.22 kcal/mol from their ab initio values, and conformational energies for the di- and tetrapeptides are reproduced within the average RMSD of 0.43 kcal/mol from their quantum mechanical counterparts. The latter is achieved in part because of application of a novel torsional fitting technique recently developed in our group, which has already been used to greatly improve accuracy of the peptide conformational equilibrium prediction with the OPLS-AA force field.1 Finally, we have employed the newly developed first-generation model in computing gas-phase conformations of real proteins, as well as in molecular dynamics studies of the systems. The results show that, although the overall accuracy is no better than what can be achieved with a fixed-charges model, the methodology produces robust results, permits reasonably low computational cost, and avoids other computational problems typical for polarizable force fields. It can be considered as a solid basis for building a more accurate and complete second-generation model. PMID:12395421

  5. Development of a Polarizable Force Field for Proteins Via Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry: First Generation Model and Gas Phase Tests

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    Kaminski, George A.; Stern, Harry A.; Berne, Bruce J.; Friesner, Richard A.; Cao, Yixiang; Murphy, Robert B.; Zhou, Ruhong; Halgren, Thomas A.

    2002-12-01

    We present results of developing a methodology suitable for producing molecular mechanics force fields with explicit treatment of electrostatic polarization for proteins and other molecular system of biological interest. The technique allows simulation of realistic-size systems. Employing high-level ab initio data as a target for fitting allows us to avoid the problem of the lack of detailed experimental data. Using the fast and reliable quantum mechanical methods supplies robust fitting data for the resulting parameter sets. As a result, gas-phase many-body effects for dipeptides are captured within the average RMSD of 0.22 kcal/mol from their ab initio values, and conformational energies for the di- and tetrapeptides are reproduced within the average RMSD of 0.43 kcal/mol from their quantum mechanical counterparts. The latter is achieved in part because of application of a novel torsional fitting technique recently developed in our group, which has already been used to greatly improve accuracy of the peptide conformational equilibrium prediction with the OPLS-AA force field.1 Finally, we have employed the newly developed first-generation model in computing gas-phase conformations of real proteins, as well as in molecular dynamics studies of the systems. The results show that, although the overall accuracy is no better than what can be achieved with a fixed-charges model, the methodology produces robust results, permits reasonably low computational cost, and avoids other computational problems typical for polarizable force fields. It can be considered as a solid basis for building a more accurate and complete second-generation model.

  6. An ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation of a dilute aqueous HCl solution.

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    Kritayakornupong, Chinapong; Vchirawongkwin, Viwat; Rode, Bernd M

    2010-06-01

    An ab initio quantum mechanical charge field (QMCF) molecular dynamics simulation has been performed to study the structural and dynamical properties of a dilute aqueous HCl solution. The solute molecule HCl and its surrounding water molecules were treated at Hartree-Fock level in conjunction with Dunning double-zeta plus polarization function basis sets. The simulation predicts an average H-Cl bond distance of 1.28 A, which is in good agreement with the experimental value. The H(HCl)...O(w) and Cl(HCl)...H(w) distances of 1.84 and 3.51 A were found for the first hydration shell. At the hydrogen site of HCl, a single water molecule is the most preferred coordination, whereas an average coordination number of 12 water molecules of the full first shell was observed for the chloride site. The hydrogen bonding at the hydrogen site of HCl is weakened by proton transfer reactions and an associated lability of ligand binding. Two proton transfer processes were observed in the QMCF MD simulation, demonstrating acid dissociation of HCl. A weak structure-making/breaking effect of HCl in water is recognized from the mean residence times of 2.1 and 0.8 ps for ligands in the neighborhood of Cl and H sites of HCl, respectively. Copyright 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Hydration of the cyanide ion: an ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics study.

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    Moin, Syed Tarique; Hofer, Thomas S

    2014-12-21

    This paper presents an ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation study of the cyanide anion (CN(-)) in aqueous solution where hydrogen bond formation plays a dominant role in the hydration process. Preferential orientation of water hydrogens compared to oxygen atoms was quantified in terms of radial, angular as well as coordination number distributions. All structural results indicate that the water hydrogens are attracted towards CN(-) atoms, thus contributing to the formation of the hydration layer. Moreover, a clear picture of the local arrangement of water molecules around the ellipsoidal CN(-) ion is provided via angular-radial distribution and spatial distribution functions. Apart from the structural analysis, the evaluation of water dynamics in terms of ligand mean residence times and H-bond correlation functions indicates the weak structure making capacity of the CN(-) ion. The similar values of H-bond lifetimes obtained for the NHwat and CHwat bonds indicate an isokinetic behaviour of these H-bonds, since there is a very small difference in the magnitude of the lifetimes. On the other hand, the H-bond lifetimes between water molecules of the hydration shell, and between solute and solvent evidence the slightly stable hydration of the CN(-). Overall, the H-bonding dominates in the hydration process of the cyanide anion enabling it to become soluble in the aqueous environment associated to chemical and biological processes.

  8. Ab initio quantum chemical and kinetic modeling study of the pyrolysis kinetics of pyrrole

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    Martoprawiro, M.; Bacskay, G.B.; Mackie, J.C.

    1999-05-20

    The five-membered heterocyclic pyrrole moiety is an important structure in coals and derived tars, and the thermal decomposition reactions of pyrrole are important for production of precursors of the oxides of nitrogen, NO{sub x}, in the combustion of coals. The kinetics of pyrolysis of pyrrole have been investigated theoretically by ab initio quantum chemical techniques and by detailed chemical kinetic modeling of previously reported experimental results. The overall kinetics can be successfully modeled by a 117 step kinetic model that gives good agreement with temperature profiles of major products and also provides an acceptable fit for minor products. The thermochemistry and rate parameters of a number of key reactions have been obtained by ab initio calculations carried out at CASSCF, CASPT2, and G2(MP2) levels of theory. Several reaction pathways were investigated. The major product, HCN, arises principally from a hydrogen migration in pyrrole to form a cyclic carbene with the NH bond intact. Ring scission of this carbene leads to an allenic imine precursor of HCN and propyne. This is the decomposition pathway of lowest energy. Pyrolysis is preceded by the facile tautomerization of pyrrole to 2H-pyrrolenine. The latter can undergo CN fission to form an open chain biradical species, which is the precursor of the butenenitrile isomeric products, cis- and trans-crotononitrile and allyl cyanide. The biradical can also undergo facile H-fission to form cyanoallyl radical, which is an important precursor of acetylene, acetonitrile, and acrylonitrile, H{sub 2} also arises principally from H-fission of the biradical.

  9. Hydration of porphyrin and Mg-porphyrin: ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Moin, Syed Tarique; Hofer, Thomas S

    2014-01-01

    Ab initio QMCF-MD simulations were performed for porphyrin (POR) and magnesium-porphyrin (Mg-POR) immersed in water to study their structural and dynamical properties. The observed hydration behaviour of these solutes representing biomimetic models is in fair agreement with structural and dynamical features of their biological analogues, protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) and chlorophyll (CHl). Structural data obtained from the radial, angular and spatial distribution functions as well as the angular-radial distributions have a consensus on possessing a contrasting hydration behaviour of POR and Mg-POR. Flexibility of the ring in both solutes described by the improper torsional distribution and root mean square fluctuation showed an influence on H-bond interactions between the nitrogen atoms and water molecules that are also reflected in the respective dynamics. An axial water molecule coordinated to the Mg(ii) ion indicates the penta-coordinated Mg-POR to be stable along the simulation. It was also shown that complexation of the Mg(ii) ion to the porphyrin influences the hydration patterns significantly compared to the porphyrin itself, which is further supported by the vibrational power spectra evaluated for both solutes. Free energy of binding and solvent accessible surface area calculations also confirmed that these two solutes have distinct hydration behaviour. Detailed knowledge of the individual hydration patterns is expected to be of particular benefit.

  10. Steel — ab Initio: Quantum Mechanics Guided Design of New Fe-Based Materials

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    Prahl, Ulrich; Bleck, Wolfgang; Saeed-Akbari, Alireza

    This contribution reports the results of the collaborative research unit SFB 761 "Steel — ab initio", a cooperative project between RWTH Aachen University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf (MPIE) financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). For the first time, it is exploited how ab initio approaches may lead to a detailed understanding and thus to a specific improvement of material development. The challenge lies in the combination of abstract natural science theories with rather engineering-like established concepts. Aiming at the technological target of the development of a new type of structural materials based on Fe-Mn-C alloys, the combination of ab initio and engineering methods is new, but could be followed quite successfully. Three major topics are treated in this research unit: a) development of a new method for material- and process-development based on ab initio calculations; b) design of a new class of structural materials with extraordinary property combinations; c) acceleration of development time and reduction of experimental efforts and complexity for material- and process-development. In the present work, an overview of the results of the first five years as well as an outlook for the upcoming three-year period is given.

  11. 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.

  12. Treatment of dilute clusters of methanol and water by ab initio quantum mechanical calculations.

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    Ruckenstein, Eli; Shulgin, Ivan L; Tilson, Jeffrey L

    2005-02-10

    Large molecular clusters can be considered as intermediate states between gas and condensed phases, and information about them can help us understand condensed phases. In this paper, ab initio quantum mechanical methods have been used to examine clusters formed of methanol and water molecules. The main goal was to obtain information about the intermolecular interactions and the structure of methanol/water clusters at the molecular level. The large clusters (CH(4)O...(H(2)O)(12) and H(2)O...(CH(4)O)(10)) containing one molecule of one component (methanol or water) and many (12, 10) molecules of the other component were considered. Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) was used in the calculations. Several representative cluster geometries were optimized, and nearest-neighbor interaction energies were calculated for the geometries obtained in the first step. The results of the calculations were compared to the available experimental information regarding the liquid methanol/water mixtures and to the molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and good agreement was found. For the CH(4)O...(H(2)O)(12) cluster, it was shown that the molecules of water can be subdivided into two classes: (i) H bonded to the central methanol molecule and (ii) not H bonded to the central methanol molecule. As expected, these two classes exhibited striking energy differences. Although they are located almost the same distance from the carbon atom of the central methanol molecule, they possess very different intermolecular interaction energies with the central molecule. The H bonding constitutes a dominant factor in the hydration of methanol in dilute aqueous solutions. For the H(2)O...(CH(4)O)(10) cluster, it was shown that the central molecule of water has almost three H bonds with the methanol molecules; this result differs from those in the literature that concluded that the average number of H bonds between a central water molecule and methanol molecules in dilute solutions of

  13. Reaction mechanisms and kinetics of the iminovinylidene radical with NO: Ab initio study

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    Hsiao, Ming-Kai; Chung, Yi-Hua; Hung, Yu-Ming; Chen, Hui-Lung

    2014-05-28

    The nitric oxide (NO) is a notorious compound for polluting environment. Recent year, removing nitric oxide from the atmosphere becomes a focus of the investigation. In our work, we study the iminovinylidene (HNCC) radical reacted with NO molecule. The mechanism and kinetic for reaction of the HNCC radical with the NO molecule is investigated via considering the possible channels of the N and O atoms of NO attacking the N and C atoms of the HNCC based on the high level ab initio molecular orbital calculations in conjunction with variational TST and RRKM calculations. The species involved have been optimized at the B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,2p) level and their single-point energies are refined by the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-PVQZ//B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,2p) method. The calculated potential energy surfaces indicated that energetically the most favorable channel for the HNCC + NO reaction was predicted to be the formation of HNC+CNO (P8) product via the addition reaction of the C atom of HNCC radical and the N atom of NO with the head to head orientation. To rationalize the scenario of the calculated results, we also employ the Fukui functions and HSAB theory to seek for a possible explanation. In addition, the reaction rate constants were calculated using VariFlex code, and the results show that the total rate coefficient, k{sub total}, at Ar pressure 760 Torr can be represented with an equation: k{sub total} = 6.433 × 10{sup −11} T {sup 0.100} exp(0.275 kcal mol{sup −1}/RT) at T = 298–3000 K, in units of cm{sup 3} molecule{sup −1} s{sup −1}.

  14. An Ab Initio Exciton Model Including Charge-Transfer Excited States

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    Li, Xin; Parrish, Robert M.; Liu, Fang; ...

    2017-06-15

    Here, the Frenkel exciton model is a useful tool for theoretical studies of multichromophore systems. We recently showed that the exciton model could be used to coarse-grain electronic structure in multichromophoric systems, focusing on singly excited exciton states. However, our previous implementation excluded charge-transfer excited states, which can play an important role in light-harvesting systems and near-infrared optoelectronic materials. Recent studies have also emphasized the significance of charge-transfer in singlet fission, which mediates the coupling between the locally excited states and the multiexcitonic states. In this work, we report on an ab initio exciton model that incorporates charge-transfer excited statesmore » and demonstrate that the model provides correct charge-transfer excitation energies and asymptotic behavior. Comparison with TDDFT and EOM-CC2 calculations shows that our exciton model is robust with respect to system size, screening parameter, and different density functionals. Inclusion of charge-transfer excited states makes the exciton model more useful for studies of singly excited states and provides a starting point for future construction of a model that also includes double-exciton states.« less

  15. Speciation of magnesium in monohydrocalcite: XANES, ab initio and geochemical modeling

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    Fukushi, Keisuke; Suzuki, Yuma; Kawano, Jun; Ohno, Takeshi; Ogawa, Masahiro; Yaji, Toyonari; Takahashi, Yoshio

    2017-09-01

    Monohydrocalcite (MHC: CaCO3·H2O), a rare carbonate mineral formed under surface conditions, is usually observed in nature as containing a variable amount of Mg, with a 0.007-0.45 Mg/Ca mole ratio. The variable Mg composition in MHC is anticipated as a promising proxy to assess paleo-hydrochemistry especially in saline lakes. Although the roles of Mg on the formation and stability of MHC have been studied intensively, the Mg speciation in MHC has remained unclear and controversial. This study examined Mg speciation in MHC using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), ab initio molecular simulation, and geochemical modeling. Mg-XANES spectra of MHC with different Mg/Ca ratios prepared from mixing solutions of Na2CO3, CaCl2 and MgCl2 revealed that the Mg in MHC is a mixture of amorphous Mg carbonate (AMC) and other Mg containing phase. The contribution of AMC to total Mg is negatively correlated to the crystallinity of MHC. Results show that AMC might play a protective role in the crystallization and the transformation to stable calcium carbonates. Ab initio calculation of Mg2+ substitution into MHC showed that a limited amount of Mg2+ can be incorporated into the MHC structure. Six-fold coordination of Mg2+ is substituted for eight-fold coordination of Ca2+ in the MHC structure. The other type of Mg in MHC revealed from the XANES analyses most likely corresponds to the structural Mg in MHC. The contribution of the structural Mg is almost constant at 0.06 in Mg/Ca, representing the limit of solid solubility of Mg in MHC. The solubility products of the MHC with the limit of solid solubility of Mg and the AMC associated with MHC were estimated from the reacted solution compositions. Prediction of the Mg/Ca ratio as a function of the initial solution conditions using solubility reasonably reproduces the observed apparent Mg/Ca ratios in MHC from the present study and earlier studies. The apparent Mg/Ca ratio of MHC is useful to elucidate water chemistry

  16. Ab initio prediction of the mechanical properties of alloys: The case of Ni/Mn-doped ferromagnetic Fe

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    Wang, Guisheng; Schönecker, Stephan; Hertzman, Staffan; Hu, Qing-Miao; Johansson, Börje; Kwon, Se Kyun; Vitos, Levente

    2015-06-01

    First-principles alloy theory, formulated within the exact muffin-tin orbital method in combination with the coherent-potential approximation, is used to study the mechanical properties of ferromagnetic body-centered cubic (bcc) Fe1 -xMx alloys (M = Mn or Ni, 0 ≤x ≤0.1 ). We consider several physical parameters accessible from ab initio calculations and their combinations in various phenomenological models to compare the effect of Mn and Ni on the properties of Fe. Alloying is found to slightly alter the lattice parameters and produce noticeable influence on elastic moduli. Both Mn and Ni decrease the surface energy and the unstable stacking fault energy associated with the {110 } surface facet and the {110 }<111 > slip system, respectively. Nickel is found to produce larger effect on the planar fault energies than Mn. The semiempirical ductility criteria by Rice and Pugh consistently predict that Ni enhances the ductility of Fe but give contradictory results in the case of Mn doping. The origin of the discrepancy between the two criteria is discussed and an alternative measure of the ductile-brittle behavior based on the theoretical cleavage strength and single-crystal shear modulus G {110 }<111 > is proposed.

  17. Ab Initio Quantum Mechanical Description of Noncovalent Interactions at Its Limits: Approaching the Experimental Dissociation Energy of the HF Dimer.

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    Řezáč, Jan; Hobza, Pavel

    2014-08-12

    Hydrogen fluoride dimer is a perfect model system for studying hydrogen bonding. Its size makes it possible to apply the most advanced theoretical methods available, yet it is a full-featured complex of molecules with nontrivial electronic structure and dynamic properties. Moreover, the dissociation energy of the HF dimer has been measured experimentally with an unparalleled accuracy of ±1 cm(-1)(Bohac et al. J. Chem. Phys. 1992, 9, 6681). In this work, we attempt to reproduce it by purely ab initio means, using advanced quantum-mechanical computational methods free of any empiricism. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the capabilities of today's computational chemistry and to point out its limitations by identifying the contributions that introduce the largest uncertainty into the result. The dissociation energy is calculated using a composite scheme including large basis set CCSD(T) calculations, contributions of higher excitations up to CCSDTQ, relativistic and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections and anharmonic vibrational calculations. The error of the calculated dissociation energy is 0.07 kcal/mol (25 cm(-1), 2.5%) when compared to the experiment. The major part of this error can be attributed to the inaccuracy of the calculations of the zero-point vibrational energy.

  18. Ab Initio Enhanced calphad Modeling of Actinide-Rich Nuclear Fuels

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    Morgan, Dane; Yang, Yong Austin

    2013-10-28

    The process of fuel recycling is central to the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI), where plutonium and the minor actinides (MA) Am, Np, and Cm are extracted from spent fuel and fabricated into new fuel for a fast reactor. Metallic alloys of U-Pu-Zr-MA are leading candidates for fast reactor fuels and are the current basis for fast spectrum metal fuels in a fully recycled closed fuel cycle. Safe and optimal use of these fuels will require knowledge of their multicomponent phase stability and thermodynamics (Gibbs free energies). In additional to their use as nuclear fuels, U-Pu-Zr-MA contain elements and alloy phases that pose fundamental questions about electronic structure and energetics at the forefront of modern many-body electron theory. This project will validate state-of-the-art electronic structure approaches for these alloys and use the resulting energetics to model U-Pu-Zr-MA phase stability. In order to keep the work scope practical, researchers will focus on only U-Pu-Zr-{Np,Am}, leaving Cm for later study. The overall objectives of this project are to: Provide a thermodynamic model for U-Pu-Zr-MA for improving and controlling reactor fuels; and, Develop and validate an ab initio approach for predicting actinide alloy energetics for thermodynamic modeling.

  19. Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution

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    Stournara, Maria E.; Kumar, Ravi; Qi, Yue; Sheldon, Brian W.

    2016-07-01

    The study of chemical segregation at interfaces, and in particular the ability to predict the thickness of segregated layers via analytical expressions or computational modeling, is a fundamentally challenging topic in the design of novel heterostructured materials. This issue is particularly relevant for the phase-field (PF) methodology, which has become a prominent tool for describing phase transitions. These models rely on phenomenological parameters that pertain to the interfacial energy and thickness, quantities that cannot be experimentally measured. Instead of back-calculating these parameters from experimental data, here we combine a set of analytical expressions based on the Cahn-Hilliard approach with ab initio calculations to compute the gradient energy parameter κ and the thickness λ of the segregated Li layer at the LixSi-Cu interface. With this bottom-up approach we calculate the thickness λ of the Li diffuse interface to be on the order of a few nm, in agreement with prior experimental secondary ion mass spectrometry observations. Our analysis indicates that Li segregation is primarily driven by solution thermodynamics, while the strain contribution in this system is relatively small. This combined scheme provides an essential first step in the systematic evaluation of the thermodynamic parameters of the PF methodology, and we believe that it can serve as a framework for the development of quantitative interface models in the field of Li-ion batteries.

  20. Ab initio derivation of multi-orbital extended Hubbard model for molecular crystals

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    Tsuchiizu, Masahisa; Omori, Yukiko; Suzumura, Yoshikazu; Bonnet, Marie-Laure; Robert, Vincent

    2012-01-01

    From configuration interaction (CI) ab initio calculations, we derive an effective two-orbital extended Hubbard model based on the gerade (g) and ungerade (u) molecular orbitals (MOs) of the charge-transfer molecular conductor (TTM-TTP)I3 and the single-component molecular conductor [Au(tmdt)2]. First, by focusing on the isolated molecule, we determine the parameters for the model Hamiltonian so as to reproduce the CI Hamiltonian matrix. Next, we extend the analysis to two neighboring molecule pairs in the crystal and we perform similar calculations to evaluate the inter-molecular interactions. From the resulting tight-binding parameters, we analyze the band structure to confirm that two bands overlap and mix in together, supporting the multi-band feature. Furthermore, using a fragment decomposition, we derive the effective model based on the fragment MOs and show that the staking TTM-TTP molecules can be described by the zig-zag two-leg ladder with the inter-molecular transfer integral being larger than the intra-fragment transfer integral within the molecule. The inter-site interactions between the fragments follow a Coulomb law, supporting the fragment decomposition strategy.

  1. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment

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    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M.

    2015-05-21

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H{sub 2}O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0–4000 cm{sup −1} is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  2. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment.

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    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M

    2015-05-21

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H2O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0-4000 cm(-1) is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  3. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment

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    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M.

    2015-05-01

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H2O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0-4000 cm-1 is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  4. Ab initio modeling of the optical properties in organometallic halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications

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    Neukirch, Amanda; Nei, Wanyi; Pedesseau, Laurent; Even, Jacky; Katan, Claudine; Mohite, Aditya; Tretiak, Segrei

    2015-03-01

    The need for an inexpensive, clean, and plentiful source of energy has generated large amounts of research in an assortment of solution processed organic and hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells. A relative newcomer to the field of solution processed photovoltaics is the lead halide perovskite solar cell. In the past 5 years, the efficiencies of devices made from this material have increased from 3.5% to nearly 20%. Despite the rapid development of organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells, a thorough understanding of the fundamental photophysical processes driving the high performance of these devices is not well understood. I am using state-of-the-art ab initio computational techniques in order to characterize the properties at the interface of perovskite devices in order to aide in materials design and device engineering. I will present an in-depth analysis of the electronic and optical properties of bulk and surface states of pure and mixed halide systems. The high-level static quantum mechanical calculations, including spin-orbit-coupling and the many body GW approach, identify the key electronic states involved in photoinduced dynamics. This knowledge provides important information on how the optical properties change with variations to the system. Supported by the DOE, the LANL LDRD program XW11, and CNLS.

  5. Tunneling of electrons via rotor-stator molecular interfaces: Combined ab initio and model study

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    Petreska, Irina; Ohanesjan, Vladimir; Pejov, Ljupčo; Kocarev, Ljupčo

    2016-07-01

    Tunneling of electrons through rotor-stator anthracene aldehyde molecular interfaces is studied with a combined ab initio and model approach. Molecular electronic structure calculated from first principles is utilized to model different shapes of tunneling barriers. Together with a rectangular barrier, we also consider a sinusoidal shape that captures the effects of the molecular internal structure more realistically. Quasiclassical approach with the Simmons' formula for current density is implemented. Special attention is paid on conformational dependence of the tunneling current. Our results confirm that the presence of the side aldehyde group enhances the interesting electronic properties of the pure anthracene molecule, making it a bistable system with geometry dependent transport properties. We also investigate the transition voltage and we show that conformation-dependent field emission could be observed in these molecular interfaces at realistically low voltages. The present study accompanies our previous work where we investigated the coherent transport via strongly coupled delocalized orbital by application of Non-equilibrium Green's Function Formalism.

  6. A Simple ab initio Model for the Hydrated Electron that Matches Experiment

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    Kumar, Anil; Walker, Jonathan A.; Bartels, David M.; Sevilla, Michael D.

    2015-01-01

    Since its discovery over 50 years ago, the “structure” and properties of the hydrated electron has been a subject for wonderment and also fierce debate. In the present work we seriously explore a minimal model for the aqueous electron, consisting of a small water anion cluster embedded in a polarized continuum, using several levels of ab initio calculation and basis set. The minimum energy zero “Kelvin” structure found for any 4-water (or larger) anion cluster, at any post-Hartree-Fock theory level, is very similar to a recently reported embedded-DFT-in-classical-water-MD simulation (UMJ: Uhlig, Marsalek, and Jungwirth, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2012, 3, 3071-5), with four OH bonds oriented toward the maximum charge density in a small central “void”. The minimum calculation with just four water molecules does a remarkably good job of reproducing the resonance Raman properties, the radius of gyration derived from the optical spectrum, the vertical detachment energy, and the hydration free energy. For the first time we also successfully calculate the EPR g-factor and (low temperature ice) hyperfine couplings. The simple tetrahedral anion cluster model conforms very well to experiment, suggesting it does in fact represent the dominant structural motif of the hydrated electron. PMID:26275103

  7. Ab initio kinetics and thermal decomposition mechanism of mononitrobiuret and 1,5-dinitrobiuret

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    Sun, Hongyan; Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam L.

    2015-05-01

    Mononitrobiuret (MNB) and 1,5-dinitrobiuret (DNB) are tetrazole-free, nitrogen-rich, energetic compounds. For the first time, a comprehensive ab initio kinetics study on the thermal decomposition mechanisms of MNB and DNB is reported here. In particular, the intramolecular interactions of amine H-atom with electronegative nitro O-atom and carbonyl O-atom have been analyzed for biuret, MNB, and DNB at the M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The results show that the MNB and DNB molecules are stabilized through six-member-ring moieties via intramolecular H-bonding with interatomic distances between 1.8 and 2.0 Å, due to electrostatic as well as polarization and dispersion interactions. Furthermore, it was found that the stable molecules in the solid state have the smallest dipole moment amongst all the conformers in the nitrobiuret series of compounds, thus revealing a simple way for evaluating reactivity of fuel conformers. The potential energy surface for thermal decomposition of MNB was characterized by spin restricted coupled cluster theory at the RCCSD(T)/cc-pV∞ Z//M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level. It was found that the thermal decomposition of MNB is initiated by the elimination of HNCO and HNN(O)OH intermediates. Intramolecular transfer of a H-atom, respectively, from the terminal NH2 group to the adjacent carbonyl O-atom via a six-member-ring transition state eliminates HNCO with an energy barrier of 35 kcal/mol and from the central NH group to the adjacent nitro O-atom eliminates HNN(O)OH with an energy barrier of 34 kcal/mol. Elimination of HNN(O)OH is also the primary process involved in the thermal decomposition of DNB, which processes C2v symmetry. The rate coefficients for the primary decomposition channels for MNB and DNB were quantified as functions of temperature and pressure. In addition, the thermal decomposition of HNN(O)OH was analyzed via Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus/multi-well master equation simulations, the results of which reveal the formation

  8. Ab initio kinetics and thermal decomposition mechanism of mononitrobiuret and 1,5-dinitrobiuret.

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    Sun, Hongyan; Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam L

    2015-05-28

    Mononitrobiuret (MNB) and 1,5-dinitrobiuret (DNB) are tetrazole-free, nitrogen-rich, energetic compounds. For the first time, a comprehensive ab initio kinetics study on the thermal decomposition mechanisms of MNB and DNB is reported here. In particular, the intramolecular interactions of amine H-atom with electronegative nitro O-atom and carbonyl O-atom have been analyzed for biuret, MNB, and DNB at the M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The results show that the MNB and DNB molecules are stabilized through six-member-ring moieties via intramolecular H-bonding with interatomic distances between 1.8 and 2.0 Å, due to electrostatic as well as polarization and dispersion interactions. Furthermore, it was found that the stable molecules in the solid state have the smallest dipole moment amongst all the conformers in the nitrobiuret series of compounds, thus revealing a simple way for evaluating reactivity of fuel conformers. The potential energy surface for thermal decomposition of MNB was characterized by spin restricted coupled cluster theory at the RCCSD(T)/cc-pV∞ Z//M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level. It was found that the thermal decomposition of MNB is initiated by the elimination of HNCO and HNN(O)OH intermediates. Intramolecular transfer of a H-atom, respectively, from the terminal NH2 group to the adjacent carbonyl O-atom via a six-member-ring transition state eliminates HNCO with an energy barrier of 35 kcal/mol and from the central NH group to the adjacent nitro O-atom eliminates HNN(O)OH with an energy barrier of 34 kcal/mol. Elimination of HNN(O)OH is also the primary process involved in the thermal decomposition of DNB, which processes C2v symmetry. The rate coefficients for the primary decomposition channels for MNB and DNB were quantified as functions of temperature and pressure. In addition, the thermal decomposition of HNN(O)OH was analyzed via Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus/multi-well master equation simulations, the results of which reveal the formation

  9. Ab Initio Kinetics and Thermal Decomposition Mechanism of Mononitrobiuret and 1,5- Dinitrobiuret

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    Sun, Hongyan; Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam G.

    2015-05-26

    Mononitrobiuret (MNB) and 1,5-dinitrobiuret (DNB) are tetrazole-free, nitrogen-rich, energetic compounds. For the first time, a comprehensive ab initio kinetics study on the thermal decomposition mechanisms of MNB and DNB is reported here. In particular, the intramolecular interactions of amine H-atom with electronegative nitro O-atom and carbonyl O-atom have been analyzed for biuret, MNB, and DNB at the M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The results show that the MNB and DNB molecules are stabilized through six-member-ring moieties via intramolecular H-bonding with interatomic distances between 1.8 and 2.0 Å, due to electrostatic as well as polarization and dispersion interactions. Furthermore, it was found that the stable molecules in the solid state have the smallest dipole moment amongst all the conformers in the nitrobiuret series of compounds, thus revealing a simple way for evaluating reactivity of fuel conformers. The potential energy surface for thermal decomposition of MNB was characterized by spin restricted coupled cluster theory at the RCCSD(T)/cc-pV∞ Z//M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level. It was found that the thermal decomposition of MNB is initiated by the elimination of HNCO and HNN(O)OH intermediates. Intramolecular transfer of a H-atom, respectively, from the terminal NH2 group to the adjacent carbonyl O-atom via a six-member-ring transition state eliminates HNCO with an energy barrier of 35 kcal/mol and from the central NH group to the adjacent nitro O-atom eliminates HNN(O)OH with an energy barrier of 34 kcal/mol. Elimination of HNN(O)OH is also the primary process involved in the thermal decomposition of DNB, which processes C2v symmetry. The rate coefficients for the primary decomposition channels for MNB and DNB were quantified as functions of temperature and pressure. In addition, the thermal decomposition of HNN(O)OH was analyzed via Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus/multi-well master equation simulations, the results of which reveal the

  10. Ab Initio structure prediction for Escherichia coli: towards genome-wide protein structure modeling and fold assignment

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    Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang

    2013-01-01

    Genome-wide protein structure prediction and structure-based function annotation have been a long-term goal in molecular biology but not yet become possible due to difficulties in modeling distant-homology targets. We developed a hybrid pipeline combining ab initio folding and template-based modeling for genome-wide structure prediction applied to the Escherichia coli genome. The pipeline was tested on 43 known sequences, where QUARK-based ab initio folding simulation generated models with TM-score 17% higher than that by traditional comparative modeling methods. For 495 unknown hard sequences, 72 are predicted to have a correct fold (TM-score > 0.5) and 321 have a substantial portion of structure correctly modeled (TM-score > 0.35). 317 sequences can be reliably assigned to a SCOP fold family based on structural analogy to existing proteins in PDB. The presented results, as a case study of E. coli, represent promising progress towards genome-wide structure modeling and fold family assignment using state-of-the-art ab initio folding algorithms. PMID:23719418

  11. Molecular dynamics modeling using ab initio interatomic potentials for thermal properties of Ni-rich alloys

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    Mei, J.; Cooper, B.R.; Hao, Y.G.; Scoy, F.L. Van

    1994-12-31

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study thermal expansions of Ni-rich (fcc structure) Ni/Cr alloys (which serve as the basis for practical superalloy systems). This has been done using ab initio interatomic potentials with no experimental input. The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) as a function of temperature has been calculated. By admixing Re and Me atoms into fee Ni and the fee alloy system Ni/Cr, additive effects on the thermal expansion have been predicted. While addition of Cr lowers the CTE of Ni, and moderate addition of Mo lowers the CTE of Ni over a wide temperature range, moderate addition of Re raises the CTE of both Ni and Ni/Cr alloys over a significant temperature range. An explanation for the contrasting effect of additive Re on the CTE, based on a one-dimensional atomic chain model, is that the trade-off, between atomic volume effects increasing the CTE over that of pure Ni and pair-potential effects (exemplified by the Grueneisen parameter) decreasing the CTE from that of pure nickel, changes for Re compared to Cr and Mo.

  12. A nonlocal, ab initio model of dissociative electron attachment and vibrational excitation of NO

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    Trevisan, Cynthia S.; Houfek, Karel; Zhang, Zhiyong; Orel, Ann E.; McCurdy, C. William; Rescigno, Thomas N.

    2005-02-01

    We present the results of an ab initio study of elastic scattering and vibrational excitation of NO by electron impact in the low-energy (0-2 eV) region where the cross sections are dominated by resonance contributions. The 3Sigma-, 1Delta and 1Sigma+ NO- resonance lifetimes are taken from our earlier study [Phys. Rev. A 69, 062711 (2004)], but the resonance energies used here are obtained from new configuration-interaction studies. Here we employ a more elaborate nonlocal treatment of the nuclear dynamics, which is found to remedy the principal deficiencies of the local complex potential model we employed in our earlier study, and gives cross sections in better agreement with the most recent experiments. We also present cross sections for dissociative electron attachment to NO leading to groundstate products. The calculations show that, while the peak cross sections starting from NO in its ground vibrational state are very small, the cross sections are extremely sensitive to vibrational excitation of the target and should be readily observable for target NO molecules excited to v = 10 and above.

  13. Can DNA-binding proteins of replisome tautomerize nucleotide bases? Ab initio model study.

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    Brovarets', Ol'ha O; Yurenko, Yevgen P; Dubey, Igor Ya; Hovorun, Dmytro M

    2012-01-01

    Ab initio quantum-chemical study of specific point contacts of replisome proteins with DNA modeled by acetic acid with canonical and mutagenic tautomers of DNA bases methylated at the glycosidic nitrogen atoms was performed in vacuo and continuum with a low dielectric constant (ϵ ∼ 4) corresponding to a hydrophobic interface of protein-nucleic acid interaction. All tautomerized complexes were found to be dynamically unstable, because the electronic energies of their back-reaction barriers do not exceed zero-point vibrational energies associated with the vibrational modes whose harmonic vibrational frequencies become imaginary in the transition states of the tautomerization reaction. Additionally, based on the physicochemical arguments, it was demonstrated that the effects of biomolecular environment cannot ensure dynamic stabilization. This result allows suggesting that hypothetically generated by DNA-binding proteins of replisome rare tautomers will have no impact on the total spontaneous mutation due to the low reverse barrier allowing a quick return to the canonical form.

  14. Ab-initio molecular modeling of interfaces in tantalum-carbon system

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    Balani, Kantesh; Mungole, Tarang; Bakshi, Srinivasa Rao; Agarwal, Arvind

    2012-03-15

    Processing of ultrahigh temperature TaC ceramic material with sintering additives of B{sub 4}C and reinforcement of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) gives rise to possible formation of several interfaces (Ta{sub 2}C-TaC, TaC-CNT, Ta{sub 2}C-CNT, TaB{sub 2}-TaC, and TaB{sub 2}-CNT) that could influence the resultant properties. Current work focuses on interfaces developed during spark plasma sintering of TaC-system and performing ab initio molecular modeling of the interfaces generated during processing of TaC-B{sub 4}C and TaC-CNT composites. The energy of the various interfaces has been evaluated and compared with TaC-Ta{sub 2}C interface. The iso-surface electronic contours are extracted from the calculations eliciting the enhanced stability of TaC-CNT interface by 72.2%. CNTs form stable interfaces with Ta{sub 2}C and TaB{sub 2} phases with a reduction in the energy by 35.8% and 40.4%, respectively. The computed Ta-C-B interfaces are also compared with experimentally observed interfaces in high resolution TEM images.

  15. Beyond Born-Mayer: Improved models for short-range repulsion in ab initio force fields

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    Van Vleet, Mary J.; Misquitta, Alston J.; Stone, Anthony J.; ...

    2016-06-23

    Short-range repulsion within inter-molecular force fields is conventionally described by either Lennard-Jones or Born-Mayer forms. Despite their widespread use, these simple functional forms are often unable to describe the interaction energy accurately over a broad range of inter-molecular distances, thus creating challenges in the development of ab initio force fields and potentially leading to decreased accuracy and transferability. Herein, we derive a novel short-range functional form based on a simple Slater-like model of overlapping atomic densities and an iterated stockholder atom (ISA) partitioning of the molecular electron density. We demonstrate that this Slater-ISA methodology yields a more accurate, transferable, andmore » robust description of the short-range interactions at minimal additional computational cost compared to standard Lennard-Jones or Born-Mayer approaches. Lastly, we show how this methodology can be adapted to yield the standard Born-Mayer functional form while still retaining many of the advantages of the Slater-ISA approach.« less

  16. An ab initio MO study on ethylene and propylene insertion into the Ti-CH{sub 3} bond in CH{sub 3}TiCl{sub 2}{sup +} as a model of homogeneous olefin polymerization

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    Kawamura-Kuribayashi, Hiroshi; Koga, Nobuaki; Morokuma, Keiji

    1992-03-25

    Ab initio MO calculations were used to model the mechanism of ethylene and propylene insertion into CH{sub 3}TiCl{sub 2}{sup +}. Structures along the reaction coordinate were optimized according to the RHF/3-21G (Ti:MIDI4) method. These structures are reported and related to the reaction mechanism. 50 refs., 12 figs., 7 tabs.

  17. Ab initio study of the role of lysine 16 for the molecular switching mechanism of Ras protein p21.

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    Futatsugi, N; Hata, M; Hoshino, T; Tsuda, M

    1999-01-01

    Quantum chemical computations using the ab initio molecular orbital (MO) method have been performed to investigate the molecular switching mechanism of Ras protein p21, which has an important role in intracellular signal cascades. Lys(16) was demonstrated to be crucial to the function of Ras p21, and the hydrolysis of GTP to GDP was found to be an one-step reaction. The potential energy barrier of this hydrolysis reaction from GTP to (GDP + P) was calculated to be approximately 42 kcal/mol. The role of GAP (GTPase-activating protein) was also discussed in terms of the delivery of the water molecules required for the hydrolysis. PMID:10585950

  18. Ab initio state-specific N2 + O dissociation and exchange modeling for molecular simulations

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    Luo, Han; Kulakhmetov, Marat; Alexeenko, Alina

    2017-02-01

    Quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations are used in this work to calculate state-specific N2(X1Σ ) +O(3P ) →2 N(4S ) +O(3P ) dissociation and N2(X1Σ ) +O(3P ) →NO(X2Π ) +N(4S ) exchange cross sections and rates based on the 13A″ and 13A' ab initio potential energy surface by Gamallo et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 2545-2556 (2003)]. The calculations consider translational energies up to 23 eV and temperatures between 1000 K and 20 000 K. Vibrational favoring is observed for dissociation reaction at the whole range of collision energies and for exchange reaction around the dissociation limit. For the same collision energy, cross sections for v = 30 are 4 to 6 times larger than those for the ground state. The exchange reaction has an effective activation energy that is dependent on the initial rovibrational level, which is different from dissociation reaction. In addition, the exchange cross sections have a maximum when the total collision energy (TCE) approaches dissociation energy. The calculations are used to generate compact QCT-derived state-specific dissociation (QCT-SSD) and QCT-derived state-specific exchange (QCT-SSE) models, which describe over 1 × 106 cross sections with about 150 model parameters. The models can be used directly within direct simulation Monte Carlo and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Rate constants predicted by the new models are compared to the experimental measurements, direct QCT calculations and predictions by other models that include: TCE model, Bose-Candler QCT-based exchange model, Macheret-Fridman dissociation model, Macheret's exchange model, and Park's two-temperature model. The new models match QCT-calculated and experimental rates within 30% under nonequilibrium conditions while other models under predict by over an order of magnitude under vibrationally-cold conditions.

  19. Ab initio state-specific N2 + O dissociation and exchange modeling for molecular simulations.

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    Luo, Han; Kulakhmetov, Marat; Alexeenko, Alina

    2017-02-21

    Quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations are used in this work to calculate state-specific N2(X(1)Σ)+O((3)P)→2N((4)S)+O((3)P) dissociation and N2(X(1)Σ)+O((3)P)→NO(X(2)Π)+N((4)S) exchange cross sections and rates based on the 1(3)A″ and 1(3)A' ab initio potential energy surface by Gamallo et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 2545-2556 (2003)]. The calculations consider translational energies up to 23 eV and temperatures between 1000 K and 20 000 K. Vibrational favoring is observed for dissociation reaction at the whole range of collision energies and for exchange reaction around the dissociation limit. For the same collision energy, cross sections for v = 30 are 4 to 6 times larger than those for the ground state. The exchange reaction has an effective activation energy that is dependent on the initial rovibrational level, which is different from dissociation reaction. In addition, the exchange cross sections have a maximum when the total collision energy (TCE) approaches dissociation energy. The calculations are used to generate compact QCT-derived state-specific dissociation (QCT-SSD) and QCT-derived state-specific exchange (QCT-SSE) models, which describe over 1 × 10(6) cross sections with about 150 model parameters. The models can be used directly within direct simulation Monte Carlo and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Rate constants predicted by the new models are compared to the experimental measurements, direct QCT calculations and predictions by other models that include: TCE model, Bose-Candler QCT-based exchange model, Macheret-Fridman dissociation model, Macheret's exchange model, and Park's two-temperature model. The new models match QCT-calculated and experimental rates within 30% under nonequilibrium conditions while other models under predict by over an order of magnitude under vibrationally-cold conditions.

  20. Transition state stabilization and substrate strain in enzyme catalysis: ab initio QM/MM modelling of the chorismate mutase reaction.

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    Ranaghan, Kara E; Ridder, Lars; Szefczyk, Borys; Sokalski, W Andrzej; Hermann, Johannes C; Mulholland, Adrian J

    2004-04-07

    To investigate fundamental features of enzyme catalysis, there is a need for high-level calculations capable of modelling crucial, unstable species such as transition states as they are formed within enzymes. We have modelled an important model enzyme reaction, the Claisen rearrangement of chorismate to prephenate in chorismate mutase, by combined ab initio quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods. The best estimates of the potential energy barrier in the enzyme are 7.4-11.0 kcal mol(-1)(MP2/6-31+G(d)//6-31G(d)/CHARMM22) and 12.7-16.1 kcal mol(-1)(B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,p)//6-31G(d)/CHARMM22), comparable to the experimental estimate of Delta H(++)= 12.7 +/- 0.4 kcal mol(-1). The results provide unequivocal evidence of transition state (TS) stabilization by the enzyme, with contributions from residues Arg90, Arg7, and Arg63. Glu78 stabilizes the prephenate product (relative to substrate), and can also stabilize the TS. Examination of the same pathway in solution (with a variety of continuum models), at the same ab initio levels, allows comparison of the catalyzed and uncatalyzed reactions. Calculated barriers in solution are 28.0 kcal mol(-1)(MP2/6-31+G(d)/PCM) and 24.6 kcal mol(-1)(B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,p)/PCM), comparable to the experimental finding of Delta G(++)= 25.4 kcal mol(-1) and consistent with the experimentally-deduced 10(6)-fold rate acceleration by the enzyme. The substrate is found to be significantly distorted in the enzyme, adopting a structure closer to the transition state, although the degree of compression is less than predicted by lower-level calculations. This apparent substrate strain, or compression, is potentially also catalytically relevant. Solution calculations, however, suggest that the catalytic contribution of this compression may be relatively small. Consideration of the same reaction pathway in solution and in the enzyme, involving reaction from a 'near-attack conformer' of the substrate, indicates that adoption of this

  1. Theoretical ab initio study of Xenon pentafluoride anion. Mechanism of Xenon pseudorotation

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    Fleurat-Lessard, Paul; Durupthy, Olivier; Volatron, François

    2002-09-01

    Ab initio calculations have been performed on XeF 5- anion at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels with a large basis set. Four extrema have been optimized and characterized by frequencies analysis. We find the absolute minimum to be of D 5h symmetry in accordance with the experimental data; the theoretical vibrational spectrum of this minimum is in good agreement with the experimental one. Three other extrema are found to be higher in energy depending on the angular separation of the Xenon lone pairs as predicted by the VSEPR theory. Finally the characterized transition state has been found to belong to the Xenon pseudorotation pathway.

  2. 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

  3. JUPITER MODELS WITH IMPROVED AB INITIO HYDROGEN EQUATION OF STATE (H-REOS.2)

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    Nettelmann, N.; Becker, A.; Redmer, R.; Holst, B.

    2012-05-01

    The amount and distribution of heavy elements in Jupiter gives indications on the process of its formation and evolution. Core mass and metallicity predictions, however, depend on the equations of state (EOSs) used and on model assumptions. We present an improved ab initio hydrogen EOS, H-REOS.2, and compute the internal structure and thermal evolution of Jupiter within the standard three-layer approach. The advance over our previous Jupiter models with H-REOS.1 by Nettelmann et al. is that the new models are also consistent with the observed {approx}> 2 times solar heavy element abundances in Jupiter's atmosphere. Such models have a rock core mass M{sub c} = 0-8 M{sub Circled-Plus }, total mass of heavy elements M{sub Z} = 28-32 M{sub Circled-Plus }, a deep internal layer boundary at {>=}4 Mbar, and a cooling time of 4.4-5.0 Gyr when assuming homogeneous evolution. We also calculate two-layer models in the manner of Militzer et al. and find a comparable large core of 16-21 M{sub Circled-Plus }, out of which {approx}11 M{sub Circled-Plus} is helium, but a significantly higher envelope metallicity of 4.5 times solar. According to our preferred three-layer models, neither the characteristic frequency ({nu}{sub 0} {approx} 156 {mu}Hz) nor the normalized moment of inertia ({lambda} {approx}0.276) is sensitive to the core mass but accurate measurements could well help to rule out some classes of models.

  4. Thermodynamic properties of magnesium oxide: a comparison of ab initio and empirical models

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    Song, Ting; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Liu, Zi-Jiang; Kong, Bo; Quan, Wei-Long; Fu, Zhi-Jian; Li, Jian-Feng; Tian, Jun-Hong

    2012-04-01

    The pressure-volume equation of state (P-V EOS) and isothermal bulk modulus, the volume-temperature (V-T) EOS and thermal expansivity are investigated for magnesium oxide (MgO) by using ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye (QHD) model in which the phononic effects are considered and isothermal-isobaric ensemble molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with different effective pair-wise potentials that consist of the Coulomb, dispersion and repulsion interactions. Polarization and compression effects are considered in MD simulations through the shell model (SM) and breathing shell model (BSM), respectively. The P-V relationship and isothermal bulk modulus K of the MgO dependence of pressures up to 200 GPa at 300 K and the V-T relationship and volume thermal expansion coefficient α of the MgO dependence of temperatures up to 3000 K at 0.1 MPa have been obtained from MD and DFT calculations and compared with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. Particular attention is paid to the prediction of the first and second pressure derivatives K' and K'' of the isothermal bulk modulus of MgO at a given temperature and pressure for the first time. Compared with the SM potential, MD simulations with the BSM and QHD models are highly successful in accurately reproducing the measured volumes of MgO. At extended pressure and temperature ranges, K, K', K'', α and P-V-T EOS have also been predicted. Detailed knowledge of the thermodynamic behavior in extreme conditions is of fundamental importance for understanding the physical properties of MgO.

  5. Ab initio calculations of mechanical, thermodynamic and electronic structure properties of mullite, iota-alumina and boron carbide

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    Aryal, Sita Ram

    The alumino-silicate solid solution series (Al 4+2xSi2-2 xO10-x) is an important class of ceramics. Except for the end member (x=0), Al2 SiO5 the crystal structures of the other phases, called mullite, have partially occupied sites. Stoichiometric supercell models for the four mullite phases 3Al2O 3 · 2SiO2 · 2Al 2O3 · SiO2, 4 Al2O3· SiO 2, 9Al2O3 · SiO2, and iota-Al2 O3 (iota-alumina) are constructed starting from experimentally reported crystal structures. A large number of models were built for each phase and relaxed using the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP) program. The model with the lowest total energy for a given x was chosen as the representative structure for that phase. Electronic structure and mechanical properties of mullite phases were studied via first-principles calculations. Of the various phases of transition alumina, iota-Al 2O3 is the least well known. In addition structural details have not, until now, been available. It is the end member of the aluminosilicate solid solution series with x=1. Based on a high alumina content mullite phase, a structural model for iota- Al2O3 is constructed. The simulated x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of this model agrees well with a measured XRD pattern. The iota-Al2 O3 is a highly disordered ultra-low-density phase of alumina with a theoretical density of 2854kg/m3. Using this theoretically constructed model, elastic, thermodynamic, electronic, and spectroscopic properties of iota-Al2 O3 have been calculated and compared it with those of alpha- Al2O3 and gamma- Al2O3. Boron carbide (B4C) undergoes an amorphization under high velocity impacts. The mechanism of amorphization is not clear. Ab initio methods are used to carry out large-scale uniaxial compression simulations on two polytypes of stoichiometric boron carbide (B4C), B 11C-CBC, and B12- CCC where B11C or B12 is the 12-atom icosahedron and CBC or CCC is the three-atom chain. The simulations were performed on large supercells of 180 atoms

  6. Ab initio kinetics and thermal decomposition mechanism of mononitrobiuret and 1,5-dinitrobiuret

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    Sun, Hongyan E-mail: ghanshyam.vaghjiani@us.af.mil; Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam L. E-mail: ghanshyam.vaghjiani@us.af.mil

    2015-05-28

    Mononitrobiuret (MNB) and 1,5-dinitrobiuret (DNB) are tetrazole-free, nitrogen-rich, energetic compounds. For the first time, a comprehensive ab initio kinetics study on the thermal decomposition mechanisms of MNB and DNB is reported here. In particular, the intramolecular interactions of amine H-atom with electronegative nitro O-atom and carbonyl O-atom have been analyzed for biuret, MNB, and DNB at the M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The results show that the MNB and DNB molecules are stabilized through six-member-ring moieties via intramolecular H-bonding with interatomic distances between 1.8 and 2.0 Å, due to electrostatic as well as polarization and dispersion interactions. Furthermore, it was found that the stable molecules in the solid state have the smallest dipole moment amongst all the conformers in the nitrobiuret series of compounds, thus revealing a simple way for evaluating reactivity of fuel conformers. The potential energy surface for thermal decomposition of MNB was characterized by spin restricted coupled cluster theory at the RCCSD(T)/cc-pV∞ Z//M06-2X/aug-cc-pVTZ level. It was found that the thermal decomposition of MNB is initiated by the elimination of HNCO and HNN(O)OH intermediates. Intramolecular transfer of a H-atom, respectively, from the terminal NH{sub 2} group to the adjacent carbonyl O-atom via a six-member-ring transition state eliminates HNCO with an energy barrier of 35 kcal/mol and from the central NH group to the adjacent nitro O-atom eliminates HNN(O)OH with an energy barrier of 34 kcal/mol. Elimination of HNN(O)OH is also the primary process involved in the thermal decomposition of DNB, which processes C{sub 2v} symmetry. The rate coefficients for the primary decomposition channels for MNB and DNB were quantified as functions of temperature and pressure. In addition, the thermal decomposition of HNN(O)OH was analyzed via Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus/multi-well master equation simulations, the results of which

  7. Ab initio study of the Zener polaron spectrum of half-doped manganites: Comparison of several model Hamiltonians

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    Bastardis, Roland; Guihéry, Nathalie; de Graaf, Coen

    2006-07-01

    The low-energy spectrum of the Zener polaron in half-doped manganite is studied by means of correlated ab initio calculations. It is shown that the electronic structure of the low-energy states results from a subtle interplay between double-exchange configurations and O 2pσ to Mn 3d charge-transfer configurations that obey a Heisenberg logic. The comparison of the calculated spectrum to those predicted by the Zener Hamiltonian reveals that this simple description does not correctly reproduces the Zener polaron physics. A better reproduction of the calculated spectrum is obtained with either a Heisenberg model that considers a purely magnetic oxygen or the Girerd-Papaefthymiou double-exchange model. An additional significant improvement is obtained when different antiferromagnetic contributions are combined with the double-exchange model, showing that the Zener polaron spectrum is actually ruled by a refined double-exchange mechanism where non-Hund atomic states play a non-negligible role. Finally, eight states of a different nature have been found to be intercalated in the double-exchange spectrum. These states exhibit an O to Mn charge transfer, implying a second O 2p orbital of approximate π character instead of the usual σ symmetry. A small mixing of the two families of states occurs, accounting for the final ordering of the states.

  8. Error-estimation-guided rebuilding of de novo models increases the success rate of ab initio phasing.

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    Shrestha, Rojan; Simoncini, David; Zhang, Kam Y J

    2012-11-01

    Recent advancements in computational methods for protein-structure prediction have made it possible to generate the high-quality de novo models required for ab initio phasing of crystallographic diffraction data using molecular replacement. Despite those encouraging achievements in ab initio phasing using de novo models, its success is limited only to those targets for which high-quality de novo models can be generated. In order to increase the scope of targets to which ab initio phasing with de novo models can be successfully applied, it is necessary to reduce the errors in the de novo models that are used as templates for molecular replacement. Here, an approach is introduced that can identify and rebuild the residues with larger errors, which subsequently reduces the overall C(α) root-mean-square deviation (CA-RMSD) from the native protein structure. The error in a predicted model is estimated from the average pairwise geometric distance per residue computed among selected lowest energy coarse-grained models. This score is subsequently employed to guide a rebuilding process that focuses on more error-prone residues in the coarse-grained models. This rebuilding methodology has been tested on ten protein targets that were unsuccessful using previous methods. The average CA-RMSD of the coarse-grained models was improved from 4.93 to 4.06 Å. For those models with CA-RMSD less than 3.0 Å, the average CA-RMSD was improved from 3.38 to 2.60 Å. These rebuilt coarse-grained models were then converted into all-atom models and refined to produce improved de novo models for molecular replacement. Seven diffraction data sets were successfully phased using rebuilt de novo models, indicating the improved quality of these rebuilt de novo models and the effectiveness of the rebuilding process. Software implementing this method, called MORPHEUS, can be downloaded from http://www.riken.jp/zhangiru/software.html.

  9. Ab initio model of salicylate adsorbed onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and illite clay

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    Kubicki, J.D.; Itoh, M.J.; Apitz, S.E.

    1996-10-01

    Organic-mineral surface chemistry plays a significant role in numerous geochemical processes such as global carbon cycling, weathering, and contaminant fate and transport. Knowledge of bonding mechanisms between naturally-occurring organic matter (NOM) and minerals is necessary in environmental science. This research examines surface complexation of salicylic acid (which is often used as an analog for NOM) adsorbed onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and illite. ATR-FTIR spectra of the adsorbed complexes were measured and compared to theoretical vibrational spectra of possible surface configurations derived form molecular orbital (MO) calculations. A variety of Al- and Si-salicylate complexes were modeled with ab initio MO calculations. The theoretical vibrational spectrum that best fits the observed spectra corresponds to a salicylate anion bonded to an octahedral Al{sup 3+} ion via a C-O-Al ester-type linkage. These results support the configuration proposed in Biber and Stumm for salicylate adsorbed onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  10. Ab initio model calculations for graphite. I - Bulk and basal plane electronic densities. II - Prismatic surface electronic density

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    Butkus, A. M.; Fink, W. H.

    1980-09-01

    The paper presents results of ab initio calculations for carbon atom clusters which model the electronic structure of the bulk and basal planes of the graphite lattice. The bulk case is based on 4, 6, and 8 carbon atom cluster models, and basal plane models contain 4 and 5 carbon units. Reference SCF computations are made for all clusters together with Milliken population analyses for the resultant SCF and model wave functions. The model provides a more uniform density distribution than the SCF calculations. Two and three dimensional models for the graphite lattice predict weak interaction between atoms in adjacent stacking planes which are consistent with properties of graphite.

  11. Ab initio joint density-functional theory of solvated electrodes, with model and explicit solvation

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    Arias, Tomas

    2015-03-01

    First-principles guided design of improved electrochemical systems has the potential for great societal impact by making non-fossil-fuel systems economically viable. Potential applications include improvements in fuel-cells, solar-fuel systems (``artificial photosynthesis''), supercapacitors and batteries. Economical fuel-cell systems would enable zero-carbon footprint transportation, solar-fuel systems would directly convert sunlight and water into hydrogen fuel for such fuel-cell vehicles, supercapacitors would enable nearly full recovery of energy lost during vehicle braking thus extending electric vehicle range and acceptance, and economical high-capacity batteries would be central to mitigating the indeterminacy of renewable resources such as wind and solar. Central to the operation of all of the above electrochemical systems is the electrode-electrolyte interface, whose underlying physics is quite rich, yet remains remarkably poorly understood. The essential underlying technical challenge to the first principles studies which could explore this physics is the need to properly represent simultaneously both the interaction between electron-transfer events at the electrode, which demand a quantum mechanical description, and multiscale phenomena in the liquid environment such as the electrochemical double layer (ECDL) and its associated shielding, which demand a statistical description. A direct ab initio approach to this challenge would, in principle, require statistical sampling and thousands of repetitions of already computationally demanding quantum mechanical calculations. This talk will begin with a brief review of a recent advance, joint density-functional theory (JDFT), which allows for a fully rigorous and, in principle, exact representation of the thermodynamic equilibrium between a system described at the quantum-mechanical level and a liquid environment, but without the need for costly sampling. We then shall demonstrate how this approach applies in

  12. Modelling of carbohydrate-aromatic interactions: ab initio energetics and force field performance

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    Spiwok, Vojtěch; Lipovová, Petra; Skálová, Tereza; Vondráčková, Eva; Dohnálek, Jan; Hašek, Jindřich; Králová, Blanka

    2005-12-01

    Aromatic amino acid residues are often present in carbohydrate-binding sites of proteins. These binding sites are characterized by a placement of a carbohydrate moiety in a stacking orientation to an aromatic ring. This arrangement is an example of CH/π interactions. Ab initio interaction energies for 20 carbohydrate-aromatic complexes taken from 6 selected ultra-high resolution X-ray structures of glycosidases and carbohydrate-binding proteins were calculated. All interaction energies of a pyranose moiety with a side chain of an aromatic residue were calculated as attractive with interaction energy ranging from -2.8 to -12.3 kcal/mol as calculated at the MP2/6-311+G(d) level. Strong attractive interactions were observed for a wide range of orientations of carbohydrate and aromatic ring as present in selected X-ray structures. The most attractive interaction was associated with apparent combination of CH/π interactions and classical H-bonds. The failure of Hartree-Fock method (interaction energies from +1.0 to -6.9 kcal/mol) can be explained by a dispersion nature of a majority of the studied complexes. We also present a comparison of interaction energies calculated at the MP2 level with those calculated using molecular mechanics force fields (OPLS, GROMOS, CSFF/CHARMM, CHEAT/CHARMM, Glycam/AMBER, MM2 and MM3). For a majority of force fields there was a strong correlation with MP2 values. RMSD between MP2 and force field values were 1.0 for CSFF/CHARMM, 1.2 for Glycam/AMBER, 1.2 for GROMOS, 1.3 for MM3, 1.4 for MM2, 1.5 for OPLS and to 2.3 for CHEAT/CHARMM (in kcal/mol). These results show that molecular mechanics approximates interaction energies very well and support an application of molecular mechanics methods in the area of glycochemistry and glycobiology.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Lattice dynamics of the model percolation-type (Zn,Be)Se alloy: Inelastic neutron scattering, ab initio study, and shell-model calculations

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    Rao, Mala N.; Lamago, D.; Ivanov, A.; d'Astuto, M.; Postnikov, A. V.; Hussein, R. Hajj; Basak, Tista; Chaplot, S. L.; Firszt, F.; Paszkowicz, W.; Deb, S. K.; Pagès, O.

    2014-04-01

    The random Zn1-xBexSe zincblende alloy is known to exhibit a peculiar three-mode [1×(Zn-Se),2×(Be-Se)] vibration pattern near the Brillouin zone (BZ) center, of the so-called percolation type, apparent in its Raman spectra. This is due to an unusually large contrast between the physical properties (length, ionicity) of the constituting bonds. In the present work, the inelastic neutron scattering is applied to study the dispersion of modes away from the BZ center, with special attention to the q⃗ dependence of the BeSe-like transverse optic doublet. The discussion is supported by calculations of lattice dynamics done both ab initio (using the siesta code) and within the shell model. The BeSe-like doublet is found to survive nearly unchanged throughout the BZ up to the zone edge, indicating that its origin is at the ultimate bond scale. The microscopic mechanism of splitting is clarified by ab initio calculations. Namely, the local lattice relaxation needed to accommodate the contrast in physical properties of the Zn-Se and Be-Se bonds splits the stretching and bending modes of connected, i.e., percolativelike, (Be-Se) bonds.

  16. Ab initio optimization principle for the ground states of translationally invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models.

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    Ran, Shi-Ju

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a simple and fundamental numeric scheme dubbed as ab initio optimization principle (AOP) is proposed for the ground states of translational invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models. The idea is to transform a nondeterministic-polynomial-hard ground-state simulation with infinite degrees of freedom into a single optimization problem of a local function with finite number of physical and ancillary degrees of freedom. This work contributes mainly in the following aspects: (1) AOP provides a simple and efficient scheme to simulate the ground state by solving a local optimization problem. Its solution contains two kinds of boundary states, one of which play the role of the entanglement bath that mimics the interactions between a supercell and the infinite environment, and the other gives the ground state in a tensor network (TN) form. (2) In the sense of TN, a novel decomposition named as tensor ring decomposition (TRD) is proposed to implement AOP. Instead of following the contraction-truncation scheme used by many existing TN-based algorithms, TRD solves the contraction of a uniform TN in an opposite way by encoding the contraction in a set of self-consistent equations that automatically reconstruct the whole TN, making the simulation simple and unified; (3) AOP inherits and develops the ideas of different well-established methods, including the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG), infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD), network contractor dynamics, density matrix embedding theory, etc., providing a unified perspective that is previously missing in this fields. (4) AOP as well as TRD give novel implications to existing TN-based algorithms: A modified iTEBD is suggested and the two-dimensional (2D) AOP is argued to be an intrinsic 2D extension of DMRG that is based on infinite projected entangled pair state. This paper is focused on one-dimensional quantum models to present AOP. The benchmark is given on a transverse Ising

  17. Ab initio optimization principle for the ground states of translationally invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models

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    Ran, Shi-Ju

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a simple and fundamental numeric scheme dubbed as ab initio optimization principle (AOP) is proposed for the ground states of translational invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models. The idea is to transform a nondeterministic-polynomial-hard ground-state simulation with infinite degrees of freedom into a single optimization problem of a local function with finite number of physical and ancillary degrees of freedom. This work contributes mainly in the following aspects: (1) AOP provides a simple and efficient scheme to simulate the ground state by solving a local optimization problem. Its solution contains two kinds of boundary states, one of which play the role of the entanglement bath that mimics the interactions between a supercell and the infinite environment, and the other gives the ground state in a tensor network (TN) form. (2) In the sense of TN, a novel decomposition named as tensor ring decomposition (TRD) is proposed to implement AOP. Instead of following the contraction-truncation scheme used by many existing TN-based algorithms, TRD solves the contraction of a uniform TN in an opposite way by encoding the contraction in a set of self-consistent equations that automatically reconstruct the whole TN, making the simulation simple and unified; (3) AOP inherits and develops the ideas of different well-established methods, including the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG), infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD), network contractor dynamics, density matrix embedding theory, etc., providing a unified perspective that is previously missing in this fields. (4) AOP as well as TRD give novel implications to existing TN-based algorithms: A modified iTEBD is suggested and the two-dimensional (2D) AOP is argued to be an intrinsic 2D extension of DMRG that is based on infinite projected entangled pair state. This paper is focused on one-dimensional quantum models to present AOP. The benchmark is given on a transverse Ising

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. ParFit: A Python-Based Object-Oriented Program for Fitting Molecular Mechanics Parameters to ab Initio Data

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    Zahariev, Federico; De Silva, Nuwan; Gordon, Mark S.; ...

    2017-02-23

    Here, a newly created object-oriented program for automating the process of fitting molecular-mechanics parameters to ab initio data, termed ParFit, is presented. ParFit uses a hybrid of deterministic and stochastic genetic algorithms. ParFit can simultaneously handle several molecular-mechanics parameters in multiple molecules and can also apply symmetric and antisymmetric constraints on the optimized parameters. The simultaneous handling of several molecules enhances the transferability of the fitted parameters. ParFit is written in Python, uses a rich set of standard and nonstandard Python libraries, and can be run in parallel on multicore computer systems. As an example, a series of phosphine oxides,more » important for metal extraction chemistry, are parametrized using ParFit.« less

  1. ParFit: A Python-Based Object-Oriented Program for Fitting Molecular Mechanics Parameters to ab Initio Data.

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    Zahariev, Federico; De Silva, Nuwan; Gordon, Mark S; Windus, Theresa L; Dick-Perez, Marilu

    2017-03-27

    A newly created object-oriented program for automating the process of fitting molecular-mechanics parameters to ab initio data, termed ParFit, is presented. ParFit uses a hybrid of deterministic and stochastic genetic algorithms. ParFit can simultaneously handle several molecular-mechanics parameters in multiple molecules and can also apply symmetric and antisymmetric constraints on the optimized parameters. The simultaneous handling of several molecules enhances the transferability of the fitted parameters. ParFit is written in Python, uses a rich set of standard and nonstandard Python libraries, and can be run in parallel on multicore computer systems. As an example, a series of phosphine oxides, important for metal extraction chemistry, are parametrized using ParFit. ParFit is in an open source program available for free on GitHub ( https://github.com/fzahari/ParFit ).

  2. Quantum molecular mechanics-a noniterative procedure for the fast ab Initio calculation of closed shell systems.

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    Moura, Gustavo L C; Simas, Alfredo M

    2012-04-05

    In this article, we advance the foundations of a strategy to develop a molecular mechanics method based not on classical mechanics and force fields but entirely on quantum mechanics and localized electron-pair orbitals, which we call quantum molecular mechanics (QMM). Accordingly, we introduce a new manner of calculating Hartree-Fock ab initio wavefunctions of closed shell systems based on variationally preoptimized nonorthogonal electron pair orbitals constructed by linear combinations of basis functions centered on the atoms. QMM is noniterative and requires only one extremely fast inversion of a single sparse matrix to arrive to the one-particle density matrix, to the electron density, and consequently, to the ab initio electrostatic potential around the molecular system, or cluster of molecules. Although QMM neglects the smaller polarization effects due to intermolecular interactions, it fully takes into consideration polarization effects due to the much stronger intramolecular geometry distortions. For the case of methane, we show that QMM was able to reproduce satisfactorily the energetics and polarization effects of all distortions of the molecule along the nine normal modes of vibration, well beyond the harmonic region. We present the first practical applications of the QMM method by examining, in detail, the cases of clusters of helium atoms, hydrogen molecules, methane molecules, as well as one molecule of HeH(+) surrounded by several methane molecules. We finally advance and discuss the potentialities of an exact formula to compute the QMM total energy, in which only two center integrals are involved, provided that the fully optimized electron-pair orbitals are known.

  3. Ab initio study on the mechanism of the HCO+O 2→HO 2+CO reaction

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    Martínez-Ávila, Mónica; Peiró-García, Julio; Ramírez-Ramírez, Víctor M.; Nebot-Gil, Ignacio

    2003-03-01

    The gas-phase reaction HCO+O 2→CO+HO 2 has been investigated by means of ab initio calculations. The mechanism can proceed through either a direct hydrogen abstraction or addition of O 2 to the formyl radical. The energy barriers calculated at the QCISD(T)/6-311G(2df,2p) level of theory upon QCISD/6-311G(d,p) optimized structures are, respectively, of 2.98 kcal mol -1 for the direct abstraction and of 2.26 kcal mol -1 for the addition. Thus, the results obtained show that there is not a dominant pathway in the HCO+O 2 reaction under atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure.

  4. Ab-initio calculation study on the formation mechanism of boron-oxygen complexes in c-Si

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    Yu, Xuegong; Chen, Peng; Chen, Xianzi; Liu, Yong; Yang, Deren

    2015-07-15

    Boron-oxygen (B-O) complex in crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells is responsible for the light-induced efficiency degradation of solar cell. However, the formation mechanism of B-O complex is not clear yet. By Ab-initio calculation, it is found that the stagger-type oxygen dimer (O{sub 2i}{sup st}) should be the component of B-O complex, whose movement occurs through its structure reconfiguration at low temperature, instead of its long-distance diffusion. The O{sub 2i}{sup st} can form two stable “latent centers” with the B{sub s}, which are recombination-inactive. The latent centers can be evolved into the metastable recombination centers via their structure transformation in the presence of excess carriers. These results can well explain the formation behaviors of B-O complexes in c-Si.

  5. Electronic and mechanical properties of ZnX (X = S, Se and Te)--An ab initio study

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    Verma, Ajay Singh; Sharma, Sheetal; Jindal, Vijay Kumar; Sarkar, Bimal Kumar

    2011-12-12

    Zinc chalcogenides (ZnX, X = S, Se and Te) have been increasing attention as wide and direct band gap semiconductor for blue and ultraviolet optical devices. This paper analyzes electronic and mechanical properties of these materials by ab initio pseudo-potential method that uses non conserving pseudopotentials in fully nonlocal form, as implemented in SIESTA code. In this approach the local density approximation (LDA) is used for the exchange-correlation (XC) potential. The calculations are given for band gap, elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), shear modulus, and Young's modulus. The results are in very good agreement with previous theoretical calculations and available experimental data.

  6. Ab initio-predicted micro-mechanical performance of refractory high-entropy alloys

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    Li, Xiaoqing; Tian, Fuyang; Schönecker, Stephan; Zhao, Jijun; Vitos, Levente

    2015-01-01

    Recently developed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) consisting of multiple principal elements represent a new field of metallurgy and have demonstrated appealing properties for a wide range of applications. Using ab initio alloy theory, we reveal the alloying effect on the elastic properties and the ideal tensile strength (ITS) in the [001] direction of four body-centered cubic (bcc) refractory HEAs based on Zr, V, Ti, Nb, and Hf. We find that these HEAs show high elastic anisotropy and large positive Cauchy pressure, suggesting good extrinsic ductility. Starting from ZrNbHf, it is found that the ITS decreases with equimolar Ti addition. On the other hand, if both Ti and V are added to ZrNbHf, the ITS is enhanced by about 42%. An even more captivating effect is the ITS increase by about 170%, if Ti and V are substituted for Hf. The alloying effect on the ITS is explained by the d-band filling. An intrinsic brittle-to-ductile transition is found in terms of the failure mode under uniaxial tension. These investigations suggest that intrinsically ductile HEAs with high ideal strength can be achieved by controlling the proportion of group four elements to group five elements. PMID:26199145

  7. Resolving the HONO formation mechanism in the ionosphere via ab initio molecular dynamic simulations

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    He, Rongxing; Li, Lei; Zhong, Jie; Zhu, Chongqin; Francisco, Joseph S.; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Solar emission produces copious nitrosonium ions (NO+) in the D layer of the ionosphere, 60 to 90 km above the Earth’s surface. NO+ is believed to transfer its charge to water clusters in that region, leading to the formation of gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) and protonated water cluster. The dynamics of this reaction at the ionospheric temperature (200–220 K) and the associated mechanistic details are largely unknown. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and transition-state search, key structures of the water hydrates—tetrahydrate NO+(H2O)4 and pentahydrate NO+(H2O)5—are identified and shown to be responsible for HONO formation in the ionosphere. The critical tetrahydrate NO+(H2O)4 exhibits a chain-like structure through which all of the lowest-energy isomers must go. However, most lowest-energy isomers of pentahydrate NO+(H2O)5 can be converted to the HONO-containing product, encountering very low barriers, via a chain-like or a three-armed, star-like structure. Although these structures are not the global minima, at 220 K, most lowest-energy NO+(H2O)4 and NO+(H2O)5 isomers tend to channel through these highly populated isomers toward HONO formation. PMID:27071120

  8. Resolving the HONO formation mechanism in the ionosphere via ab initio molecular dynamic simulations.

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    He, Rongxing; Li, Lei; Zhong, Jie; Zhu, Chongqin; Francisco, Joseph S; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2016-04-26

    Solar emission produces copious nitrosonium ions (NO(+)) in the D layer of the ionosphere, 60 to 90 km above the Earth's surface. NO(+) is believed to transfer its charge to water clusters in that region, leading to the formation of gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) and protonated water cluster. The dynamics of this reaction at the ionospheric temperature (200-220 K) and the associated mechanistic details are largely unknown. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and transition-state search, key structures of the water hydrates-tetrahydrate NO(+)(H2O)4 and pentahydrate NO(+)(H2O)5-are identified and shown to be responsible for HONO formation in the ionosphere. The critical tetrahydrate NO(+)(H2O)4 exhibits a chain-like structure through which all of the lowest-energy isomers must go. However, most lowest-energy isomers of pentahydrate NO(+)(H2O)5 can be converted to the HONO-containing product, encountering very low barriers, via a chain-like or a three-armed, star-like structure. Although these structures are not the global minima, at 220 K, most lowest-energy NO(+)(H2O)4 and NO(+)(H2O)5 isomers tend to channel through these highly populated isomers toward HONO formation.

  9. Ab initio-predicted micro-mechanical performance of refractory high-entropy alloys.

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    Li, Xiaoqing; Tian, Fuyang; Schönecker, Stephan; Zhao, Jijun; Vitos, Levente

    2015-07-22

    Recently developed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) consisting of multiple principal elements represent a new field of metallurgy and have demonstrated appealing properties for a wide range of applications. Using ab initio alloy theory, we reveal the alloying effect on the elastic properties and the ideal tensile strength (ITS) in the [001] direction of four body-centered cubic (bcc) refractory HEAs based on Zr, V, Ti, Nb, and Hf. We find that these HEAs show high elastic anisotropy and large positive Cauchy pressure, suggesting good extrinsic ductility. Starting from ZrNbHf, it is found that the ITS decreases with equimolar Ti addition. On the other hand, if both Ti and V are added to ZrNbHf, the ITS is enhanced by about 42%. An even more captivating effect is the ITS increase by about 170%, if Ti and V are substituted for Hf. The alloying effect on the ITS is explained by the d-band filling. An intrinsic brittle-to-ductile transition is found in terms of the failure mode under uniaxial tension. These investigations suggest that intrinsically ductile HEAs with high ideal strength can be achieved by controlling the proportion of group four elements to group five elements.

  10. Ab initio path-integral calculations of kinetic and equilibrium isotope effects on base-catalyzed RNA transphosphorylation models.

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    Wong, Kin-Yiu; Xu, Yuqing; York, Darrin M

    2014-06-30

    Detailed understandings of the reaction mechanisms of RNA catalysis in various environments can have profound importance for many applications, ranging from the design of new biotechnologies to the unraveling of the evolutionary origin of life. An integral step in the nucleolytic RNA catalysis is self-cleavage of RNA strands by 2'-O-transphosphorylation. Key to elucidating a reaction mechanism is determining the molecular structure and bonding characteristics of transition state. A direct and powerful probe of transition state is measuring isotope effects on biochemical reactions, particularly if we can reproduce isotope effect values from quantum calculations. This article significantly extends the scope of our previous joint experimental and theoretical work in examining isotope effects on enzymatic and nonenzymatic 2'-O-transphosphorylation reaction models that mimic reactions catalyzed by RNA enzymes (ribozymes), and protein enzymes such as ribonuclease A (RNase A). Native reactions are studied, as well as reactions with thio substitutions representing chemical modifications often used in experiments to probe mechanism. Here, we report and compare results from eight levels of electronic-structure calculations for constructing the potential energy surfaces in kinetic and equilibrium isotope effects (KIE and EIE) computations, including a "gold-standard" coupled-cluster level of theory [CCSD(T)]. In addition to the widely used Bigeleisen equation for estimating KIE and EIE values, internuclear anharmonicity and quantum tunneling effects were also computed using our recently developed ab initio path-integral method, that is, automated integration-free path-integral method. The results of this work establish an important set of benchmarks that serve to guide calculations of KIE and EIE for RNA catalysis.

  11. Poster 2:Ab initio calculations of low temperature hydrocarbon spectra for astrophysics: application to the modeling of methane absorption in the Titan atmosphere in a wide IR range

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    Rey, Michael; Nikitin, Andrei; Bezard, Bruno; Rannou, Pascal; Coustenis, Athena; Tyuterev, Vladimir

    2016-06-01

    Knowledge of intensities of spectral transitions in various temperature ranges including very low-T conditions is essential for the modeling of optical properties of planetary atmospheres and for other astrophysical applications. The temperature dependence of spectral features is crucial, but quantified experimental information in a wide spectral range is generally missing. A significant progress has been recently achieved in first principles quantum mechanical predictions (ab initio electronic structure + variational nuclear motion calculations) of rotationally resolved spectra for hydrocarbon molecules such as methane , ethylene and their isotopic species [1,2] . We have recently reported the TheoReTS information system (theorets.univ-reims.fr, theorets.tsu.ru) for theoretical spectra based on variational predictions from molecular potential energy and dipole moment surfaces [3] that permits online simulation of radiative properties including low-T conditions of cold planets. In this work, we apply ab initio predictions of the spectra of methane isotopologues down to T=80 K for the modeling of the transmittance in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest satellite explored by the Cassini-Huygens space mission. A very good agreement over the whole infrared range from 6,000 to 11,000 cm-1 compared with observations obtained by the Descent Imager / Spectral Radiometer (DISR) on the Huygens probe [4,5] at various altitudes will be reported.

  12. An ab initio chemical reaction model for the direct simulation Monte Carlo study of non-equilibrium nitrogen flows

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    Mankodi, T. K.; Bhandarkar, U. V.; Puranik, B. P.

    2017-08-01

    A new ab initio based chemical model for a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) study suitable for simulating rarefied flows with a high degree of non-equilibrium is presented. To this end, Collision Induced Dissociation (CID) cross sections for N2+N2→N2+2 N are calculated and published using a global complete active space self-consistent field-complete active space second order perturbation theory N4 potential energy surface and quasi-classical trajectory algorithm for high energy collisions (up to 30 eV). CID cross sections are calculated for only a selected set of ro-vibrational combinations of the two nitrogen molecules, and a fitting scheme based on spectroscopic weights is presented to interpolate the CID cross section for all possible ro-vibrational combinations. The new chemical model is validated by calculating equilibrium reaction rate coefficients that can be compared well with existing shock tube and computational results. High-enthalpy hypersonic nitrogen flows around a cylinder in the transition flow regime are simulated using DSMC to compare the predictions of the current ab initio based chemical model with the prevailing phenomenological model (the total collision energy model). The differences in the predictions are discussed.

  13. An ab initio chemical reaction model for the direct simulation Monte Carlo study of non-equilibrium nitrogen flows.

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    Mankodi, T K; Bhandarkar, U V; Puranik, B P

    2017-08-28

    A new ab initio based chemical model for a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) study suitable for simulating rarefied flows with a high degree of non-equilibrium is presented. To this end, Collision Induced Dissociation (CID) cross sections for N2+N2→N2+2N are calculated and published using a global complete active space self-consistent field-complete active space second order perturbation theory N4 potential energy surface and quasi-classical trajectory algorithm for high energy collisions (up to 30 eV). CID cross sections are calculated for only a selected set of ro-vibrational combinations of the two nitrogen molecules, and a fitting scheme based on spectroscopic weights is presented to interpolate the CID cross section for all possible ro-vibrational combinations. The new chemical model is validated by calculating equilibrium reaction rate coefficients that can be compared well with existing shock tube and computational results. High-enthalpy hypersonic nitrogen flows around a cylinder in the transition flow regime are simulated using DSMC to compare the predictions of the current ab initio based chemical model with the prevailing phenomenological model (the total collision energy model). The differences in the predictions are discussed.

  14. Time-domain ab initio modeling of photoinduced dynamics at nanoscale interfaces.

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    Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2015-04-01

    Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.

  15. Time-Domain Ab Initio Modeling of Photoinduced Dynamics at Nanoscale Interfaces

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    Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2015-04-01

    Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.

  16. Ab initio modeling of quasielastic neutron scattering of hydrogen pipe diffusion in palladium

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    Schiavone, Emily J.; Trinkle, Dallas R.

    2016-08-01

    A recent quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) study of hydrogen in heavily deformed fcc palladium provided the first direct measurement of hydrogen pipe diffusion, which has a significantly higher diffusivity and lower activation barrier than in bulk. While ab initio estimates of hydrogen diffusion near a dislocation corroborated the experimental values, open questions remain from the Chudley-Elliott analysis of the QENS spectra, including significant nonmonotonic changes in jump distance with temperature. We calculate the spherically averaged incoherent scattering function at different temperatures using our ab initio data for the network of site energies, jump rates, and jump vectors to directly compare to experiment. Diffusivities and jump distances are sensitive to how a single Lorentzian is fit to the scattering function. Using a logarithmic least squares fit over the range of experimentally measured energies, our diffusivities and jump distances agree well with those measured by experiment. However, these calculated quantities do not reflect barriers or distances in our dislocation geometry. This computational approach allows for validation against experiment, along with a more detailed understanding of the QENS results.

  17. Towards SiC Surface Functionalization: An Ab Initio Study

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    Cicero, G; Catellani, A

    2005-01-28

    We present a microscopic model of the interaction and adsorption mechanism of simple organic molecules on SiC surfaces as obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our results open the way to functionalization of silicon carbide, a leading candidate material for bio-compatible devices.

  18. 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.

  19. Single-layered chrysotile nanotubes: A quantum mechanical ab initio simulation

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    D'Arco, Philippe; Noel, Yves; Demichelis, Raffaella; Dovesi, Roberto

    2009-11-01

    Chrysotile single-layered nanotubes, obtained by wrapping the Mg3Si2O5(OH)4 lizardite monolayer along the (n,-n) hexagonal lattice vector, are simulated at the ab initio level by using an all electron 6-31G∗ basis set and the B3LYP functional for n varying from 14 to 24 (the nanotube radius R referred to the oxygen connecting the Mg and Si layers increases from 20 to 35 Å). Because of the full exploitation of the helical symmetry, recently implemented in the CRYSTAL code, the computational cost for the full self-consistent field (SCF) and gradient calculation increases only by a factor of 2 and 1.2, respectively, when passing from the lizardite monolayer [18 atoms and 236 AOs (atomic orbitals) in the unit cell] to the (24, -24) tube (864 atoms and 11 328 AOs). The total energy of the tubes is always larger than that of the lizardite monolayer; the difference ΔE decreases very rapidly with n; for the largest tube here considered (n =24) ΔE is as small as 2.7 kJ/mol per formula unit (f.u.); extrapolating to larger n values, at about R =50 Å, ΔE becomes smaller than 1 kJ mol f.u. Very large energy gains are observed for small n values during optimization after rolling, mainly due to the rotation of the SiO4 tetrahedra that are in the inner part of the cylinder ("normal rolling"); such a rigid rotation accounts for about 85% of the overall relaxation energy. "Inverse rolling" tubes (SiO4 on the external wall of the tube) are shown to be less stable than the corresponding "normal" tubes.

  20. 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.

  1. Pharmacological Classification and Activity Evaluation of Furan and Thiophene Amide Derivatives Applying Semi-Empirical ab initio Molecular Modeling Methods

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    Bober, Leszek; Kawczak, Piotr; Baczek, Tomasz

    2012-01-01

    Pharmacological and physicochemical classification of the furan and thiophene amide derivatives by multiple regression analysis and partial least square (PLS) based on semi-empirical ab initio molecular modeling studies and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) retention data is proposed. Structural parameters obtained from the PCM (Polarizable Continuum Model) method and the literature values of biological activity (antiproliferative for the A431 cells) expressed as LD50 of the examined furan and thiophene derivatives was used to search for relationships. It was tested how variable molecular modeling conditions considered together, with or without HPLC retention data, allow evaluation of the structural recognition of furan and thiophene derivatives with respect to their pharmacological properties. PMID:22837656

  2. Dynamical correlation effects on photoisomerization: Ab initio multiple spawning dynamics with MS-CASPT2 for a model trans-protonated Schiff base

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    Liu, Lihong; Liu, Jian; Martinez, Todd J.

    2015-12-17

    Here, we investigate the photoisomerization of a model retinal protonated Schiff base (trans-PSB3) using ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) based on multi-state second order perturbation theory (MSPT2). Discrepancies between the photodynamical mechanism computed with three-root state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field (SA-3-CASSCF, which does not include dynamic electron correlation effects) and MSPT2 show that dynamic correlation is critical in this photoisomerization reaction. Furthermore, we show that the photodynamics of trans-PSB3 is not well described by predictions based on minimum energy conical intersections (MECIs) or minimum energy conical intersection (CI) seam paths. Instead, most of the CIs involved in the photoisomerization are far from MECIs and minimum energy CI seam paths. Thus, both dynamical nuclear effects and dynamic electron correlation are critical to understanding the photochemical mechanism.

  3. Dynamical correlation effects on photoisomerization: Ab initio multiple spawning dynamics with MS-CASPT2 for a model trans-protonated Schiff base

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    Liu, Lihong; Liu, Jian; Martinez, Todd J.

    2015-12-17

    Here, we investigate the photoisomerization of a model retinal protonated Schiff base (trans-PSB3) using ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) based on multi-state second order perturbation theory (MSPT2). Discrepancies between the photodynamical mechanism computed with three-root state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field (SA-3-CASSCF, which does not include dynamic electron correlation effects) and MSPT2 show that dynamic correlation is critical in this photoisomerization reaction. Furthermore, we show that the photodynamics of trans-PSB3 is not well described by predictions based on minimum energy conical intersections (MECIs) or minimum energy conical intersection (CI) seam paths. Instead, most of the CIs involved in the photoisomerizationmore » are far from MECIs and minimum energy CI seam paths. Thus, both dynamical nuclear effects and dynamic electron correlation are critical to understanding the photochemical mechanism.« less

  4. Mechanical and magneto-opto-electronic investigation of transition metal based fluoro-perovskites: An ab-initio DFT study

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    Erum, Nazia; Azhar Iqbal, Muhammad

    2017-09-01

    Detailed ab-initio calculations are performed to investigate structural, elastic, mechanical, magneto-electronic and optical properties of the KXF3 (X = V, Fe, Co, Ni) fluoro-perovskites using Full Potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) method within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The calculated structural parameters by DFT and analytical methods are found consistent with the experimental results. From the elastic and mechanical properties, it can be inferred that these compounds are elastically stable and anisotropic while KCoF3 is harder than rest of the compounds. Furthermore, thermal behavior of these compounds is analyzed by calculating Debye temperature (θD). The calculated spin dependent magneto-electronic properties in these compounds reveal that exchange splitting is dominated by N-3d orbital. The stable magnetic phase optimizations verify the experimental observations at low temperature. Type of chemical bonding is analyzed with the help of variations in electron density difference distribution that is induced due to changes of the second cation. The linear optical properties are also discussed in terms of optical spectra. The present methodology represents an influential approach to calculate the whole set of mechanical and magneto-opto-electronic parameters, which would support to understand various physical phenomena and empower device engineers for implementing these materials in spintronic applications.

  5. A statistical, ab initio, quantum mechanical study of the photolysis and final state distributions of singlet ketene

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    Cole, John P.; Balint-Kurti, Gabriel G.

    2003-09-01

    A new quantum mechanical, statistical, total angular momentum conserving theory designed to describe relative kinetic energy and fragment quantum state distributions in unimolecular dissociation processes is described. The theory is called the statistical adiabatic product distribution method and is based on a variational Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) treatment of the break-up process. It requires the definition of a break-up pathway or intrinsic reaction coordinate and the normal mode vibrational frequencies in the coordinate space orthogonal to this coordinate. In the present application to the break up of highly excited singlet ketene, the reaction coordinate and vibrational frequencies are evaluated using ab initio molecular electronic structure codes. The variational aspect of the theory involves locating, independently for every total angular momentum and total energy, the reaction coordinate value which leads to the lowest sum-of-states. In order to make predictions of the product quantum state and relative kinetic energy distributions the variational RRKM treatment is augmented by a J conserving quantum phase space treatment of the dissociation process. This treatment also takes into account the variation of the electronic energy along the reaction coordinate during the final stage of the break-up process. The conserved modes of the molecule are treated adiabatically during the break-up process as the fragment separation increases beyond the position of the critical geometry. The quantum phase space theory treatment enables us to identify the energy associated with rotation and translation at the critical geometry. The rotational motion of the fragments is also treated adiabatically during the break-up process, while the relative translational energy is used to surmount the potential and centrifugal barrier which may still have to be overcome to permit the fragments to separate. The phase space theory used takes proper account of the limitations

  6. Charge radii and electromagnetic moments of Li and Be isotopes from the ab initio no-core shell model

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    Forssen, C.; Caurier, E.; Navratil, P.

    2009-02-15

    Recently, charge radii and ground-state electromagnetic moments of Li and Be isotopes were measured precisely. We have performed large-scale ab initio no-core shell model calculations for these isotopes using high-precision nucleon-nucleon potentials. The isotopic trends of our computed charge radii and quadrupole and magnetic-dipole moments are in good agreement with experimental results with the exception of the {sup 11}Li charge radius. The magnetic moments are in particular well described, whereas the absolute magnitudes of the quadrupole moments are about 10% too small. The small magnitude of the {sup 6}Li quadrupole moment is reproduced, and with the CD-Bonn NN potential, also its correct sign.

  7. Ab initio-aided CALPHAD thermodynamic modeling of the Sn-Pb binary system under current stressing.

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    Lin, Shih-kang; Yeh, Chao-kuei; Xie, Wei; Liu, Yu-chen; Yoshimura, Masahiro

    2013-01-01

    Soldering is an ancient process, having been developed 5000 years ago. It remains a crucial process with many modern applications. In electronic devices, electric currents pass through solder joints. A new physical phenomenon--the supersaturation of solders under high electric currents--has recently been observed. It involves (1) un-expected supersaturation of the solder matrix phase, and (2) the formation of unusual "ring-shaped" grains. However, the origin of these phenomena is not yet understood. Here we provide a plausible explanation of these phenomena based on the changes in the phase stability of Pb-Sn solders. Ab initio-aided CALPHAD modeling is utilized to translate the electric current-induced effect into the excess Gibbs free energies of the phases. Hence, the phase equilibrium can be shifted by current stressing. The Pb-Sn phase diagrams with and without current stressing clearly demonstrate the change in the phase stabilities of Pb-Sn solders under current stressing.

  8. Charge radii and electromagnetic moments of Li and Be isotopes from the ab initio no-core shell model

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    Forssén, C.; Caurier, E.; Navrátil, P.

    2009-02-01

    Recently, charge radii and ground-state electromagnetic moments of Li and Be isotopes were measured precisely. We have performed large-scale ab initio no-core shell model calculations for these isotopes using high-precision nucleon-nucleon potentials. The isotopic trends of our computed charge radii and quadrupole and magnetic-dipole moments are in good agreement with experimental results with the exception of the Li11 charge radius. The magnetic moments are in particular well described, whereas the absolute magnitudes of the quadrupole moments are about 10% too small. The small magnitude of the Li6 quadrupole moment is reproduced, and with the CD-Bonn NN potential, also its correct sign.

  9. 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.

  10. Ab initio shell model with a chiral-symmetry-based three-nucleon force for the p-shell nuclei

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    Navratil, P; Hayes, A C; Vary, J P; Ormand, W E

    2003-10-14

    The ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) is extended to include a realistic three-body interaction in calculations for p-shell nuclei. They present results of first applications using the Argonne V8' nucleon-nucleon (NN) potential and the Tucson-Melbourne TM'(99) three-nucleon interaction (TNI). In addition to increase of binding energy, they observe a trend toward level-ordering and level-spacing improvement in comparison to experiment. With the TNI they obtain a correct ground-state spin for {sup 10}B contrary to calculations with NN potentials only. They also investigate neutrino-{sup 12}C exclusive cross sections and muon capture on {sup 12}C. They show that realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions underpredict the experimental cross sections by a factor of two or more. By including the TNI a much better agreement with experiment is achieved along with an encouraging trend.

  11. Ab initio study of anisotropic mechanical properties of LiCoO{sub 2} during lithium intercalation and deintercalation process

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    Wu, Linmin; Zhang, Jing

    2015-12-14

    The mechanical properties of Li{sub x}CoO{sub 2} under various Li concentrations and associated anisotropy have been systematically studied using the first principles method. During the lithium intercalation process, the Young's modulus, bulk modulus, shear modulus, and ultimate strength increase with increasing lithium concentration. Strong anisotropy of mechanical properties between a-axis and c-axis in Li{sub x}CoO{sub 2} is identified at low lithium concentrations, and the anisotropy decreases with increasing lithium concentration. The observed lithium concentration dependence and anisotropy are explained by analyzing the charge transfer using Bader charge analysis, bond order analysis, and bond strength by investigating partial density of states and charge density difference. With the decrease of Li concentration, the charge depletion in the bonding regions increases, indicating a weaker Co-O bond strength. Additionally, the Young's modulus, bulk modulus, shear modulus, and toughness are obtained by simulating ab initio tensile tests. From the simulated stress-strain curves, Li{sub x}CoO{sub 2} shows the highest toughness, which is in contraction with Pugh criterion prediction based on elastic properties only.

  12. Mechanism of Clathrate Formation through Binding Nature of Si-X and Ge-X dimers: ab initio Study

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    Tsumuraya, Kazuo; Eguchi, Haruki; Takenaka, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Akihiko

    2003-03-01

    The Si-clathrates have been synthesized when alkaline or alkaline-earth atoms are coexisted with the host Si atoms, which is also the case for the Ge-clathrates. The I-encapsulating Si-clathrates have been also synthesized recently. In the case of the hydrate clathrates, the formation has been controlled by both the sizes and the hydrophobic interactions of the endohedral molecules.[1] We study the mechanism of the clathrate formation through the binding nature of the Si-X and Ge-X dimmers, where X is selected elements in the periodic table. We calculate the charge transfers (population analysis), the binding energies, and the bonding distances using the ab-initio molecular dynamics method with planewaves and pseudo-potentials. We discuss the mechanism of the formation comparing with that of hydrate clathrates and evaluate the stability of clathrates predicted by the present study. [1]E.Dendy Sloan,Jr, Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gasses, Marcel Dekker, 1998.

  13. Surface electron density models for accurate ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction

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    Novko, D.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Alducin, M.; Juaristi, J. I.

    2016-06-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction (AIMDEF) is a valuable methodology to study the interaction of atomic particles with metal surfaces. This method, in which the effect of low-energy electron-hole (e-h) pair excitations is treated within the local density friction approximation (LDFA) [Juaristi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 116102 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.116102], can provide an accurate description of both e-h pair and phonon excitations. In practice, its applicability becomes a complicated task in those situations of substantial surface atoms displacements because the LDFA requires the knowledge at each integration step of the bare surface electron density. In this work, we propose three different methods of calculating on-the-fly the electron density of the distorted surface and we discuss their suitability under typical surface distortions. The investigated methods are used in AIMDEF simulations for three illustrative adsorption cases, namely, dissociated H2 on Pd(100), N on Ag(111), and N2 on Fe(110). Our AIMDEF calculations performed with the three approaches highlight the importance of going beyond the frozen surface density to accurately describe the energy released into e-h pair excitations in case of large surface atom displacements.

  14. Quadrupolar NMR Relaxation from ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Improved Sampling and Cluster Models versus Periodic Calculations.

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    Philips, Adam; Marchenko, Alex; Truflandier, Lionel A; Autschbach, Jochen

    2017-09-12

    Quadrupolar NMR relaxation rates are computed for (17)O and (2)H nuclei of liquid water, and of (23)Na(+), and (35)Cl(-) in aqueous solution via Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory ab initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) and subsequent KS electric field gradient (EFG) calculations along the trajectories. The calculated relaxation rates are within about a factor of 2 of experimental results and improved over previous aiMD simulations. The relaxation rates are assessed with regard to the lengths of the simulations as well as configurational sampling. The latter is found to be the more limiting factor in obtaining good statistical sampling and is improved by averaging over many equivalent nuclei of a system or over several independent trajectories. Further, full periodic plane-wave basis calculations of the EFGs are compared with molecular-cluster atomic-orbital basis calculations. The two methods deliver comparable results with nonhybrid functionals. With the molecular-cluster approach, a larger variety of electronic structure methods is available. For chloride, the EFG computations benefit from using a hybrid KS functional.

  15. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the sulfur tolerance mechanism of the oxygen-enriched yttria-stabilized zirconia surface

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    Chu, Xingli; Zhang, Yanxing; Li, Shasha; Yang, Zongxian

    2014-04-01

    The first-principles method based on density functional theory (DFT) is used to investigate the reaction mechanism for the adsorption of H2S on the oxygen-enriched yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ + O) (111) surface. It is found that the H2S dissociation processes have low energy barriers (< 0.5 eV) and high exothermicities (2.5 eV), and the dissociative S atoms may result in the poisoning of the YSZ + O surface by forming the SO and the hyposulfite (SO22 -) species with very strong bonds to the surface. In addition, using the ab initio atomistic thermodynamics method, the surface regeneration or de-sulfurization process of a sulfur-poisoned (i.e. sulfur-covered) YSZ + O(111) surface is studied. According to the phase diagram, the adsorbed atomic sulfur can be oxidized to SO2 and removed from the YSZ + O surface by introducing oxidizing reagents, e.g. O2 and H2O.

  16. [Structural and Dipole Structure Peculiarities of Hoogsteen Base Pairs Formed in Complementary Nucleobases according to ab initio Quantum Mechanics Studies].

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    Petrenko, Y M

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanics studies for the detection of structure and dipole structure peculiarities of Hoogsteen base pairs relative to Watson-Crick base pairs, were performed during our work. These base pairs are formed as a result of complementary interactions. It was revealed, that adenine-thymine Hoogsteen base pair and adenine-thymine Watson-Crick base pairs can be formed depending on initial configuration. Cytosine-guanine Hoogsteen pairs are formed only when cytosine was originally protonated. Both types of Hoogsteen pairs have noticeable difference in the bond distances and angles. These differences appeared in purine as well as in pyrimidine parts of the pairs. Hoogsteen pairs have mostly shorter hydrogen bond lengths and significantly larger angles of hydrogen bonds and larger angles between the hydrogen bonds than Watson-Crick base pairs. Notable differences are also observed with respect to charge distribution and dipole moment. Quantitative data on these differences are shown in our work. It is also reported that the values of local parameters (according to Cambridge classification of the parameters which determine DNA properties) in Hoogsteen base pairs, are greatly different from Watson-Crick ones.

  17. Sulfur dioxide in water: structure and dynamics studied by an ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Moin, Syed Tarique; Lim, Len Herald V; Hofer, Thomas S; Randolf, Bernhard R; Rode, Bernd M

    2011-04-18

    An ab initio Quantum Mechanical Charge Field Molecular Dynamics Simulation (QMCF MD) was performed to investigate structure and dynamics behavior of hydrated sulfur dioxide (SO(2)) at the Hartree-Fock level of theory employing Dunning DZP basis sets for solute and solvent molecules. The intramolecular structural characteristics of SO(2), such as S═O bond lengths and O═S═O bond angle, are in good agreement with the data available from a number of different experiments. The structural features of the hydrated SO(2) were primarily evaluated in the form of S-O(wat) and O(SO(2))-H(wat) radial distribution functions (RDFs) which gave mean distances of 2.9 and 2.2 Å, respectively. The dynamical behavior characterizes the solute molecule to have structure making properties in aqueous solution or water aerosols, where the hydrated SO(2) can easily get oxidized to form a number of sulfur(VI) species, which are believed to play an important role in the atmospheric processes.

  18. Structural and dynamical properties of hydrogen fluoride in aqueous solution: an ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Kritayakornupong, Chinapong; Vchirawongkwin, Viwat; Hofer, Thomas S; Rode, Bernd M

    2008-09-25

    The novel ab initio quantum mechanical charge field (QMCF) molecular dynamics simulation at the Hartree-Fock level has been employed to investigate hydration structure and dynamics of hydrogen fluoride in aqueous solution. The average H-F bond length of 0.93 A obtained from the QMCF MD simulation is in good agreement with the experimental data. The HHF...Ow distance of 1.62 A was evaluated for the first hydration shell, and 2.00 A was observed for the FHF...Hw distance. The stability of hydrogen bonding is more pronounced in the hydrogen site of hydrogen fluoride, with a single water molecule in this part of the first hydration shell. A wide range of coordination numbers between 3 and 9 with an average value of 5.6 was obtained for the fluorine site. The force constants of 819.1 and 5.9 N/m were obtained for the HHF-FHF and HHF...Ow interactions, respectively, proving the stability of the nondissociated form of hydrogen fluoride in aqueous solution. The mean residence times of 2.1 and 2.5 ps were determined for ligand exchange processes in the neighborhood of fluorine and hydrogen atoms of hydrogen fluoride, respectively, indicating a weak structure-making effect of hydrogen fluoride in water. The corresponding H-bond lifetimes attribute this effect to the H atom site of HF.

  19. Energetics of neutral Si dopants in InGaAs: An ab initio and semiempirical Tersoff model study

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    Lee, Cheng-Wei; Lukose, Binit; Thompson, Michael O.; Clancy, Paulette

    2015-03-01

    A roadblock in utilizing III-V semiconductors for scaled-down electronic devices is their poor dopant activation. As a first step to unravel the dopant behavior in InGaAs, we studied the tendency for dopant formation computationally using two approaches: ab initio and semiempirical methods. We studied a number of structural possibilities, such as the impact of local sites and local and global environments. We will show that the dopant we considered here, Si, has discrete preferences for certain sites and the nature of its surroundings. Substitutional defects are clearly preferred over interstitial locations. We shall show that cation ordering has an impact on dopant energetics. Critically, for large-scale simulations of dopant diffusion in InGaAs alloys, we also present a parameterization of the Abell-Tersoff semiempirical potential for pairwise interactions between silicon atoms and each of the elements constituting InGaAs. In the absence of experimental data, reference parameters for estimating the Tersoff values were obtained using ab initio pseudopotential calculations (density functional theory and generalized gradient approximations). These sets of Tersoff parameters were optimized to describe the bulk structural properties of the mostly theoretical alloys Si-As, Si-Ga, and Si-In. We demonstrate the transferability of these parameters by predicting formation energies of extrinsic point "defects" of Si on a variety of sites in ternary InGaAs alloys with different local compositional configurations, both random and ordered. Tersoff model predictions of the extrinsic "substitution energy" of a Si dopant on a cationic lattice site were found to be independent of the composition of the dopant's second nearest neighbors, but were affected by the strain induced by a local arrangement of In and Ga cationic atoms. This finding is important since common deposition processes used to create InGaAs may lead to specifically ordered patterns within the cation sublattice.

  20. Ab initio molecular orbital calculation considering the quantum mechanical effect of nuclei by path integral molecular dynamics

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    Shiga, Motoyuki; Tachikawa, Masanori; Miura, Shinichi

    2000-12-01

    We present an accurate calculational scheme for many-body systems composed of electrons and nuclei, by path integral molecular dynamics technique combined with the ab initio molecular orbital theory. Based upon the scheme, the simulation of a water molecule at room temperature is demonstrated, applying all-electron calculation at the Hartree-Fock level of theory.

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. Thermodynamic and mechanical properties of TiC from ab initio calculation

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    Dang, D. Y.; Fan, J. L.; Gong, H. R.

    2014-07-21

    The temperature-dependent thermodynamic and mechanical properties of TiC are systematically investigated by means of a combination of density-functional theory, quasi-harmonic approximation, and thermal electronic excitation. It is found that the quasi-harmonic Debye model should be pertinent to reflect thermodynamic properties of TiC, and the elastic properties of TiC decease almost linearly with the increase of temperature. Calculations also reveal that TiC possesses a pronounced directional pseudogap across the Fermi level, mainly due to the strong hybridization of Ti 3d and C 2p states. Moreover, the strong covalent bonding of TiC would be enhanced (reduced) with the decrease (increase) of temperature, while the change of volume (temperature) should have negligible effect on density of states at the Fermi level. The calculated results agree well with experimental observations in the literature.

  4. Ab initio bubble-driven denaturation of double-stranded DNA: Self-mechanical theory.

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    Kuetche, Victor K

    2016-07-21

    Among the different theoretical models of the open-site-driven DNA-denaturation found in the literature, very few interests are actually paid to the fundamental unzipping process of the double-stranded DNA within the vicinity of its ground state condensate. In this paper, we address an alternative to better understand the process of denaturation of such a macromolecule by investigating the onset of its dynamics around its equilibrium state. We show that from the initiation of the transcription bubble by the promoter to the termination state, the open-states of the strands evolve dynamically while generating some localized waveguide channels with elastic scattering properties. We properly discuss the nonlinear dynamics of these structures within the viewpoint of the self-mechanical theory while inferring to the physical structure of the findings and their potential issues. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Classical molecular dynamics and ab initio simulations of chemical-mechanical polishing of amorphous silica

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    Chagarov, Evgueni Anatolievich

    Chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) is a widely accepted process in the semiconductor industry. Despite intense theoretical and experimental research on CMP, there is a serious lack of fundamental understanding of the physical-chemical processes of polishing. The present work is intended to investigate these fundamental processes on an atomistic level. To model CMP on the atomic scale, a model of the amorphous silica is prepared by applying Design of Experiments (DOE) techniques to systematically investigate molecular dynamics preparation. These simulations yield high-quality models of amorphous silica, which are in excellent agreement with experimental results and are defect-free. Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the mechanical deformation during CMP of silica for different geometries and relative velocities. The simulations clarify asperity shape evolution during the process of shear and reveal temperature distributions as a function of time. It is found that the ratio of radii of a particle and asperity strongly affects the amount of the material removed whereas the relative velocity has a weaker affect on it. During shear, a significant local temperature increase occurs. This temperature increase lasts for a short time (picoseconds), but it can have a major impact on the amount of material removed. It is found that there could be significant deposition of the material from the particle to the slab, which can fill surface trenches and thereby make the surface smoother. An analytic model is developed for describing the amount of material removed as a function of asperity and particle radii and relative velocity. Density-functional calculations of different surfaces of two silica polymorphs, alpha-quartz and beta-cristobalite, are performed. The surface energies are calculated as a function of oxygen partial pressure for several different surface reconstructions and terminations. The case of hydrogen passivation is investigated to

  6. Experimental and molecular mechanics and ab initio investigation of activated adsorption and desorption of trichloroethylene in mineral micropores.

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    Farrell, James; Luo, Jing; Blowers, Paul; Curry, Joan

    2002-04-01

    This research investigated activated adsorption of a hydrophobic organic contaminant(HOC) in mineral micropores using experimental and molecular modeling techniques. Adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) on a silica gel adsorbent was measured using a frontal analysis chromatography technique at atmospheric and elevated fluid pressures. Increasing the fluid pressure yielded increased TCE uptake that was not released upon lowering the pressure back to atmospheric conditions. This showed that the increase in pressure was able to rapidly induce the formation of a desorption-resistant fraction that previous investigations have shown requires months to develop at atmospheric pressure. Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) modeling was then used to elucidate the nature of water and TCE behavior within silica micropores. The GCMC modeling showed that molecular scale packing restrictions resulted in pore fluid densities that ranged from 0.28 to 0.78 of those in the bulk solution. The modeling also showed that TCE was able to displace water from hydrophilic mineral pores due to molecular scale packing restrictions. Exothermic isosteric heats for TCE adsorption up to -27 kJ/mol were observed and were greatest in pores of 7 and 8 A. This indicated that TCE adsorption was energetically most favorable in pores that were minimally large enough to accommodate a TCE molecule. The pressure-induced uptake appeared to result primarily from an increase in the packing density in the smallest pores. Ab initio calculations showed that small distortions of a TCE molecule from its low energy conformation require high activation energies. Results from this study indicate that activated adsorption requiring bond angle distortions in the adsorbate may be responsible forthe slow attainment of adsorptive equilibrium of HOCs on microporous solids. Likewise, activated desorption from molecular-sized adsorption sites may contribute to the slow release of HOCs from aquifer sediments.

  7. Ab initio study of CO2 capture mechanisms in aqueous monoethanolamine: reaction pathways for the direct interconversion of carbamate and bicarbonate.

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    Matsuzaki, Yoichi; Yamada, Hidetaka; Chowdhury, Firoz A; Higashii, Takayuki; Onoda, Masami

    2013-09-26

    Ab initio molecular orbital calculations combined with the polarizable continuum model (PCM) formalism have been carried out for a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism of carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption by aqueous amine solutions. CO2 is captured by amines to generate carbamates and bicarbonate. We have examined the direct interconversion pathways of these two species (collectively represented by a reversible hydrolysis of carbamate) with the prototypical amine, monoethanolamine (MEA). We evaluate both a concerted and a stepwise mechanism for the neutral hydrolysis of MEA carbamate. Large activation energies (ca. 36 kcal/mol) and lack of increase in catalytic efficiency with the inclusion of additional water molecules are predicted in both the mechanisms. We also examined the mechanism of alkaline hydrolysis of MEA carbamate at high concentrations of amine (high pH). The addition of OH(-) ion to carbamate anion was theoretically not allowed due to the reduction in the nucleophilicity of the former as a result of microsolvation. We propose an alternative pathway for hydrolysis: a proton transfer from protonated MEA to carbamate to generate the carbamic acid that initially undergoes a nucleophilic addition of OH(-) and subsequent low-barrier reactions leading to the formation of bicarbonate and free MEA. On the basis of the calculated activation energies, this pathway would be the most efficient route for the direct interconversion of carbamate and bicarbonate without the intermediacy of the free CO2, while the actual contributions will be dependent on the concentrations of protonated MEA and OH(-) ions.

  8. A higher level ab initio quantum-mechanical study of the quadrupole moment tensor components of carbon dioxide

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    Glaser, R.; Wu, Z.; Lewis, M.

    2000-12-01

    The quadrupolarity of carbon dioxide has been studied with higher level ab initio methods. Carbon dioxide exhibits {- + -} quadrupolarity in all directions and an explanation is provided of the origin of the sign of the diagonal elements Qii. The quadrupole moment tensor has been computed using restricted Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory and quadratic configuration interaction theory. A variety of basis sets have been employed up to basis sets of the type [5s, 4p, 2d, 1f] (23s, 8p, 2d, 1f). The quadrupole moment tensor component Q∥ of carbon dioxide falls in the range between -18.5 and -20.5 Debye Å. The quadrupole moment tensor components Q⊥ of carbon dioxide are smaller, ranging from -14.5 to -15 Debye Å, and they are less sensitive to the choice of the theoretical model. The correlated methods consistently predict an increase of Q∥ while they predict a more modest reduction of Q⊥. It is for the opposing electron correlation effects on Q∥ and Q⊥ that the average values of the diagonal elements, , are essentially independent of the method and exhibit only a small variation depending on the basis set. On the other hand, the anisotropy of the quadrupolarity, the quadrupole moment Θ, is affected most by the opposing electron correlation effects on Q∥ and Q⊥. The accurate reproduction of the measured quadrupolarity Θ=-4.3 Debye Å requires a theoretical model that employs both a good method and a good basis set. The results suggest that the use of second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory in conjunction with well-polarized triple-ζ basis sets provides a cost-effective and quite accurate method for the estimation of correlation effects on quadrupole moments.

  9. Dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces: Tests of dynamical assumptions using quantum models and ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Jackson, Bret; Nattino, Francesco; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2014-08-07

    The dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces is of great practical and fundamental importance. Not only is it the rate-limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, the reaction exhibits interesting mode-selective behavior and a strong dependence on the temperature of the metal. We present a quantum model for this reaction on Ni(100) and Ni(111) surfaces based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. The dissociative sticking probabilities computed using this model agree well with available experimental data with regard to variation with incident energy, substrate temperature, and the vibrational state of the incident molecule. We significantly expand the vibrational basis set relative to earlier studies, which allows reaction probabilities to be calculated for doubly excited initial vibrational states, though it does not lead to appreciable changes in the reaction probabilities for singly excited initial states. Sudden models used to treat the center of mass motion parallel to the surface are compared with results from ab initio molecular dynamics and found to be reasonable. Similar comparisons for molecular rotation suggest that our rotationally adiabatic model is incorrect, and that sudden behavior is closer to reality. Such a model is proposed and tested. A model for predicting mode-selective behavior is tested, with mixed results, though we find it is consistent with experimental studies of normal vs. total (kinetic) energy scaling. Models for energy transfer into lattice vibrations are also examined.

  10. Ab initio tensile experiment on a model of an intergranular glassy film in β-Si3N4 with prismatic surfaces

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    Ching, W. Y.; Rulis, Paul; Ouyang, Lizhi; Misra, A.

    2009-02-01

    We report the results of a large-scale ab initio simulation of an intergranular glassy film (IGF) model in β-Si3N4. It is shown that the stress-strain behavior under uniaxial load in the model with prismatic surfaces and few defective bonds is very different from an earlier IGF model with basal planes. The results are explained by the fundamental electronic structure of the model.

  11. Mechanism of Boron Diffusion in Silicon: An Ab Initio and Kinetic Monte Carlo Study

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    Sadigh, Babak; Lenosky, Thomas J.; Theiss, Silva K.; Caturla, Maria-Jose; Diaz de la Rubia, Tomas; Foad, Majeed A.

    1999-11-22

    An exhaustive first-principles study of the energetics of B-Si interstitial complexes of various configurations and charge states is used to elucidate the diffusion mechanism of B in Si. Total energy calculations and molecular dynamics simulations show that B diffuses by an interstitialcy mechanism. Substitutional B captures a Si interstitial with a binding energy of 0.90 eV. This complex is itself a fast diffuser, with no need to first ''kick out'' the B into an interstitial channel. The migration barrier is about 0.68 eV. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations confirm that this mechanism leads to a decrease in the diffusion length with increasing temperature, as observed experimentally. (c) 1999 The American Physical Society.

  12. Ab Initio Study on the Mechanism of Tropospheric Reactions of the Nitrate Radical with Alkenes: Ethene.

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    Pérez-Casany, M. Pilar; Nebot-Gil, Ignacio; Sánchez-Marín, José; Tomás-Vert, Francisco; Martínez-Ataz, Ernesto; Cabañas-Galán, Beatriz; Aranda-Rubio, Alfonso

    1998-10-02

    A mechanism for the reaction of the NO(3) radical with the simplest alkene, ethene, is proposed. The mechanism involves three paths leading to three main different products: oxirane, ethanal, and nitric acid. The three paths start from the same initial intermediate, an NO(3)-ethene adduct. The calculated energy barriers show that the oxirane is the product kinetically more favored. Initial analysis of the potential energy surface was made at AM1 level. Then, the geometries and characterization of the found stationary points on the surface were refined at ROHF level with a 6-31G basis set. Further refinement was carried out at CASSCF level with the same basis set, and an active space was built with five active electrons in six active orbitals.

  13. Enhancing mechanical properties of calcite by Mg substitutions: An ab initio study

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    Elstnerova, Pavlina; Friak, Martin; Hickel, Tilmann; Fabritius, Helge Otto; Lymperakis, Liverios; Petrov, Michal; Raabe, Dierk; Neugebauer, Joerg; Nikolov, Svetoslav; Zigler, Andreas; Hild, Sabine

    2011-03-01

    Arthropoda representing a majority of all known animal species are protected by an exoskeleton formed by their cuticle. The cuticle represents a hierarchically structured multifunctional bio-composite based on chitin and proteins. Some groups like Crustacea reinforce the load-bearing parts of their cuticle with calcite. As the calcite sometimes contains Mg it was speculated that Mg may have a stiffening impact on the mechanical properties of the cuticle. We present a theoretical parameter-free quantum-mechanical study of thermodynamic, structural and elastic properties of Mg-substituted calcite. Our results show that substituting Ca by Mg causes an almost linear decrease in the crystal volume with Mg concentration and of substituted crystals. As a consequence the calcite crystals become stiffer giving rise e.g. to substantially increased bulk moduli.

  14. Ab initio calculations on peptide-derived oxazoles and thiazoles: Improved molecular mechanics parameters for the AMBER* force field

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    Boden, Christopher D. J.; Pattenden, Gerald

    1999-03-01

    Ab initio calculations at the RHF/6-31G* and MP2/6- 31G*//RHF/6-31G* levels of theory are performed for 2-methyl-4-carboxamido-oxazoles and -thiazoles, including rotational profiles for the ring-carboxamide bond, which showed the expected conjugation and hydrogen bonding effects. On the basis of these data, newly optimised stretch, bend and torsional parameters for the AMBER* force field are derived, along with CHELPG-fitted partial atomic charges.

  15. 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.

  16. Diffusion mechanism of hydrogen in amorphous silicon - Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Su, Y.-S.; Pantelides, S. T.

    2001-03-01

    Diffusion of hydrogen in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is an important process, but the mechanism is still not well understood and even controversial. The observed activation energy is only about 1.5 eV, whereas the energy to dissociate Si-H bonds is much larger ( 2.5 eV). H is generally believed to migrate as an interstitial, perhaps as in crystalline Si. We report first-principles density-functional molecular dynamics simulations and identify a wealth of processes that occur. The main mechanism for the release of H from Si-H bonds is the conversion of the Si atom to fivefold coordination by the arrival of a floating bond, as suggested by one of us (STP, Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 1344 (1987)) but the H atom is not released in the interstitial regions. Migration occurs by a bond-interconversion process, with the H atom acting as the analog of a floating bond. Estimates of the diffusion constant are in agreement with observations. Work supported in part by NSF.

  17. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Martinez, Todd

    Traditional approaches for modeling chemical reaction networks such as those involved in combustion have focused on identifying individual reactions and using theoretical approaches to explore the underlying mechanisms. Recent advances involving graphical processing units (GPUs), commodity products developed for the videogaming industry, have made it possible to consider a distinct approach wherein one attempts to discover chemical reactions and mechanisms. We provide a brief summary of these developments and then discuss the concept behind the ``ab initio nanoreactor'' which explores the space of possible chemical reactions and molecular species for a given stoichiometry. The nanoreactor concept is exemplified with an example to the Urey-Miller reaction network which has been previously advanced as a potential model for prebiotic chemistry. We briefly discuss some of the future directions envisioned for the development of this nanoreactor concept.

  18. Mechanisms of branching reactions in melanin formation - Ab initio quantum engineering approach -

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    Kishida, Ryo; Menez Aspera, Susan; Kasai, Hideaki

    Melanin, a pigment found in animals, consists of two types of oligomeric unit: eumelanin and pheomelanin. The color of the skin, the hair, and the eyes is controlled by the ratio of eumelanin/pheomelanin production. Especially, dopachrome and dopaquinone are the precursor molecules of melanin which directly affect the composition of melanin through their branching reactions. Dopachrome is converted into two possible monomers of eumelanin. Dopaquinone can undergo both eumelanin and pheomelanin synthesis. To understand the mechanisms and controlling factors that govern the conversions, reactions of the two molecules are investigated using density functional theory-based first-principles calculations. Our results deepen mechanistic understanding of the reactions and open possibilities to design properties and functions of melanin. In this talk, we will discuss about the competitions of the branching reactions.

  19. Physisorption mechanism in graphene/noble metal (111)/Ni(111) heterostructures: An ab-initio study

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    Moaddeli, Mohammad; Salehi, Hamdollah; Amiri, Peiman

    2016-08-01

    The 3D stacking of various 2D systems is an intelligent way of aiming to overcome the limitations usually faced by 2D systems. We study the adsorption of graphene on noble metal monolayers upon Ni (111) substrate, using density functional theory. The bonding mechanism at noble metal-graphene and noble metal-Ni interfaces is found to be physisorption and chemisorption, respectively. The bonding of graphene to Cu, Ag, and Au (111) monolayers is so weak that the conical shape of the Dirac point is preserved. The doping effects of a substrate lead to a small opening gap for gr/Cu/Ni and gr/Ag/Ni systems. These predictions are in agreement with experimental results. The intercalation of a noble metal monolayer between graphene and Ni (111) substrate changes the magnetic response from Ni surface and causes the formation of a ferrimagnetic system.

  20. Ab initio-based exciton model of amide I vibrations in peptides: definition, conformational dependence, and transferability.

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    Gorbunov, Roman D; Kosov, Daniil S; Stock, Gerhard

    2005-06-08

    Various aspects of the ab initio-based parametrization of an exciton model of amide I vibrations in peptides are discussed. Adopting "glycine dipeptide" (Ac-Gly-NHCH3) as a simple building-block model that describes the vibrational interaction between two peptide units, we perform comprehensive quantum-chemical calculations to investigate the effect and importance of the level of theory, the choice of local coordinates, and the localization method. A solvent continuum model description turns out important to obtain planar CONH peptide units when a full geometry optimization (which is necessary to obtain the correct frequencies) is performed. To study the conformational dependence of the amide I vibrations, we calculate (phi,psi) maps of the local-mode frequencies and couplings. Performing conformational averages of the (phi,psi) maps with respect to the most important peptide conformational states in solution (alpha, beta, P(II), and C5), we discuss the relation between these measurable quantities and the corresponding conformation of the peptide. Finally, the transferability of these maps to dipeptides with hydrophilic and hydrophobic side chains as well as to tripeptides with charged end groups is investigated.

  1. Ab initio quantum mechanical study of γ-AlOOH boehmite: structure and vibrational spectrum

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    Noel, Yves; Demichelis, Raffaella; Pascale, Fabien; Ugliengo, Piero; Orlando, Roberto; Dovesi, Roberto

    2009-01-01

    The structure and vibrational spectrum of boehmite have been investigated at the quantum-mechanical level with the CRYSTAL code, using a Gaussian-type basis set and the B3LYP Hamiltonian. Three space groups are considered in this study: Cmcm, Cmc21, P21/ c. Cmcm turns out to correspond to a transition state, whereas Cmc21 and P21/ c are minimum energy structures. The difference among them is the position of H atoms only, the Al-O frame being essentially the same. Harmonic frequencies at the Γ point have been computed. The comparison between calculated and experimental frequencies shows a good agreement for the Al-O part of the spectrum (under 790 cm-1). For the Al-OH bending modes (800-1,300 cm-1) an absolute differences of 50-100 cm-1 is observed; for the OH stretching modes (3,200-3,500 cm-1) it increases to 120-200 cm-1: anharmonicity is large because OH groups are involved in strong hydrogen bonds.

  2. Mechanical and electronic properties of SiC nanowires: An ab initio study

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    Oliveira, J. B.; Morbec, J. M.; Miwa, R. H.

    2017-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, based on the density functional theory, we have investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of hydrogen-passivated 3C-, 2H-, 4H-, and 6H-SiC nanowires (NWs), analyzing the effects of the diameter on these properties. Our results show that the band-gap energies of the nanowires are larger than the corresponding bulk values and decrease with the increasing diameter. All nanowires investigated exhibit direct band gaps, in contrast with the indirect band gaps observed in bulk SiC. The effect of uniaxial stress on the electronic properties of SiC nanowires has also been examined, and our results reveal that the band-gap dependence on the strain is different for each nanowire polytype. In 3C-SiC nanowires, the band gaps increase (decrease) with tensile (compressive) strain. For 4H- and 6H-SiC nanowires, the influence of strain on the band gaps is more pronounced in the thicker wires. Finally, we estimated the band offsets of hypothetical NW homostructures, composed of stacking SiCNW layers with different polytypes.

  3. Dissociation of carbonic acid: Gas phase energetics and mechanism from ab initio metadynamics simulations

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    Kumar, P. Padma; Kalinichev, Andrey G.; Kirkpatrick, R. James

    2007-05-01

    A comprehensive metadynamics study of the energetics, stability, conformational changes, and mechanism of dissociation of gas phase carbonic acid, H2CO3, yields significant new insight into these reactions. The equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and conformer energies calculated using the density functional theory are in good agreement with the previous theoretical predictions. At 315K, the cis-cis conformer has a very short life time and transforms easily to the cis-trans conformer through a change in the O C-O-H dihedral angle. The energy difference between the trans-trans and cis-trans conformers is very small (≈1kcal/mol), but the trans-trans conformer is resistant to dissociation to carbon dioxide and water. The cis-trans conformer has a relatively short path for one of its hydroxyl groups to accept the proton from the other end of the molecule, resulting in a lower activation barrier for dissociation. Comparison of the free and potential energies of dissociation shows that the entropic contribution to the dissociation energy is less than 10%. The potential energy barrier for dissociation of H2CO3 to CO2 and H2O from the metadynamics calculations is 5-6kcal /mol lower than in previous 0K studies, possibly due to a combination of a finite temperature and more efficient sampling of the energy landscape in the metadynamics calculations. Gas phase carbonic acid dissociation is triggered by the dehydroxylation of one of the hydroxyl groups, which reorients as it approaches the proton on the other end of the molecule, thus facilitating a favorable H-O-H angle for the formation of a product H2O molecule. The major atomic reorganization of the other part of the molecule is a gradual straightening of the O CO bond. The metadynamics results provide a basis for future simulation of the more challenging carbonic acid-water system.

  4. Dissociation of carbonic acid: gas phase energetics and mechanism from ab initio metadynamics simulations.

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    Kumar, P Padma; Kalinichev, Andrey G; Kirkpatrick, R James

    2007-05-28

    A comprehensive metadynamics study of the energetics, stability, conformational changes, and mechanism of dissociation of gas phase carbonic acid, H2CO3, yields significant new insight into these reactions. The equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and conformer energies calculated using the density functional theory are in good agreement with the previous theoretical predictions. At 315 K, the cis-cis conformer has a very short life time and transforms easily to the cis-trans conformer through a change in the O=C-O-H dihedral angle. The energy difference between the trans-trans and cis-trans conformers is very small (approximately 1 kcal/mol), but the trans-trans conformer is resistant to dissociation to carbon dioxide and water. The cis-trans conformer has a relatively short path for one of its hydroxyl groups to accept the proton from the other end of the molecule, resulting in a lower activation barrier for dissociation. Comparison of the free and potential energies of dissociation shows that the entropic contribution to the dissociation energy is less than 10%. The potential energy barrier for dissociation of H2CO3 to CO2 and H2O from the metadynamics calculations is 5-6 kcal/mol lower than in previous 0 K studies, possibly due to a combination of a finite temperature and more efficient sampling of the energy landscape in the metadynamics calculations. Gas phase carbonic acid dissociation is triggered by the dehydroxylation of one of the hydroxyl groups, which reorients as it approaches the proton on the other end of the molecule, thus facilitating a favorable H-O-H angle for the formation of a product H2O molecule. The major atomic reorganization of the other part of the molecule is a gradual straightening of the O=C=O bond. The metadynamics results provide a basis for future simulation of the more challenging carbonic acid-water system.

  5. Structure-function studies of DNA damage using AB INITIO quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics simulation

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    Miller, J.; Miaskiewicz, K.; Osman, R.

    1993-12-01

    Studies of ring-saturated pyrimidine base lesions are used to illustrate an integrated modeling approach that combines quantum-chemical calculations with molecular dynamics simulation. Electronic-structure calculations on the lesions in Isolation reveal strong conformational preferences due to interactions between equatorial substituents to the pyrimidine ring. Large distortions of DNA should result when these interactions force the methyl group of thymine to assume an axial orientation, as is the case for thymine glycol but not for dihydrothymine. Molecular dynamics simulations of the dodecamer d(CGCGAATTCGCG){sub 2} with and without a ring-saturated thymine lesion at position T7 support this conclusion. Implications of these studies for recognition of thymine lesions by endonuclease III are also discussed.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Thermoelasticity of Fe-light Element Alloys by Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations to Model the Outer Core Composition

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    Tsuchiya, T.; Ichikawa, H.; Satoshi, O.

    2016-12-01

    Although many light elements, such as C, N, O, H, S, and Si, have been proposed as possible constituents in the outer core, their concentrations have been strongly debated for years. In this study the equations of state (EoS) of Fe-light element alloy liquids with Ni are calculated by means of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations over the whole outer core P-Tcondition and P-wave velocities are evaluated based on the derived EoS within the internally consisitent manner. Then candicates for the plausible outer core compositions are searched for by analyzing joint misfits in terms of the seismological models (PREM) of both P-wave velocity and density as a function of ICB temperature. Results show that some compositions with different light elements can reproduce the seismological data within the similar degree and the influence of Ni with reasonable fraction is negligibe. Further constraints are placed combined with the geo/cosmochemical considerations and the melting phase relations. The outer core physical property are then evaluated from thermal conductivity calculations for the optimum compositions.

  9. Equation of state and transport properties of warm dense aluminum by ab initio and chemical model simulations

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    Fu, Zhijian; Quan, Weilong; Zhang, Wei; Li, Zhiguo; Zheng, Jun; Gu, Yunjun; Chen, Qifeng

    2017-01-01

    We have performed the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations for aluminum in the density and temperature range of 2.35-7.00 g cm-3 and 1000-70 000 K, respectively. The equation-of-state data obtained from the AIMD simulations are consistent with the available experimental and theoretical results. The electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity obtained by combining the Kubo-Greenwood formula with the AIMD simulations are also in agreement with the available experimental and theoretical results. The electrical conductivity calculated by a linear mixing rule (LMR) in the chemical picture provides appropriate although relatively underestimated values compared to those based on AIMD simulation. Both LMR and AIMD simulations demonstrate that a metal to nonmetal transition takes place at a temperature less than 30 000 K. The thermal power calculated shows not the direct signal connecting with the metal-nonmetal transition. The coupling parameter, degeneracy parameter, and fractions of warm dense aluminum are discussed systematically. Comparison of the simulation results with currently available theoretical and experimental data for warm dense aluminum is employed to evaluate the appropriate scope for currently available theoretical models, which will provide a useful guide for future experiments.

  10. Ab initio calculations of light-ion fusion reactions

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    Hupin, G.; Quaglioni, S.; Navratil, P.

    2012-10-20

    The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. Above all nuclear scattering and reactions, which require the solution of the many-body quantum-mechanical problem in the continuum, represent an extraordinary theoretical as well as computational challenge for ab initio approaches. The ab initio No-Core Shell Model/Resonating-Group Method (NCSM/RGM) complements a microscopic cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters. This approach is capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. Recent applications to light nuclei scattering and fusion reactions relevant to energy production in stars and Earth based fusion facilities, such as the deuterium-{sup 3}He fusion, are presented. Progress toward the inclusion of the three nucleon force into the formalism is outlined.

  11. Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions

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    Navratil, P; Quaglioni, S; Roth, R; Horiuchi, W

    2012-03-12

    The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of nuclear forces, 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. In this contribution, we present one of such promising techniques capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. By combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster approach with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We discuss applications to light nuclei scattering, radiative capture and fusion reactions.

  12. SurfKin: an ab initio kinetic code for modeling surface reactions.

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    Le, Thong Nguyen-Minh; Liu, Bin; Huynh, Lam K

    2014-10-05

    In this article, we describe a C/C++ program called SurfKin (Surface Kinetics) to construct microkinetic mechanisms for modeling gas-surface reactions. Thermodynamic properties of reaction species are estimated based on density functional theory calculations and statistical mechanics. Rate constants for elementary steps (including adsorption, desorption, and chemical reactions on surfaces) are calculated using the classical collision theory and transition state theory. Methane decomposition and water-gas shift reaction on Ni(111) surface were chosen as test cases to validate the code implementations. The good agreement with literature data suggests this is a powerful tool to facilitate the analysis of complex reactions on surfaces, and thus it helps to effectively construct detailed microkinetic mechanisms for such surface reactions. SurfKin also opens a possibility for designing nanoscale model catalysts.

  13. Rotation mechanism of methylammonium molecules in organometal halide perovskite in cubic phase: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Hakamata, Tomoya; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-12-01

    Rotation of methylammonium (CH3NH3 or MA) molecules is believed to govern the excellent transport properties of photocarriers in the MA lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite. Of particular interest is its cubic phase, which exists in industrially important films at room temperature. In order to investigate the rotational behaviors of the MA molecules, we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of cubic-MAPbI3 at room temperature. There are two types of rotational motions of MA molecules in a crystalline PbI3 cage: reorientation of a whole molecule and intramolecular rotation around the C-N bond within MA molecules. Using a cubic symmetry-assisted analysis (CSAA), we found that the prominent orientation of the C-N bond is the crystalline ⟨110 ⟩ directions, rather than the ⟨100 ⟩ and ⟨111 ⟩ directions. Rapid rotation around the C-N bond is also observed, which easily occurs when the rotational axis is parallel to the ⟨110 ⟩ directions according to the CSAA. To explain the atomistic mechanisms underlying these CSAA results, we have focused on the relation between H-I hydrogen bonds and the orientation of an MA molecule. Here, the hydrogen bonds were defined by population analysis, and it has been found that, while H atoms in the CH3 group (HC) hardly interacts with I atoms, those in the NH3 group (HN) form at least one hydrogen bond with I atoms and their interatomic distances are in a wide range, 2.2-3.7 Å. Based on these findings, we have given a possible explanation to why the ⟨110 ⟩ directions are preferred. Namely, the atomic arrangement and interatomic distance between MA and surrounding I atoms are most suitable for the formation of hydrogen bonds. In addition to films, these results are potentially applicable to the rotational behaviors in bulk MAPbI3 as well, considering that the atomistic structure and time constants regarding the rotation of MA molecules statistically agree with bulk experiments.

  14. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and magnetic properties and relative stability of polymorphic modifications of ReN2 from Ab initio calculation data

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    Shein, I. R.; Enyashin, A. N.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    2013-09-01

    A comparative analysis of the structural, electronic, mechanical, and magnetic properties and relative stability has been carried out in terms of ab initio calculations for four possible polymorphic modifications of rhenium dinitride, whose nonmetallic lattices contain both individual nitrogen atoms and dimers N2. It has been found that the recently synthesized hexagonal polymorph ReN2 (structural type 2 H-MoS2) is a weak d 0 magnet in which the magnetic state is formed due to spin splitting of N 2 p states.

  15. Combined Ab Initio, Kinetic Modeling, and Shock Tube Study of the Thermal Decomposition of Ethyl Formate.

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    Ning, Hongbo; Wu, Junjun; Ma, Liuhao; Ren, Wei; Davidson, David F; Hanson, Ronald K

    2017-09-07

    The potential energy surfaces (PESs) and reaction rate constants of the unimolecular decomposition of ethyl formate (EF) were investigated using high-precision theoretical methods at the CCSD(T)/CBS(T-Q)//M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. The calculated PESs of EF dissociation and molecular decomposition reactions indicate that the intramolecular H-shift to produce formic acid and ethylene is the dominant decomposition pathway. A detailed chemical kinetic mechanism for EF pyrolysis was constructed by incorporating the important reactions of EF and its radicals into an existing mechanism previously developed for small methyl esters. The updated mechanism was first used to reproduce CO, CO2, and H2O concentration time histories during EF pyrolysis in the shock tube reported by Ren et al. [ Ren , W. , Mitchell Spearrin , R. , Davidson , D. F. , and Hanson , R. K. J. Phys. Chem. A 2014 , 118 , 1785 - 1798 ]. The rate of production and sensitivity analyses show that the competing dehydration and decarboxylation channels of the intermediate formic acid control the final product yields of EF pyrolysis. The EF mechanism was further validated against the shock tube data of OH, CO, CO2, and H2O time histories measured during EF oxidation (equivalence ratio Φ = 1.0) at 1331-1615 K and 1.52-1.74 atm. This revised EF mechanism captured all of the species' time histories over the entire temperature range. Such modeling capability was due to the more accurate rate constants of EF reactions determined by high-precision theoretical calculations and a high-fidelity C0-C2 basis mechanism.

  16. 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.

  17. Vibrational energy transport in acetylbenzonitrile described by an ab initio-based quantum tier model

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    Fujisaki, Hiroshi; Yagi, Kiyoshi; Kikuchi, Hiroto; Takami, Toshiya; Stock, Gerhard

    2017-01-01

    Performing comprehensive quantum-chemical calculations, a vibrational Hamiltonian of acetylbenzonitrile is constructed, on the basis of which a quantum-mechanical "tier model" is developed that describes the vibrational dynamics following excitation of the CN stretch mode. Taking into account 36 vibrational modes and cubic and quartic anharmonic couplings between up to three different modes, the tier model calculations are shown to qualitatively reproduce the main findings of the experiments of Rubtsov and coworkers (2011), including the energy relaxation of the initially excited CN mode and the structure-dependent vibrational transport. Moreover, the calculations suggest that the experimentally measured cross-peak among the CN and CO modes does not correspond to direct excitation of the CO normal mode but rather reflects excited low-frequency vibrations that anharmonically couple to the CO mode. Complementary quasiclassical trajectory calculations are found to be in good overall agreement with the quantum calculations.

  18. Ab Initio Modeling of Fe(II) Adsorption and Interfacial Electron Transfer at Goethite (α-FeOOH) Surfaces

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    Alexandrov, Vitali Y.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2015-01-01

    Goethite (α-FeOOH) surfaces represent one of the most ubiquitous redox-active interfaces in the environment, playing an important role in biogeochemical metal cycling and contaminant residence in the subsurface. Fe(II)-catalyzed recrystallization of goethite is a fundamental process in this context, but the proposed Fe(II)aq-Fe(III)goethite electron and iron atom exchange mechanism of recrystallization remains poorly understood at the atomic level. We examine the adsorption of aqueous Fe(II) and subsequent interfacial electron transfer (ET) between adsorbed Fe(II) and structural Fe(III) at the (110) and (021) goethite surfaces using density functional theory calculations including Hubbard U corrections (DFT+U) aided by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We investigate various surface sites for the adsorption of Fe2+(H2O)6 in different coordination environments. Calculated energies for adsorbed complexes at both surfaces favor monodentate complexes with reduced 4- and 5-fold coordination over higher-dentate structures and 6- fold coordination. The hydrolysis of H2O ligands is observed for some pre-ET adsorbed Fe(II) configurations. ET from the adsorbed Fe(II) into the goethite lattice is calculated to be energetically uphill always, but simultaneous proton transfer from H2O ligands of the adsorbed complexes to the surface oxygen species stabilizes post-ET states. We find that surface defects such as oxygen vacancies near the adsorption site also can stabilize post-ET states, enabling the Fe(II)aq-Fe(III)goethite interfacial electron transfer reaction implied from experiments to proceed.

  19. Ab Initio Theory of Light-ion Reactions

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    Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Roth, Robert

    2011-09-01

    The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. Above all nuclear scattering and reactions, which require the solution of the many-body quantum-mechanical problem in the continuum, represent a theoretical and computational challenge for ab initio approaches. After a brief overview of the field, we present a new ab initio many-body approach capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. By combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We show results for neutron and proton scattering on light nuclei, including p-7Be and n-8He. We also highlight the first results of the d-3He and d-3H fusion calculations obtained within this approach.

  20. Microscopic nucleon spectral function for finite nuclei featuring two- and three-nucleon short-range correlations: The model versus ab initio calculations for three-nucleon systems

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    Ciofi degli Atti, Claudio; Mezzetti, Chiara Benedetta; Morita, Hiko

    2017-04-01

    Background: Two-nucleon (2 N ) short-range correlations (SRC) in nuclei have been recently thoroughly investigated, both theoretically and experimentally and the study of three-nucleon (3 N ) SRC, which could provide important information on short-range hadronic structure, is underway. Novel theoretical ideas concerning 2 N and 3 N SRC are put forward in the present paper. Purpose: The general features of a microscopic one-nucleon spectral function which includes the effects of both 2 N and 3 N SRC and its comparison with ab initio spectral functions of the three-nucleon systems are illustrated. Methods: A microscopic and parameter-free one-nucleon spectral function expressed in terms of a convolution integral involving ab initio relative and center-of-mass (c.m.) momentum distributions of a 2 N pair and aimed at describing two- and three-nucleon short-range correlations, is obtained by using: (i) the two-nucleon momentum distributions obtained within ab initio approaches based upon nucleon-nucleon interactions of the Argonne family; (ii) the exact relation between one- and two-nucleon momentum distributions; (iii) the fundamental property of factorization of the nuclear wave function at short internucleon ranges. Results: The comparison between the ab initio spectral function of 3He and the one based upon the convolution integral shows that when the latter contains only two-nucleon short-range correlations the removal energy location of the peaks and the region around them exhibited by the ab initio spectral function are correctly predicted, unlike the case of the high and low removal energy tails; the inclusion of the effects of three-nucleon correlations brings the convolution model spectral function in much better agreement with the ab initio one; it is also found that whereas the three-nucleon short-range correlations dominate the high energy removal energy tail of the spectral function, their effects on the one-nucleon momentum distribution are almost one

  1. Obtaining model parameters for real materials from ab-initio calculations: Heisenberg exchange

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    Korotin, Dmitry; Mazurenko, Vladimir; Anisimov, Vladimir; Streltsov, Sergey

    An approach to compute exchange parameters of the Heisenberg model in plane-wave based methods is presented. This calculation scheme is based on the Green's function method and Wannier function projection technique. It was implemented in the framework of the pseudopotential method and tested on such materials as NiO, FeO, Li2MnO3, and KCuF3. The obtained exchange constants are in a good agreement with both the total energy calculations and experimental estimations for NiO and KCuF3. In the case of FeO our calculations explain the pressure dependence of the Néel temperature. Li2MnO3 turns out to be a Slater insulator with antiferromagnetic nearest neighbor exchange defined by the spin splitting. The proposed approach provides a unique way to analyze magnetic interactions, since it allows one to calculate orbital contributions to the total exchange coupling and study the mechanism of the exchange coupling. The work was supported by a grant from the Russian Scientific Foundation (Project No. 14-22-00004).

  2. Magnetism in Sr2CrMoO6 : A combined ab initio and model study

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    Sanyal, Prabuddha; Halder, Anita; Si, Liang; Wallerberger, Markus; Held, Karsten; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2016-07-01

    Using a combination of first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations and exact diagonalization studies of a first-principles derived model, we carry out a microscopic analysis of the magnetic properties of the half-metallic double perovskite compound Sr2CrMoO6 , a sister compound of the much discussed material Sr2FeMoO6 . The electronic structure of Sr2CrMoO6 , though appearing similar to Sr2FeMoO6 at first glance, shows nontrivial differences with that of Sr2FeMoO6 on closer examination. In this context, our study highlights the importance of charge transfer energy between the two transition metal sites. The change in charge transfer energy due to a shift of Cr d states in Sr2CrMoO6 compared to Fe d in Sr2FeMoO6 suppresses the hybridization between Cr t2 g and Mo t2 g. This strongly weakens the hybridization-driven mechanism of magnetism discussed for Sr2FeMoO6 . Our study reveals that, nonetheless, the magnetic transition temperature of Sr2CrMoO6 remains high since an additional superexchange contribution to magnetism arises with a finite intrinsic moment developed at the Mo site. We further discuss the situation in comparison to another related double perovskite compound, Sr2CrWO6 . We also examine the effect of correlation beyond DFT, using dynamical mean field theory.

  3. Ab initio modeling of carbohydrates: on the proper selection of computational methods and basis sets

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    With the development of faster computer hardware and quantum mechanical software it has become more feasible to study large carbohydrate molecules via quantum mechanical methods. In the past, studies of carbohydrates were restricted to empirical/semiempirical methods and Hartree Fock. In the last ...

  4. Phenylalanine ab initio models for the simulation of skin natural moisturizing factor

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    Carvalho, B. G.; Raniero, L. J.; Martin, A. A.; Favero, P. P.

    2013-04-01

    In this study, we evaluated models that can be used to simulate amino acids in biological environments via density functional theory (DFT). The goal was to obtain realistic representations that combine computational economy and result quality when compared to experimental data. We increased the complexity of the models by using a model of an amino acid in a vacuum, followed by a water-solvated amino acid model. To consider pH variation, we simulated zwitterionic and nonionic amino acid configurations. The amino acid chosen for testing was phenylalanine, an aromatic amino acid present in high concentrations in the natural moisturizing factor of skin that plays a fundamental role in ultraviolet protection and vitiligo disease. To validate the models, vibrational modes and electronic properties were calculated and compared to experimental results.

  5. Ab Initio Study of 40Ca with an Importance Truncated No-Core Shell Model

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    Roth, R; Navratil, P

    2007-05-22

    We propose an importance truncation scheme for the no-core shell model, which enables converged calculations for nuclei well beyond the p-shell. It is based on an a priori measure for the importance of individual basis states constructed by means of many-body perturbation theory. Only the physically relevant states of the no-core model space are considered, which leads to a dramatic reduction of the basis dimension. We analyze the validity and efficiency of this truncation scheme using different realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and compare to conventional no-core shell model calculations for {sup 4}He and {sup 16}O. Then, we present the first converged calculations for the ground state of {sup 40}Ca within no-core model spaces including up to 16{h_bar}{Omega}-excitations using realistic low-momentum interactions. The scheme is universal and can be easily applied to other quantum many-body problems.

  6. Accessible, almost ab initio multi-scale modeling of entangled polymers via slip-links

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    Andreev, Marat

    It is widely accepted that dynamics of entangled polymers can be described by the tube model. Here we advocate for an alternative approach to entanglement modeling known as slip-links. Recently, slip-links were shown to possess important advantages over tube models, namely they have strong connections to atomistic, multichain levels of description, agree with non-equilibrium thermodynamics, are applicable to any chain architecture and can be used in linear or non-linear rheology. We present a hierarchy of slip-link models that are connected to each other through successive coarse graining. Models in the hierarchy are consistent in their overlapping domains of applicability in order to allow a straightforward mapping of parameters. In particular, the most--detailed level of description has four parameters, three of which can be determined directly from atomistic simulations. On the other hand, the least--detailed member of the hierarchy is numerically accessible, and allows for non-equilibrium flow predictions of complex chain architectures. Using GPU implementation these predictions can be obtained in minutes of computational time on a single desktop equipped with a mainstream gaming GPU. The GPU code is available online for free download.

  7. Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra

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    Fredkin, Donald R.; Komornicki, Andrew; White, Steven R.; Wilson, Kent R.

    1983-06-01

    We discuss several ways in which molecular absorption and scattering spectra can be computed ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature. These methods can be divided into two general categories. In the first, or sequential, type of approach, one first solves the electronic part of the Schrödinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, mapping out the potential energy, dipole moment vector (for infrared absorption) and polarizability tensor (for Raman scattering) as functions of nuclear coordinates. Having completed the electronic part of the calculation, one then solves the nuclear part of the problem either classically or quantum mechanically. As an example of the sequential ab initio approach, the infrared and Raman rotational and vibrational-rotational spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed in the simplest rigid rotor, normal mode approximation. Quantum techniques are used to calculate the necessary potential energy, dipole moment, and polarizability information at the equilibrium geometry. A new quick, accurate, and easy to program classical technique involving no reference to Euler angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman band contours for any rigid rotor, including asymmetric tops. A second, or simultaneous, type of ab initio approach is suggested for large systems, particularly those for which normal mode analysis is inappropriate, such as liquids, clusters, or floppy molecules. Then the curse of dimensionality prevents mapping out in advance the complete potential, dipole moment, and polarizability functions over the whole space of nuclear positions of all atoms, and a solution in which the electronic and nuclear parts of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation are simultaneously solved is needed. A quantum force classical trajectory (QFCT) molecular dynamic method, based on linear response theory, is described, in which the forces, dipole moment, and polarizability are computed quantum

  8. Ab Initio Study of Topological Defects in Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes and their Effect on Gas Sensing Mechanism

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    Srirangarajan, Aarti; Kahaly, Mousumi Upadhyay

    2011-05-25

    We have studied the energetics and charge tranfer of the (10,0) and (6,6) single walled carbon nanotubes with various defects such as monovacancy and Stone-Wales defect and their interaction with the Hydrogen Sulphide gas molecule using Ab Initio based computational method to design Single Walled Carbon Nanotube based gas sensor . We have also investigated the effect of Gold doping in Carbon Nanotubes on the adsorption of Hydrogen Sulphide gas molecule. We demonstrate that the adsorption energy as well as charge transfer is affected by the introduction of defects at the surface of the CNTs resulting in improved sensitivity for the Hydrogen Sulphide gas molecules compared to the pristine CNT.

  9. Effective Operators Within the Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model

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    Stetcu, I; Barrett, B R; Navratil, P; Vary, J P

    2004-11-30

    We implement an effective operator formalism for general one- and two-body operators, obtaining results consistent with the no-core shell model (NCSM) wave functions. The Argonne V8' nucleon-nucleon potential was used in order to obtain realistic wave functions for {sup 4}He, {sup 6}Li and {sup 12}C. In the NCSM formalism, we compute electromagnetic properties using the two-body cluster approximation for the effective operators and obtain results which are sensitive to the range of the bare operator. To illuminate the dependence on the range, we employ a Gaussian two-body operator of variable range, finding weak renormalization of long range operators (e.g., quadrupole) in a fixed model space. This is understood in terms of the two-body cluster approximation which accounts mainly for short-range correlations. Consequently, short range operators, such as the relative kinetic energy, will be well renormalized in the two-body cluster approximation.

  10. Measurement and {ital ab initio} modeling of the inelastic neutron scattering of solid N-methylformamide

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    Bour, P.; Tam, C.N.; Sopkova, J.; Trouw, F.R.

    1998-01-01

    Vibrational motions of solid N-methylformamide (NMF) and its N-deuterated analogue are investigated using the inelastic neutron scattering (INS) technique at 15 K. The force field for obtaining the normal vibrational modes of the crystal is based on a quantum chemical calculation and a subsequent transfer of a harmonic force field of a smaller pentameric segment to a fragment of 11 NMF molecules. Two types of hydrogen bonds present in crystalline NMF are also modeled with dimers. The distinct bonding leads to a splitting of the N-hydrogen wagging mode in the spectrum. Although the hydrogen bonding has a profound effect on vibrational frequencies, the results indicate that an occurrence of a double-well potential for bonded hydrogen proposed previously is unlikely. Instead, a limited electronic conjugation along the hydrogen bonds in crystalline NMF is observed. Unlike in previous models, we simulate the relative INS intensity of each vibrational transition separately, which leads to a substantial improvement of the overall profile of the intensity pattern. The modeling allows one to assign most of observed INS bands to vibrational modes and the overall spectral profile that reproduced by the simulation compares well with the experiment. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. The ab initio model potential method. Second series transition metal elements

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    Barandiaran, Z.; Seijo, L. ); Huzinaga, S. )

    1990-10-15

    The {ital ab} {ital initio} core method potential model (AIMP) has already been presented in its nonrelativistic version and applied to the main group and first series transition metal elements (J. Chem. Phys. {bold 86}, 2132 (1987); {bold 91}, 7011 (1989)). In this paper we extend the AIMP method to include relativistic effects within the Cowan--Griffin approximation and we present relativistic Zn-like core model potentials and valence basis sets, as well as their nonrelativistic Zn-like core and Kr-like core counterparts. The pilot molecular calculations on YO, TcO, AgO, and AgH reveal that the 4{ital p} orbital is indeed a core orbital only at the end part of the series, whereas the 4{ital s} orbital can be safely frozen from Y to Cd. The all-electron and model potential results agree in 0.01--0.02 A in {ital R}{sub {ital e}} and 25--50 cm{sup {minus}1} in {bar {nu}}{sub {ital e}} if the same type of valence part of the basis set is used. The comparison of the relativistic results on AgH with those of the all-electron Dirac--Fock calculations by Lee and McLean is satisfactory: the absolute value of {ital R}{sub {ital e}} is reproduced within the 0.01 A margin and the relativistic contraction of 0.077 A is also very well reproduced (0.075 A). Finally, the relative magnitude of the effects of the core orbital change, mass--velocity potential, and Darwin potential on the net relativistic effects are analyzed in the four molecules studied.

  12. Ab initio transport coefficients of Ar+ ions in Ar for cold plasma jet modeling

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    Chicheportiche, A.; Lepetit, B.; Gadéa, F. X.; Benhenni, M.; Yousfi, M.; Kalus, R.

    2014-06-01

    Collision cross sections and transport coefficients are calculated for Ar+ ions, in the ground state 2P3/2 and in the metastable state 2P1/2, colliding with their parent gas. Differential and integral collision cross sections are obtained using a numerical integration of the nuclear Schrödinger equation for several published interaction potentials. The Cohen-Schneider semi-empirical model is used for the inclusion of the spin-orbit interaction. The corresponding differential collision cross sections are then used in an optimized Monte Carlo code to calculate the ion transport coefficients for each initial ion state over a wide range of reduced electric field. Ion swarm data results are then compared with available experimental data for different proportions of ions in each state. This allows us to identify the most reliable interaction potential which reproduces ion transport coefficients falling within the experimental error bars. Such ion transport data will be used in electrohydrodynamic and chemical kinetic models of the low temperature plasma jet to quantify and to tune the active species production for a better use in biomedical applications.

  13. Ab initio modeling of vacancies, antisites, and Si dopants in ordered InGaAs

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    Wang, Jingyang; Lukose, Binit; Thompson, Michael O.; Clancy, Paulette

    2017-01-01

    In0.53Ga0.47As, a III-V compound semiconductor with high electron mobility, is expected to bring better performance than silicon in next-generation n-type MOSFET devices. However, one major challenge to its wide scale adoption is the difficulty of obtaining high enough dopant activation. For Si-doped InGaAs, the best current experimental result, involving 10 min of furnace annealing at temperatures above 700 °C, yields a free electron concentration of 1.4 ×1019 cm-3, a value that still falls short of requirement for practical applications. In this paper, we investigate the origin of low dopant activation in InGaAs by calculating formation energies for a wide variety of single point defects (Si substutionals, Si tetrahedral interstitials, vacancies, and antisites) in Si-doped In0.5Ga0.5As in a CuAu-I type crystal structure. We find that (1) a high electron concentration can only be achieved under In/Ga-poor growth conditions, while As-poor conditions inhibit n-type doping; and (2) in heavily n-doped samples, cation vacancies VIn/Ga-3 contribute the most to the compensation of excess Si donors via the Si III - VIII mechanism (III = In/Ga), thus becoming the limiting factor to higher dopant activation. Under the most favorable growth conditions for n-doping, we find the maximum carrier concentration to be 5.2 ×1018 cm-3 under thermal equilibrium, within an order of magnitude of the best experimental value.

  14. Embedding Fragment ab Initio Model Potentials in CASSCF/CASPT2 Calculations of Doped Solids: Implementation and Applications.

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    Swerts, Ben; Chibotaru, Liviu F; Lindh, Roland; Seijo, Luis; Barandiaran, Zoila; Clima, Sergiu; Pierloot, Kristin; Hendrickx, Marc F A

    2008-04-01

    In this article, we present a fragment model potential approach for the description of the crystalline environment as an extension of the use of embedding ab initio model potentials (AIMPs). The biggest limitation of the embedding AIMP method is the spherical nature of its model potentials. This poses problems as soon as the method is applied to crystals containing strongly covalently bonded structures with highly nonspherical electron densities. The newly proposed method addresses this problem by keeping the full electron density as its model potential, thus allowing one to group sets of covalently bonded atoms into fragments. The implementation in the MOLCAS 7.0 quantum chemistry package of the new method, which we call the embedding fragment ab inito model potential method (embedding FAIMP), is reported here, together with results of CASSCF/CASPT2 calculations. The developed methodology is applied for two test problems: (i) the investigation of the lowest ligand field states (2)A1 and (2)B1 of the Cr(V) defect in the YVO4 crystal and (ii) the investigation of the lowest ligand field and ligand-metal charge transfer (LMCT) states at the Mn(II) substitutional impurity doped into CaCO3. Comparison with similar calculations involving AIMPs for all environmental atoms, including those from covalently bounded units, shows that the FAIMP treatment of the YVO4 units surrounding the CrO4(3-) cluster increases the excitation energy (2)B1 → (2)A1 by ca. 1000 cm(-1) at the CASSCF level of calculation. In the case of the Mn(CO3)6(10-) cluster, the FAIMP treatment of the CO3(2-) units of the environment give smaller corrections, of ca. 100 cm(-1), for the ligand-field excitation energies, which is explained by the larger ligands of this cluster. However, the correction for the energy of the lowest LMCT transition is found to be ca. 600 cm(-1) for the CASSCF and ca. 1300 cm(-1) for the CASPT2 calculation.

  15. Ab Initio Modeling of Intermediate States in the Cytochrome P450 Catalytic Cycle

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    Segall, Matthew; Payne, Mike; Ellis, Wynne; Tucker, Geoff

    1998-03-01

    First principles electronic structure calculations, based on Density Functional Theory, have previously been used to model the interaction between the active site of a Cytochrome P450 enzyme and ligand molecules (Segall et al., Xenobiotica (in press);. Segall et al., Phy. Rev. E. (submitted)). These enzymes are of great importance due to their participation in the metabolism of a wide range of endogenous and xenobiotic compounds. We apply the same techniques to the calculation of the energy change due to the first reduction of the active site system, finding an excellent correlation with experimental observations of the redox potential. This allows the study of the oxygen-bound active site complex, the structure of which has not been observed experimentally due to the short-lived nature of this state. The calculations were performed using the CETEP code on 64 nodes of an Hitachi SR2201 parallel supercomputer.

  16. Fe-periclase reactivity at Earth's lower mantle conditions: Ab-initio geochemical modelling

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    Merli, Marcello; Bonadiman, Costanza; Diella, Valeria; Sciascia, Luciana; Pavese, Alessandro

    2017-10-01

    Intrinsic and extrinsic stability of the (Mg,Fe)O solid mixture in the Fe-Mg-Si-O system at high P, T conditions relevant to the Earth's mantle is investigated by the combination of quantum mechanical calculations (Hartree- 26 Fock/DFT hybrid scheme), cluster expansion techniques and statistical thermodynamics. Iron in the (Mg,Fe)O binary mixture is assumed to be either in the low spin (LS) or in the high spin (HS) state. Un-mixing at solid state is observed only for the LS condition in the 23-42 GPa pressure range, whereas HS does not give rise to un-mixing. LS (Mg,Fe)O un-mixings are shown to be able to incorporate iron by subsolidus reactions with a reservoir of a virtual bridgmanite composition, for a maximum total enrichment of ∼0.22 FeO. At very high P (up to 130/3150 GPa/K), a predominant (∼0.7 phase proportion), iron-rich Fe-periclase mixture (Mg0.50Fe0.50)O is formed, and it coexists, at constrained phase composition conditions, with two iron-poor assemblages [(Mg0.90Fe0.10)O and (Mg0.825Fe0.175)O]. These theoretical results agree with the compositional variability and frequency of occurrence observed in lower mantle Fe-periclase from diamond inclusions and from HP-HT synthesis products. The density difference among the Fe-periclase phases increases up to ∼10%, between 24 and 130 GPa. The calculated bulk Fe/Mg partitioning coefficient between the bridgmanite reservoir and Fe-periclase, Kd, is 0.64 at 24 GPa; it then drops to 0.19 at 80 GPa, and becomes quasi-invariant (0.18-0.16) in the lowermost portion of the Earth's mantle (∼80-130 GPa). These Kd-values represent an approximate estimate for the Fe/Mg-partitioning between actual bridgmanite and Fe-periclase. Consequently, our Kd-values agree with experimental measurements and theoretical determinations, hinting that iron preferentially dissolves in periclase with respect to all the other iron-bearing phases of the lower mantle. The continuous change up to 80 GPa (∼2000 km depth) of the products

  17. 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).

  18. Zinc complexation in chloride-rich hydrothermal fluids (25-600 °C): A thermodynamic model derived from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Mei, Yuan; Sherman, David M.; Liu, Weihua; Etschmann, Barbara; Testemale, Denis; Brugger, Joël

    2015-02-01

    The solubility of zinc minerals in hydrothermal fluids is enhanced by chloride complexation of Zn2+. Thermodynamic models of these complexation reactions are central to models of Zn transport and ore formation. However, existing thermodynamic models, derived from solubility measurements, are inconsistent with spectroscopic measurements of Zn speciation. Here, we used ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (with the PBE exchange-correlation functional) to predict the speciation of Zn-Cl complexes from 25 to 600 °C. We also obtained in situ XAS measurements of Zn-Cl solutions at 30-600 °C. Qualitatively, the simulations reproduced the main features derived from in situ XANES and EXAFS measurements: octahedral to tetrahedral transition with increasing temperature and salinity, stability of ZnCl42- at high chloride concentration up to ⩾500 °C, and increasing stability of the trigonal planar [ZnCl3]- complex at high temperature. Having confirmed the dominant species, we directly determined the stability constants for the Zn-Cl complexes using thermodynamic integration along constrained Zn-Cl distances in a series of MD simulations. We corrected our stability constants to infinite dilution using the b-dot model for the activity coefficients of the solute species. In order to compare the ab initio results with experiments, we need to re-model the existing solubility data using the species we identified in our MD simulations. The stability constants derived from refitting published experimental data are in reasonable agreement with those we obtained using ab initio MD simulations. Our new thermodynamic model accurately predicts the experimentally observed changes in ZnO(s) and ZnCO3(s) solubility as a function of chloride concentration from 200 (Psat) to 600 °C (2000 bar). This study demonstrates that metal speciation and geologically useful stability constants can be derived for species in hydrothermal fluids from ab initio MD simulations even at the generalized

  19. Nonlinear effects in evolution - an ab initio study: A model in which the classical theory of evolution occurs as a special case.

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    Clerc, Daryl G

    2016-07-21

    An ab initio approach was used to study the molecular-level interactions that connect gene-mutation to changes in an organism׳s phenotype. The study provides new insights into the evolutionary process and presents a simplification whereby changes in phenotypic properties may be studied in terms of the binding affinities of the chemical interactions affected by mutation, rather than by correlation to the genes. The study also reports the role that nonlinear effects play in the progression of organs, and how those effects relate to the classical theory of evolution. Results indicate that the classical theory of evolution occurs as a special case within the ab initio model - a case having two attributes. The first attribute: proteins and promoter regions are not shared among organs. The second attribute: continuous limiting behavior exists in the physical properties of organs as well as in the binding affinity of the associated chemical interactions, with respect to displacements in the chemical properties of proteins and promoter regions induced by mutation. Outside of the special case, second-order coupling contributions are significant and nonlinear effects play an important role, a result corroborated by analyses of published activity levels in binding and transactivation assays. Further, gradations in the state of perfection of an organ may be small or large depending on the type of mutation, and not necessarily closely-separated as maintained by the classical theory. Results also indicate that organs progress with varying degrees of interdependence, the likelihood of successful mutation decreases with increasing complexity of the affected chemical system, and differences between the ab initio model and the classical theory increase with increasing complexity of the organism. Copyright © 2016 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  20. Properties of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Si interface: An ab initio study of a model geometry

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    Höffling, Benjamin; Bechstedt, Friedhelm

    2014-05-15

    The In{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001)-Si(001) heterojunction is studied by means of the ab initio density functional theory, quasiparticle corrections, and the supercell method. We construct a model interface based on the idea of a coincidence lattice, only Si-O interface bonds and biaxially strained In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The properties of the interface and their consequences for the junction are mainly described in terms of electronic band levels and charge redistribution. The results indicate a type II heterostructure caused by interface dipole alteration due to electron rearrangements.

  1. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculation of the reaction probability for the Cl-+PH2Cl→ClPH2+Cl- reaction

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    Farahani, Pooria; Lundberg, Marcus; Karlsson, Hans O.

    2013-11-01

    The SN2 substitution reactions at phosphorus play a key role in organic and biological processes. Quantum molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study the prototype reaction Cl-+PH2Cl→ClPH2+Cl-, using one and two-dimensional models. A potential energy surface, showing an energy well for a transition complex, was generated using ab initio electronic structure calculations. The one-dimensional model is essentially reflection free, whereas the more realistic two-dimensional model displays involved resonance structures in the reaction probability. The reaction rate is almost two orders of magnitude smaller for the two-dimensional compared to the one-dimensional model. Energetic errors in the potential energy surface is estimated to affect the rate by only a factor of two. This shows that for these types of reactions it is more important to increase the dimensionality of the modeling than to increase the accuracy of the electronic structure calculation.

  2. Ab initio QM/MM free energy simulations of peptide bond formation in the ribosome support an eight-membered ring reaction mechanism.

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    Xu, Jun; Zhang, John Z H; Xiang, Yun

    2012-10-03

    Ab initio QM/MM free-energy simulations were carried out to study the peptide bond formation reaction in the peptidyl transferase center of the ribosome. The QM part of the reaction was treated by density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-31G* level, while the MM part including the solvent and RNA environment was described by molecular force field. The calculated free-energy surfaces for the two popular reaction mechanisms, the six- and eight-membered ring reactions, exhibited large energetic differences which favor the eight-membered reaction mechanism. The simulated quasi-transition state structures clearly indicated a "late" feature consistent with previous theoretical studies. Also the important functional role played by water molecules in the active site of the ribosome and its implication in ribozymic catalysis was discussed in detail.

  3. Electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of TMC (TM = V, Nb, and Ta): high pressure ab initio study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2015-12-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of refractory carbides, viz. VC, NbC, and TaC have been computed in stable B1 and high pressure B2 phases by means of two different ab initio calculations using pseudo- and full-potential schemes. These materials have mixed covalent-, metallic-, and ionic-type bonding. The calculations of elastic constants show the mechanical stability of these materials in B1 phase only. The brittle nature and anisotropy is observed in these materials in B1 phase. Non-central forces are present in both the phases. Elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature have also been calculated. The present results on structural, phase transition, elastic, and other properties are in reasonably good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The calculations in high pressure phase need experimental verification.

  4. AB initio infrared and Raman spectra

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    Fredkin, D. R.; Komornicki, A.; White, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.

    1982-08-01

    We discuss several ways in which molecular absorption and scattering spectra can be computed ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature. These methods can be divided into two general categories. In the first, or sequential, type of approach, one first solves the electronic part of the Schroedinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, mapping out the potential energy, dipole moment vector (for infrared absorption) and polarizability tensor (for Raman scattering) as functions of nuclear coordinates. Having completed the electronic part of the calculation, one then solves the nuclear part of the problem either classically or quantum mechanically. As an example of the sequential ab initio approach, the infrared and Raman rotational and vibrational-rotational spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed in the simplest rigid rotor, normal mode approximation. Quantum techniques, are used to calculate the necessary potential energy, dipole moment, and polarizability information at the equilibrium geometry. A new quick, accurate, and easy to program classical technique involving no reference to Euler angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman band contours for any rigid rotor, including asymmetric tops. A second, or simultaneous, type of ab initio approach is suggested for large systems, particularly those for which normal mode analysis is inappropriate, such as liquids, clusters, or floppy molecules.

  5. Ab Initio Crystal Field for Lanthanides.

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    Ungur, Liviu; Chibotaru, Liviu F

    2017-03-13

    An ab initio methodology for the first-principle derivation of crystal-field (CF) parameters for lanthanides is described. The methodology is applied to the analysis of CF parameters in [Tb(Pc)2 ](-) (Pc=phthalocyanine) and Dy4 K2 ([Dy(4) K(2) O(OtBu)(12) ]) complexes, and compared with often used approximate and model descriptions. It is found that the application of geometry symmetrization, and the use of electrostatic point-charge and phenomenological CF models, lead to unacceptably large deviations from predictions based on ab initio calculations for experimental geometry. It is shown how the predictions of standard CASSCF (Complete Active Space Self-Consistent Field) calculations (with 4f orbitals in the active space) can be systematically improved by including effects of dynamical electronic correlation (CASPT2 step) and by admixing electronic configurations of the 5d shell. This is exemplified for the well-studied Er-trensal complex (H3 trensal=2,2',2"-tris(salicylideneimido)trimethylamine). The electrostatic contributions to CF parameters in this complex, calculated with true charge distributions in the ligands, yield less than half of the total CF splitting, thus pointing to the dominant role of covalent effects. This analysis allows the conclusion that ab initio crystal field is an essential tool for the decent description of lanthanides.

  6. Improved atomistic Monte Carlo models based on ab-initio-trained neural networks: Application to FeCu and FeCr alloys

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    Castin, N.; Messina, L.; Domain, C.; Pasianot, R. C.; Olsson, P.

    2017-06-01

    We significantly improve the physical models underlying atomistic Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, through the use of ab initio fitted high-dimensional neural network potentials (NNPs). In this way, we can incorporate energetics derived from density functional theory (DFT) in MC, and avoid using empirical potentials that are very challenging to design for complex alloys. We take significant steps forward from a recent work where artificial neural networks (ANNs), exclusively trained on DFT vacancy migration energies, were used to perform kinetic MC simulations of Cu precipitation in Fe. Here, a more extensive transfer of knowledge from DFT to our cohesive model is achieved via the fitting of NNPs, aimed at accurately mimicking the most important aspects of the ab initio predictions. Rigid-lattice potentials are designed to monitor the evolution during the simulation of the system energy, thus taking care of the thermodynamic aspects of the model. In addition, other ANNs are designed to evaluate the activation energies associated with the MC events (migration towards first-nearest-neighbor positions of single point defects), thereby providing an accurate kinetic modeling. Because our methodology inherently requires the calculation of a substantial amount of reference data, we design as well lattice-free potentials, aimed at replacing the very costly DFT method with an approximate, yet accurate and considerably more computationally efficient, potential. The binary FeCu and FeCr alloys are taken as sample applications considering the extensive literature covering these systems.

  7. 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).

  8. Ab initio quantum chemical study of electron transfer in carboranes

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    Pati, Ranjit; Pineda, Andrew C.; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2005-05-01

    The electron transfer (ET) properties of 10- and 12-vertex carboranes are investigated by the ab initio Hartree-Fock method within the Marcus-Hush (MH) two-state model and the Koopman theorem (KT) approach. The calculated value of the ET coupling matrix element, VAB, is consistently higher in the KT approach than in the MH two-state model. For the carborane molecules functionalized by -CH 2 groups at C-vertices, VAB strongly depends on the relative orientation of the planes containing the terminal -CH 2 groups. The predicted conformation dependence of VAB offers a molecular mechanism to control ET between two active centers in molecular systems.

  9. New analytical model for the ozone electronic ground state potential surface and accurate ab initio vibrational predictions at high energy range.

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    Tyuterev, Vladimir G; Kochanov, Roman V; Tashkun, Sergey A; Holka, Filip; Szalay, Péter G

    2013-10-07

    An accurate description of the complicated shape of the potential energy surface (PES) and that of the highly excited vibration states is of crucial importance for various unsolved issues in the spectroscopy and dynamics of ozone and remains a challenge for the theory. In this work a new analytical representation is proposed for the PES of the ground electronic state of the ozone molecule in the range covering the main potential well and the transition state towards the dissociation. This model accounts for particular features specific to the ozone PES for large variations of nuclear displacements along the minimum energy path. The impact of the shape of the PES near the transition state (existence of the "reef structure") on vibration energy levels was studied for the first time. The major purpose of this work was to provide accurate theoretical predictions for ozone vibrational band centres at the energy range near the dissociation threshold, which would be helpful for understanding the very complicated high-resolution spectra and its analyses currently in progress. Extended ab initio electronic structure calculations were carried out enabling the determination of the parameters of a minimum energy path PES model resulting in a new set of theoretical vibrational levels of ozone. A comparison with recent high-resolution spectroscopic data on the vibrational levels gives the root-mean-square deviations below 1 cm(-1) for ozone band centres up to 90% of the dissociation energy. New ab initio vibrational predictions represent a significant improvement with respect to all previously available calculations.

  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. Ab Initio Description of Open-Shell Nuclei: Merging No-Core Shell Model and In-Medium Similarity Renormalization Group

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    Gebrerufael, Eskendr; Vobig, Klaus; Hergert, Heiko; Roth, Robert

    2017-04-01

    We merge two successful ab initio nuclear-structure methods, the no-core shell model (NCSM) and the multireference in-medium similarity renormalization group (IM-SRG) to define a new many-body approach for the comprehensive description of ground and excited states of closed and open-shell nuclei. Building on the key advantages of the two methods—the decoupling of excitations at the many-body level in the IM-SRG and the access to arbitrary nuclei, eigenstates, and observables in the NCSM—their combination enables fully converged no-core calculations for an unprecedented range of nuclei and observables at moderate computational cost. We present applications in the carbon and oxygen isotopic chains, where conventional NCSM calculations are still feasible and provide an important benchmark. The efficiency and rapid convergence of the new approach make it ideally suited for ab initio studies of the complete spectroscopy of nuclei up into the medium-mass regime.

  12. Fragmentation mechanisms of protonated benzylamines. Electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry study and ab initio molecular orbital calculations.

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    Bourcier, Sophie; Hoppilliard, Yannik

    2003-01-01

    Our research into neurotransmitters in a biological fluid presented an opportunity to investigate the fragmentations under low collision energy characterising benzyl-amines protonated under electrospray ionisation (ESI) conditions in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. In this work we present the breakdown graphs of protonated 3,4-dihydroxybenzylamine, DHBAH(+), and 3-methoxy, 4-hydroxybenzylamine, HMBAH(+), at various source temperatures and various pressures in the collision cell, the collision energy varying from 0 to 46 eV in the laboratory frame. Both parent ions eliminate first NH(3) at very low collision energy. The fragmentations of [MH - NH(3)](+) occur at high collision energy and are quite different for DHBAH(+) and HMBAH(+): formation of [MH - NH(3) - H(2)O - CO](+) for the former; formation of the radical cation [MH - NH(3) - CH(3)](+.) for the latter. These fragmentations are interpreted by means of ab initio calculations up to the B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p) level of theory. The successive losses of H(2)O and CO involve first the rearrangement in two steps of benzylic ions formed by loss of NH(3) into tropylium ions. The transition states associated with this rearrangement are very high in energy (about 400 kJ mol(-1) above MH(+)) explaining (i). the absence of an ion corresponding to [DHBAH - NH(3) - H(2)O](+). The determining steps associated with the losses of H(2)O and with H(2)O + CO are located lower in energy than the transition states associated with the isomerisation of benzylic ions into tropylium ions; explaining (ii). the formation of the radical cation [MH - NH(3) - CH(3)](+.). The homolytic cleavage of CH(3)-O requires less energy than does the rearrangement.

  13. Calculating geochemical reaction pathways--exploration of the inner-sphere water exchange mechanism in Al(H2O)6(3+)(aq) + nH2O with ab Initio calculations and molecular dynamics.

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    Evans, R James; Rustad, James R; Casey, William H

    2008-05-01

    We have simulated exchange of inner-sphere and bulk water molecules for different sizes of Al3+(aq) clusters, Al(H2O)63+ + nH2O for n = 0, 1, 6, or 12, with ab initio and molecular dynamics simulations, in order to understand how robust the ab initio method is for identifying hydrolytic reaction pathways of particular importance to geochemistry. In contrast to many interfacial reactions, this particular elementary reaction is particularly simple and well-constrained by experiment. Nevertheless, we find that a rich array of parallel reaction pathways depend sensitively on the details of the solvation sphere and structure and that larger clusters are not necessarily better. Inner-sphere water exchange in Al3+(aq) may occur through two Langford-Gray dissociative pathways, one in which the incoming and outgoing waters are cis, the other in which they are trans to one another. A large majority of exchanges in the molecular dynamics simulations occurred via the trans mechanism, in contrast to the predictions of the ab initio method. In Al(H2O)63+ + H2O, the cis mechanism has a transition state of 84.3 kJ/mol, which is in good agreement with previous experimental and ab initio results, while the trans mechanism has only a saddle point with two negative frequencies, not a transition state, at 89.7 kJ/mol. In addition to the exchange mechanisms, dissociation pathways could be identified that were considerably lower in energy than experiment and varied considerably between 60 and 100 kJ/mol, depending on the particular geometry and cluster size, with no clear relation between the two. Ab initio calculations using large clusters with full second coordination spheres (n = 12) were unable to find dissociation or exchange transition states because the network of hydrogen bonds in the second coordination sphere was too rigid to accommodate the outgoing inner-sphere water. Our results indicate that caution should surround ab initio simulation of complicated dynamic processes such

  14. Ab initio study of phosphaalkenes

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    Liu, M.

    1992-01-01

    This dissertation presents the application of computational chemistry to investigate a new class of organic compound-phosphaalkenes. The history of room temperature stable phosphaalkenes is a matter of the last 20 years. The existence of the C[double bond]P [pi] bond has challenged the concept that the 2p-3p [pi] bond is supposed to be very unstable and weak. Theoretical study of this type of compound can clear up the unknown properties, reactivities and reaction mechanisms of phosphaalkenes. The aim of this research is to theoretically determine the electronic and molecular properties, the chemical properties, and predict synthetic candidates for this family. Employing ab initio quantum chemistry, the authors have completed 7 related projects. First, the authors examined the reaction mechanism in the general synthesis of 1,3-diphosphallene and located the step that controls the stereo-outcome of the final product. Second, the authors predicted 4-phosphamethylenecylopropene to be a stable compound, which has been successfully synthesized after this research appeared. Third, the rotational energy surface of the rotation from s-trans to s-cis for mon- and di-phospha-1,3-butadienes were examined and concluded that the rotation does not have a high barrier. Fourth, fifth, and sixth, the authors continued their interest in phospha-1,3-butadienes and investigated [2+2] and Diels-Alder reactions. The energetics and stereo consequences of these reactions have been explored in this research. Finally, they also systematically studied the bonding properties of phosphacumulenes and provided some structural insight for this unsettled area.

  15. Ab initio quantum chemistry: Methodology and applications

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    Friesner, Richard A.

    2005-01-01

    This Perspective provides an overview of state-of-the-art ab initio quantum chemical methodology and applications. The methods that are discussed include coupled cluster theory, localized second-order Moller–Plesset perturbation theory, multireference perturbation approaches, and density functional theory. The accuracy of each approach for key chemical properties is summarized, and the computational performance is analyzed, emphasizing significant advances in algorithms and implementation over the past decade. Incorporation of a condensed-phase environment by means of mixed quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics or self-consistent reaction field techniques, is presented. A wide range of illustrative applications, focusing on materials science and biology, are discussed briefly. PMID:15870212

  16. 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.

  17. Ab initio folding of mixed-fold FSD-EY protein using formula-based polarizable hydrogen bond (PHB) charge model

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    Zhang, Dawei; Lazim, Raudah; Mun Yip, Yew

    2017-09-01

    We conducted an all-atom ab initio folding of FSD-EY, a protein with a ββα configuration using non-polarizable (AMBER) and polarizable force fields (PHB designed by Gao et al.) in implicit solvent. The effect of reducing the polarization effect integrated into the force field by the PHB model, termed the PHB0.7 was also examined in the folding of FSD-EY. This model incorporates into the force field 70% of the original polarization effect to minimize the likelihood of over-stabilizing the backbone hydrogen bonds. Precise folding of the β-sheet of FSD-EY was further achieved by relaxing the REMD structure obtained in explicit water.

  18. Development of a multipoint model for sulfur in proteins: a new parametrization scheme to reproduce high-level ab initio interaction energies.

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    Wennmohs, F; Schindler, M

    2005-02-01

    To properly represent weak hydrogen bonds to sulfur in biological systems, a new multipoint model of atomic sulfur for the amino acid methionine is introduced. This is of particular importance for the description of ligand-protein interactions. The parametrization is performed by fitting the nonbonding parameters of dimethyl sulfide to high level ab initio interaction energy surfaces of the dimethyl sulfide-methanol system and incorporating them in the GROMACS force field. Two examples demonstrate the performance of the new model, the molecular dynamics simulations of the hRAR receptor and of alpha-lytic protease. In hRAR the origin of the discrimination between the R- and S-enantiomers of the synthetic ligand BMS 184394 is explained, and in the simulation of the alpha-lytic protease it is shown that no artificial long range disorders are introduced by the new parametrization. (c) 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Ab-initio coupled-cluster effective interactions for the shell model: Application to neutron-rich oxygen and carbon isotopes

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    Jansen, G. R.; Engel, Jonathan; Hagen, Gaute; Navratil, Petr; Signoracci, Angelo J.

    2014-10-03

    We derive and compute effective valence-space shell-model interactions from ab initio coupled-cluster theory and apply them to open-shell and neutron-rich oxygen and carbon isotopes. Our shell-model interactions are based on nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon forces from chiral effective-field theory. We compute the energies of ground and low-lying states, and find good agreement with experiment. In particular, our computed 2+ states are consistent with N=14,16 shell closures in 22,24O, and a weaker N=14 shell closure in 20C. We find good agreement between our coupled-cluster effective-interaction results with those obtained from standard single-reference coupled-cluster calculations for up to eight valence neutrons.

  20. Recombination centers in 4H-SiC investigated by electrically detected magnetic resonance and ab initio modeling

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    Cottom, J.; Gruber, G.; Hadley, P.; Koch, M.; Pobegen, G.; Aichinger, T.; Shluger, A.

    2016-05-01

    Electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) is a powerful technique for the observation and categorization of paramagnetic defects within semiconductors. The interpretation of the recorded EDMR spectra has long proved to be challenging. Here, defect spectra are identified by comparing EDMR measurements with extensive ab initio calculations. The defect identification is based upon the defect symmetry and the form of the hyperfine (HF) structure. A full description is given of how an accurate spectrum can be generated from the theoretical data by considering some thousand individual HF contributions out of some billion possibilities. This approach is illustrated with a defect observed in nitrogen implanted silicon carbide (SiC). Nitrogen implantation is a high energy process that gives rise to a high defect concentration. The majority of these defects are removed during the dopant activation anneal, shifting the interstitial nitrogen to the desired substitutional lattice sites, where they act as shallow donors. EDMR shows that a deep-level defect persists after the dopant activation anneal. This defect is characterized as having a g c ∥ B = 2.0054 ( 4 ) and g c ⊥ B = 2.0006 ( 4 ) , with pronounced hyperfine shoulder peaks with a 13 G peak to peak separation. The nitrogen at a carbon site next to a silicon vacancy ( N C V Si ) center is identified as the persistent deep-level defect responsible for the observed EDMR signal and the associated dopant deactivation.

  1. Network-Forming Nanoclusters in Binary As-S/Se Glasses: From Ab Initio Quantum Chemical Modeling to Experimental Evidences.

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    Hyla, M

    2017-12-01

    Network-forming As2(S/Se)m nanoclusters are employed to recognize expected variations in a vicinity of some remarkable compositions in binary As-Se/S glassy systems accepted as signatures of optimally constrained intermediate topological phases in earlier temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments. The ab initio quantum chemical calculations performed using the cation-interlinking network cluster approach show similar oscillating character in tendency to local chemical decomposition but obvious step-like behavior in preference to global phase separation on boundary chemical compounds (pure chalcogen and stoichiometric arsenic chalcogenides). The onsets of stability are defined for chalcogen-rich glasses, these being connected with As2Se5 (Z = 2.29) and As2S6 (Z = 2.25) nanoclusters for As-Se and As-S glasses, respectively. The physical aging effects result preferentially from global phase separation in As-S glass system due to high localization of covalent bonding and local demixing on neighboring As2Sem+1 and As2Sem-1 nanoclusters in As-Se system. These nanoclusters well explain the lower limits of reversibility windows in temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry, but they cannot be accepted as signatures of topological phase transitions in respect to the rigidity theory.

  2. Atomistic and Ab initio modeling of CaAl2O4 high-pressure polymorphs under Earth's mantle conditions

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    Eremin, N. N.; Grechanovsky, A. E.; Marchenko, E. I.

    2016-05-01

    Semi-empirical and ab initio theoretical investigation of crystal structure geometry, interatomic distances, phase densities and elastic properties for some CaAl2O4 phases under pressures up to 200 GPa was performed. Two independent simulation methods predicted the appearance of a still unknown super-dense CaAl2O4 modification. In this structure, the Al coordination polyhedron might be described as distorted one with seven vertices. Ca atoms were situated inside polyhedra with ten vertices and Ca-O distances from 1.96 to 2.49 Å. It became the densest modification under pressures of 170 GPa (density functional theory prediction) or 150 GPa (semi-empirical prediction). Both approaches indicated that this super-dense CaAl2O4 modification with a "stuffed α-PbO2" type structure could be a probable candidate for mutual accumulation of Ca and Al in the lower mantle. The existence of this phase can be verified experimentally using high pressure techniques.

  3. Network-Forming Nanoclusters in Binary As-S/Se Glasses: From Ab Initio Quantum Chemical Modeling to Experimental Evidences

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    Hyla, M.

    2017-01-01

    Network-forming As2(S/Se)m nanoclusters are employed to recognize expected variations in a vicinity of some remarkable compositions in binary As-Se/S glassy systems accepted as signatures of optimally constrained intermediate topological phases in earlier temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments. The ab initio quantum chemical calculations performed using the cation-interlinking network cluster approach show similar oscillating character in tendency to local chemical decomposition but obvious step-like behavior in preference to global phase separation on boundary chemical compounds (pure chalcogen and stoichiometric arsenic chalcogenides). The onsets of stability are defined for chalcogen-rich glasses, these being connected with As2Se5 ( Z = 2.29) and As2S6 ( Z = 2.25) nanoclusters for As-Se and As-S glasses, respectively. The physical aging effects result preferentially from global phase separation in As-S glass system due to high localization of covalent bonding and local demixing on neighboring As2Sem+1 and As2Sem-1 nanoclusters in As-Se system. These nanoclusters well explain the lower limits of reversibility windows in temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry, but they cannot be accepted as signatures of topological phase transitions in respect to the rigidity theory.

  4. Calculating solution redox free energies with ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical minimum free energy path method

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    Zeng Xiancheng; Hu Hao; Hu Xiangqian; Yang Weitao

    2009-04-28

    A quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical minimum free energy path (QM/MM-MFEP) method was developed to calculate the redox free energies of large systems in solution with greatly enhanced efficiency for conformation sampling. The QM/MM-MFEP method describes the thermodynamics of a system on the potential of mean force surface of the solute degrees of freedom. The molecular dynamics (MD) sampling is only carried out with the QM subsystem fixed. It thus avoids 'on-the-fly' QM calculations and thus overcomes the high computational cost in the direct QM/MM MD sampling. In the applications to two metal complexes in aqueous solution, the new QM/MM-MFEP method yielded redox free energies in good agreement with those calculated from the direct QM/MM MD method. Two larger biologically important redox molecules, lumichrome and riboflavin, were further investigated to demonstrate the efficiency of the method. The enhanced efficiency and uncompromised accuracy are especially significant for biochemical systems. The QM/MM-MFEP method thus provides an efficient approach to free energy simulation of complex electron transfer reactions.

  5. Charge-transfer mechanism for electrophilic aromatic nitration and nitrosation via the convergence of (ab initio) molecular-orbital and Marcus-Hush theories with experiments.

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    Gwaltney, Steven R; Rosokha, Sergiy V; Head-Gordon, Martin; Kochi, Jay K

    2003-03-19

    The highly disparate rates of aromatic nitrosation and nitration, despite the very similar (electrophilic) properties of the active species: NO(+) and NO(2)(+) in Chart 1, are quantitatively reconciled. First, the thorough mappings of the potential-energy surfaces by high level (ab initio) molecular-orbital methodologies involving extensive coupled-cluster CCSD(T)/6-31G optimizations establish the intervention of two reactive intermediates in nitration (Figure 8) but only one in nitrosation (Figure 7). Second, the same distinctive topologies involving double and single potential-energy minima (Figures 6 and 5) also emerge from the semiquantitative application of the Marcus-Hush theory to the transient spectral data. Such a striking convergence from quite different theoretical approaches indicates that the molecular-orbital and Marcus-Hush (potential-energy) surfaces are conceptually interchangeable. In the resultant charge-transfer mechanism, the bimolecular interactions of arene donors with both NO(+) and NO(2)(+) spontaneously lead (barrierless) to pi-complexes in which electron transfer is concurrent with complexation. Such a pi-complex in nitration is rapidly converted to the sigma-complex, whereas this Wheland adduct in nitrosation merely represents a high energy (transition-state) structure. Marcus-Hush analysis thus demonstrates how the strongly differentiated (arene) reactivities toward NO(+) and NO(2)(+) can actually be exploited in the quantitative development of a single coherent (electron-transfer) mechanism for both aromatic nitrosation and nitration.

  6. Ab initio computational study of reaction mechanism of peptide bond formation on HF/6-31G(d,p) level

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    Siahaan, P.; Lalita, M. N. T.; Cahyono, B.; Laksitorini, M. D.; Hildayani, S. Z.

    2017-02-01

    Peptide plays an important role in modulation of various cell functions. Therefore, formation reaction of the peptide is important for chemical reactions. One way to probe the reaction of peptide synthesis is a computational method. The purpose of this research is to determine the reaction mechanism for peptide bond formation on Ac-PV-NH2 and Ac-VP-NH2 synthesis from amino acid proline and valine by ab initio computational approach. The calculations were carried out by theory and basis set HF/6-31G(d,p) for four mechanisms (path 1 to 4) that proposed in this research. The results show that the highest of the rate determining step between reactant and transition state (TS) for path 1, 2, 3, and 4 are 163.06 kJ.mol-1, 1868 kJ.mol-1, 5685 kJ.mol-1, and 1837 kJ.mol-1. The calculation shows that the most preferred reaction of Ac-PV-NH2 and Ac-VP-NH2 synthesis from amino acid proline and valine are on the path 1 (initiated with the termination of H+ in proline amino acid) that produce Ac-PV-NH2.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

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    Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C

    2015-01-01

    The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis. PMID:25681906

  11. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

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    Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C.

    2015-02-01

    The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.

  12. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

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    Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C

    2015-02-14

    The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.

  13. Symmetry breaking and hydration structure of carbonate and nitrate in aqueous solutions: a study by ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics.

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    Vchirawongkwin, Viwat; Kritayakornupong, Chinapong; Tongraar, Anan; Rode, Bernd M

    2011-11-03

    The ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics (QMCF MD) formalism was applied to simulate carbonate and nitrate anions in aqueous solution. The out-of-plane (ν(2)) spectra obtained from the velocity autocorrelation functions (VACFs) and the torsion angle-time functions indicate that the symmetry of carbonate is reduced from D(3h) to a lower degree by breaking up the molecular plane, whereas the planarity of nitrate anion is retained. The calculated frequencies are in good agreement with the Raman and IR data. Carbonate shows a stronger molecular hydration shell than the nitrate anion with the average molecular coordination numbers of 8.9 and 7.9, respectively. A comparison with the average number of ion-solvent hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) indicates the extra water molecules within the hydration shell of carbonate (∼2) and nitrate (∼3), readily migrating from one coordinating site to another. The mean residence times for water ligands in general classify carbonate and nitrate as moderate and weak structure-making anions, while the specific values for individual sites of nitrate reveal local weak structure-breaking properties.

  14. Mechanisms of oxygen plasma damage of amine and methyl terminated organosilicate low-k dielectrics from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Rimsza, J. M.; Kelber, J. A.; Du, Jincheng

    2014-08-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory were used to probe the interactions of O(1D) and O(3P) radicals on trimethylcyclictrisiloxane (TMCTS) and aminated TMCTS (TMCTS-NH2)—a model system for vicinal and aminated organosilicate glass (OSG) low-k dielectric materials. The roles of triplet, O(3P), and singlet, O(1D), interactions were investigated, as well as the directional and energetic dependence of the plasma on the product species. O(1D) attack resulted in the development of complex bonding states including Si-CH3O and Si-O-NH2. In contrast the O(3P) bombardment resulted in the removal of H, CH3, C2HO or OH- from the TMCTS molecule. In the amine terminated model OSG molecule, TMCTS-NH2, H and OH-groups were removed but the Si-NH2 bond remained stable over the energy range 0.1-5.0 eV for all but one of the directions investigated. Therefore, the Si-NH2 bond is shown to be significantly more stable than the Si-CH3 and is resistant to changes in bombardment angles and energies. The data explains recent experimental results demonstrating enhanced resistance of aminated OSG films to O2 plasma-induced carbon loss, and suggest that these methods can provide a predictive tool for understanding plasma damage in OSG films with both terminal and methyl carbon species.

  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. 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.

  17. Ab Initio Modeling of Electrolyte Molecule Ethylene Carbonate Decomposition Reaction on Li(Ni,Mn,Co)O2 Cathode Surface.

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    Xu, Shenzhen; Luo, Guangfu; Jacobs, Ryan; Fang, Shuyu; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Hamers, Robert J; Morgan, Dane

    2017-06-21

    Electrolyte decomposition reactions on Li-ion battery electrodes contribute to the formation of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layers. These SEI layers are one of the known causes for the loss in battery voltage and capacity over repeated charge/discharge cycles. In this work, density functional theory (DFT)-based ab initio calculations are applied to study the initial steps of the decomposition of the organic electrolyte component ethylene carbonate (EC) on the (101̅4) surface of a layered Li(Nix,Mny,Co1-x-y)O2 (NMC) cathode crystal, which is commonly used in commercial Li-ion batteries. The effects on the EC reaction pathway due to dissolved Li(+) ions in the electrolyte solution and different NMC cathode surface terminations containing adsorbed hydroxyl -OH or fluorine -F species are explicitly considered. We predict a very fast chemical reaction consisting of an EC ring-opening process on the bare cathode surface, the rate of which is independent of the battery operation voltage. This EC ring-opening reaction is unavoidable once the cathode material contacts with the electrolyte because this process is purely chemical rather than electrochemical in nature. The -OH and -F adsorbed species display a passivation effect on the surface against the reaction with EC, but the extent is limited except for the case of -OH bonded to a surface transition metal atom. Our work implies that the possible rate-limiting steps of the electrolyte molecule decomposition are the reactions on the decomposed organic products on the cathode surface rather than on the bare cathode surface.

  18. 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.

  19. Modeling surface motion effects in N2 dissociation on W(110): Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations and generalized Langevin oscillator model.

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    Nattino, Francesco; Galparsoro, Oihana; Costanzo, Francesca; Díez Muiño, Ricardo; Alducin, Maite; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2016-06-28

    Accurately modeling surface temperature and surface motion effects is necessary to study molecule-surface reactions in which the energy dissipation to surface phonons can largely affect the observables of interest. We present here a critical comparison of two methods that allow to model such effects, namely, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method and the generalized Langevin oscillator (GLO) model, using the dissociation of N2 on W(110) as a benchmark. AIMD is highly accurate as the surface atoms are explicitly part of the dynamics, but this advantage comes with a large computational cost. The GLO model is much more computationally convenient, but accounts for lattice motion effects in a very approximate way. Results show that, despite its simplicity, the GLO model is able to capture the physics of the system to a large extent, returning dissociation probabilities which are in better agreement with AIMD than static-surface results. Furthermore, the GLO model and the AIMD method predict very similar energy transfer to the lattice degrees of freedom in the non-reactive events, and similar dissociation dynamics.

  20. Modeling surface motion effects in N2 dissociation on W(110): Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations and generalized Langevin oscillator model

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    Nattino, Francesco; Galparsoro, Oihana; Costanzo, Francesca; Díez Muiño, Ricardo; Alducin, Maite; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2016-06-01

    Accurately modeling surface temperature and surface motion effects is necessary to study molecule-surface reactions in which the energy dissipation to surface phonons can largely affect the observables of interest. We present here a critical comparison of two methods that allow to model such effects, namely, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method and the generalized Langevin oscillator (GLO) model, using the dissociation of N2 on W(110) as a benchmark. AIMD is highly accurate as the surface atoms are explicitly part of the dynamics, but this advantage comes with a large computational cost. The GLO model is much more computationally convenient, but accounts for lattice motion effects in a very approximate way. Results show that, despite its simplicity, the GLO model is able to capture the physics of the system to a large extent, returning dissociation probabilities which are in better agreement with AIMD than static-surface results. Furthermore, the GLO model and the AIMD method predict very similar energy transfer to the lattice degrees of freedom in the non-reactive events, and similar dissociation dynamics.

  1. 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.

  2. Ab Initio QM/MM Study Shows a Highly Dissociated SN2 Hydrolysis Mechanism for the cGMP-Specific Phosphodiesterase-5.

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    Li, Zhe; Wu, Yinuo; Feng, Ling-Jun; Wu, Ruibo; Luo, Hai-Bin

    2014-12-09

    Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are the sole enzymes hydrolyzing the important second messengers cGMP and cAMP and have been identified as therapeutic targets for several diseases. The most successful examples are PDE5 inhibitors (i.e., sildenafil and tadalafil), which have been approved for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. However, the side effects mostly due to nonselective inhibition toward other PDE isoforms, set back the clinical usage of PDE5 inhibitors. Until now, the exact catalytic mechanism of the substrate cGMP by PDE5 is still unclear. Herein, the first computational study on the catalytic hydrolysis mechanism of cGMP for PDE5 (catalytic domain) is performed by employing the state-of-the-art ab initio quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Our simulations show a SN2 type reaction procedure via a highly dissociated transition state with a reaction barrier of 8.88 kcal/mol, which is quite different from the previously suggested hydrolysis mechanism of cAMP for PDE4. Furthermore, the subsequent ligand exchange and the release of the product GMP have also been investigated by binding energy analysis and MD simulations. It is deduced that ligand exchange would be the rate-determining step of the whole reaction, which is consistent with many previous experimental results. The obtained mechanistic insights should be valuable for not only the rational design of more specific inhibitors toward PDE5 but also understanding the general hydrolysis mechanism of cGMP-specific PDEs.

  3. Electronic structure and mechanical properties of ternary ZrTaN alloys studied by ab initio calculations and thin-film growth experiments

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    Abadias, G.; Kanoun, M. B.; Goumri-Said, S.; Koutsokeras, L.; Dub, S. N.; Djemia, Ph.

    2014-10-01

    The structure, phase stability, and mechanical properties of ternary alloys of the Zr-Ta-N system are investigated by combining thin-film growth and ab initio calculations. Zr1-xTaxN films with 0≤x≤1 were deposited by reactive magnetron cosputtering in Ar +N2 plasma discharge and their structural properties characterized by x-ray diffraction. We considered both ordered and disordered alloys, using supercells and special quasirandom structure approaches, to account for different possible metal atom distributions on the cation sublattice. Density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation was employed to calculate the electronic structure as well as predict the evolution of the lattice parameter and key mechanical properties, including single-crystal elastic constants and polycrystalline elastic moduli, of ternary Zr1-xTaxN compounds with cubic rocksalt structure. These calculated values are compared with experimental data from thin-film measurements using Brillouin light scattering and nanoindentation tests. We also study the validity of Vegard's empirical rule and the effect of growth-dependent stresses on the lattice parameter. The thermal stability of these Zr1-xTaxN films is also studied, based on their structural and mechanical response upon vacuum annealing at 850 °C for 3 h. Our findings demonstrate that Zr1-xTaxN alloys with Ta fraction 0.51⩽x⩽0.78 exhibit enhanced toughness, while retaining high hardness ˜30 GPa, as a result of increased valence electron concentration and phase stability tuning. Calculations performed for disordered or ordered structures both lead to the same conclusion regarding the mechanical behavior of these nitride alloys, in agreement with recent literature findings [H. Kindlund, D. G. Sangiovanni, L. Martinez-de-Olcoz, J. Lu, J. Jensen, J. Birch, I. Petrov, J. E. Greene, V. Chirita, and L. Hultman, APL Materials 1, 042104 (2013), 10.1063/1.4822440].

  4. Ab initio multiple spawning dynamics study of dimethylnitramine and dimethylnitramine-Fe complex to model their ultrafast nonadiabatic chemistry

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    Bera, Anupam; Ghosh, Jayanta; Bhattacharya, Atanu

    2017-07-01

    Conical intersections are now firmly established to be the key features in the excited electronic state processes of polyatomic energetic molecules. In the present work, we have explored conical intersection-mediated nonadiabatic chemical dynamics of a simple analogue nitramine molecule, dimethylnitramine (DMNA, containing one N-NO2 energetic group), and its complex with an iron atom (DMNA-Fe). For this task, we have used the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) dynamics simulation at the state averaged-complete active space self-consistent field(8,5)/6-31G(d) level of theory. We have found that DMNA relaxes back to the ground (S0) state following electronic excitation to the S1 excited state [which is an (n,π*) excited state] with a time constant of approximately 40 fs. This AIMS result is in very good agreement with the previous surface hopping-result and femtosecond laser spectroscopy result. DMNA does not dissociate during this fast internal conversion from the S1 to the S0 state. DMNA-Fe also undergoes extremely fast relaxation from the upper S1 state to the S0 state; however, this relaxation pathway is dissociative in nature. DMNA-Fe undergoes initial Fe-O, N-O, and N-N bond dissociations during relaxation from the upper S1 state to the ground S0 state through the respective conical intersection. The AIMS simulation reveals the branching ratio of these three channels as N-N:Fe-O:N-O = 6:3:1 (based on 100 independent simulations). Furthermore, the AIMS simulation reveals that the Fe-O bond dissociation channel exhibits the fastest (time constant 24 fs) relaxation, while the N-N bond dissociation pathway features the slowest (time constant 128 fs) relaxation. An intermediate time constant (30 fs) is found for the N-O bond dissociation channel. This is the first nonadiabatic chemical dynamics study of metal-contained energetic molecules through conical intersections.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Full atomistic reaction mechanism with kinetics for CO reduction on Cu(100) from ab initio molecular dynamics free-energy calculations at 298 K

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    2017-01-01

    A critical step toward the rational design of new catalysts that achieve selective and efficient reduction of CO2 to specific hydrocarbons and oxygenates is to determine the detailed reaction mechanism including kinetics and product selectivity as a function of pH and applied potential for known systems. To accomplish this, we apply ab initio molecular metadynamics simulations (AIMμD) for the water/Cu(100) system with five layers of the explicit solvent under a potential of −0.59 V [reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)] at pH 7 and compare with experiment. From these free-energy calculations, we determined the kinetics and pathways for major products (ethylene and methane) and minor products (ethanol, glyoxal, glycolaldehyde, ethylene glycol, acetaldehyde, ethane, and methanol). For an applied potential (U) greater than −0.6 V (RHE) ethylene, the major product, is produced via the Eley–Rideal (ER) mechanism using H2O + e–. The rate-determining step (RDS) is C–C coupling of two CO, with ΔG‡ = 0.69 eV. For an applied potential less than −0.60 V (RHE), the rate of ethylene formation decreases, mainly due to the loss of CO surface sites, which are replaced by H*. The reappearance of C2H4 along with CH4 at U less than −0.85 V arises from *CHO formation produced via an ER process of H* with nonadsorbed CO (a unique result). This *CHO is the common intermediate for the formation of both CH4 and C2H4. These results suggest that, to obtain hydrocarbon products selectively and efficiency at pH 7, we need to increase the CO concentration by changing the solvent or alloying the surface. PMID:28167767

  8. Full atomistic reaction mechanism with kinetics for CO reduction on Cu(100) from ab initio molecular dynamics free-energy calculations at 298 K.

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    Cheng, Tao; Xiao, Hai; Goddard, William A

    2017-02-21

    A critical step toward the rational design of new catalysts that achieve selective and efficient reduction of CO2 to specific hydrocarbons and oxygenates is to determine the detailed reaction mechanism including kinetics and product selectivity as a function of pH and applied potential for known systems. To accomplish this, we apply ab initio molecular metadynamics simulations (AIMμD) for the water/Cu(100) system with five layers of the explicit solvent under a potential of -0.59 V [reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)] at pH 7 and compare with experiment. From these free-energy calculations, we determined the kinetics and pathways for major products (ethylene and methane) and minor products (ethanol, glyoxal, glycolaldehyde, ethylene glycol, acetaldehyde, ethane, and methanol). For an applied potential (U) greater than -0.6 V (RHE) ethylene, the major product, is produced via the Eley-Rideal (ER) mechanism using H2O + e(-) The rate-determining step (RDS) is C-C coupling of two CO, with ΔG(‡) = 0.69 eV. For an applied potential less than -0.60 V (RHE), the rate of ethylene formation decreases, mainly due to the loss of CO surface sites, which are replaced by H*. The reappearance of C2H4 along with CH4 at U less than -0.85 V arises from *CHO formation produced via an ER process of H* with nonadsorbed CO (a unique result). This *CHO is the common intermediate for the formation of both CH4 and C2H4 These results suggest that, to obtain hydrocarbon products selectively and efficiency at pH 7, we need to increase the CO concentration by changing the solvent or alloying the surface.

  9. Conformational space of clindamycin studied by ab initio and full-atom molecular dynamics.

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    Kulczycka-Mierzejewska, Katarzyna; Trylska, Joanna; Sadlej, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations allow determining internal flexibility of molecules at atomic level. Using ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD), one can simulate in a reasonable time frame small systems with hundreds of atoms, usually in vacuum. With quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) or full-atom molecular dynamics (FAMD), the influence of the environment can also be simulated. Here, we compare three types of MD calculations: ab initio BOMD, hybrid QM/MM, and classical FAMD. As a model system, we use a small antibiotic molecule, clindamycin, which is one of the lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin acquires two energetically stable forms and we investigated the transition between these two experimentally known conformers. We performed 60-ps BOMD simulations in vacuum, 50-ps QM/MM, and 100-ns FAMD in explicit water. The transition between two antibiotic conformers was observed using both BOMD and FAMD methods but was not noted in the QM/MM simulations.

  10. 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.

  11. Phase stability, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of orthorhombic and trigonal MgSiN2: an ab initio study

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    Arab, Fahima; Sahraoui, F. Ali; Haddadi, Khelifa; Bouhemadou, Abdelmadjid; Louail, Layachi

    2016-05-01

    Structural stability and mechanical and thermodynamic properties of the orthorhombic and trigonal MgSiN2 polymorphs (or-MgSiN2 and tr-MgSiN2) were investigated through density functional theory and quasi-harmonic Debye model (QHDM). Our calculations show that or-MgSiN2 is energetically the stable polymorph at low pressure, in agreement with previous experimental and theoretical study. Under pressure, a crystallographic transition from the orthorhombic structure to the trigonal one occurs around 25, 17.45 and 19.05 GPa as obtained from the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Wang (GGA-PW91), the generalized gradient approximation parameterized recently by Perdew et al (GGA-PBEsol) and the local density approximation developed by Ceperley and Alder and parameterized by Perdew and Zunger (LDA-CAPZ), respectively. Single-crystalline and polycrystalline elastic constants and related properties, namely Vickers hardness, acoustic Grüneisen parameter, minimum thermal conductivity, isotropic sound velocities and Debye temperature, were numerically estimated for both or-MgSiN2 and tr-MgSiN2. We have showed that the hardness of tr-MgSiN2 is comparable to that of the harder materials like c-BN and B6O. Temperature and pressure dependencies of volume, bulk modulus, thermal expansion, Grüneisen parameter, heat capacities and Debye temperature were investigated using QHDM.

  12. Ab initio study of the operating mechanisms of tris(trimethylsilyl) phosphite as a multifunctional additive for Li-ion batteries

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    Kim, Dong Young; Park, Hosang; Choi, Woon Ih; Roy, Basab; Seo, Jinah; Park, Insun; Kim, Jin Hae; Park, Jong Hwan; Kang, Yoon-Sok; Koh, Meiten

    2017-07-01

    Tris(trimethylsilyl) phosphite (P(OSi(CH3)3)3) is a multifunctional electrolyte additive for scavenging HF and forming a cathode electrolyte interphase (CEI). Systematic analysis of the HF reaction pathways and redox potentials of P(OSi(CH3)3)3, OP(OSi(CH3)3)3, P(OSiF3)3, and OP(OSiF3)3, and their reaction products, using ab initio calculations allowed us to elucidate the operating mechanism of P(OSi(CH3)3)3 and verify the rules that determine its HF reaction pathways and electrochemical stability. While Osbnd Si cleavage is the predominant HF scavenging pathway for P(OSi(CH3)3)3, Osbnd P cleavage is stabilized by replacing CH3 with an electron-withdrawing group. Thus, P(OSiF3)3 scavenges HF mainly through Osbnd P cleavage to produce PF3, which has high oxidation stability. However, the Osbnd Si cleavage pathway produces P(OSi(CH3)3)2OH, P(OSi(CH3)3) (OH)2, and P(OH)3 sequentially, along with Si(CH3)3F. These PO3 systems, which are oxidized earlier than carbonate solutions and form tightly bonded units following oxidation, act as seed units for compact CEI growth. Moreover, the HF scavenging ability of PO3 systems is maintained during oxidation until all Osbnd Si bonds are broken. As a strategy for developing additives with enhanced functionality, modifying P(OSi(CH3)3)3 by replacing CH3 with an electron-donating group to exclusively utilize the Osbnd Si cleavage pathway for HF scavenging is recommended.

  13. 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.

  14. 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. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  15. 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 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 beta-proteins are still needed to further improve the I-TASSER pipeline. PMID:22069036

  16. CNT Arrays Grown upon Catalytic Nickel Particles as Applied in the Nanoelectronic Devices: Ab Initio Simulation of Growth Mechanism

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    Zhukovskii, Yu. F.; Kotomin, E. A.; Piskunov, S.; Bellucci, S.

    Carbon nanotubes, due to their exceptional and unique properties, have aroused a lot of research interest making them promising candidates as interconnects for future high-speed nanoelectronics. To predict a growth mechanism for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) upon a metal particle as synthesized in the porous membrane block then incorporated in the nanoelectronic device, we have performed a series of large-scale DFT-LCAO calculations using the CRYSTAL-06 code. Carbon adatoms can appear upon the densely-packed Ni(111) catalyst surface due to dissociation of hydrocarbon molecules (e.g., CH4) when applying the CVD method for the nanotube growth. We have started with adsorption properties of carbon atoms. Then, we have simulated the regular C/Ni(111) interface, where adatoms initially form a monolayer which can be disintegrated to nanoflakes gradually transforming into CNT embryos (in the form of semi-fullerenes) and, finally, into the capped CNTs (d C-C ≈ 1.42 Å) with either armchair or zigzag chirality. Periodicity of this system results in models of infinite arrays (bundles) of single-walled (SW) CNTs with a diameter 8.0-8.2 Å and the inter-tube distance 4.2-4.6 Å (depending on chirality). Analyzing the results of calculations on the CNT/Ni interconnect, we have observed a considerable transfer of the electronic charge from the metallic catalyst towards the nanotube (up to ˜1.4 e per contacting C atom) accompanying by substantial redistribution of the electronic density, especially in the case of nanostructured Ni(111) containing nickel nanoclusters. The nanostructured morphology of metal substrate has been found to be the most effective for the growth of CNT bundles.

  17. A Generalized Two-component Model of Solar Wind Turbulence and ab initio Diffusion Mean-Free Paths and Drift Lengthscales of Cosmic Rays

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    Wiengarten, T.; Oughton, S.; Engelbrecht, N. E.; Fichtner, H.; Kleimann, J.; Scherer, K.

    2016-12-01

    We extend a two-component model for the evolution of fluctuations in the solar wind plasma so that it is fully three-dimensional (3D) and also coupled self-consistently to the large-scale magnetohydrodynamic equations describing the background solar wind. The two classes of fluctuations considered are a high-frequency parallel-propagating wave-like piece and a low-frequency quasi-two-dimensional component. For both components, the nonlinear dynamics is dominanted by quasi-perpendicular spectral cascades of energy. Driving of the fluctuations by, for example, velocity shear and pickup ions is included. Numerical solutions to the new model are obtained using the Cronos framework, and validated against previous simpler models. Comparing results from the new model with spacecraft measurements, we find improved agreement relative to earlier models that employ prescribed background solar wind fields. Finally, the new results for the wave-like and quasi-two-dimensional fluctuations are used to calculate ab initio diffusion mean-free paths and drift lengthscales for the transport of cosmic rays in the turbulent solar wind.

  18. Ab initio centroid path integral molecular dynamics: Application to vibrational dynamics of diatomic molecular systems

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    Ohta, Yasuhito; Ohta, Koji; Kinugawa, Kenichi

    2004-01-01

    An ab initio centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) method is developed by combining the CMD method with the ab initio molecular orbital method. The ab initio CMD method is applied to vibrational dynamics of diatomic molecules, H2 and HF. For the H2 molecule, the temperature dependence of the peak frequency of the vibrational spectral density is investigated. The results are compared with those obtained by the ab initio classical molecular dynamics method and exact quantum mechanical treatment. It is shown that the vibrational frequency obtained from the ab initio CMD approaches the exact first excitation frequency as the temperature lowers. For the HF molecule, the position autocorrelation function is also analyzed in detail. The present CMD method is shown to well reproduce the exact quantum result for the information on the vibrational properties of the system.

  19. High level ab initio calculations for ClF(n)+ (n = 1-6) ions: refining the recoupled pair bonding model.

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    Chen, Lina; Woon, David E; Dunning, Thom H

    2013-05-23

    Based on detailed, high level ab initio calculations on a number of halogenated compounds of second row, late p-block elements, the SF(n), ClF(n), PFn, SCl(n), and SF(n)Cl families, we found that a new type of bond--the recoupled pair bond--accounts for the ability of these elements to form hypervalent, or hypercoordinated, compounds. Hypervalent molecules are formed when it is energetically favorable for the electrons in a lone pair orbital to be recoupled, allowing each of the electrons to form chemical bonds with ligands. In this paper, we characterize the structures and energies of the ground and low-lying excited states of the ClF(n)(+) (n = 1-6) ions, using high level ab initio methods [MRCI, CCSD(T)/RCCSD(T)] with large correlation consistent basis sets. We computed a number of quantities, including ClF(n)(+) structures, bond dissociation energies, and ClF(n) ionization energies and compared our results with the available experimental data. Both the bond dissociation energies and the ionization energies oscillate, variations that are readily explained using the recoupled pair bonding model. Comparisons are drawn between the ClF(n)(+) cations and their counterparts in the isoelectronic SF(n) series, which possess many similarities. We found two significant differences between the ClF(n)(+) and the SF(n) series: (i) the bond dissociation energies of ClF(n)(+) are much weaker than those of the corresponding SF(n) species, and (ii) there is no stable (3)A2 state in ClF2(+) corresponding to the stable state found in SF2. An examination of the Mulliken populations at the HF/AVTZ level for ClF(n)(+) and SF(n) species predicts that the F atom in the axial (recoupled pair bonding) position is more highly charged than the F atom in the equatorial (covalent bonding) position; there is also less charge transfer to the F atoms in ClF(n)(+) than in SF(n). The positive charge on Cl(+) makes it more difficult for an F atom to attract electrons from Cl(+) than from S and

  20. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Using Recursive, Spatially Separated, Overlapping Model Subsystems Mixed within an ONIOM-Based Fragmentation Energy Extrapolation Technique.

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    Li, Junjie; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2015-09-08

    Here, we demonstrate the application of fragment-based electronic structure calculations in (a) ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and (b) reduced dimensional potential calculations, for medium- and large-sized protonated water clusters. The specific fragmentation algorithm used here is derived from ONIOM, but includes multiple, overlapping “model” systems. The interaction between the various overlapping model systems is (a) approximated by invoking the principle of inclusion-exclusion at the chosen higher level of theory and (b) within a real calculation performed at the chosen lower level of theory. The fragmentation algorithm itself is written using bit-manipulation arithmetic, which will prove to be advantageous, since the number of fragments in such methods has the propensity to grow exponentially with system size. Benchmark calculations are performed for three different protonated water clusters: H₉O₄⁺, H₁₃O₆⁺ and H(H₂O)₂₁⁺. For potential energy surface benchmarks, we sample the normal coordinates and compare our surface energies with full MP2 and CCSD(T) calculations. The mean absolute error for the fragment-based algorithm is <0.05 kcal/mol, when compared with MP2 calculations, and <0.07 kcal/mol, when compared with CCSD(T) calculations over 693 different geometries for the H₉O₄⁺ system. For the larger H(H₂O)₂₁⁺ water cluster, the mean absolute error is on the order of a 0.1 kcal/mol, when compared with full MP2 calculations for 84 different geometries, at a fraction of the computational cost. Ab initio dynamics calculations were performed for H₉O₄⁺ and H₁₃O₆⁺, and the energy conservation was found to be of the order of 0.01 kcal/mol for short trajectories (on the order of a picosecond). The trajectories were kept short because our algorithm does not currently include dynamical fragmentation, which will be considered in future publications. Nevertheless, the velocity autocorrelation functions and their

  1. Modeling the fluorescence of protein-embedded tryptophans with ab initio multiconfigurational quantum chemistry: the limiting cases of parvalbumin and monellin.

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    Pistolesi, Sara; Sinicropi, Adalgisa; Pogni, Rebecca; Basosi, Riccardo; Ferré, Nicolas; Olivucci, Massimo

    2009-12-10

    We show that a quantum-mechanics/molecular-mechanics strategy based on ab initio (i.e., first principle) multiconfigurational perturbation theory can reproduce the spectral properties of a tryptophan residue embedded in the contrasting hydrophobic and hydrophilic environments of parvalbumin and monellin, respectively. We show that the observed absorption and emission energies can be reproduced with a less than 3 kcal mol(-1) error. The analysis of the computed emission energies based on a protein disassembly scheme and protein electrostatic potential mapping allows for a detailed understanding of the factors modulating the tryptophan emission. It is shown that for monellin, where the tryptophan is exposed to the solvent, the fluorescence wavelength is controlled not only by the distribution of the point charges of the protein-solvent environment but also by specific hydrogen bonds and, most important, by the environment-induced change in chromophore structure. In contrast, in parvalbumin, where the chromophore is embedded in the protein core, the structure and emission maxima are the same as those of an isolated 3-methylindole fluorophore. Consistently, we find that in parvalbumin the solvation does not change significantly the computed emission energy.

  2. From Model Hamiltonians to ab Initio Hamiltonians and Back Again: Using Single Excitation Quantum Chemistry Methods To Find Multiexciton States in Singlet Fission Materials.

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    Mayhall, Nicholas J

    2016-09-13

    Due to the promise of significantly enhanced photovoltaic efficiencies, significant effort has been directed toward understanding and controlling the singlet fission mechanism. Although accurate quantum chemical calculations would provide a detail-rich view of the singlet fission mechanism, this is complicated by the multiexcitonic nature of one of the key intermediates, the (1)(TT) state. Being described as two simultaneous and singlet-coupled triplet excitations on a pair of nearest neighbor monomers, the (1)(TT) state is inherently a multielectronic excitation. This fact renders most single-reference ab initio quantum chemical methods incapable of providing accurate results. This paper serves two purposes: (1) to demonstrate that the multiexciton states in singlet fission materials can be described using a spin-only Hamiltonian and with each monomer treated as a biradical and (2) to propose a very simple procedure for extracting the values for this Hamiltonian from single-reference calculations. Numerical examples are included for a number of different systems, including dimers, trimers, tetramers, and a cluster comprised of seven chromophores.

  3. Ab initio modeling of steady-state and time-dependent charge transport in hole-only α-NPD devices

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    Liu, Feilong; Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Nitsche, Robert; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Coehoorn, Reinder; Bobbert, Peter A.

    2016-12-01

    We present an ab initio modeling study of steady-state and time-dependent charge transport in hole-only devices of the amorphous molecular semiconductor α-NPD [N ,N'-Di(1 -naphthyl)-N ,N'-diphenyl-(1 ,1'-biphenyl)-4 ,4'-diamine] . The study is based on the microscopic information obtained from atomistic simulations of the morphology and density functional theory calculations of the molecular hole energies, reorganization energies, and transfer integrals. Using stochastic approaches, the microscopic information obtained in simulation boxes at a length scale of ˜10 nm is expanded and employed in one-dimensional (1D) and three-dimensional (3D) master-equation modeling of the charge transport at the device scale of ˜100 nm. Without any fit parameter, predicted current density-voltage and impedance spectroscopy data obtained with the 3D modeling are in very good agreement with measured data on devices with different α-NPD layer thicknesses in a wide range of temperatures, bias voltages, and frequencies. Similarly good results are obtained with the computationally much more efficient 1D modeling after optimizing a hopping prefactor.

  4. Amorphous SiO2 surface models: energetics of the dehydroxylation process, strain, ab initio atomistic thermodynamics and IR spectroscopic signatures.

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    Comas-Vives, Aleix

    2016-03-14

    In this contribution, realistic amorphous SiO2 models of 2.1 × 2.1 nm with silanol densities ranging 1.1-7.2 OH per nm(2) are obtained by means of ab initio calculations via the dehydroxylation of a fully hydroxylated silica surface. The dehydroxyation process is considered to take place via direct condensation of adjacent silanol groups and silica migration steps. The latter reconstructions are needed in order to obtain highly dehydroxylated silica surfaces with favorable energetics and without the formation of defects. The obtained surface phase diagram of different silica models as a function of temperature and PH2O is able to correctly describe the silanol density under different conditions, and the IR spectroscopic signatures of the silanols are in qualitative agreement with the experiment. The amorphous silica models presented here have a high degree of heterogeneity as found from the big variability obtained in the energetics of the dehydroxylation steps. It was also found that the resulting average Si-O distance of the newly formed siloxane bridges serves as a descriptor of the strain introduced in the silica surface. All these factors can be crucial in order to simulate the activity of catalysts grafted onto silica with different silanol densities, especially the one containing ca. 1 OH per nm(2), which can serve as a model for the SiO2 surface pretreated under high vacuum and at 700 °C.

  5. Ab initio investigation of helium in Y2Ti2O7: Mobility and effects on mechanical properties

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    Danielson, T.; Tea, E.; Hin, C.

    2016-08-01

    Oxide nanoclusters (NCs) in nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) are known to be efficient trapping sites for the transmutation product helium. In this study, the migration barriers and potential energy surfaces of helium in Y2Ti2O7 are presented to explain the mobility of helium through oxide NCs and shed light on the accumulation of helium and the trapping mechanisms of the oxides. A complex tunnel-shaped potential energy surface is identified and gives rise to relatively large migration barriers. Subsequently, the effect of helium accumulation on the mechanical properties of Y2Ti2O7 oxide nanoclusters is investigated and it is shown that the mechanical properties of the oxide do not significantly degrade as helium accumulates.

  6. Unified ab initio approach to bound and unbound states: No-core shell model with continuum and its application to 7He

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    Baroni, Simone; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2013-03-26

    In this study, we introduce a unified approach to nuclear bound and continuum states based on the coupling of the no-core shell model (NCSM), a bound-state technique, with the no-core shell model/resonating group method (NCSM/RGM), a nuclear scattering technique. This new ab initio method, no-core shell model with continuum (NCSMC), leads to convergence properties superior to either NCSM or NCSM/RGM while providing a balanced approach to different classes of states. In the NCSMC, the ansatz for the many-nucleon wave function includes (i) a square-integrable A-nucleon component expanded in a complete harmonic oscillator basis and (ii) a binary-cluster component with asymptoticmore » boundary conditions that can properly describe weakly bound states, resonances, and scattering. The Schrödinger equation is transformed into a system of coupled-channel integral-differential equations that we solve using a modified microscopic R-matrix formalism within a Lagrange mesh basis. We demonstrate the usefulness of the approach by investigating the unbound 7He nucleus.« less

  7. Surface Segregation Energies of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2003-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy method. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameterization. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. The ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation for the most part, but predicted relaxations from quantum approximate calculations are used in selected cases to compute approximate relaxed ab initio segregation energies. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with other quantum approximate and ab initio theoretical work, and available experimental results.

  8. {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B S factor from ab initio no-core shell model wave functions

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    Navratil, P.; Bertulani, C.A.; Caurier, E.

    2006-06-15

    Nuclear structure of {sup 7}Be, {sup 8}B, and {sup 7,8}Li is studied within the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM). Starting from high-precision nucleon-nucleon (NN) interactions, wave functions of {sup 7}Be and {sup 8}B bound states are obtained in basis spaces up to 10({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){omega} and used to calculate channel cluster form factors (overlap integrals) of the {sup 8}B ground state with {sup 7}Be+p. Due to the use of the harmonic oscillator (HO) basis, the overlap integrals have incorrect asymptotic properties. We fix this problem in two alternative ways. First, by a Woods-Saxon potential solution fit to the interior of the NCSM overlap integrals. Second, by a direct matching with the Whittaker function. The corrected overlap integrals are then used for the {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B S-factor calculation. We study the convergence of the S factor with respect to the NCSM HO frequency and the model space size. Our S factor results agree with recent direct measurement data. We also test the spectroscopic factors and the corrected overlap integrals from the NCSM in describing the momentum distributions in knockout reactions with {sup 8}B projectiles. A good agreement with the available experimental data is also found, attesting to the overall consistency of the calculations.

  9. Absolute solvation free energy of Li{sup +} and Na{sup +} ions in dimethyl sulfoxide solution: A theoretical ab initio and cluster-continuum model study

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    Westphal, Eduard; Pliego, Josefredo R. Jr.

    2005-08-15

    The solvation of the lithium and sodium ions in dimethyl sulfoxide solution was theoretically investigated using ab initio calculations coupled with the hybrid cluster-continuum model, a quasichemical theory of solvation. We have investigated clusters of ions with up to five dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) molecules, and the bulk solvent was described by a dielectric continuum model. Our results show that the lithium and sodium ions have four and five DMSO molecules into the first coordination shell, and the calculated solvation free energies are -135.5 and -108.6 kcal mol{sup -1}, respectively. These data suggest a solvation free energy value of -273.2 kcal mol{sup -1} for the proton in dimethyl sulfoxide solution, a value that is more negative than the present uncertain experimental value. This and previous studies on the solvation of ions in water solution indicate that the tetraphenylarsonium tetraphenylborate assumption is flawed and the absolute value of the free energy of transfer of ions from water to DMSO solution is higher than the present experimental values.

  10. Ab-Initio Theory of Charge Transport in Organic Crystals

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    Hannewald, K.; Bobbert, P. A.

    2005-06-01

    A theory of charge transport in organic crystals is presented. Using a Holstein-Peierls model, an explicit expression for the charge-carrier mobilities as a function of temperature is obtained. Calculating all material parameters from ab initio calculations, the theory is applied to oligo-acene crystals and a brief comparison to experiment is given.

  11. The hydration properties of Eu(II) and Eu(III): An ab initio quantum mechanical molecular dynamics study

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    Canaval, Lorenz R.; Rode, Bernd M.

    2015-01-01

    A comparison of the hydration characteristics of di- and trivalent europium ions in aqueous solution is presented. The established quantum mechanical charge-field molecular dynamics (QMCF-MD) approach yielded two 30 ps simulations. Significant differences among the two species were found in the Eu-O radial distribution functions, both in good agreement with experiments. The first shell coordination numbers of 8.1 and 8.9 were observed for Eu(II) and Eu(III), respectively. The mean residence time of first shell ligands differ by more than one order of magnitude, the divalent ion's hydration shell being more flexible, which is underlined by a weak ion-water bond strength.

  12. Revisiting structure and dynamics of Ag+ in 18.6% aqueous ammonia: An ab initio quantum mechanical charge field simulation

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    Prasetyo, Niko; Armunanto, Ria

    2016-05-01

    Structures and dynamics of Ag+ in 18.6% aqueous ammonia have been studied using Quantum Mechanical Charge Field Molecular Dynamics (QMCF-MD) simulation at the Hartree-Fock (HF) level theory employing LANL2DZ ECP basis set for Ag+ and Dunning DZP for solvent molecules. Structural properties are in excellent agreement with previous QM/MM and experiments studies. [Ag(NH3)2(H2O)3]+ was found as dominant species during simulation time. For 20 ps of simulation time, a labile first solvation shell was observed with both fast ammonia and water ligands exchanges. QMCF-MD framework describes first solvation shell more labile than conventional QM/MM MD simulation.

  13. Ab-initio study on the stability, electronic and mechanical properties of transition metal nitrides under external pressure

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    Tan, Xin; Li, Xuan; Wang, Yangyang; Liu, Xuejie; Yu, Changyong; Ren, Yuan

    2017-04-01

    Structures of transition metal nitrides (TMNs) were optimized using the plane-wave pseudopotential method based on density functional theory. Energy as a function of volume curves were calculated to predict the phase transition pressures. Density of states (DOS), charge density difference, and charge transfers were calculated. The elastic constant (C11) and modulus (G) as a function of pressure were computed. Results showed that TMNs in the WC structure was most stable at normal pressure. All TMNs exhibited metallic, covalent and ionic property. Metallic character increased and covalent property reduced with increasing atomic number of TM atom. The elastic constant (C11) and modulus (G) increased linearly with increasing pressure due to stronger hybridization, bonding and covalent property. Thus, mechanical property enhanced under external pressure.

  14. Ab-initio study on the stability, electronic and mechanical properties of transition metal nitrides under external pressure

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    Tan, Xin; li, Xuan; Wang, Yangyang; Liu, Xuejie; Yu, Changyong; Ren, Yuan

    2017-05-01

    Structures of transition metal nitrides (TMNs) are optimized using the plane-wave pseudopotential method based on density functional theory. Energy as a function of volume curves are calculated to predict the phase transition pressures. Density of states (DOS), charge density difference, and charge transfers are calculated. The elastic constant (C11) and modulus (G) as a function of pressure are computed. Results show that TMNs in the WC structure is most stable at normal pressure. All TMNs exhibit metallic, covalent and ionic property. Metallic character increase and covalent property reduce with increasing atomic number of TM atom. The elastic constant (C11) and modulus (G) increase linearly with increasing pressure due to stronger hybridization, bonding and covalent property. Thus, mechanical property enhance under external pressure.

  15. Simplified mechanism for new particle formation from methanesulfonic acid, amines, and water via experiments and ab initio calculations

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    Dawson, Matthew L.; Varner, Mychel E.; Perraud, Véronique; Ezell, Michael J.; Gerber, R. Benny; Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J.

    2012-01-01

    Airborne particles affect human health and significantly influence visibility and climate. A major fraction of these particles result from the reactions of gaseous precursors to generate low-volatility products such as sulfuric acid and high-molecular weight organics that nucleate to form new particles. Ammonia and, more recently, amines, both of which are ubiquitous in the environment, have also been recognized as important contributors. However, accurately predicting new particle formation in both laboratory systems and in air has been problematic. During the oxidation of organosulfur compounds, gas-phase methanesulfonic acid is formed simultaneously with sulfuric acid, and both are found in particles in coastal regions as well as inland. We show here that: (i) Amines form particles on reaction with methanesulfonic acid, (ii) water vapor is required, and (iii) particle formation can be quantitatively reproduced by a semiempirical kinetics model supported by insights from quantum chemical calculations of likely intermediate clusters. Such an approach may be more broadly applicable in models of outdoor, indoor, and industrial settings where particles are formed, and where accurate modeling is essential for predicting their impact on health, visibility, and climate. PMID:23090988

  16. Ab initio theory of many-body interaction and phonon frequencies of rare-gas crystals under pressure in the model of deformable atoms

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    Troitskaya, E. P.; Chabanenko, V. V.; Gorbenko, Ie. Ie.; Pilipenko, E. A.

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of phonon frequencies of compressed rare-gas crystals have been performed taking into account the many-body interaction in the model of deformable atoms. In the short-range repulsive potential, along with the previously considered three-body interaction associated with the overlap of the electron shells of atoms, the three-body forces generated by the mutual deformation of the electron shells of the nearest-neighbor atoms have been investigated in the dipole approximation. The relevant forces make no contribution to the elastic moduli but affect the equation for lattice vibrations. At high compressions, the softening of the longitudinal mode at the points L and X is observed for all the rare-gas crystals, whereas the transverse mode T 1 is softened in the direction Σ and at the point L for solid xenon. This effect is enhanced by the three-body forces. There is a good agreement between the theoretical phonon frequencies and the experimental values at zero pressure.

  17. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.

    2014-11-02

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. Ultimately, these results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.

  18. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; ...

    2014-11-02

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis frommore » primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. Ultimately, these results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.« less

  19. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.

    2014-12-01

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor—a highly accelerated first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor, we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery, in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.

  20. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor.

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S; Martínez, Todd J

    2014-12-01

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor--a highly accelerated first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor, we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery, in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.

  1. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.

    2014-01-01

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings. PMID:25411881

  2. An ab initio Study of Decay Mechanism of Adenine: the Facile Path of the Amino NH Bond Cleavage

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    Conti, Irene; Garavelli, Marco; Orlandi, Giorgio

    2007-12-26

    A comprehensive study of the radiationless decay processes of the lowest excited singlet states in the isolated 9H-Adenine has been performed at the CASPT2//CASSCF level. The minimum energy paths of the L{sub a}, L{sub b} and n{pi}* singlet states along different skeletal distortions have been computed and the Conical Intersections (CIs) involving these states have been determined. The fast deactivation path of L{sub a} along a skeletal deformation, which leads to a S{sub 0}/L{sub a} CI, as previously discussed, is confirmed. Moreover, low-lying CIs between S{sub 0} and {pi}{sigma}* singlet states have been characterized, where {sigma}* is the antibonding orbital localized on a N-H bond of the amino ({pi}{sigma}{sub NH2*}) or of the azine group ({pi}{sigma}{sub N9H*}). We have found that the repulsive {pi}{sigma}{sub NH2*} state associated with an amino N-H bond can be populated through a barrierless way. Therefore, the decay path shows a bifurcation leading to two possible ways of radiationless deactivation: on one hand a non-photochemical decay through the S{sub 0}/L{sub a} or S{sub 0}/n{pi}* CIs and on the other hand a photochemical process via the possible access to the S{sub 0}/{pi}{sigma}{sub NH2*} CI that produces N-H cleavage. In this way, we can explain the H atom loss found upon UV excitation. We have considered also the decay of higher energy bright states. We have found that these states can decay also by converting to the repulsive {pi}{sigma}{sub N9H*} state associated with the azine NH bond. This new channel suggests an increase of H-atom photoproduction yield by excitating Adenine with lower wavelength radiations. The study of the decay processes of an Adenine molecule in the double strand d(A)10{center_dot}d(T)10 in water solvent is currently underway: Adenine is treated by the Quantum Mechanical (QM) approach and the remaining molecules are described at the Molecular Mechanics (MM) level. We use the COBRAMM program that is a tunable QM/MM approach

  3. Water O-H bond activation by gas-phase plutonium atoms: reaction mechanisms and ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Li, Peng; Niu, Wenxia; Gao, Tao; Wang, Hongyan

    2014-10-06

    A thorough description of the reaction mechanisms, taking into account different possible spin states, offers insights into the gas-phase reaction of plutonium atoms with water. Two possible reactions (isomerization and dehydrogenation) are presented. These reactions are found to be exothermic, with the best thermochemical conditions observed for the dehydrogenation reaction at around 23.5 kcal mol(-1). The nature of the chemical-bonding evolution along the reaction pathways are investigated by employing various methods including electron localization function, atoms in molecules, and Mayer bond order. Total, partial, and overlap population density of state diagrams and analyses are also presented. Reaction rates at elevated temperatures (T=298-2 000 K) are calculated by using variational transition-state theory with one-dimensional tunneling effects. In dynamics simulations, only the dehydrogenation reaction is observed, and found to be in good agreement with experimental values. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. 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.

  5. Ab initio calculations of mechanical properties of bcc W-Re-Os random alloys: effects of transmutation of W

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    Li, Xiaojie; Schönecker, Stephan; Li, Ruihuan; Li, Xiaoqing; Wang, Yuanyuan; Zhao, Jijun; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente

    2016-07-01

    To examine the effect of neutron transmutation on tungsten as the first wall material of fusion reactors, the elastic properties of W1-x-y  Re x  Os y (0  ⩽  x, y  ⩽  6%) random alloys in body centered cubic (bcc) structure are investigated systematically using the all-electron exact muffin-tin orbitals (EMTO) method in combination with the coherent-potential approximation (CPA). The calculated lattice constant and elastic properties of pure W are consistent with available experiments. Both Os and Re additions reduce the lattice constant and increase the bulk modulus of W, with Os having the stronger effect. The polycrystalline shear modulus, Young’s modulus and the Debye temperature increase (decrease) with the addition of Re (Os). Except for C 11, the other elastic parameters including C 12, C 44, Cauchy pressure, Poisson ratio, B/G, increase as a function of Re and Os concentration. The variations of the latter three parameters and the trend in the ratio of cleavage energy to shear modulus for the most dominant slip system indicate that the ductility of the alloy enhances with increasing Re and Os content. The calculated elastic anisotropy of bcc W slightly increases with the concentration of both alloying elements. The estimated melting temperatures of the W-Re-Os alloy suggest that Re or Os addition will reduce the melting temperature of pure W solid. The classical Labusch-Nabarro model for solid-solution hardening predicts larger strengthening effects in W1-y  Os y than in W1-x  Re x . A strong correlation between C‧ and the fcc-bcc structural energy difference for W1-x-y  Re x  Os y is revealed demonstrating that canonical band structure dictates the alloying effect on C‧. The structural energy difference is exploited to estimate the alloying effect on the ideal tensile strength in the [0 0 1] direction.

  6. Ab initio calculations of mechanical properties of bcc W-Re-Os random alloys: effects of transmutation of W.

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    Li, Xiaojie; Schönecker, Stephan; Li, Ruihuan; Li, Xiaoqing; Wang, Yuanyuan; Zhao, Jijun; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente

    2016-06-03

    To examine the effect of neutron transmutation on tungsten as the first wall material of fusion reactors, the elastic properties of W1-x-y  Re x  Os y (0  ⩽  x, y  ⩽  6%) random alloys in body centered cubic (bcc) structure are investigated systematically using the all-electron exact muffin-tin orbitals (EMTO) method in combination with the coherent-potential approximation (CPA). The calculated lattice constant and elastic properties of pure W are consistent with available experiments. Both Os and Re additions reduce the lattice constant and increase the bulk modulus of W, with Os having the stronger effect. The polycrystalline shear modulus, Young's modulus and the Debye temperature increase (decrease) with the addition of Re (Os). Except for C 11, the other elastic parameters including C 12, C 44, Cauchy pressure, Poisson ratio, B/G, increase as a function of Re and Os concentration. The variations of the latter three parameters and the trend in the ratio of cleavage energy to shear modulus for the most dominant slip system indicate that the ductility of the alloy enhances with increasing Re and Os content. The calculated elastic anisotropy of bcc W slightly increases with the concentration of both alloying elements. The estimated melting temperatures of the W-Re-Os alloy suggest that Re or Os addition will reduce the melting temperature of pure W solid. The classical Labusch-Nabarro model for solid-solution hardening predicts larger strengthening effects in W1-y  Os y than in W1-x  Re x . A strong correlation between C' and the fcc-bcc structural energy difference for W1-x-y  Re x  Os y is revealed demonstrating that canonical band structure dictates the alloying effect on C'. The structural energy difference is exploited to estimate the alloying effect on the ideal tensile strength in the [0 0 1] direction.

  7. Quantifying the Mechanism of Phosphate Monoester Hydrolysis in Aqueous Solution by Evaluating the Relevant ab initio QM/MM Free Energy Surfaces

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    Plotnikov, Nikolay V.; Prasad, B. Ram; Chakrabarty, Suman; Chu, Zhen T.; Warshel, Arieh

    2013-01-01

    Understanding the nature of the free energy surfaces for phosphate hydrolysis is a prerequisite for understanding the corresponding key chemical reactions in biology. Here the challenge has been to move to careful ab initio QM/MM (QM(ai)/MM) free energy calculations, where obtaining converging results is very demanding and computationally expensive. This work describes such calculations, focusing on the free energy surface for the hydrolysis of phosphate monoesters, paying a special attention to the comparison between the one water (1W) and two water (2W) paths for the proton transfer (PT) step. This issue has been explored before by energy minimization with implicit solvent models and by non-systematic QM/MM energy minimization, as well as by non-systematic free energy mapping. However, no study has provided the needed reliable 2D (3D) surfaces which are necessary for reaching concrete conclusions. Our study generated in a systematic way the 2D (3D) free energy maps for several relevant systems, comparing the results of QM(ai)/MM and QM(ai)/implicit solvent surfaces, and provides an advanced description of the relevant energetics. It is found that the 1W path for the hydrolysis of methyl diphosphate (MDP) trianion is 6–9 kcal/mol higher than the 2W path. This difference becomes slightly larger in the presence of Mg2+ ion, since this ion reduces the pKa of the conjugated acid form of the phosphate oxygen that accepts the proton. Interestingly, the BLYP approach (which has been used extensively in some studies) gives much smaller difference between the 1W and 2W activation barriers. At any rate, it is worth to point out that the 2W transition state for the PT is not much higher that the common plateau that serves as the starting point of both the 1W and 2W PT paths. Thus, the calculated catalytic effects of proteins based on the 2W PT mechanistic models are not expected to be different from the catalytic effects predicted using the 1W PT mechanistic models

  8. Quantifying the mechanism of phosphate monoester hydrolysis in aqueous solution by evaluating the relevant ab initio QM/MM free-energy surfaces.

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    Plotnikov, Nikolay V; Prasad, B Ram; Chakrabarty, Suman; Chu, Zhen T; Warshel, Arieh

    2013-10-24

    Understanding the nature of the free-energy surfaces for phosphate hydrolysis is a prerequisite for understanding the corresponding key chemical reactions in biology. Here, the challenge has been to move to careful ab initio QM/MM (QM(ai)/MM) free-energy calculations, where obtaining converging results is very demanding and computationally expensive. This work describes such calculations, focusing on the free-energy surface for the hydrolysis of phosphate monoesters, paying special attention to the comparison between the one water (1W) and two water (2W) paths for the proton-transfer (PT) step. This issue has been explored before by energy minimization with implicit solvent models and by nonsystematic QM/MM energy minimization, as well as by nonsystematic free-energy mapping. However, no study has provided the needed reliable 2D (3D) surfaces that are necessary for reaching concrete conclusions. Here we report a systematic evaluation of the 2D (3D) free-energy maps for several relevant systems, comparing the results of QM(ai)/MM and QM(ai)/implicit solvent surfaces, and provide an advanced description of the relevant energetics. It is found that the 1W path for the hydrolysis of the methyl diphosphate (MDP) trianion is 6-9 kcal/mol higher than that the 2W path. This difference becomes slightly larger in the presence of the Mg(2+) ion because this ion reduces the pKa of the conjugated acid form of the phosphate oxygen that accepts the proton. Interestingly, the BLYP approach (which has been used extensively in some studies) gives a much smaller difference between the 1W and 2W activation barriers. At any rate, it is worth pointing out that the 2W transition state for the PT is not much higher that the common plateau that serves as the starting point of both the 1W and 2W PT paths. Thus, the calculated catalytic effects of proteins based on the 2W PT mechanistic model are not expected to be different from the catalytic effects predicted using the 1W PT mechanistic

  9. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.

    2015-12-01

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles (4He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei—nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons—is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the ‘adiabatic projection method’ to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  10. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-12-03

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles ((4)He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei--nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons--is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the 'adiabatic projection method' to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  11. 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.

  12. Accurate prediction of the blood-brain partitioning of a large set of solutes using ab initio calculations and genetic neural network modeling.

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    Hemmateenejad, Bahram; Miri, Ramin; Safarpour, Mohammad A; Mehdipour, Ahmad R

    2006-08-01

    A genetic algorithm-based artificial neural network model has been developed for the accurate prediction of the blood-brain barrier partitioning (in logBB scale) of chemicals. A data set of 123 logBB (115 old molecules and 8 new molecules) of a diverse set of chemicals was chosen in this study. The optimum 3D geometry of the molecules was estimated by the ab initio calculations at the level of RHF/STO-3G, and consequently, different electronic descriptors were calculated for each molecule. Indeed, logP as a measure of hydrophobicity and different topological indices were also calculated. A three-layered artificial neural network with backpropagation of an error-learning algorithm was employed to process the nonlinear relationship between the calculated descriptors and logBB data. Genetic algorithm was used as a feature selection method to select the most relevant set of descriptors as the input of the network. Modeling of the logBB data by the only quantum descriptors produced a 5:4:1 ANN structure with RMS error of validation and crossvalidation equal to 0.224 and 0.227, respectively. Better nonlinear model (RMS(V) and RMS(CV) equals to 0.097 and 0.099, respectively) was obtained by the incorporation of the logP and the principal components of the topological indices to electronic descriptors. The ultimate performances of the models were obtained by the application of the models to predict the logBB of 23 molecules that did not have contribution in the steps of model development. The best model produced RMS error of prediction 0.140, and could predict about 98% of variances in the logBB data. Copyright 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Comparison between Gaussian-type orbitals and plane wave ab initio density functional theory modeling of layer silicates: Talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2] as model system

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    Ulian, Gianfranco; Tosoni, Sergio; Valdrè, Giovanni

    2013-11-01

    The quantum chemical characterization of solid state systems is conducted with many different approaches, among which the adoption of periodic boundary conditions to deal with three-dimensional infinite condensed systems. This method, coupled to the Density Functional Theory (DFT), has been proved successful in simulating a huge variety of solids. Only in relatively recent years this ab initio quantum-mechanic approach has been used for the investigation of layer silicate structures and minerals. In the present work, a systematic comparison of different DFT functionals (GGA-PBEsol and hybrid B3LYP) and basis sets (plane waves and all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals) on the geometry, energy, and phonon properties of a model layer silicate, talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2], is presented. Long range dispersion is taken into account by DFT+D method. Results are in agreement with experimental data reported in literature, with minimal deviation given by the GTO/B3LYP-D* method regarding both axial lattice parameters and interaction energy and by PW/PBE-D for the unit-cell volume and angular values. All the considered methods adequately describe the experimental talc infrared spectrum.

  14. Comparison between Gaussian-type orbitals and plane wave ab initio density functional theory modeling of layer silicates: Talc [Mg{sub 3}Si{sub 4}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 2}] as model system

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    Ulian, Gianfranco; Valdrè, Giovanni; Tosoni, Sergio

    2013-11-28

    The quantum chemical characterization of solid state systems is conducted with many different approaches, among which the adoption of periodic boundary conditions to deal with three-dimensional infinite condensed systems. This method, coupled to the Density Functional Theory (DFT), has been proved successful in simulating a huge variety of solids. Only in relatively recent years this ab initio quantum-mechanic approach has been used for the investigation of layer silicate structures and minerals. In the present work, a systematic comparison of different DFT functionals (GGA-PBEsol and hybrid B3LYP) and basis sets (plane waves and all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals) on the geometry, energy, and phonon properties of a model layer silicate, talc [Mg{sub 3}Si{sub 4}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 2}], is presented. Long range dispersion is taken into account by DFT+D method. Results are in agreement with experimental data reported in literature, with minimal deviation given by the GTO/B3LYP-D* method regarding both axial lattice parameters and interaction energy and by PW/PBE-D for the unit-cell volume and angular values. All the considered methods adequately describe the experimental talc infrared spectrum.

  15. Extension of the MIRS computer package for the modeling of molecular spectra: From effective to full ab initio ro-vibrational Hamiltonians in irreducible tensor form

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    Nikitin, A. V.; Rey, M.; Champion, J. P.; Tyuterev, Vl. G.

    2012-07-01

    The MIRS software for the modeling of ro-vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules was considerably extended and improved. The original version [Nikitin AV, Champion JP, Tyuterev VlG. The MIRS computer package for modeling the rovibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules. J Quant Spectrosc Radiat Transf 2003;82:239-49.] was especially designed for separate or simultaneous treatments of complex band systems of polyatomic molecules. It was set up in the frame of effective polyad models by using algorithms based on advanced group theory algebra to take full account of symmetry properties. It has been successfully used for predictions and data fitting (positions and intensities) of numerous spectra of symmetric and spherical top molecules within the vibration extrapolation scheme. The new version offers more advanced possibilities for spectra calculations and modeling by getting rid of several previous limitations particularly for the size of polyads and the number of tensors involved. It allows dealing with overlapping polyads and includes more efficient and faster algorithms for the calculation of coefficients related to molecular symmetry properties (6C, 9C and 12C symbols for C3v, Td, and Oh point groups) and for better convergence of least-square-fit iterations as well. The new version is not limited to polyad effective models. It also allows direct predictions using full ab initio ro-vibrational normal mode Hamiltonians converted into the irreducible tensor form. Illustrative examples on CH3D, CH4, CH3Cl, CH3F and PH3 are reported reflecting the present status of data available. It is written in C++ for standard PC computer operating under Windows. The full package including on-line documentation and recent data are freely available at http://www.iao.ru/mirs/mirs.htm or http://xeon.univ-reims.fr/Mirs/ or http://icb.u-bourgogne.fr/OMR/SMA/SHTDS/MIRS.html and as supplementary data from the online version of the article.

  16. 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)

  17. The electronic excited states of a model organic endoperoxide: A comparison of TD-DFT and ab initio methods

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    Corral, Inés; González, Leticia

    2007-10-01

    The vertical excited spectrum of a model endoperoxide (cyclohexadieneendoperoxide) has been calculated using time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT), resolution of the identity second order approximate coupled-cluster theory (RI-CC2), multiconfigurational complete active space self consistent field (CASSCF) and second order multi-state perturbation theory (MS-CASPT2). All theoretical methods predict the charge transfer πOO∗→πCC∗, and the πOO∗→σOO∗ excitation to be the lowest absorbing excited states. CASSCF optimized geometries for these states provide some hints about the photodissociation mechanisms as well as the emission spectrum of the molecule.

  18. EXAFS, ab Initio Molecular Dynamics, and NICIS Spectroscopy Studies on an Organic Dye Model at the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Photoelectrode Interface.

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    Liu, Peng; Johansson, Viktor; Trilaksana, Herri; Rosdahl, Jan; Andersson, Gunther G; Kloo, Lars

    2017-06-14

    The organization of dye molecules in the dye layer adsorbed on the semiconductor substrate in dye-sensitized solar cells has been studied using a combination of theoretical methods and experimental techniques. The model system is based on the simple D-π-A dye L0, which has been chemically modified by substituting the acceptor group CN with Br (L0Br) to offer better X-ray contrast. Experimental EXAFS data based on the Br K-edge backscattering show no obvious difference between dye-sensitized titania powder and titania film samples, thus allowing model systems to be based on powder slurries. Ab initio molecular dynamic (aiMD) calculations have been performed to extract less biased information from the experimental EXASF data. Using the aiMD calculation as input, the EXAFS structural models can be generated a priori that match the experimental data. Our study shows that the L0Br dye adsorbs in the trans-L0Br configuration and that adsorption involves both a proximity to other L0Br dye molecules and the titanium atoms in the TiO2 substrate. These results indicate direct coordination of the dye molecules to the TiO2 surface in contrast to previous results on metal-organic dyes. The molecular coverage of L0Br on mesoporous TiO2 was also estimated using NICIS spectroscopy. The NICISS results emphasized that the L0Br dye on nanoporous titania mainly forms monolayers with a small contribution of multilayer coverage.

  19. Potential Effects of Speciation on Equilibrium Fe3+/Fe2+ Isotopic Fractionation, based on Ab Initio Models of Aqueous Fe-Cl and Fe-S Complexes

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    Hill, P. S.; Schauble, E. A.

    2009-12-01

    In previous studies we have examined the combined effects of nonredox attributes (such as bond partner and coordination number) on the overall Fe isotopic fractionation between ferric and ferrous species under different solution chemistries. In aqueous solutions of ferric and ferrous chlorides at different chlorinities, we found that changes in the speciation of the prevalent iron complexes could affect the redox isotopic fractionation by ~0.3‰ per M [Cl-]. These changes are the result of changes in the relative abundances of different complexes as solution chemistry varies. In the current study, we take a theoretical look at the relative effects of individual molecular attributes on differences in the overall Fe fractionation factor β (i.e., reduced partition function ratios, reported here as 1000 ln β), using ab initio models of ferric chloride, ferrous chloride, and ferrous sulfide complexes. Since 56Fe/54Fe isotope fractionation in the geological record is often taken as an indicator of environmental redox conditions, it is important to understand the influence of both redox and nonredox factors (e.g., ligands present in the environment) on the net observable isotopic signal. We examined the effect of differences in bond length, charge, oxidation state, coordination number, asymmetric stretching mode vibrational frequencies, and bond partner (i.e., effects of differences in the spectrochemical scale), all of which are related to differences in bond energy. We computed 4 sets of ab initio models, (combining Unrestricted Hartree Fock and Density Functional Theory methods with the 6-31G(d), 6-311G(d) and ATZ basis sets) for the series FeIII(H2O)63+ to FeIIICl63-, FeII(H2O)62+ to FeIICl4(H2O)42-, and FeII(H2O)62+ to FeII(SH2)62+, as well as some individual variations. Some of our observations follow: For the octahedral Fe-Cl complexes, a change from the ferric to the ferrous species (e.g., FeIIICl(H2O)52+ vs. FeIICl(H2O)5+) results in a 2.2 to 4.7‰ reduction

  20. 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.

  1. Experimental deduction of In/Si(1 1 1) 2D phase diagram and ab initio DFT modeling of 2√3 phase

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    Jithesh, K.; Govind; Waghmare, U. V.; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2009-10-01

    We have carried out adsorption and residual thermal desorption experiments of Indium on Si (1 1 1) 7 × 7 reconstructed surface, in the submonolayer regime, in Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) using in situ probes such as Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED). The coverage information from AES and the surface symmetry from LEED is used to draw a 2D phase diagram which characterizes each observed superstructural phases. The different superstructural phases observed are Si(1 1 1)7 × 7-In, Si(1 1 1)√3 × √3R30°-In, Si(1 1 1)4 × 1-In, Si(1 1 1)2√3 × 2√3R30°-In and Si(1 1 1)√7 × √3-In in characteristic temperature and coverage regime. In addition to the 1/3 ML, √3 × √3-In phase, we observe two additional √3 × √3-In phases at around 0.6 and 1 ML. Our careful residual thermal desorption studies yields the Si(1 1 1)2√3 × 2√3R30°-In phase which has infrequently appeared in the literature. We probe theoretically the structure of this phase according to the LEED structure and coverage measured by AES, assuming that the model for Si(1 1 1)2√3 × 2√3R30°-In is very proximal to the well established Si(1 1 1)2√3 × 2√3R30°-Sn phase, using ab initio calculation based on pseudopotentials and Density Functional Theory (DFT) to simulate an STM image of the system. Calculations show the differences in the atomic position and charge distribution in the Si(1 1 1)2√3 × 2√3R30°-In case.

  2. Ab Initio Study of Polonium

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

    2008-05-01

    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 6s26p4 (Z = 84). The low temperature α-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) β structure at ˜348 K. The sc α-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 Å. The beta form of polonium (β-Po) has the lattice parameters, aR = 3.359 Å and a rhombohedral angle 98°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), Γ (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and Γ (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are Γ (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and Γ (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the Γ point in the GGA+SO scheme for α-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the β-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 β phase.

  3. 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.

  4. Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2004-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit heats of segregation for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent LMTO-based parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation, while the ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of a segregation model driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.

  5. Template-based modeling and ab initio refinement of protein oligomer structures using GALAXY in CAPRI round 30.

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    Lee, Hasup; Baek, Minkyung; Lee, Gyu Rie; Park, Sangwoo; Seok, Chaok

    2017-03-01

    Many proteins function as homo- or hetero-oligomers; therefore, attempts to understand and regulate protein functions require knowledge of protein oligomer structures. The number of available experimental protein structures is increasing, and oligomer structures can be predicted using the experimental structures of related proteins as templates. However, template-based models may have errors due to sequence differences between the target and template proteins, which can lead to functional differences. Such structural differences may be predicted by loop modeling of local regions or refinement of the overall structure. In CAPRI (Critical Assessment of PRotein Interactions) round 30, we used recently developed features of the GALAXY protein modeling package, including template-based structure prediction, loop modeling, model refinement, and protein-protein docking to predict protein complex structures from amino acid sequences. Out of the 25 CAPRI targets, medium and acceptable quality models were obtained for 14 and 1 target(s), respectively, for which proper oligomer or monomer templates could be detected. Symmetric interface loop modeling on oligomer model structures successfully improved model quality, while loop modeling on monomer model structures failed. Overall refinement of the predicted oligomer structures consistently improved the model quality, in particular in interface contacts. Proteins 2017; 85:399-407. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Evidence for Symplectic Symmetry in AbInitio No-Core Shell Model Results for Light Nuclei

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    Dytrych, Tomáš; Sviratcheva, Kristina D.; Bahri, Chairul; Draayer, Jerry P.; Vary, James P.

    2007-04-01

    Clear evidence for symplectic symmetry in low-lying states of C12 and O16 is reported. Eigenstates of C12 and O16, determined within the framework of the no-core shell model using the J-matrix inverse scattering potential with A≤16 (JISP16) nucleon-nucleon (NN) realistic interaction, typically project at the 85% 90% level onto a few of the most deformed symplectic basis states that span only a small fraction of the full model space. The results are nearly independent of whether the bare or renormalized effective interactions are used in the analysis. The outcome confirms Elliott’s SU(3) model which underpins the symplectic scheme, and above all, points to the relevance of a symplectic no-core shell model that can reproduce experimental B(E2) values without effective charges as well as deformed spatial modes associated with clustering phenomena in nuclei.

  7. Ab initio modeling of zincblende AlN layer in Al-AlN-TiN multilayers

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    Yadav, S. K. E-mail: yadav.satyesh@gmail.com Liu, X.-Y. E-mail: yadav.satyesh@gmail.com; Wang, J.

    2016-06-14

    An unusual growth mechanism of metastable zincblende AlN thin film by diffusion of nitrogen atoms into Al lattice is established. Using first-principles density functional theory, we studied the possibility of thermodynamic stability of AlN as a zincblende phase due to epitaxial strains and interface effect, which fails to explain the formation of zincblende AlN. We then compared the formation energetics of rocksalt and zincblende AlN in fcc Al through direct diffusion of nitrogen atoms to Al octahedral and tetrahedral interstitials. The formation of a zincblende AlN thin film is determined to be a kinetically driven process, not a thermodynamically driven process.

  8. Ab initio and Atomic kinetic Monte Carlo modelling of segregation in concentrated FeCrNi alloys

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    Piochaud, J. B.; Becquart, C. S.; Domain, C.

    2014-06-01

    Internal structure of pressurised water reactors are made of austenitic materials. Under irradiation, the microstructure of these concentrated alloys evolves and solute segregation on grain boundaries or irradiation defects such as dislocation loops are observed to take place. In order to model and predict the microstructure evolution, a multiscale modelling approach needs to be developed, which starts at the atomic scale. Atomic Kinetic Monte Carlo (AKMC) modelling is the method we chose to provide an insight on defect mediated diffusion under irradiation. In that approach, we model the concentrated commercial steel as a FeCrNi alloy (γ-Fe70Cr20Ni10). As no reliable empirical potential exists at the moment to reproduce faithfully the phase diagram and the interactions of the elements and point defects, we have adjusted a pair interaction model on large amount of DFT calculations. The point defect properties in the Fe70Cr20Ni10, and more precisely, how their formation energy depends on the local environment will be presented and some AKMC results on thermal non equilibrium segregation and radiation induce segregation will be presented. The effect of Si on the segregation will also be discussed.

  9. Using Implicit Solvent in Ab Initio Electrochemical Modeling: Investigating Li⁺/Li Electrochemistry at a Li/Solvent Interface.

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    Lespes, Nicolas; Filhol, Jean-Sébastien

    2015-07-14

    This paper focuses on the use of implicit solvent in electrochemical density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We investigate both the necessity and limits of an implicit solvent polarizable continuum model (PCM). In order to recover the proper electrochemical behavior of the surface and, in particular, a proper potential scale, the solvent model is determined to be mandatory: in the limit of a high dielectric constant, the surface capacitance becomes independent of the interslab space used in the model and, therefore, the electrochemical properties become intrinsic of the interface structure. We show that the computed surface capacitance is not only dependent on the implicit solvent dielectric constant, but also on the solvent cavity parameter that should be precisely tuned. This model is then applied to the Li/electrolyte interface in order to check its ability to compute thermodynamic equilibrium properties. The use of a purely implicit solvent approach allows the recovery of a more reasonable equilibrium potential for the Li(+)/Li redox pair, compared to vacuum approaches, but a potential that it is still off by 1.5 V. Then, the inclusion of explicit solvent molecules improves the description of the solvent-Li(+) chemical bond in the first solvation shell and allows recovery of the experimental value within 100 mV. Finally, we show that the redox active center involves the first solvation shell of Li(+), suggesting a particular pathway for the observed solvent dissociation in Li-ion batteries.

  10. Ab initio modeling of zincblende AlN layer in Al-AlN-TiN multilayers

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    Yadav, S. K.; Wang, J.; Liu, X. -Y.

    2016-06-13

    An unusual growth mechanism of metastable zincblende AlN thin film by diffusion of nitrogen atoms into Al lattice is established. Using first-principles density functional theory, we studied the possibility of thermodynamic stability of AlN as a zincblende phase due to epitaxial strains and interface effect, which fails to explain the formation of zincblende AlN. We then compared the formation energetics of rocksalt and zincblende AlN in fcc Al through direct diffusion of nitrogen atoms to Al octahedral and tetrahedral interstitials. Furthermore, the formation of a zincblende AlN thin film is determined to be a kinetically driven process, not a thermodynamicallymore » driven process.« less

  11. 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.

  12. Trajectory and Model Studies of Collisions of Highly Excited Methane with Water Using an ab Initio Potential.

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    Conte, Riccardo; Houston, Paul L; Bowman, Joel M

    2015-12-17

    Quasi-classical trajectory studies have been performed for the collision of internally excited methane with water using an accurate methane-water potential based on a full-dimensional, permutationally invariant analytical representation of energies calculated at a high level of theory. The results suggest that most energy transfer takes place at impact parameters smaller than about 8 Bohr; collisions at higher impact parameters are mostly elastic. Overall, energy transfer is fairly facile, with values for ⟨ΔEdown⟩ and ⟨ΔEup⟩ approaching almost 2% of the total excitation energy. A classical model previously developed for the collision of internally excited molecules with atoms (Houston, P. L.; Conte, R.; Bowman, J. M. J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119, 4695-4710) has been extended to cover collisions of internally excited molecules with other molecules. For high initial rotational levels, the agreement with the trajectory results is quite good (R(2) ≈ 0.9), whereas for low initial rotational levels it is only fair (R(2) ≈ 0.7). Both the model and the trajectories can be characterized by a four-dimensional joint probability distribution, P(J1,f,ΔE1,J2,f,ΔE2), where J1,f and J2,f are the final rotational levels of molecules 1 and 2 and ΔE1 and ΔE2 are the respective changes in internal energy. A strong anticorrelation between ΔE1 and ΔE2 is observed in both the model and trajectory results and can be explained by the model. There is evidence in the trajectory results for a small amount of V ↔ V energy transfer from the water, which has low internal energy, to the methane, which has substantial internal energy. This observation suggests that V ↔ V energy transfer in the other direction also occurs.

  13. 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.

  14. Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wave functions

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    Johnson, Calvin W.

    2015-03-01

    Although the modern shell-model picture of atomic nuclei is built from single-particle orbits with good total angular momentum j , leading to j -j coupling, decades ago phenomenological models suggested that a simpler picture for 0 p -shell nuclides can be realized via coupling of the total spin S and total orbital angular momentum L . I revisit this idea with large-basis, no-core shell-model calculations using modern ab initio two-body interactions and dissect the resulting wave functions into their component L - and S -components. Remarkably, there is broad agreement with calculations using the phenomenological Cohen-Kurath forces, despite a gap of nearly 50 years and six orders of magnitude in basis dimensions. I suggest that L -S decomposition may be a useful tool for analyzing ab initio wave functions of light nuclei, for example, in the case of rotational bands.

  15. 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.

  16. Strontium complexation in aqueous solutions and silicate glasses: Insights from high energy-resolution fluorescence detection X-ray spectroscopy and ab-initio modeling

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    Borchert, Manuela; Wilke, Max; Schmidt, Christian; Kvashnina, Kristina; Jahn, Sandro

    2014-10-01

    Although fluid-melt partitioning of trace elements like Sr, Ba, La, and Y is known to be strongly influenced by the fluid and melt chemical composition, their speciation in silicate-saturated fluids is studied insufficiently at high temperatures and pressures. Here, high energy-resolution fluorescence detection-X-ray absorption spectroscopy (HERFD-XAS) has been applied to investigate the local environment of strontium in crystalline model compounds, silicate glasses, and aqueous solutions. Acquisition of Sr K-edge HERFD-XAS spectra of aqueous solutions of SrCl2 and Sr(OH)2, and three aqueous fluids with dissolved silicate components was done in situ at temperatures to 780 °C and pressures to ∼800 MPa using hydrothermal diamond-anvil cells. Experiments were complemented by theoretical spectroscopy calculations using the finite difference method near edge structure (FDMNES) code. This approach was validated for a number of crystalline model compounds. For the silicate glasses and aqueous solutions (SrCl2 and Sr(OH)2), small clusters were examined. Either symmetric or distorted SrO6 clusters were found to describe Sr complexation in peraluminous or peralkaline glasses. However, small ‘static’ clusters seem not to be fully suited to account for the dynamically changing atomic arrangements in aqueous solutions at high temperature. Therefore, ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations were performed and used as input for modeling of X-ray absorption spectra. Analyses of these simulations indicated [SrCl(H2O)6]+ and Sr(OH)2(H2O)4 as the most likely complexes in the chloride and hydroxide solutions, respectively. Analysis of the spectra of the silicate-rich fluids shows that both melt and fluid composition strongly influence Sr complexation. For the silicate-rich fluids, formation of Sr-Cl complexes occurs at low (Na + K)/Cl and (Si + Al)/(Na + K) ratios in the fluid, whereas Sr hydroxide and possibly silicate complexes (similar to those in the silicate glass) are

  17. Ab Initio-Based Kinetic Modeling for the Design of Molecular Catalysts: The Case of H 2 Production Electrocatalysts

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    Ho, Ming-Hsun; Rousseau, Roger; Roberts, John A. S.; Wiedner, Eric S.; Dupuis, Michel; DuBois, Daniel L.; Bullock, R. Morris; Raugei, Simone

    2015-09-04

    Design of fast, efficient electrocatalysts for energy production and energy utilization requires a systematic approach to predict and tune the energetics of reaction intermediates and the kinetic barriers between them as well as to tune reaction conditions (e.g., concentration of reactants, acidity of the reaction medium, and applied electric potential). Thermodynamics schemes based on the knowledge of pKa values, hydride donor ability, redox potentials, and other relevant thermodynamic properties have been demonstrated to be very effective for exploring possible reaction pathways. We seek to identify high-energy intermediates, which may represent a catalytic bottleneck, and low-energy intermediates, which may represent a thermodynamic sink. In this study, working on a well-established Ni-based bioinspired electrocatalyst for H2 production, we performed a detailed kinetic analysis of the catalytic pathways to assess the limitations of our current (standard state) thermodynamic analysis with respect to prediction of optimal catalyst performance. To this end, we developed a microkinetic model based on extensive ab initio simulations. The model was validated against available experimental data, and it reproduces remarkably well the observed turnover rate as a function of the acid concentration and catalytic conditions, providing valuable information on the main factors limiting catalysis. Using this kinetic analysis as a reference, we show that indeed a purely thermodynamic analysis of the possible reaction pathways provides us with valuable information, such as a qualitative picture of the species involved during catalysis, identification of the possible branching points, and the origin of the observed overpotential, which are critical insights for electrocatalyst design. However, a significant limitation of this approach is understanding how these insights relate to rate, which is an equally critical piece of information. Taking our analysis a step further, we show

  18. Characterization of the Aqueous Uranyl-Silicate Complex Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Modeling

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    Vu, M.; Massey, M.; Huang, P.

    2015-12-01

    The speciation of aqueous uranium ions is an important factor in predicting its mobility and fate in the environment. Two major controls on speciation are pH and the presence of complexing ligands. For the case of aqueous uranyl, UO22+(aq), some common complexes include uranyl-hydroxy, uranyl-carbonato, and uranyl-calcium-carbonato complexes, all of which differ in chemical reactivity and mobility. Uranyl-silicate complexes are also known but remain poorly characterized. In this work, we studied uranyl speciation in a series of aqueous solutions of 0.1 mM uranyl and 2 mM silicate with pH ranging from 4 to 7. Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectra of these samples were recorded at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory). Of particular note are the uranyl and silicate concentrations employed in our experiments, which are lower than conditions in previously reported EXAFS studies and approach conditions in natural groundwater systems. Preliminary analyses of EXAFS data indicate that uranyl speciation changes across the pH range, consistent with published thermodynamic data that suggest uranyl-silicate complexes may be important for pH ~ 5 and below, while uranyl-carbonato complexes become dominant at circumneutral pH. To guide the interpretation of the EXAFS data, molecular-scale simulations were carried out using density functional theory. We considered two classes of models: (i) hydrated clusters, and (ii) ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of 3D-periodic models involving uranyl and silicate in water. These calculations reveal that at pH ~ 5, the uranyl speciation is the [UO2(H2O)4H3SiO4]+ complex formed by the substitution of an equatorial uranyl water with a monodentate silicate ligand. The evidence from experiments and simulations provide a consistent picture for the uranyl-silicate complex, which may be important in the transport of uranyl in acidic, silicate-rich waters.

  19. Ab-initio study of hexagonal apatites

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    Calderin, Lazaro; Stott, Malcom J.

    2001-03-01

    A silicon stabilized mixture of calcium phosphate phases has been recognized as playing an important role in actively resorbable coatings and in ceramics as bone materials. The nature of this material is being investigated using a variety of techniques including a combination of crystallographic analysis of measured x-ray diffraction spectra, and ab initio quantum mechanics simulations. We have used all-electron, density functional based calculations to investigate a group of hexagonal apatites. The fully relaxed crystallographic structures of hydroxyapatite, and related apatites have been obtained. We will present the results and discuss the nature of the bonding in these materials. The x-ray diffraction pattern and the infra-red spectra have also been obtained and will be compared with experiment. Acknowledgments:This work is part of a collaboration with the Applied Ceramics group of M.Sayer, and with Millenium Biologix Inc. Support of the NSERC of Canada through the award of a Co-operative R & D grant to the collaboration is acknowledged.

  20. Ab initio phonon scattering by dislocations

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    Wang, Tao; Carrete, Jesús; van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Mingo, Natalio; Madsen, Georg K. H.

    2017-06-01

    Heat management in thermoelectric and power devices as well as in random access memories poses a grand challenge and can make the difference between a working and an abandoned device design. Despite the prevalence of dislocations in all these technologies, the modeling of their thermal resistance is based on 50-year-old analytical approximations, whose simplicity was driven by practical limitations rather than physical insight. We introduce an efficient ab initio approach based on Green's functions computed by two-dimensional reciprocal space integration. By combining elasticity theory and density functional theory, we calculate the scattering strength of a 90∘ misfit edge dislocation in Si. Because of the breakdown of the Born approximation, earlier literature models fail, even qualitatively. We find that a dislocation density larger than 109cm-2 is necessary to substantially influence thermal conductivity at room temperature and above. We quantify how much of the reduction of thermal conductivity measured in nanograined samples can be explained by realistic dislocation concentrations.

  1. Origin of the absorption maxima of the photoactive yellow protein resolved via ab initio multiconfigurational methods.

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    Coto, Pedro B; Martí, Sergio; Oliva, Mónica; Olivucci, Massimo; Merchán, Manuela; Andrés, Juan

    2008-06-19

    We discuss the role of the protein in controlling the absorption spectra of photoactive yellow protein (PYP), the archetype xanthopsin photoreceptor, using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods based on ab initio multireference perturbation theory, combined with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. It is shown that in order to get results in agreement with the experimental data, it is necessary to use a model that allows for a proper relaxation of the whole system and treats the states involved in the electronic spectrum in a balanced way, avoiding biased results due to the effect of nonrepresentative electrostatic interactions on the chromophore.

  2. Ab initio calculations of nitramine dimers

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    Koh-Fallet, Sharon; Schweigert, Igor

    2015-06-01

    Elevated temperatures and pressures are typically thought to have opposing effects on the reaction channels of nitramine decomposition. These high temperatures promote reactions with loose transition structures (positive activation entropies and volumes), such as N-N bond homolysis. Elevated pressures promote reactions with tight transition structures (negative activation entropies and volumes), such as intramolecular and intermolecular H transfer. However, no quantitative data exists regarding the range of temperatures and pressures at which these effects become pronounced. We are pursuing ab initio calculations of the corresponding unimolecular and bimolecular transition structures with the objective of estimating the relevant thermochemical parameters and quantifying the effects of elevated temperature and pressures on the corresponding rate constants. Here, we present density functional theory and complete active space calculations of gas-phase molecular dimers of nitramines as an intermediate step toward modeling transition structures directly in the condensed phase. This work was supported by the Naval Research Laboratory via the American Society for Engineering and Education and by the Office of Naval Research, both directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory.

  3. Geometrical effect on the nonlinear optical properties of model rigid-rod polymers. Ab initio time-dependent coupled Hartree-Fock studies

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    Karna, Shashi P.; Keshari, Vijaya; Prasad, Paras N.

    1995-03-01

    The linear and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of the cis and trans isomers of diphenylbenzobisoxazole (PBO) and diphenylbenzobisthiazole (PBT) have been calculated by ab initio time-dependent coupled perturbed Hartree-Fock method using a split-valence basis set. The second-order NLO susceptibilities of the trans isomers are calculated to be larger by a factor of 1.5 or more compared to the cis isomers over a wide range of optical frequency. Between the two homologues (PBO and PBT), the linear and the NLO susceptibilities of the thiazole systems are calculated to be slightly higher than the oxazole systems.

  4. Diffusion in liquid Germanium using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Kulkarni, R. V.; Aulbur, W. G.; Stroud, D.

    1996-03-01

    We describe the results of calculations of the self-diffusion constant of liquid Ge over a range of temperatures. The calculations are carried out using an ab initio molecular dynamics scheme which combines an LDA model for the electronic structure with the Bachelet-Hamann-Schlüter norm-conserving pseudopotentials^1. The energies associated with electronic degrees of freedom are minimized using the Williams-Soler algorithm, and ionic moves are carried out using the Verlet algorithm. We use an energy cutoff of 10 Ry, which is sufficient to give results for the lattice constant and bulk modulus of crystalline Ge to within 1% and 12% of experiment. The program output includes not only the self-diffusion constant but also the structure factor, electronic density of states, and low-frequency electrical conductivity. We will compare our results with other ab initio and semi-empirical calculations, and discuss extension to impurity diffusion. ^1 We use the ab initio molecular dynamics code fhi94md, developed at 1cm the Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin. ^2 Work supported by NASA, Grant NAG3-1437.

  5. 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).

  6. Reaction Mechanisms in Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes: Glycoside Hydrolases and Glycosyltransferases. Insights from ab Initio Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Dynamic Simulations.

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    Ardèvol, Albert; Rovira, Carme

    2015-06-24

    Carbohydrate-active enzymes such as glycoside hydrolases (GHs) and glycosyltransferases (GTs) are of growing importance as drug targets. The development of efficient competitive inhibitors and chaperones to treat diseases related to these enzymes requires a detailed knowledge of their mechanisms of action. In recent years, sophisticated first-principles modeling approaches have significantly advanced in our understanding of the catalytic mechanisms of GHs and GTs, not only the molecular details of chemical reactions but also the significant implications that just the conformational dynamics of a sugar ring can have on these mechanisms. Here we provide an overview of the progress that has been made in the past decade, combining molecular dynamics simulations with density functional theory to solve these sweet mysteries of nature.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Carbon dioxide hydrate phase equilibrium and cage occupancy calculations using ab initio intermolecular potentials.

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    Velaga, Srinath C; Anderson, Brian J

    2014-01-16

    Gas hydrate deposits are receiving increased attention as potential locations for CO2 sequestration, with CO2 replacing the methane that is recovered as an energy source. In this scenario, it is very important to correctly characterize the cage occupancies of CO2 to correctly assess the sequestration potential as well as the methane recoverability. In order to predict accurate cage occupancies, the guest–host interaction potential must be represented properly. Earlier, these potential parameters were obtained by fitting to experimental equilibrium data and these fitted parameters do not match with those obtained by second virial coefficient or gas viscosity data. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations provide an independent means to directly obtain accurate intermolecular potentials. A potential energy surface (PES) between H2O and CO2 was computed at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level and corrected for basis set superposition error (BSSE), an error caused due to the lower basis set, by using the half counterpoise method. Intermolecular potentials were obtained by fitting Exponential-6 and Lennard-Jones 6-12 models to the ab initio PES, correcting for many-body interactions. We denoted this model as the “VAS” model. Reference parameters for structure I carbon dioxide hydrate were calculated using the VAS model (site–site ab initio intermolecular potentials) as Δμ(w)(0) = 1206 ± 2 J/mol and ΔH(w)(0) = 1260 ± 12 J/mol. With these reference parameters and the VAS model, pure CO2 hydrate equilibrium pressure was predicted with an average absolute deviation of less than 3.2% from the experimental data. Predictions of the small cage occupancy ranged from 32 to 51%, and the large cage is more than 98% occupied. The intermolecular potentials were also tested by calculating the pure CO2 density and diffusion of CO2 in water using molecular dynamics simulations.

  10. Ab initio quantum-mechanical prediction of the IR and Raman spectra of Ca3Cr2Si3O12 Uvarovite garnet

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    Valenzano, L.; Pascale, F.; Ferrero, M.; Dovesi, R.

    The IR and Raman spectra of uvarovite (Ca3Cr2Si3O12) garnet were simulated with the periodic ab initio CRYSTAL code by adopting an all-electron Gaussian-type basis set and the B3LYP Hamiltonian. The two sets of 17 F1u Transverse-Optical (TO) and Longitudinal-Optical (LO) frequencies are generated, together with their intensities. As regards the IR experimental spectrum, only five peaks are available, that are in excellent agreement with the calculated data (mean absolute difference \\vertoverlineDelta\\vert smaller than 5.2 cm-1). The analysis of the TO-LO eigenvalue overlaps permits to establish a correspondence between LO and TO modes. The set of experimental Raman peaks is much reacher (23 out of 25) and the agreement with our calculations excellent (\\vertoverlineDelta\\vert smaller than 6 cm-1). Isotopic substitution is used to identify the zones of the spectrum where Cr and Ca contributions are relevant.

  11. Quantum-mechanical ab initio simulation of the Raman and IR spectra of Mn3Al2Si3O12 spessartine

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    Valenzano, Loredana; Meyer, Alessio; Demichelis, Raffaella; Civalleri, Bartolomeo; Dovesi, Roberto

    2009-07-01

    The IR and Raman spectra of spessartine garnet Mn3Al2Si3O12, are simulated with the periodic ab initio CRYSTAL code by adopting an all-electron Gaussian-type basis set and the B3LYP Hamiltonian. The frequencies of the 25 Raman active modes (3 of A 1 g , 8 of E g and 14 of F 2 g symmetry) and of the two sets of 17 F 1 u transverse-optical and longitudinal-optical frequencies are generated, as well as the IR oscillator strength. The agreement between calculated and experimental data is excellent: for the IR and Raman sets, the mean absolute difference overline{|Updelta|} is 4.0 and 6.8 cm-1, respectively. Isotopic substitution permits to highlight the Mn, Al and Si participation to the various zones of the spectrum. Graphical animation, available on the authors’ web-site ( http://www.crystal.unito.it/vibs/garnets/spessartine/ ), provides a very readable description of the movement of atoms and groups in each vibrational mode.

  12. Ab initio study of metal-organic framework-5 Zn{sub 4}O(1,4-benzenedicarboxylate){sub 3}: An assessment of mechanical and spectroscopic properties

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    Mattesini, M.; Soler, J. M.; Yndurain, F.

    2006-03-01

    The electronic structure of porous metal-organic framework-5 (MOF-5) of composition Zn{sub 4}O(1,4-benzenedicarboxylate){sub 3} was investigated with an ab initio density-functional-theory method. The unit cell volume and atomic positions were optimized with the well-known local-density approximation leading to a good agreement between the experimental and theoretical equilibrium structural parameters. Single crystal elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12}, and C{sub 44}) were then computed at the athermal limit in order to estimate fundamental figures for technological and engineering applications. Our calculations suggest that MOF-5 behaves as a soft and ductile material with a Young's modulus of the order of Oak wood. Particular attention was also focused on the study of oxygen, and carbon K XANES spectra. The differences in their shapes and energy peak positions were discussed in relation to the bonding topology and to the different calculational methods used.

  13. Conformational Change in the Mechanism of Inclusion of Ketoprofen in β-Cyclodextrin: NMR Spectroscopy, Ab Initio Calculations, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, and Photoreactivity.

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    Guzzo, T; Mandaliti, W; Nepravishta, R; Aramini, A; Bodo, E; Daidone, I; Allegretti, M; Topai, A; Paci, M

    2016-10-11

    Inclusion of drugs in cyclodextrins (CDs) is a recognized tool for modifying several properties such as solubility, stability, bioavailability, and so on. The photoreactive behavior of the β-CD/ketoprofen (KP) complex upon UV exposure showed a significant increase in photodecarboxylation, whereas the secondary degradation products by hydroxylation of the benzophenone moiety were inhibited. The results may account for an improvement of KP photophysical properties upon inclusion, thus better fostering its topical use. To correlate the structural details of the inclusion with these results, an NMR spectroscopic study of KP upon inclusion in β-CD was performed. Effects of the magnetically anisotropic centers of KP, changing their orientations upon inclusion and giving chemical shift variations, were specifically correlated with the results of the molecular dynamic simulations and ab initio calculations. In the large variety of papers focusing on the structural analysis of β-CD complexes, this work represents one of the few examples in which a detailed analysis of these simultaneous upfield-downfield NMR shifts of the same aromatic molecule upon inclusion is reported. Interestingly, the results demonstrate that the observed upfield and downfield shifts upon inclusion are not related to any direct magnetic role of β-CD. The conformational change of KP upon the inclusion process consists of a slight reduction in the angle between the two phenyl rings and in a remarkable reduction in the mobility of the carboxyl group, the latter being one of the main contributions to the NMR resonance shifts. These structural details help in understanding the features of the inclusion complex and, eventually, the driving force for its formation.

  14. Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra

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    Fredkin, D. R.; White, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.; Komornicki, A.

    1983-01-01

    It is pointed out that with increased computer power and improved computational techniques, such as the gradients developed in recent years, it is becoming practical to compute spectra ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature, for systems of increasing complexity. The present investigation has the objective to explore several possible ab initio approaches to spectra, giving particular attention to infrared and nonresonance Raman. Two approaches are discussed. The sequential approach, in which first the electronic part and then later the nuclear part of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is solved, is appropriate for small systems. The simultaneous approach, in which the electronic and nuclear parts are solved at the same time, is more appropriate for many-atom systems. A review of the newer quantum gradient techniques is provided, and the infrared and Raman spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed.

  15. Ab initio torsional potentials in silole dimers

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    Yamaguchi, Yoichi; Yamabe, Tokio

    1996-01-05

    The potential barriers for the internal rotation of silole dimers are studied theoretically using the ab initio molecular orbital method at the RHF/6-31G** level of calculations. In 2,2{prime}-bisilole, it is found that the anti-conformation is the most stable structure in the ground state and that the potential barrier height for rotation over the perpendicular conformation is 3.3 kcal/mol. 21 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Ab initio SCF MO study of the chemisorption of methane on Al and La oxide surfaces

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    Capitan, M.J.; Odriozola, J.A.; Marquez, A.

    1995-10-01

    A theoretical approach to the rate-determining step for methane activation on Al and La oxides has been performed by means of ab initio quantum mechanical calculations. In a first approach, transition states and products for the heterolytic chemisorption of CH{sub 4} on Al(OH){sub 3} and La(OH){sub 3} molecules have been determined at the RHF-SCF level of theory. Transition-state structures correspond to a four-center interaction with an energy barrier of about 40 kcal/mol. This high activation barrier supports the heterolytic mechanism proposed for this reaction. The products are methyl-metal compounds, CH{sub 3}-Me(Me= Al, La), with the carbon atom negatively charged. Catalytic surfaces have been modeled by introducing the effects due to the lattice through both point charges and ab initio model potentials. The selectivity of these catalysts towards C2 is discussed on the grounds of the differences found for the relative stability of the methy-metal intermediates. 42 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Ab initio studies of ClOx reactions. IV. Kinetics and mechanism for the self-reaction of ClO radicals

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    Zhu, R. S.; Lin, M. C.

    2003-03-01

    The self-reaction of ClO radicals has been investigated by ab initio molecular orbital and variational transition state theory calculations. Both singlet and triplet potential energy surfaces were predicted by the modified Gaussian-2 method. The reaction was shown to take place mainly over the singlet surface by forming ClOOCl (k1) and ClOClO (k1'). These association processes were found to be strongly pressure dependent and the predicted total rate constants are in good agreement with the experimental data. The predicted second- and third-order rate constants for formation of ClOOCl and ClOClO can be expressed, respectively, in units of cm3 molecule-1 s-1 and cm6 molecule-2 s-1 by k1∞=1.6×10-9T-0.67 exp(-64/T), k1'∞=6.4×10-9T-0.78 exp(-76/T), and k10=8.31×10-20T-4.96 exp(-336/T), k1'0=1.72×10-14T-6.99 exp(-926/T) in the temperature range 180-500 K for N2 as the third body. The observed T, P-dependent data could be best accounted for with the heat of formation of ClOOCl, ΔfH0o(ClOOCl)=29.4±1 kcal/mol. The formation of Cl2+O2 (2), Cl+ClOO (3), and Cl+OClO (4) products have been confirmed, with the predicted pressure-independent rate constants: k2=1.09×10-13T0.66 exp(-1892/T); k3=1.36×10-13T0.77exp(-2168/T); k4=6.26×10-11T0.005 exp(-2896/T), respectively, in units of cm3 molecule-1 s-1, covering the temperature range 200-1500 K. These results are also in reasonable agreement with existing experimental kinetic data.

  18. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Bacteriorhodopsin's Photoisomerization Using Ab Initio Forces for the Excited Chromophore

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    Hayashi, Shigehiko; Tajkhorshid, Emad; Schulten, Klaus

    2003-01-01

    Retinal proteins are photoreceptors found in many living organisms. They possess a common chromophore, retinal, that upon absorption of light isomerizes and thereby triggers biological functions ranging from light energy conversion to phototaxis and vision. The photoisomerization of retinal is extremely fast, highly selective inside the protein matrix, and characterized through optimal sensitivity to incoming light. This article describes the first report of an ab initio quantum mechanical description of the in situ isomerization dynamics of retinal in bacteriorhodopsin, a microbial retinal protein that functions as a light-driven proton pump. The description combines ab initio multi-electronic state molecular dynamics of a truncated retinal chromophore model (N-methyl-γ-methylpenta-2,4-dieniminium cation fragment) with molecular mechanics of the protein motion and unveils in complete detail the photoisomerization process. The results illustrate the essential role of the protein for the characteristic kinetics and high selectivity of the photoisomerization: the protein arrests inhomogeneous photoisomerization paths and funnels them into a single path that initiates the functional process. Supported by comparison with dynamic spectral modulations observed in femtosecond spectroscopy, the results identify the principal molecular motion during photoisomerization. PMID:12944261

  19. Ab initio molecular simulations with numeric atom-centered orbitals

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    Blum, Volker; Gehrke, Ralf; Hanke, Felix; Havu, Paula; Havu, Ville; Ren, Xinguo; Reuter, Karsten; Scheffler, Matthias

    2009-11-01

    We describe a complete set of algorithms for ab initio molecular simulations based on numerically tabulated atom-centered orbitals (NAOs) to capture a wide range of molecular and materials properties from quantum-mechanical first principles. The full algorithmic framework described here is embodied in the Fritz Haber Institute "ab initio molecular simulations" (FHI-aims) computer program package. Its comprehensive description should be relevant to any other first-principles implementation based on NAOs. The focus here is on density-functional theory (DFT) in the local and semilocal (generalized gradient) approximations, but an extension to hybrid functionals, Hartree-Fock theory, and MP2/GW electron self-energies for total energies and excited states is possible within the same underlying algorithms. An all-electron/full-potential treatment that is both computationally efficient and accurate is achieved for periodic and cluster geometries on equal footing, including relaxation and ab initio molecular dynamics. We demonstrate the construction of transferable, hierarchical basis sets, allowing the calculation to range from qualitative tight-binding like accuracy to meV-level total energy convergence with the basis set. Since all basis functions are strictly localized, the otherwise computationally dominant grid-based operations scale as O(N) with system size N. Together with a scalar-relativistic treatment, the basis sets provide access to all elements from light to heavy. Both low-communication parallelization of all real-space grid based algorithms and a ScaLapack-based, customized handling of the linear algebra for all matrix operations are possible, guaranteeing efficient scaling (CPU time and memory) up to massively parallel computer systems with thousands of CPUs.

  20. Ab initio Study of He Stability in hcp-Ti

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    Dai, Yunya; Yang, Li; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.

    2010-12-20

    The stability of He in hcp-Ti was studied using ab initio method based on density functional theory. The results indicate that a single He atom prefers to occupy the tetrahedral site rather than the octahedral site. The interaction of He defects with Ti atoms has been used to explain the relative stabilities of He point defects in hcp-Ti. The relative stability of He defects in hcp-Ti is useful for He clustering and bubble nucleation in metal tritides, which provides the basis for development of improved atomistic models.

  1. Ab initio evidence for nonthermal characteristics in ultrafast laser melting

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    Lian, Chao; Zhang, S. B.; Meng, Sheng

    2016-11-01

    Laser melting of semiconductors has been observed for almost 40 years; surprisingly, it is not well understood where most theoretical simulations show a laser-induced thermal process. Ab initio nonadiabatic simulations based on real-time time-dependent density functional theory reveal intrinsic nonthermal melting of silicon, at a temperature far below the thermal melting temperature of 1680 K. Both excitation threshold and time evolution of diffraction intensity agree well with experiment. Nonthermal melting is attributed to excitation-induced drastic changes in bonding electron density, and the subsequent decrease in the melting barrier, rather than lattice heating as previously assumed in the two-temperature models.

  2. Ab initio study of C + H3+ reactions

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    Talbi, D.; DeFrees, D. J.

    1991-01-01

    The reaction C + H3+ --> CH(+) + H2 is frequently used in models of dense interstellar cloud chemistry with the assumption that it is fast, i.e. there are no potential energy barriers inhibiting it. Ab initio molecular orbital study of the triplet CH3+ potential energy surface (triplet because the reactant carbon atom is a ground state triplet) supports this hypothesis. The reaction product is 3 pi CH+; the reaction is to exothermic even though the product is not in its electronic ground state. No path has been found on the potential energy surface for C + H3+ --> CH2(+) + H reaction.

  3. Pseudorotation motion in tetrahydrofuran: an ab initio study.

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    Rayón, Víctor M; Sordo, Jose A

    2005-05-22

    The use of different models based on experimental information about the observed level splitings, rotational constants, and far-infrared transition frequencies leads to different predictions on the equilibrium geometry for tetrahydrofuran. High-level ab initio calculations [coupled cluster singles, doubles (triples)/complete basis set (second order Moller-Plesset triple, quadrupole, quintuple)+zero-point energy(anharmonic)] suggest that the equilibrium conformation of tetrahydrofuran is an envelope C(s) structure. The theoretical geometrical parameters might be helpful to plan further microwave spectroscopic studies in order to get a physical interpretation of the measurements.

  4. Relevance of 4f-3d exchange to finite-temperature magnetism of rare-earth permanent magnets: An ab-initio-based spin model approach for NdFe{sub 12}N

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    Matsumoto, Munehisa; Akai, Hisazumi; Doi, Shotaro; Harashima, Yosuke; Miyake, Takashi

    2016-06-07

    A classical spin model derived ab initio for rare-earth-based permanent magnet compounds is presented. Our target compound, NdFe{sub 12}N, is a material that goes beyond today's champion magnet compound Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B in its intrinsic magnetic properties with a simpler crystal structure. Calculated temperature dependence of the magnetization and the anisotropy field agrees with the latest experimental results in the leading order. Having put the realistic observables under our numerical control, we propose that engineering 5d-electron-mediated indirect exchange coupling between 4f-electrons in Nd and 3d-electrons from Fe would most critically help enhance the material's utility over the operation-temperature range.

  5. Computational calculation of acetalization of benzaldehyde using acid catalysts (HCl) with computational method (Ab-Initio)

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    Yusuf, Muhammad; Sitepu, Deby Elfrinasti Br

    2017-01-01

    The computational calculation on the acetalization of benzaldehyde using acid catalysts (HCl) with computational method (Ab-Initio) has been done. The aim of this research was to studies the mechanism of benzaldehyde acetalization. The studies focus on the energy changes in the reaction coordinate. All geometry optimizations on the model of acetalization of benzaldehyde were performed with Hyperchem 8.0 (windows version) to the ab initio method using 3-21G and 6-31G* basis set. All optimized structures were also visualized by hyperchem 8.0. Based on the computational calculations, Hemiacetal 3 showed the highest energy among the others due to its lability (1399.6 kJ/mol). This step also could become as the rate determining step due to its rate which is the slowest among the others reaction. In addition, benzaldehyde dimethyl acetal (7) showed the lowest energy among the others(-6.8 kJ/mol) due to its stability which was the highest among the others.

  6. Hybrid correlation models based on active-space partitioning: seeking accurate O(N5) ab initio methods for bond breaking.

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    Bochevarov, Arteum D; Temelso, Berhane; Sherrill, C David

    2006-08-07

    Moller-Plesset second-order (MP2) perturbation theory remains the least expensive standard ab initio method that includes electron correlation, scaling as O(N5) with the number of molecular orbitals N. Unfortunately, when restricted Hartree-Fock orbitals are employed, the potential energy curves calculated with this method are of little use at large interatomic separations because of the divergent behavior of MP2 in these regions. In our previous study [J. Chem. Phys. 122, 234110 (2005)] we combined the MP2 method with the singles and doubles coupled cluster (CCSD) method to produce a hybrid method that retains the computational scaling of MP2 and improves dramatically the shape of the MP2 curves. In this work we expand the hybrid methodology to several other schemes. We investigate a new, improved MP2-CCSD method as well as a few other O(N5) methods related to the Epstein-Nesbet pair correlation theory. Nonparallelity errors across the dissociation curve as well as several spectroscopic constants are computed for BH, HF, H2O, CH+, CH4, and Li2 molecules with the 6-31G* basis set and compared with the corresponding full configuration interaction results. We show that among the O(N5) methods considered, our new hybrid MP2-CCSD method is the most accurate and significantly outperforms MP2 not only at large interatomic separations, but also near equilibrium geometries.

  7. Avoiding fractional electrons in subsystem DFT based ab-initio molecular dynamics yields accurate models for liquid water and solvated OH radical

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    Genova, Alessandro; Ceresoli, Davide; Pavanello, Michele

    2016-06-01

    In this work we achieve three milestones: (1) we present a subsystem DFT method capable of running ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations accurately and efficiently. (2) In order to rid the simulations of inter-molecular self-interaction error, we exploit the ability of semilocal frozen density embedding formulation of subsystem DFT to represent the total electron density as a sum of localized subsystem electron densities that are constrained to integrate to a preset, constant number of electrons; the success of the method relies on the fact that employed semilocal nonadditive kinetic energy functionals effectively cancel out errors in semilocal exchange-correlation potentials that are linked to static correlation effects and self-interaction. (3) We demonstrate this concept by simulating liquid water and solvated OH• radical. While the bulk of our simulations have been performed on a periodic box containing 64 independent water molecules for 52 ps, we also simulated a box containing 256 water molecules for 22 ps. The results show that, provided one employs an accurate nonadditive kinetic energy functional, the dynamics of liquid water and OH• radical are in semiquantitative agreement with experimental results or higher-level electronic structure calculations. Our assessments are based upon comparisons of radial and angular distribution functions as well as the diffusion coefficient of the liquid.

  8. A Self-Consistent Charge-Embedding Methodology for ab initio Qantum Chemical Custer Modeling of Ionic Solids and Surfaces: Application to the (001) Surface of Hematite

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    Batista, Enrique; Friesner, Richard A.

    2002-07-16

    To ab initio simulate an ionic crystal using a cluster of atoms, one must surround that cluster with point charges. These point charges add the effect of the electrostatic potential of the rest of the crystal on the electronic structure of the quantum cluster. The value of the point charges has to be chosen to reproduce the crystal field in the region of the cluster. In this work, a method to compute the necessary point charges is presented. The algorithm to choose the point charges is an extension of the one presented by Derenzo et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 112, 2074]. The method consists of a self-consistent loop, fitting in each iteration the value of the point charges to reproduce the electrostatic field, calculated from the quantum simulation, in the region of the cluster. This method was then applied to the study of the (001) basal surface of hematite, R-Fe2O3. As the cluster size is systematically increased, it is shown that to fully converge the electrostatic effect on the electronic structure of the cluster, clusters of the order of 60 atoms are necessary. As a convergence parameter for the cluster to the bulk behavior, we used the ionization energy of the cluster. In the limit of an infinite cluster, we obtained the work function of hematite to be 5.6 eV.

  9. Dissociation of NaCl in water from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Timko, Jeff; Bucher, Denis; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2010-03-21

    We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the dissociation of NaCl in water. The potential of mean force (PMF) between the two ions is determined using the constrained-force method. The simulation windows corresponding to the contact and solvent-separated minima, and the transition state in between, are further analyzed to determine the changes in the properties of hydration waters such as coordination number, dipole moment, and orientation. The ab initio results are compared with those obtained from classical molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous NaCl using several common force fields. The ab initio PMF is found to have a shallower contact minimum and a smaller transition barrier compared with the classical ones. Also the binding free energy calculated from the ab initio PMF almost vanishes whereas it is negative for all the classical PMFs. Water dipole moments are observed to exhibit little change during dissociation, indicating that description of NaCl with a nonpolarizable force field may be feasible. However, overcoordination of the ion pair at all distances remains as a serious shortcoming of the current classical models. The ab initio results presented here provide useful guidance for alternative parametrizations of the nonpolarizable force fields as well as the polarizable ones currently under construction.

  10. 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).

  11. Ab-initio Studies Of Lithium Oxide

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    Gupta, M. K.; Goel, Prabhatasree; Mittal, R.; Chaplot, S. L.

    2010-12-01

    Lithium oxide is an important material because of its high thermal conductivity and superionic behavior at high temperature. It behaves like a superionic conductor above 1200 K. Phonon frequencies have been calculated using ab-initio method. The calculations of phonon dispersion relation near unit cell volume corresponding to the superionic transition indicate softening of zone boundary transverse acoustic phonon mode along (110). The instability of phonon mode could lead to the dynamical disorder of lithium sub lattice. Thermal expansion and equation of states are also computed. The results compare well with our previous semi-empirical potential calculations.

  12. 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.

  13. Germacrene D Cyclization: An Ab Initio Investigation

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    Setzer, William N.

    2008-01-01

    Essential oils that contain large concentrations of germacrene D are typically accompanied by cadinane sesquiterpenoids. The acid-catalyzed cyclization of germacrene D to give cadinane and selinane sesquiterpenes has been computationally investigated using both density functional (B3LYP/6-31G*) and post Hartree-Fock (MP2/6-31G* *) ab initio methods. The calculated energies are in general agreement with experimentally observed product distributions, both from acid-catalyzed cyclizations as well as distribution of the compounds in essential oils. PMID:19325722

  14. Molecular associations from ab initio pair potentials

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    Iglesias, E.; Sordo, T. L.; Sordo, J. A.

    1991-12-01

    A method of building up stable molecular associations by using pair potentials from ab initio calculations is presented. The Matsuoka-Clementi-Yoshimine potential has been chosen to emulate the water-water interactions while 1-6-12 potentials are used to compute both solute-solvent and solute-solute interactions. Parameters for neutral-amino-acid-water and neutral- amino-acid-neutral-amino-acid interactions are provided by the program. Supermolecules are constructed by minimization of the interaction energy of the molecules involved. Both steepest-decent and Fletcher-Powell algorithms are available to carry out such a minimization.

  15. Electron Transport through Polyene Junctions in between Carbon Nanotubes: an Ab Initio Realization

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    Chen, Yiing-Rei; Chen, Kai-Yu; Dou, Kun-Peng; Tai, Jung-Shen; Lee, Hsin-Han; Kaun, Chao-Cheng

    With both ab initio and tight-binding model calculations, we study a system of polyene bridged armchair carbon nanotube electrodes, considering one-polyene and two-polyene cases, to address aspects of quantum transport through junctions with multiple conjugated molecules. The ab initio results of the two-polyene cases not only show the interference effect in transmission, but also the sensitive dependence of such effect on the combination of relative contact sites, which agrees nicely with the tight-binding model. Moreover, we show that the discrepancy mainly brought by ab initio relaxation provides an insight into the influence upon transmission spectra, from the junction's geometry, bonding and effective potential. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China under Grant Nos. 99-2112-M-003-012-MY2 and 103-2622-E-002-031, and the National Center for Theoretical Sciences of Taiwan.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework

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    Quaglioni, Sofia; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Navratil, Petr

    2013-09-26

    In this study, we introduce a fully antisymmetrized treatment of three-cluster dynamics within the ab initio framework of the no-core shell model/resonating-group method. Energy-independent nonlocal interactions among the three nuclear fragments are obtained from realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and consistent ab initio many-body wave functions of the clusters. The three-cluster Schrödinger equation is solved with bound-state boundary conditions by means of the hyperspherical-harmonic method on a Lagrange mesh. We discuss the formalism in detail and give algebraic expressions for systems of two single nucleons plus a nucleus. Using a soft similarity-renormalization-group evolved chiral nucleon-nucleon potential, we apply the method to amore » 4He+n+n description of 6He and compare the results to experiment and to a six-body diagonalization of the Hamiltonian performed within the harmonic-oscillator expansions of the no-core shell model. Differences between the two calculations provide a measure of core (4He) polarization effects.« less

  19. An ab initio-based Er–He interatomic potential in hcp Er

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    Yang, Li; ye, Yeting; Fan, K. M.; Shen, Huahai; Peng, Shuming; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei

    2014-09-01

    We have developed an empirical erbium-helium (Er-He) potential by fitting to the results calculated from ab initio method. Based on the electronic hybridization between Er and He atoms, an s-band model, along with a repulsive pair potential, has been derived to describe the Er-He interaction. The atomic configurations and the formation energies of single He defects, small He interstitial clusters (Hen) and He-vacancy (HenV ) clusters obtained by ab initio calculations are used as the fitting database. The binding energies and relative stabilities of the HnVm clusters are studied by the present potential and compared with the ab initio calculations. The Er-He potential is also applied to study the migration of He in hcp-Er at different temperatures, and He clustering is found to occur at 600 K in hcp Er crystal, which may be due to the anisotropic migration behavior of He interstitials.

  20. Global exploration of the energy landscape of solids on the ab initio level.

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    Doll, K; Schön, J C; Jansen, M

    2007-12-14

    Predicting which crystalline modifications can be present in a chemical system requires the global exploration of its energy landscape. Due to the large computational effort involved, in the past this search for sufficiently stable minima has been performed employing a variety of empirical potentials and cost functions followed by a local optimization on the ab initio level. However, this entails the risk of overlooking important modifications that are not modeled accurately using empirical potentials. In order to overcome this critical limitation, we develop an approach to employ ab initio energy functions during the global optimization phase of the structure prediction. As an example, we perform a global exploration of the landscape of LiF on the ab initio level and show that the relevant crystalline modifications are found during the search.

  1. Ab initio calculations of reactions of light nuclei

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr

    2017-09-01

    An ab initio (i.e., from first principles) theoretical framework capable of providing a unified description of the structure and low-energy reaction properties of light nuclei is desirable as a support tool for accurate evaluations of crucial reaction data for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. We present an efficient many-body approach to nuclear bound and scattering states alike, known as the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. In this approach, square-integrable energy eigenstates of the A-nucleon system are coupled to (A-A)+A target-plus-projectile wave functions in the spirit of the resonating group method to obtain an efficient description of the many-body nuclear dynamics both at short and medium distances and at long ranges. We show that predictive results for nucleon and deuterium scattering on 4He nuclei can be obtained from the direct solution of the Schröedinger equation with modern nuclear potentials.

  2. Implementation of renormalized excitonic method at ab initio level.

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    Zhang, Hongjiang; Malrieu, Jean-Paul; Ma, Haibo; Ma, Jing

    2012-01-05

    The renormalized excitonic method [Hajj et al., Phys Rev B 2005, 72, 224412], in which the excited state of the whole system may be described as a linear combination of local excitations, has been implemented at ab initio level. Its performance is tested on the ionization potential and the energy gap between singlet ground state and lowest triplet for linear molecular hydrogen chains and more realistic systems, such as polyenes and polysilenes, using full configuration interaction (FCI) wave functions with a minimal basis set. The influence of different block sizes and the extent of interblock interactions are investigated. It has been demonstrated that satisfactory results can be obtained if the near degeneracies between the model space and the outer space are avoided and if interactions between the next-nearest neighbor blocks are considered. The method can be used with larger basis sets and other accurate enough ab initio evaluations (instead of FCI) of local excited states, from blocks, or from dimers or trimers of blocks. It provides a new possibility to accurately and economically describe the low-lying delocalized excited states of large systems, even inhomogeneous ones.

  3. Nano-crystallization and magnetic mechanisms of Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} amorphous alloy by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, Yaocen; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Liang, Yunye; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2014-05-07

    Iron-based amorphous and nano-crystalline alloys have attracted a growing interest due to their potential in the application of magnetic coil production. However, fundamental understanding of the nano-crystallization mechanisms and magnetic features in the amorphous structure are still lack of knowledge. In the present work, we performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulation to clarify the ionic and electronic structure in atomic scale, and to derive the origin of the good magnetic property of Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} amorphous alloy. The simulation gave a direct evidence of the Cu-P bonding preference in the amorphous alloy, which may promote nucleation in nano-crystallization process. On the other hand, the electron transfer and the band/orbital features in the amorphous alloy suggests that alloying elements with large electronegativity and the potential to expand Fe disordered matrix are preferred for enhancing the magnetization.

  4. AIDA: ab initio domain assembly server.

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    Xu, Dong; Jaroszewski, Lukasz; Li, Zhanwen; Godzik, Adam

    2014-07-01

    AIDA: ab initio domain assembly server, available at http://ffas.burnham.org/AIDA/ is a tool that can identify domains in multi-domain proteins and then predict their 3D structures and relative spatial arrangements. The server is free and open to all users, and there is an option for a user to provide an e-mail to get the link to result page. Domains are evolutionary conserved and often functionally independent units in proteins. Most proteins, especially eukaryotic ones, consist of multiple domains while at the same time, most experimentally determined protein structures contain only one or two domains. As a result, often structures of individual domains in multi-domain proteins can be accurately predicted, but the mutual arrangement of different domains remains unknown. To address this issue we have developed AIDA program, which combines steps of identifying individual domains, predicting (separately) their structures and assembling them into multiple domain complexes using an ab initio folding potential to describe domain-domain interactions. AIDA server not only supports the assembly of a large number of continuous domains, but also allows the assembly of domains inserted into other domains. Users can also provide distance restraints to guide the AIDA energy minimization. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  5. Ab initio R1 mechanism of photostimulated oxygen isotope exchange reaction on a defect TiO2 surface: The case of terminal oxygen atom exchange

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    Kevorkyants, Ruslan; Sboev, Mikhail. N.; Chizhov, Yuri V.

    2017-05-01

    Based on density functional theory we propose R1 mechanism of photostimulated oxygen isotope exchange (POIEx) reaction between 16O18O and terminal oxygen atom of a defect TiO2 surface, which is modeled by amorphous Ti8O16 nanocluster in excited S1 electronic state. The proposed mechanism involves four adsorption intermediates and five transition states. The computed activation energy of the POIEx equals 0.24 eV. The computed g-tensors of the predicted ozonide O3- chemisorption species match well EPR data on O2 adsorption on UV-irradiated nanocrystalline TiO2. This match serves a mean of justification of the proposed R1 mechanism of the POIEx reaction. In addition, it is found that the proposed R1 POIEx reaction's mechanism differs from R1 mechanism of thermo-assisted OIEx reaction on a surface of supported vanadium oxide catalyst VOx/TiO2 reported earlier.

  6. On the role of hydrogen filled vacancies on the embrittlement of zirconium: An ab initio investigation

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    Olsson, Pär A. T.; Kese, Kwadwo; Alvarez Holston, Anna-Maria

    2015-12-01

    In this work we report the results of an ab initio study of the influence of hydrogen filled vacancies on the mechanical properties of zirconium. The modelling shows that hydrogen filled vacancies contribute to a lowering of the surface energy and an increase in the unstable stacking fault energy, which implies a reduction in ductility. The increase in unstable stacking fault energy suggests that the defects promote a change in the dislocation glide mechanism from prismatic to basal slip. To investigate the cleavage energetics, we model the decohesion process. For describing the interplanar interaction we adopt an extended version of Rose's universal binding energy relation, which is found to reproduce the behaviour accurately. The results of the modelling imply that the work of fracture and peak stress decrease as a result of the presence of hydrogen filled vacancies.

  7. Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2003-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.

  8. Microscopic properties of liquid water from combined ab initio molecular dynamics and energy decomposition studies.

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    Khaliullin, Rustam Z; Kühne, Thomas D

    2013-10-14

    The application of newly developed first-principle modeling techniques to liquid water deepens our understanding of the microscopic origins of its unusual macroscopic properties and behaviour. Here, we review two novel ab initio computational methods: second-generation Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and decomposition analysis based on absolutely localized molecular orbitals. We show that these two methods in combination not only enable ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on previously inaccessible time and length scales, but also provide unprecedented insights into the nature of hydrogen bonding between water molecules. We discuss recent applications of these methods to water clusters and bulk water.

  9. Ab initio study of perovskite type oxide materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin

    2011-12-01

    Perovskite type oxides form a family of materials of significant interest for cathodes and electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). These perovskites not only are active catalysts for surface oxygen reduction (OR) reactions but also allow incorporating the spilt oxygen monomers into their bulk, an unusual and poorly understood catalytic mechanism that couples surface and bulk properties. The OR mechanisms can be influenced strongly by defects in perovskite oxides, composition, and surface defect structures. This thesis work initiates a first step in developing a general strategy based on first-principles calculations for detailed control of oxygen vacancy content, transport rates of surface and bulk oxygen species, and surface/interfacial reaction kinetics. Ab initio density functional theory methods are used to model properties relevant for the OR reactions on SOFC cathodes. Three main research thrusts, which focus on bulk defect chemistry, surface defect structures and surface energetics, and surface catalytic properties, are carried to investigate different level of material chemistry for improved understanding of key physics/factors that govern SOFC cathode OR activity. In the study of bulk defect chemistry, an ab initio based defect model is developed for modeling defect chemistry of LaMnO 3 under SOFC conditions. The model suggests an important role for defect interactions, which are typically excluded in previous defect models. In the study of surface defect structures and surface energetics, it is shown that defect energies change dramatically (1˜2 eV lower) from bulk values near surfaces. Based on the existing bulk defect model with the calculated ab initio surface defect energetics, we predict the (001) MnO 2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration of (La0.9Sr0.1 )MnO3 is about 5˜6 order magnitude higher than that of the bulk under typical SOFC conditions. Finally, for surface catalytic properties, we show that area specific resistance, oxygen

  10. Kinetics of Electrocatalytic Reactions from First-Principles: A Critical Comparison with the Ab Initio Thermodynamics Approach.

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    Exner, Kai S; Over, Herbert

    2017-05-16

    Multielectron processes in electrochemistry require the stabilization of reaction intermediates (RI) at the electrode surface after every elementary reaction step. Accordingly, the bond strengths of these intermediates are important for assessing the catalytic performance of an electrode material. Current understanding of microscopic processes in modern electrocatalysis research is largely driven by theory, mostly based on ab initio thermodynamics considerations, where stable reaction intermediates at the electrode surface are identified, while the actual free energy barriers (or activation barriers) are ignored. This simple approach is popular in electrochemistry in that the researcher has a simple tool at hand in successfully searching for promising electrode materials. The ab initio TD approach allows for a rough but fast screening of the parameter space with low computational cost. However, ab initio thermodynamics is also frequently employed (often, even based on a single binding energy only) to comprehend on the activity and on the mechanism of an electrochemical reaction. The basic idea is that the activation barrier of an endergonic reaction step consists of a thermodynamic part and an additional kinetically determined barrier. Assuming that the activation barrier scales with thermodynamics (so-called Brønsted-Polanyi-Evans (BEP) relation) and the kinetic part of the barrier is small, ab initio thermodynamics may provide molecular insights into the electrochemical reaction kinetics. However, for many electrocatalytic reactions, these tacit assumptions are violated so that ab initio thermodynamics will lead to contradictions with both experimental data and ab initio kinetics. In this Account, we will discuss several electrochemical key reactions, including chlorine evolution (CER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction (ORR), where ab initio kinetics data are available in order to critically compare the results with those derived from a

  11. Continuum-atomistic simulation of picosecond laser heating of copper with electron heat capacity from ab initio calculation

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    Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen

    2016-03-01

    On the basis of ab initio quantum mechanics (QM) calculation, the obtained electron heat capacity is implemented into energy equation of electron subsystem in two temperature model (TTM). Upon laser irradiation on the copper film, energy transfer from the electron subsystem to the lattice subsystem is modeled by including the electron-phonon coupling factor in molecular dynamics (MD) and TTM coupled simulation. The results show temperature and thermal melting difference between the QM-MD-TTM integrated simulation and pure MD-TTM coupled simulation. The successful construction of the QM-MD-TTM integrated simulation provides a general way that is accessible to other metals in laser heating.

  12. 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.

  13. On the use of speciation techniques and ab initio modelling to understand tetravalent actinide behavior in a biological medium: An(IV)DTPA case.

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    Aupiais, J; Bonin, L; Den Auwer, C; Moisy, P; Siberchicot, B; Topin, S

    2016-03-07

    In the case of an accidental nuclear event, contamination of human bodies by actinide elements may occur. Such elements have the particularity to exhibit both radiological and chemical toxicities that may induce severe damages at several levels, depending on the biokinetics of the element. In order to eliminate the actinide elements before they are stored in target organs (liver, kidneys, or bone, depending on the element), sequestering agents must be quickly injected. However, to date, there is still no ideal sequestering agent, despite the recent interest in this topic due to contamination concerns. DTPA (diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid) is currently generating interest for the development of oral or alternative self-administrable forms. Although biokinetics data are mostly available, molecular scale characterization of actinide-DTPA complexes is still scarce. Nevertheless, strong interest is growing in the characterization of An(IV)DTPA(-) complexes at the molecular level because this opens the way for predicting the stability constants of unknown systems or even for developing new analytical strategies aimed at better and more selective decorporation. For this purpose, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) investigations were undertaken and compared with capillary electrophoresis (CE) used in a very unusual way. Indeed, it is commonly believed that CE is incapable of extracting structural information. In capillary electrophoresis, the electrophoretic mobility of an ion is a function of its charge and size. Despite very similar ratios, partial separations between An(IV)DTPA(-) species (An(IV) = Th, U, Np, Pu) were obtained. A linear relationship between the electrophoretic mobility and the actinide--oxygen distance calculated by AIMD was evidenced. As an example, the interpolated U-O distances in U(IV)DTPA(-) from CE-ICPMS experiments, EXAFS, AIMD, and the relationship between the stability constants and

  14. Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods

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    Halpern, Arthur M.

    2011-01-01

    A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the…

  15. Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods

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    Halpern, Arthur M.

    2011-01-01

    A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the…

  16. Ab Initio Calculation of the Hoyle State

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    Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lee, Dean; Meissner, Ulf-G.

    2011-05-13

    The Hoyle state plays a crucial role in the helium burning of stars heavier than our Sun and in the production of carbon and other elements necessary for life. This excited state of the carbon-12 nucleus was postulated by Hoyle as a necessary ingredient for the fusion of three alpha particles to produce carbon at stellar temperatures. Although the Hoyle state was seen experimentally more than a half century ago nuclear theorists have not yet uncovered the nature of this state from first principles. In this Letter we report the first ab initio calculation of the low-lying states of carbon-12 using supercomputer lattice simulations and a theoretical framework known as effective field theory. In addition to the ground state and excited spin-2 state, we find a resonance at -85(3) MeV with all of the properties of the Hoyle state and in agreement with the experimentally observed energy.

  17. Ab Initio Reactive Computer Aided Molecular Design.

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    Martínez, Todd J

    2017-03-21

    Few would dispute that theoretical chemistry tools can now provide keen insights into chemical phenomena. Yet the holy grail of efficient and reliable prediction of complex reactivity has remained elusive. Fortunately, recent advances in electronic structure theory based on the concepts of both element- and rank-sparsity, coupled with the emergence of new highly parallel computer architectures, have led to a significant increase in the time and length scales which can be simulated using first principles molecular dynamics. This opens the possibility of new discovery-based approaches to chemical reactivity, such as the recently proposed ab initio nanoreactor. We argue that due to these and other recent advances, the holy grail of computational discovery for complex chemical reactivity is rapidly coming within our reach.

  18. An ab initio study of hydroxylated graphane.

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    Buonocore, Francesco; Capasso, Andrea; Lisi, Nicola

    2017-09-14

    Graphene-based derivatives with covalent functionalization and well-defined stoichiometry are highly desirable in view of their application as functional surfaces. Here, we have evaluated by ab initio calculations the energy of formation and the phase diagram of hydroxylated graphane structures, i.e., fully functionalized graphene derivatives coordinated with -H and -OH groups. We compared these structures to different hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated graphene oxide derivatives, with high level of epoxide and hydroxyl groups functionalization. Based on our calculations, stable phases of hydroxylated graphane with low and high contents of hydrogen are demonstrated for high oxygen and hydrogen partial pressure, respectively. Stable phases of graphene oxide with a mixed carbon hybridization are also found. Notably, the synthesis of hydroxylated graphane has been recently reported in the literature.

  19. An ab initio study of hydroxylated graphane

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    Buonocore, Francesco; Capasso, Andrea; Lisi, Nicola

    2017-09-01

    Graphene-based derivatives with covalent functionalization and well-defined stoichiometry are highly desirable in view of their application as functional surfaces. Here, we have evaluated by ab initio calculations the energy of formation and the phase diagram of hydroxylated graphane structures, i.e., fully functionalized graphene derivatives coordinated with -H and -OH groups. We compared these structures to different hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated graphene oxide derivatives, with high level of epoxide and hydroxyl groups functionalization. Based on our calculations, stable phases of hydroxylated graphane with low and high contents of hydrogen are demonstrated for high oxygen and hydrogen partial pressure, respectively. Stable phases of graphene oxide with a mixed carbon hybridization are also found. Notably, the synthesis of hydroxylated graphane has been recently reported in the literature.

  20. Guiding ab initio calculations by alchemical derivatives

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    to Baben, M.; Achenbach, J. O.; von Lilienfeld, O. A.

    2016-03-01

    We assess the concept of alchemical transformations for predicting how a further and not-tested change in composition would change materials properties. This might help to guide ab initio calculations through multidimensional property-composition spaces. Equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, and relative lattice stability of fcc and bcc 4d transition metals Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag are calculated using density functional theory. Alchemical derivatives predict qualitative trends in lattice stability while equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli are predicted with less than 9% and 28% deviation, respectively. Predicted changes in equilibrium volume and bulk moduli for binary and ternary mixtures of Rh-Pd-Ag are in qualitative agreement even for predicted bulk modulus changes as large as +100% or -50%. Based on these results, it is suggested that alchemical transformations could be meaningful for enhanced sampling in the context of virtual high-throughput materials screening projects.

  1. 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.

  2. Many-body ab initio study of antiferromagnetic {Cr7M } molecular rings

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    Chiesa, A.; Carretta, S.; Santini, P.; Amoretti, G.; Pavarini, E.

    2016-12-01

    Antiferromagnetic molecular rings are widely studied both for fundamental quantum-mechanical issues and for technological applications, particularly in the field of quantum information processing. Here we present a detailed first-principles study of two families—purple and green—of {Cr7M } antiferromagnetic rings, where M is a divalent transition metal ion (M =Ni2 + , Mn2 +, and Zn2 +). We employ a recently developed flexible and efficient scheme to build ab initio system-specific Hubbard models. From such many-body models we systematically derive the low-energy effective spin Hamiltonian for the rings. Our approach allows us to calculate isotropic as well as anisotropic terms of the spin Hamiltonian, without any a priori assumption on its form. For each compound we calculate magnetic exchange couplings, zero-field splitting tensors, and gyromagnetic tensors, finding good agreement with experimental results.

  3. 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.

  4. Ab initio prediction of vacancy properties in concentrated alloys: The case of fcc Cu-Ni

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    Zhang, Xi; Sluiter, Marcel H. F.

    2015-05-01

    Vacancy properties in concentrated alloys continue to be of great interest because nowadays ab initio supercell simulations reach a scale where even defect properties in disordered alloys appear to be within reach. We show that vacancy properties cannot generally be extracted from supercell total energies in a consistent manner without a statistical model. Essential features of such a model are knowledge of the chemical potential and imposition of invariants. In the present work, we derive the simplest model that satisfies these requirements and we compare it with models in the literature. As illustration we compute ab initio vacancy properties of fcc Cu-Ni alloys as a function of composition and temperature. Ab initio density functional calculations were performed for SQS supercells at various compositions with and without vacancies. Various methods of extracting alloy vacancy properties were examined. A ternary cluster expansion yielded effective cluster interactions (ECIs) for the Cu-Ni-Vac system. Composition and temperature dependent alloy vacancy concentrations were obtained using statistical thermodynamic models with the ab initio ECIs. An Arrhenius analysis showed that the heat of vacancy formation was well represented by a linear function of temperature. The positive slope of the temperature dependence implies a negative configurational entropy contribution to the vacancy formation free energy in the alloy. These findings can be understood by considering local coordination effects.

  5. The Use of Ab Initio Wavefunctions in Line-Shape Calculations for Water Vapor

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    Gamache, Robert R.; Lamouroux, Julien; Schwenke, David W.

    2014-06-01

    In semi-classical line-shape calculations, the internal motions of the colliding pair are treated via quantum mechanics and the collision trajectory is determined by classical dynamics. The quantum mechanical component, i.e. the determination of reduced matrix elements (RME) for the colliding pair, requires the wavefunctions of the radiating and the perturbing molecules be known. Here the reduced matrix elements for collisions in the ground vibrational state of water vapor are calculated by two methods and compared. First, wavefunctions determined by diagonalizing an effective (Watson) Hamiltonian are used to calculate the RMEs and, second, the ab initio wavefunctions of Partridge and Schwenke are used. While the ground vibrational state will yield the best approximation of the wavefunctions from the effective Hamiltonian approach, this study clearly identifies problems for states not included in the fit of the Hamiltonian and for extrapolated states. RMEs determined using ab initio wavefunctions use ˜100000 times more computational time; however, all ro-vibrational interactions are included. Hence, the ab initio approach will yield better RMEs as the number of vibrational quanta exchanged in the optical transition increases, resulting in improvements in calculated half-widths and line shifts. It is important to note that even for pure rotational transitions the use of ab initio wavefunctions will yield improved results.

  6. Ab initio correlated calculations of rare-gas dimer quadrupoles

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    Donchev, Alexander G.

    2007-10-01

    This paper reports ab initio calculations of rare gas ( RG=Kr , Ar, Ne, and He) dimer quadrupoles at the second order of Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). The study reveals the crucial role of the dispersion contribution to the RG2 quadrupole in the neighborhood of the equilibrium dimer separation. The magnitude of the dispersion quadrupole is found to be much larger than that predicted by the approximate model of Hunt. As a result, the total MP2 quadrupole moment is significantly smaller than was assumed in virtually all previous related studies. An analytical model for the distance dependence of the RG2 quadrupole is proposed. The model is based on the effective-electron approach of Jansen, but replaces the original Gaussian approximation to the electron density in an RG atom by an exponential one. The role of the nonadditive contribution in RG3 quadrupoles is discussed.

  7. Chemical beam epitaxy of GaAs1-xNx using MMHy and DMHy precursors, modeled by ab initio study of GaAs(100) surfaces stability over As2, H2 and N2

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    Valencia, Hubert; Kangawa, Yoshihiro; Kakimoto, Koichi

    2017-06-01

    Using ab initio calculations, a simple model for GaAs1-xNx vapor-phase epitaxy on (100) surface of GaAs was created. By studying As2 and H2 molecules adsorptions and As/N atom substitutions on (100) GaAs surfaces, we obtain a relative stability diagram of all stable surfaces under varying As2, H2, and N2 conditions. We previously proved that this model could describe the vapor-phase epitaxy of GaAs1-x Nx with simple, fully decomposed, precursors. In this paper, we show that in more complex reaction conditions using monomethylhydrazine (MMHy), and dimethylhydrazine (DMHy), it is still possible to use our model to obtain an accurate description of the temperature and pressure stability domains for each surfaces, linked to chemical beam epitaxy (CBE) growth conditions. Moreover, the different N-incorporation regimes observed experimentally at different temperature can be explain and predict by our model. The use of MMHy and DMHy precursors can also be rationalized. Our model should then help to better understand the conditions needed to obtain an high quality GaAs1-xNx using vapor-phase epitaxy.

  8. Thermal neutron scattering law calculations using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Wormald, Jonathan; Hawari, Ayman I.

    2017-09-01

    In recent years, methods for the calculation of the thermal scattering law (i.e. S(α,β), where α and β are dimensionless momentum and energy transfer variables, respectively) were developed based on ab initio lattice dynamics (AILD) and/or classical molecular dynamics (CMD). While these methods are now mature and efficient, further advancement in the application of such atomistic techniques is possible using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods. In this case, temperature effects are inherently included in the calculation, e.g. phonon density of states (DOS), while using ab initio force fields that eliminate the need for parameterized semi-empirical force fields. In this work, AIMD simulations were performed to predict the phonon spectra as a function of temperature for beryllium and graphite, which are representative nuclear reactor moderator and reflector materials. Subsequently, the calculated phonon spectra were utilized to predict S(α,β) using the LEAPR module of the NJOY code. The AIMD models of beryllium and graphite were 5 × 5 × 5 crystal unit cells (250 atoms and 500 atoms respectively). Electronic structure calculations for the prediction of Hellman-Feynman forces were performed using density functional theory with a GGA exchange correlation functional and corresponding core electron pseudopotentials. AIMD simulations of 1000-10,000 time-steps were performed with the canonical ensemble (NVT thermostat) for several temperatures between 300 K and 900 K. The phonon DOS were calculated as the power spectrum of the AIMD predicted velocity autocorrelation functions. The resulting AIMD phonon DOS and corresponding inelastic thermal neutron scattering cross sections at 300 K, where anharmonic effects are expected to be small, were found to be in reasonable agreement with the results generated using traditional AILD. This illustrated the validity of the AIMD approach. However, since the impact of the temperature on the phonon DOS (e.g. broadening of

  9. Exploring the Photophysical Properties of Molecular Systems Using Excited State Accelerated ab Initio Molecular Dynamics.

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    Ortiz-Sánchez, Juan Manuel; Bucher, Denis; Pierce, Levi C T; Markwick, Phineus R L; McCammon, J Andrew

    2012-08-14

    In the present work, we employ excited state accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics (A-AIMD) to efficiently study the excited state energy landscape and photophysical topology of a variety of molecular systems. In particular, we focus on two important challenges for the modeling of excited electronic states: (i) the identification and characterization of conical intersections and crossing seams, in order to predict different and often competing radiationless decay mechanisms, and (ii) the description of the solvent effect on the absorption and emission spectra of chemical species in solution. In particular, using as examples the Schiff bases formaldimine and salicylidenaniline, we show that A-AIMD can be readily employed to explore the conformational space around crossing seams in molecular systems with very different photochemistry. Using acetone in water as an example, we demonstrate that the enhanced configurational space sampling may be used to accurately and efficiently describe both the prominent features and line-shapes of absorption and emission spectra.

  10. Quantum fluctuations and isotope effects in ab initio descriptions of water

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    Wang, Lu; Markland, Thomas E.; Ceriotti, Michele

    2014-09-14

    Isotope substitution is extensively used to investigate the microscopic behavior of hydrogen bonded systems such as liquid water. The changes in structure and stability of these systems upon isotope substitution arise entirely from the quantum mechanical nature of the nuclei. Here, we provide a fully ab initio determination of the isotope exchange free energy and fractionation ratio of hydrogen and deuterium in water treating exactly nuclear quantum effects and explicitly modeling the quantum nature of the electrons. This allows us to assess how quantum effects in water manifest as isotope effects, and unravel how the interplay between electronic exchange and correlation and nuclear quantum fluctuations determine the structure of the hydrogen bond in water.

  11. Quantum fluctuations and isotope effects in ab initio descriptions of water.

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    Wang, Lu; Ceriotti, Michele; Markland, Thomas E

    2014-09-14

    Isotope substitution is extensively used to investigate the microscopic behavior of hydrogen bonded systems such as liquid water. The changes in structure and stability of these systems upon isotope substitution arise entirely from the quantum mechanical nature of the nuclei. Here, we provide a fully ab initio determination of the isotope exchange free energy and fractionation ratio of hydrogen and deuterium in water treating exactly nuclear quantum effects and explicitly modeling the quantum nature of the electrons. This allows us to assess how quantum effects in water manifest as isotope effects, and unravel how the interplay between electronic exchange and correlation and nuclear quantum fluctuations determine the structure of the hydrogen bond in water.

  12. Advances in ab initio theories for nuclear reactions

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    Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-09-01

    Driven by high-performance computing and new ideas, in recent years ab initio theory has made great strides in achieving a unified description of nuclear structure, clustering and reactions from the constituent nucleons and their strong and electroweak interactions. This is giving access to forefront tools and new fertile grounds to further our understanding of the nuclear force and electroweak currents in nuclei in terms of effective degrees of freedom. A fundamental understanding of nuclear reaction mechanisms and a new capability to accurately compute their properties is also relevant for nuclear astrophysics, terrestrial applications of nuclear fusion, and for using nuclei as probes of fundamental physics through, for example, neutrino-nucleus scattering. In this talk, I will present recent highlights and reflect on future perspectives for this area of nuclear theory. Prepared by LLNL under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  13. Analytic derivative couplings and first-principles exciton/phonon coupling constants for an ab initio Frenkel-Davydov exciton model: Theory, implementation, and application to compute triplet exciton mobility parameters for crystalline tetracene

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    Morrison, Adrian F.; Herbert, John M.

    2017-06-01

    Recently, we introduced an ab initio version of the Frenkel-Davydov exciton model for computing excited-state properties of molecular crystals and aggregates. Within this model, supersystem excited states are approximated as linear combinations of excitations localized on molecular sites, and the electronic Hamiltonian is constructed and diagonalized in a direct-product basis of non-orthogonal configuration state functions computed for isolated fragments. Here, we derive and implement analytic derivative couplings for this model, including nuclear derivatives of the natural transition orbital and symmetric orthogonalization transformations that are part of the approximation. Nuclear derivatives of the exciton Hamiltonian's matrix elements, required in order to compute the nonadiabatic couplings, are equivalent to the "Holstein" and "Peierls" exciton/phonon couplings that are widely discussed in the context of model Hamiltonians for energy and charge transport in organic photovoltaics. As an example, we compute the couplings that modulate triplet exciton transport in crystalline tetracene, which is relevant in the context of carrier diffusion following singlet exciton fission.

  14. Simple calculation of ab initio melting curves: Application to aluminum

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    Robert, Grégory; Legrand, Philippe; Arnault, Philippe; Desbiens, Nicolas; Clérouin, Jean

    2015-03-01

    We present a simple, fast, and promising method to compute the melting curves of materials with ab initio molecular dynamics. It is based on the two-phase thermodynamic model of Lin et al [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 11792 (2003), 10.1063/1.1624057] and its improved version given by Desjarlais [Phys. Rev. E 88, 062145 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.062145]. In this model, the velocity autocorrelation function is utilized to calculate the contribution of the nuclei motion to the entropy of the solid and liquid phases. It is then possible to find the thermodynamic conditions of equal Gibbs free energy between these phases, defining the melting curve. The first benchmark on the face-centered cubic melting curve of aluminum from 0 to 300 GPa demonstrates how to obtain an accuracy of 5%-10%, comparable to the most sophisticated methods, for a much lower computational cost.

  15. i-PI: A Python interface for ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ceriotti, Michele; More, Joshua; Manolopoulos, David E.

    2014-03-01

    Recent developments in path integral methodology have significantly reduced the computational expense of including quantum mechanical effects in the nuclear motion in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. However, the implementation of these developments requires a considerable programming effort, which has hindered their adoption. Here we describe i-PI, an interface written in Python that has been designed to minimise the effort required to bring state-of-the-art path integral techniques to an electronic structure program. While it is best suited to first principles calculations and path integral molecular dynamics, i-PI can also be used to perform classical molecular dynamics simulations, and can just as easily be interfaced with an empirical forcefield code. To give just one example of the many potential applications of the interface, we use it in conjunction with the CP2K electronic structure package to showcase the importance of nuclear quantum effects in high-pressure water. Catalogue identifier: AERN_v1_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AERN_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 138626 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3128618 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: Multiple architectures. Operating system: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows. RAM: Less than 256 Mb Classification: 7.7. External routines: NumPy Nature of problem: Bringing the latest developments in the modelling of nuclear quantum effects with path integral molecular dynamics to ab initio electronic structure programs with minimal implementational effort. Solution method: State-of-the-art path integral molecular dynamics techniques are implemented in a Python interface. Any electronic structure code can be patched to receive the atomic

  16. Ab initio molecular dynamics of hydrogen dissociation on metal surfaces using neural networks and novelty sampling.

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    Ludwig, Jeffery; Vlachos, Dionisios G

    2007-10-21

    We outline a hybrid multiscale approach for the construction of ab initio potential energy surfaces (PESs) useful for performing six-dimensional (6D) classical or quantum mechanical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of diatomic molecules reacting at single crystal surfaces. The algorithm implements concepts from the corrugation reduction procedure, which reduces energetic variation in the PES, and uses neural networks for interpolation of smoothed ab initio data. A novelty sampling scheme is implemented and used to identify configurations that are most likely to be predicted inaccurately by the neural network. This hybrid multiscale approach, which couples PES construction at the electronic structure level to MD simulations at the atomistic scale, reduces the number of density functional theory (DFT) calculations needed to specify an accurate PES. Due to the iterative nature of the novelty sampling algorithm, it is possible to obtain a quantitative measure of the convergence of the PES with respect to the number of ab initio calculations used to train the neural network. We demonstrate the algorithm by first applying it to two analytic potentials, which model the H2/Pt(111) and H2/Cu(111) systems. These potentials are of the corrugated London-Eyring-Polanyi-Sato form, which are based on DFT calculations, but are not globally accurate. After demonstrating the convergence of the PES using these simple potentials, we use DFT calculations directly and obtain converged semiclassical trajectories for the H2/Pt(111) system at the PW91/generalized gradient approximation level. We obtain a converged PES for a 6D hydrogen-surface dissociation reaction using novelty sampling coupled directly to DFT. These results, in excellent agreement with experiments and previous theoretical work, are compared to previous simulations in order to explore the sensitivity of the PES (and therefore MD) to the choice of exchange and correlation functional. Despite having a lower energetic

  17. Ab initio molecular dynamics of hydrogen dissociation on metal surfaces using neural networks and novelty sampling

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    Ludwig, Jeffery; Vlachos, Dionisios G.

    2007-10-01

    We outline a hybrid multiscale approach for the construction of ab initio potential energy surfaces (PESs) useful for performing six-dimensional (6D) classical or quantum mechanical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of diatomic molecules reacting at single crystal surfaces. The algorithm implements concepts from the corrugation reduction procedure, which reduces energetic variation in the PES, and uses neural networks for interpolation of smoothed ab initio data. A novelty sampling scheme is implemented and used to identify configurations that are most likely to be predicted inaccurately by the neural network. This hybrid multiscale approach, which couples PES construction at the electronic structure level to MD simulations at the atomistic scale, reduces the number of density functional theory (DFT) calculations needed to specify an accurate PES. Due to the iterative nature of the novelty sampling algorithm, it is possible to obtain a quantitative measure of the convergence of the PES with respect to the number of ab initio calculations used to train the neural network. We demonstrate the algorithm by first applying it to two analytic potentials, which model the H2/Pt(111) and H2/Cu(111) systems. These potentials are of the corrugated London-Eyring-Polanyi-Sato form, which are based on DFT calculations, but are not globally accurate. After demonstrating the convergence of the PES using these simple potentials, we use DFT calculations directly and obtain converged semiclassical trajectories for the H2/Pt(111) system at the PW91/generalized gradient approximation level. We obtain a converged PES for a 6D hydrogen-surface dissociation reaction using novelty sampling coupled directly to DFT. These results, in excellent agreement with experiments and previous theoretical work, are compared to previous simulations in order to explore the sensitivity of the PES (and therefore MD) to the choice of exchange and correlation functional. Despite having a lower energetic

  18. Unified ab initio approach to bound and unbound states: No-core shell model with continuum and its application to 7He

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    Baroni, Simone; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2013-03-26

    In this study, we introduce a unified approach to nuclear bound and continuum states based on the coupling of the no-core shell model (NCSM), a bound-state technique, with the no-core shell model/resonating group method (NCSM/RGM), a nuclear scattering technique. This new ab initio method, no-core shell model with continuum (NCSMC), leads to convergence properties superior to either NCSM or NCSM/RGM while providing a balanced approach to different classes of states. In the NCSMC, the ansatz for the many-nucleon wave function includes (i) a square-integrable A-nucleon component expanded in a complete harmonic oscillator basis and (ii) a binary-cluster component with asymptotic boundary conditions that can properly describe weakly bound states, resonances, and scattering. The Schrödinger equation is transformed into a system of coupled-channel integral-differential equations that we solve using a modified microscopic R-matrix formalism within a Lagrange mesh basis. We demonstrate the usefulness of the approach by investigating the unbound 7He nucleus.

  19. Predicting vapor-liquid phase equilibria with augmented ab initio interatomic potentials

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    Vlasiuk, Maryna; Sadus, Richard J.

    2017-06-01

    The ability of ab initio interatomic potentials to accurately predict vapor-liquid phase equilibria is investigated. Monte Carlo simulations are reported for the vapor-liquid equilibria of argon and krypton using recently developed accurate ab initio interatomic potentials. Seventeen interatomic potentials are studied, formulated from different combinations of two-body plus three-body terms. The simulation results are compared to either experimental or reference data for conditions ranging from the triple point to the critical point. It is demonstrated that the use of ab initio potentials enables systematic improvements to the accuracy of predictions via the addition of theoretically based terms. The contribution of three-body interactions is accounted for using the Axilrod-Teller-Muto plus other multipole contributions and the effective Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potentials. The results indicate that the predictive ability of recent interatomic potentials, obtained from quantum chemical calculations, is comparable to that of accurate empirical models. It is demonstrated that the Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potential can be used in combination with accurate two-body ab initio models for the computationally inexpensive and accurate estimation of vapor-liquid phase equilibria.

  20. Ab initio computational applications to complex biomolecular systems

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    Liang, Lei

    A series of biomaterial related systems---including water and DNA molecules---have been studied using ab initio (first-principles) methods. By investigating the properties of water as the preliminary step, the hydrogen bond (HB) interactions, which play important roles in biomolecules, were better understood from the quantum mechanical viewpoint. The calculated K-edge x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of all 340 oxygen atoms in the model have been accumulated to reproduce the experimental one. The spectra were shown to be very sensitive to the HB configurations of O atoms, which could be used to elucidate the subtle structural variations in complex biomolecules. The simulation of single-molecule DNA overstretching experiments under torsionally constrained condition has been carried out afterwards. The initial DNA models were stretched stepwisely and eventually gained an extension of 1.5-fold (150% x the original length). The variation of total energy, atomic configuration, and the electronic structure during this process were analyzed in details. At the extension of ˜1.3-fold, the ring opening reactions occurred in the backbones. The backbone nicks appeared at elongations of ˜1.40-fold. The whole process was accompanied by HB breaking and charge transfers. We have proposed an overstretched structure named O-DNA (Opened-DNA) to clarify the confusion in understanding the behavior of DNA under high force load. With more experiences gained, a comprehensive methodology revealing the underlying principles of bioprocesses from the quantum mechanical viewpoint eventually come up. For the purpose of better computational accuracy, the scheme of implementing the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) exchange-correlation functionals into the Orthogonalized Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (OLCAO) program suite has been discussed, and the computational efficiency has been analyzed correspondingly. Moreover, the parallel strategy for performing

  1. Ab Initio energetics of SiO bond cleavage.

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    Hühn, Carolin; Erlebach, Andreas; Mey, Dorothea; Wondraczek, Lothar; Sierka, Marek

    2017-10-15

    A multilevel approach that combines high-level ab initio quantum chemical methods applied to a molecular model of a single, strain-free SiOSi bridge has been used to derive accurate energetics for SiO bond cleavage. The calculated SiO bond dissociation energy and the activation energy for water-assisted SiO bond cleavage of 624 and 163 kJ mol(-1) , respectively, are in excellent agreement with values derived recently from experimental data. In addition, the activation energy for H2 O-assisted SiO bond cleavage is found virtually independent of the amount of water molecules in the vicinity of the reaction site. The estimated reaction energy for this process including zero-point vibrational contribution is in the range of -5 to 19 kJ mol(-1) . © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world. PMID:27434308

  3. Amplitudes and overlaps in ab initio calculations of light nuclei

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    Nollett, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Some clustering properties of nuclei are usefully interpreted in terms of overlap functions. These functions are projections of an A-body nucleus onto an (A - 1) -body core and an additional nucleon, or an (A - 4) -body core and an additional alpha particle, at varying separation. Long-range limits of overlaps are given by asymptotic normalization constants (ANCs), which suffice to model some reaction processes; their shorter-range parts are also needed to interpret some types of experiments. Naively, one computes overlaps from wave functions using their definition. However, there is an integral relation that allows more accurate calculations from approximate wave functions, using exact terms from the nucleon-nucleon potential. I will describe calculations by this method of overlap functions and ANCs for both nucleon and alpha emission from ab initio variational Monte Carlo wave functions. I will also describe the use of overlaps to probe small components of wave functions like those arising from hadronic parity violation.

  4. High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world.

  5. 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.

  6. On the hierarchical parallelization of ab initio simulations

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    Ruiz-Barragan, Sergi; Ishimura, Kazuya; Shiga, Motoyuki

    2016-02-01

    A hierarchical parallelization has been implemented in a new unified code PIMD-SMASH for ab initio simulation where the replicas and the Born-Oppenheimer forces are parallelized. It is demonstrated that ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations can be carried out very efficiently for systems up to a few tens of water molecules. The code was then used to study a Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and butenone by ab initio string method. A reduction in the reaction energy barrier is found in the presence of hydrogen-bonded water, in accordance with experiment.

  7. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2012-11-28

    Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K(+) ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K(+) ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K(+) ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K(+) ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.

  8. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2012-11-01

    Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K+ ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K+ ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K+ ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K+ ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.

  9. Theoretical investigation of the He-I2(E3Πg) ion-pair state: Ab initio intermolecular potential and vibrational levels

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    Kalemos, Apostolos; Valdés, Álvaro; Prosmiti, Rita

    2012-07-01

    We present a theoretical study on the potential energy surface and vibrational bound states of the E electronic excited state of the HeI2 van der Waals system. The interaction energies are computed using accurate ab initio methods and large basis sets. Relativistic small-core effective core potentials in conjunction with a quintuple-zeta quality basis set are employed for the heavy iodine atoms in multireference configuration interaction calculations for the 3A' and 3A″ states. For the representation of the potential energy surface we used a general interpolation technique for constructing potential surfaces from ab initio data based on the reproducing kernel Hilbert space method. The surface presents global and local minima for T-shaped configurations with well-depths of 33.2 and 4.6 cm-1, respectively. Vibrational energies and states are computed through variational quantum mechanical calculations. We found that the binding energy of the HeI2(E) T-shaped isomer is 16.85 cm-1, in excellent agreement with recent experimental measurements. In lieu of more experimental data we also report our predictions on higher vibrational levels and we analyze the influence of the underlying surface on them. This is the first attempt to represent the potential surface of such a highly excited electronic state of a van der Waals complex, and it demonstrates the capability of the ab initio technology to provide accurate results for carrying out reliable studies to model experimental data.

  10. Role of metal contacts in the mechanical properties of molecular nanojunctions: Comparative ab initio study of Au/1,8-octanedithiol and Au/4,4-bipyridine

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    Vélez, P.; Dassie, S. A.; Leiva, E. P. M.

    2010-06-01

    A comparative study of the mechanical properties of Au/4,4' -bipyridine ( 4,4' BPD) and Au/1,8-octanedithiol (1,8 ODT) molecular nanojunctions is developed using different metal wires and small clusters to represent the metal contact. Rupture of the junction at different bonds is analyzed. While in the case of 1,8 ODT, rupture at Au-Au bonds is always found; in the case of 4,4' BPD, rupture of a N-Au bond also appears as possible. Comparison of rupture forces, maximum elongations and force constants with the experimental values lead to the conclusion that the most common geometrical arrangement in scanning tunneling microscopy break junctions should be that where the number of Au atoms is of the order of 4. Activation energies for the rupture of these structures are calculated at sample elongations.

  11. An ab initio/rice--Ramsperger--Kassel--Marcus study of the reactions of propenols with OH. Mechanism and kinetics of H abstraction channels.

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    Zhou, Chong-Wen; Mebel, Alexander M; Li, Xiang-Yuan

    2009-10-08

    Propenols have been found to be common intermediates in the hydrocarbon combustion and they are present in substantial concentrations in a wide range of flames. However, the kinetics properties of these species in combustion flames have not received much attention. In this work, the mechanism and kinetics of the OH hydrogen abstraction from propenols are investigated. Three stable conformations of propenols, (E)-1-propenol, (Z)-1-propenol, and syn-propen-2-ol, are taken into consideration. The potential energy profiles for the three reaction systems have been first investigated by the CCSD(T) method. The geometric parameters and relative energies of the reactants, reactant complexes, transition states, product complexes, and products have been investigated theoretically. The rate constants are calculated in the temperature range of 200-3000 K by the Variflex code based on the weak collision master equation/microcanonical variational RRKM theory. For all considered reactions, our results support a stepwise mechanism involving the formation of a reactant complex in the entrance channel and a product complex in the exit channel. In the reaction of OH with (E)-1-propenol, the hydrogen abstractions from the -CH(3) and -OH sites are dominant and competitive with each other in the temperature range from 500 to 2000 K. Above 2000 K, the hydrogen abstraction from the -CH group bonded to O atom becomes dominant with a relative yield of 51.1% at 3000 K. In the reaction of OH with (Z)-1-propenol, the hydrogen abstractions from -CH(3), -CH bonded to O atom, and -OH are preferable in the temperature range from 500 to 1800 K, with the first two channels being competitive with each other. Above 1800 K, the hydrogen abstraction reaction from the CH group bonded to the CH(3) group becomes dominant with the branching ratio of 90.3% at 3000 K. In the reaction of OH with syn-propen-2-ol, the abstractions from the -CH(3) and -OH sites are competitive with each other when the temperature

  12. Ab Initio: And a New Era of Airline Pilot Training.

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    Gesell, Laurence E.

    1995-01-01

    Expansion of air transportation and decreasing numbers seeking pilot training point to a shortage of qualified pilots. Ab initio training, in which candidates with no flight time are trained to air transport proficiency, could resolve the problem. (SK)

  13. Semiempirical and ab initio molecular orbital studies on the mechanism of the acid-catalyzed isomerization benzene oxide yields phenol. 1. Structure of protonated benzene oxide

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    George, P. Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA ); Bock, C.W. ); Glusker, J.P. )

    1990-10-18

    The relative stabilities of O-protonated benzene oxide and its related carbonium ions were investigated in order to obtain further insight into the mechanism of the acid-catalyzed isomerization benzene oxide {yields} phenol by using AM1 and the 6-31G and 6-31G* basis sets with full geometry optimization, together with single-point energy determinations MP2/6-31G* and MP3/6-31G* at the RHF/6-31G* geometry. At all levels of computation, three carbonium ions, with a p-quinonoid disposition of the formal double bonds - cis, gauche, and trans with respect to the H{hor ellipsis}H internuclear distance in the CHOH group - were found to be almost equal in energy and significantly more stable than O-protonated benzene oxide by 12-14 kcal mol{sup {minus}1}. The bond lengths, and the distribution of total atomic charge calculated by using Mulliken population analysis, indicate extensive electron delocalization in the carbonium ions. Frequency analyses and calculation of the potential energy curve for the rotation of the carbonium ion H-O bond about the C-O bond show that the gauche and trans rotamers are stable intermediates.

  14. Equilibrium and rate constants, and reaction mechanism of the HF dissociation in the HF(H2O)7 cluster by ab initio rare event simulations.

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    Elena, Alin Marin; Meloni, Simone; Ciccotti, Giovanni

    2013-12-12

    We perform restrained hybrid Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to compute the equilibrium constant of the dissociation reaction of HF in HF(H2O)7. We find that the HF is a stronger acid in the cluster than in the bulk, and its acidity is higher at lower T. The latter phenomenon has a vibrational entropic origin, resulting from a counterintuitive balance of intra- and intermolecular terms. We find also a temperature dependence of the reactions mechanism. At low T (≤225 K) the dissociation reaction follows a concerted path, with the H atoms belonging to the relevant hydrogen bond chain moving synchronously. At higher T (300 K), the first two hydrogen atoms move together, forming an intermediate metastable state having the structure of an eigen ion (H9O4(+)), and then the third hydrogen migrates completing the reaction. We also compute the dissociation rate constant, kRP. At very low T (≤75 K) kRP depends strongly on the temperature, whereas it gets almost constant at higher T’s. With respect to the bulk, the HF dissociation in the HF(H2O)7 is about 1 order of magnitude faster. This is due to a lower free energy barrier for the dissociation in the cluster.

  15. Ab Initio Quantum Simulations of Liquid Water

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    Gergely, John; Ceperley, David; Gygi, Francois

    2007-03-01

    Some recent efforts at simulating liquid water have employed ``ab initio'' molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods with forces from a version of density functional theory (DFT) and, in some cases, imaginary-time path integrals (PI) to study quantum effects of the protons. Although AIMD methods have met with many successes, errors introduced by the approximations and choices of simulation parameters are not fully understood. We report on path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) studies of liquid water using DFT energies that provide quantitative benchmarks for PI-AIMD work. Specifically, we present convergence studies of the path integrals and address whether the Trotter number can be reduced by improving the form of the (approximate) action. Also, we assess 1) whether typical AIMD simulations are sufficiently converged in simulation time, i.e., if there is reason to suspect that nonergodic behavior in PI-AIMD methods leads to poor convergence, and 2) the relative efficiency of the methods. E. Schwegler, J.C. Grossman, F. Gygi, G. Galli, J. Chem. Phys 121, 5400 (2004).

  16. Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment

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    Kim, Kwangnam; Kaviany, Massoud

    2016-06-15

    Using simulations, we postulate and show that heterocatalysis on large-bandgap semiconductors can be controlled by substrate phonons, i.e., phonocatalysis. With ab initio calculations, including molecular dynamic simulations, the chemisorbed dissociation of XeF{sub 6} on h-BN surface leads to formation of XeF{sub 4} and two surface F/h-BN bonds. The reaction pathway and energies are evaluated, and the sorption and reaction emitted/absorbed phonons are identified through spectral analysis of the surface atomic motion. Due to large bandgap, the atomic vibration (phonon) energy transfer channels dominate and among them is the match between the F/h-BN covalent bond stretching and the optical phonons. We show that the chemisorbed dissociation (the pathway activation ascent) requires absorption of large-energy optical phonons. Then using progressively heavier isotopes of B and N atoms, we show that limiting these high-energy optical phonons inhibits the chemisorbed dissociation, i.e., controllable phonocatalysis.

  17. Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics

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    Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong

    2015-09-21

    We present an ab initio two-component Ehrenfest-based mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics method to describe the effect of nuclear motion on the electron spin dynamics (and vice versa) in molecular systems. The two-component time-dependent non-collinear density functional theory is used for the propagation of spin-polarized electrons while the nuclei are treated classically. We use a three-time-step algorithm for the numerical integration of the coupled equations of motion, namely, the velocity Verlet for nuclear motion, the nuclear-position-dependent midpoint Fock update, and the modified midpoint and unitary transformation method for electronic propagation. As a test case, the method is applied to the dissociation of H{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In contrast to conventional Ehrenfest dynamics, this two-component approach provides a first principles description of the dynamics of non-collinear (e.g., spin-frustrated) magnetic materials, as well as the proper description of spin-state crossover, spin-rotation, and spin-flip dynamics by relaxing the constraint on spin configuration. This method also holds potential for applications to spin transport in molecular or even nanoscale magnetic devices.

  18. Ab Initio Calculation of NH_3 Spectrum

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    Polyansky, Oleg; Ovsyannikov, Roman I.; Kyuberis, Aleksandra; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Zobov, Nikolay Fedorovich

    2016-06-01

    An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for NH_3 is computed using the methodology pioneered for water (Polyansky et al. J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 9633 (2013)). A multireference configuration calclulations are performed at 50000 points using quadruple and 5z basis sets to give a complete basis set (CBS) extrapolation. Relativistic and adiabatic surfaces are also computed. The points are fitted to an analytical PES. The rovibrational energy levels are computed using the program TROVE in both linearized and curvilinear coordinates. Better convergence is obtained for the higher energy levels using curvilinear coordinates: an accuracy of about 1 wn is achieved for the levels up to 12 000 wn. The levels up to 18 000 wn are reproduced with the accuracy of a few wn. These results are used to assign the visible spectrum of 14NH_3 recorded by Coy and Lehmann (J. Chem. Phys., 84, 5239 (1988)). Predicted rovibrational levels for NH_2D, NHD_2, ND_3 and 15NH_3 are given.

  19. 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.

  20. Effect of Mo on the phase stability and elastic mechanical properties of Ti-Mo random alloys from ab initio calculations.

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    Cao, Peiyu; Tian, F Y; Wang, Yandong

    2017-08-23

    Ti-Mo alloys are promising materials for shape memory alloys and biomedical materials. Whereas, the appearance of metastable ω phase can cause embrittlement and destroy the shape memory effect. In order to avoid the ω phase, the effect of Mo on the temperature dependent lattice parameters, phase stability and elastic mechanical properties of β, α, and ω Ti1-xMox (x = 0~2.0) random alloys was systematically investigated by using the exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation. The theoretical predictions for the lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experiments. Results show that β Ti0.96Mo0.04 can almost transform to ω phase without lattice deformation and volume change, which suggests that the athermal ω phase is easier to precipitate and grow near 4 at.% Mo content in the β Ti1-xMox alloys. The critical content of Mo for the competed stabilization of β phase at T = 300 K is ~11.2 at.%. Its valence electron concentration of 4.224 is viewed as a necessary criterion for the competed phase stability. The calculations of formation energy are used to explain successfully why the partitioning of Mo can be found in Ti0.91Mo0.09 alloy after annealing. Through the analysis of formation energy, both Mo addition and increasing temperature can stabilize the β phase. The calculated Cauchy pressure, Pugh's ratio, Poisson ratio, and Young's modulus suggests that ω phase is intrinsically brittle and has large Young's modulus compared with β and α phases. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  1. Sampling the potential energy surface of a DNA duplex damaged by a food carcinogen: Force field parameterization by ab initio quantum calculations and conformational searching using molecular mechanics computations

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    Wu, Xiangyang

    1999-07-01

    The heterocyclic amine 2-amino-3-methylimidazo (4, 5-f) quinoline (IQ) is one of a number of carcinogens found in barbecued meat and fish. It induces tumors in mammals and is probably involved in human carcinogenesis, because of great exposure to such food carcinogens. IQ is biochemically activated to a derivative which reacts with DNA to form a covalent adduct. This adduct may deform the DNA and consequently cause a mutation. which may initiate carcinogenesis. To understand this cancer initiating event, it is necessary to obtain atomic resolution structures of the damaged DNA. No such structures are available experimentally due to synthesis difficulties. Therefore, we employ extensive molecular mechanics and dynamics calculations for this purpose. The major IQ-DNA adduct in the specific DNA sequence d(5'G1G2C G3CCA3') - d(5'TGGCGCC3') with IQ modified at G3 is studied. The d(5'G1G2C G3CC3') sequence has recently been shown to be a hot-spot for mutations when IQ modification is at G3. Although this sequence is prone to -2 deletions via a ``slippage mechanism'' even when unmodified, a key question is why IQ increases the mutation frequency of the unmodified DNA by about 104 fold. Is there a structural feature imposed by IQ that is responsible? The molecular mechanics and dynamics program AMBER for nucleic acids with the latest force field was chosen for this work. This force field has been demonstrated to reproduce well the B-DNA structure. However, some parameters, the partial charges, bond lengths and angles, dihedral parameters of the modified residue, are not available in the AMBER database. We parameterized the force field using high level ab initio quantum calculations. We created 800 starting conformations which uniformly sampled in combination at 18° intervals three torsion angles that govern the IQ-DNA orientations, and energy minimized them. The most important structures are abnormal; the IQ damaged guanine is rotated out of its standard B

  2. Ab initio studies of hydrocarbon peroxyl radicals

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    Besler, B.H.; Sevilla, M.D.; MacNeille, P.

    1986-11-20

    Extensive ab initio molecular orbital calculations have been performed for the importance series of peroxyl radicals (O/sub 2//sup .-/), HO/sub 2//sup ./, CH/sub 3/O/sub 2//sup ./, (CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/CHO/sub 2//sup ./, and (CH/sub 3/CH/sub 2/)/sub 2/CHO/sub 2//sup ./. Parameters calculated include equilibrium geometries, harmonic vibrational frequencies, dipole moments, and isotropic and anisotropic hyperfine couplings. Equilibrium geometries were of primary interest. In the two large hydrocarbon peroxyl radicals the carbon atoms and appropriate hydrogen atoms were constrained to be coplanar and the O-O group was forced to be perpendicular to the carbon chain in order to stimulate the presence of a peroxyl radical site in a polyethylene chain. Calculations were performed with large Gaussian basis sets (up to 6-311 ++G(d,p)). Calculations for HO/sub 2//sup ./ including electron correlation utilizing Moeller-Plesset perturbation theory were performed at the following levels: MP2(6-31G(d)) and 6-311G(d,p), MP3(6-311G(d,p)) and MP4SDTQ(6-311(d,p)). Calculated values are compared against the highly accurate experimental data for HO/sub 2//sup ./ known from microwave, laser magnetic resonance, and diode laser studies in order to determine the level of calculation necessary for accurate predictions. Comparison of the various calculations shows that MP2(6-31G(d)) compares favorably with MP4SDTQ(6-311G(d,p)) at a considerable savings in computation time.

  3. Skutterudites under pressure: An ab initio study

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    Ram, Swetarekha; Kanchana, V.; Valsakumar, M. C.

    2014-03-07

    Ab initio results on the band structure, density of states, and Fermi surface (FS) properties of LaRu{sub 4}X{sub 12} (X = P, As, Sb) are presented at ambient pressure as well as under compression. The analysis of density of states reveals the major contribution at the Fermi level to be mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. We have a complicated Fermi surface with both electron and hole characters for all the three compounds which is derived mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. There is also a simpler FS with hole character derived from the P-p{sub z} orbital for LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12} and Ru-d{sub z{sup 2}} orbital in the case of As and Sb containing compounds. More interestingly, Fermi surface nesting feature is observed only in the case of the LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12}. Under compression, we observe the topology of the complicated FS sheet of LaRu{sub 4}As{sub 12} to change around V/V{sub 0} = 0.85, leading to a behaviour similar to that of a multiband superconductor, and in addition, we have two more hole pockets centered around Γ at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 for the same compound. Apart from this, we find the hole pocket to vanish at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 in the case of LaRu{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} and the opening of the complicated FS sheet gets reduced. The de Haas van Alphen calculation shows the number of extremal orbits in the complicated sheet to change in As and Sb containing compounds under compression, where we also observe the FS topology to change.

  4. 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.

  5. The ice X elastic and plastic properties from ab initio calculations and Peierls-Nabarro models. Interest for the interior of ocean exoplanets and ice giants

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    Journaux, B.; Caracas, R.; Carrez, P.; Gouriet, K.; Cordier, P.; Daniel, I.

    2013-12-01

    Amongst the increasing number of exoplanets discovered to-date, it was proposed a few years ago - the ocean-exoplanets. These planets are believed to be composed of a thick H2O ice mantle, possibly surrounded by a liquid ocean, depending on their surface temperature. The solid layer, up to thousands of kilometers thick, would be formed by high-pressure H2O ices, like ice VII and possibly ice X. The potential habitability of their surface ocean depends on the ability of the ice mantle to drive nutrients from the deep silicate/metallic core. This mainly rely on convection regimes and therefore on the rheological properties of high pressure ices. Among H2O ices, ice X is unique as it have ionic structure, based on a body-centered cubic arrangement of O atoms, with H equally shared between every two O neighbors. One of the main limitation of geodynamic studies of these planetary objects is that no data from experiment or calculation are available about the mechanical properties of ice X. We determined the mechanical properties of ice X : equation of state, elastic constants, anisotropy and gamma-surfaces along the (100) and (110) crystallographic planes of ice X, over its entire stability pressure range from 100 to 350 GPa. We employed density-functional theory to determine the energetics of the system and the Peierls-Nabarro model to compute the main slip systems, the dislocation core structures and their associate Peierls stresses. We determined the main slip systems at different pressures and observe that Ice X is characterized by a strong anisotropy and an auxetic behavior (negative Poisson ratio) at high pressure.

  6. Thermodynamic prediction of glass formation tendency, cluster-in-jellium model for metallic glasses, ab initio tight-binding calculations, and new density functional theory development for systems with strong electron correlation

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    Yao, Yongxin

    2009-01-01

    also plays an important role, as it may directly track the movement of every atom. Simulation time is a major limit for molecular dynamics, not only because of “slow” computer speed, but also because of the accumulation error in the numerical treatment of the motion equations. There is also a great concern about the reliability of the emperical potentials if using classical molecular dynamics. Ab initio methods based on density functional theory(DFT) do not have this problem, however, it suffers from small simulation cells and is more demanding computationally. When crystal phase is involved, size effect of the simulation cell is more pronounced since long-range elastic energy would be established. Simulation methods which are more efficient in computation but yet have similar reliability as the ab initio methods, like tight-binding method, are highly desirable. While the complexity of metallic glasses comes from the atomistic level, there is also a large field which deals with the complexity from electronic level. The only “ab initio” method applicable to solid state systems is density functional theory with local density approximation( LDA) or generalized gradient approximation(GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy. It is very successful for simple sp element, where it reaches an high accuracy for determining the surface reconstruction. However, there is a large class of materials with strong electron correlation, where DFT based on LDA or GGA fails in a fundamental way. An “ab initio” method which can generally apply to correlated materials, as LDA for simple sp element, is still to be developed. The thesis is prepared to address some of the above problems.

  7. Serious Gaming for Test & Evaluation of Clean-Slate (Ab Initio) National Airspace System (NAS) Designs

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    Allen, B. Danette; Alexandrov, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Incremental approaches to air transportation system development inherit current architectural constraints, which, in turn, place hard bounds on system capacity, efficiency of performance, and complexity. To enable airspace operations of the future, a clean-slate (ab initio) airspace design(s) must be considered. This ab initio National Airspace System (NAS) must be capable of accommodating increased traffic density, a broader diversity of aircraft, and on-demand mobility. System and subsystem designs should scale to accommodate the inevitable demand for airspace services that include large numbers of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and a paradigm shift in general aviation (e.g., personal air vehicles) in addition to more traditional aerial vehicles such as commercial jetliners and weather balloons. The complex and adaptive nature of ab initio designs for the future NAS requires new approaches to validation, adding a significant physical experimentation component to analytical and simulation tools. In addition to software modeling and simulation, the ability to exercise system solutions in a flight environment will be an essential aspect of validation. The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Autonomy Incubator seeks to develop a flight simulation infrastructure for ab initio modeling and simulation that assumes no specific NAS architecture and models vehicle-to-vehicle behavior to examine interactions and emergent behaviors among hundreds of intelligent aerial agents exhibiting collaborative, cooperative, coordinative, selfish, and malicious behaviors. The air transportation system of the future will be a complex adaptive system (CAS) characterized by complex and sometimes unpredictable (or unpredicted) behaviors that result from temporal and spatial interactions among large numbers of participants. A CAS not only evolves with a changing environment and adapts to it, it is closely coupled to all systems that constitute the environment. Thus, the ecosystem that

  8. Ab initio simulation of atomic-scale imaging in noncontact atomic force microscopy.

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    Caciuc, V; Hölscher, H

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, we summarize some results of our ab initio simulations aimed at investigating the mechanism of the NC-AFM image contrast on semiconductor and metallic surfaces. We start with an introduction into the basic ideas behind the ab initio simulation process of the NC-AFM experimental results. Our simulations reveal that the interaction of a clean silicon tip with a semiconductor surface like InAs(110) might lead to bond-formation and bond-breaking processes during the approach and retraction of the tip. This imaging mechanism is very similar to that observed on a metallic surface like Ag(110). Interestingly, a clean silicon tip can become contaminated with Ag surface atoms. On both types of surface we observe a significant energy dissipation which is caused by a hysteresis in the tip-sample force curves calculated on the approach and retraction path.

  9. Specific interactions between DNA and regulatory protein controlled by ligand-binding: Ab initio molecular simulation

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    Matsushita, Y. Murakawa, T. Shimamura, K. Oishi, M. Ohyama, T. Kurita, N.

    2015-02-27

    The catabolite activator protein (CAP) is one of the regulatory proteins controlling the transcription mechanism of gene. Biochemical experiments elucidated that the complex of CAP with cyclic AMP (cAMP) is indispensable for controlling the mechanism, while previous molecular simulations for the monomer of CAP+cAMP complex revealed the specific interactions between CAP and cAMP. However, the effect of cAMP-binding to CAP on the specific interactions between CAP and DNA is not elucidated at atomic and electronic levels. We here considered the ternary complex of CAP, cAMP and DNA in solvating water molecules and investigated the specific interactions between them at atomic and electronic levels using ab initio molecular simulations based on classical molecular dynamics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital methods. The results highlight the important amino acid residues of CAP for the interactions between CAP and cAMP and between CAP and DNA.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point

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    Yuryev, Anatoly A.; Gelchinski, Boris R.

    2015-08-17

    Ab initio modeling of liquid metals Na and K is carried out using the program SIESTA. We have determined the parameters of the model (the optimal step, the number of particles, the initial state etc) and calculated a wide range of properties: the total energy, pair correlation function, coefficient of self-diffusion, heat capacity, statistics of Voronoi polyhedra, the density of electronic states up to the critical temperature.

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point

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    Yuryev, Anatoly A.; Gelchinski, Boris R.

    2015-08-01

    Ab initio modeling of liquid metals Na and K is carried out using the program SIESTA. We have determined the parameters of the model (the optimal step, the number of particles, the initial state etc) and calculated a wide range of properties: the total energy, pair correlation function, coefficient of self-diffusion, heat capacity, statistics of Voronoi polyhedra, the density of electronic states up to the critical temperature.

  14. On limits of ab initio calculations of pairing gap in nuclei

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    Saperstein, E. E.; Baldo, M.; Lombardo, U.; Pankratov, S. S.; Zverev, M. V.

    2011-11-15

    A brief review of recent microscopic calculations of nuclear pairing gap is given. A semi-microscopic model is suggested in which the ab initio effective pairing interaction is supplemented with a small phenomenological addendum. It involves a parameter which is universal for all medium and heavy nuclei. Calculations for several isotopic and isotonic chains of semi-magic nuclei confirm the relevance of the model.

  15. Ethanol decomposition on transition metal nanoparticles during carbon nanotube growth: ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Shibuta, Yasushi; Shimamura, Kohei; Oguri, Tomoya; Arifin, Rizal; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Yamaguchi, Shu

    2015-03-01

    The growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes (CNT) has been widely discussed both from experimental and computational studies. Regarding the computational studies, most of the studies focuses on the aggregation of isolate carbon atoms on the catalytic metal nanoparticle, whereas the initial dissociation of carbon source molecules should affect the yield and quality of the products. On the other hand, we have studied the dissociation process of carbon source molecules on the metal surface by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. In the study, we investigate the ethanol dissociation on Pt and Ni clusters by ab initio MD simulations to discuss the initial stage of CNT growth by alcohol CVD technique. Part of this research is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (a) (No. 24686026) from MEXT, Japan.

  16. Theoretical method for full ab initio calculation of DNA/RNA-ligand interaction energy

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    Chen, Xi H.; Zhang, John Z. H.

    2004-06-01

    In this paper, we further develop the molecular fractionation with conjugate caps (MFCC) scheme for quantum mechanical computation of DNA-ligand interaction energy. We study three oligonuclear acid interaction systems: dinucleotide dCG/water, trinucleotide dCGT/water, and a Watson-Crick paired DNA segment, dCGT/dGCA. Using the basic MFCC approach, the nucleotide chains are cut at each phosphate group and a pair of conjugate caps (concaps) are inserted. Five cap molecules have been tested among which the dimethyl phosphate anion is proposed to be the standard concap for application. For each system, one-dimensional interaction potential curves are computed using the MFCC method and the calculated interaction energies are found to be in excellent agreement with corresponding results obtained from the full system ab initio calculations. The current study extends the application of the MFCC method to ab initio calculations for DNA- or RNA-ligand interaction energies.

  17. Accelerating chemical reactions: exploring reactive free-energy surfaces using accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Pierce, Levi C T; Markwick, Phineus R L; McCammon, J Andrew; Doltsinis, Nikos L

    2011-05-07

    A biased potential molecular dynamics simulation approach, accelerated molecular dynamics (AMD), has been implemented in the framework of ab initio molecular dynamics for the study of chemical reactions. Using two examples, the double proton transfer reaction in formic acid dimer and the hypothetical adiabatic ring opening and subsequent rearrangement reactions in methylenecyclopropane, it is demonstrated that ab initio AMD can be readily employed to efficiently explore the reactive potential energy surface, allowing the prediction of chemical reactions and the identification of metastable states. An adaptive variant of the AMD method is developed, which additionally affords an accurate representation of both the free-energy surface and the mechanism associated with the chemical reaction of interest and can also provide an estimate of the reaction rate.

  18. Accelerating chemical reactions: Exploring reactive free-energy surfaces using accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Pierce, Levi C. T.; Markwick, Phineus R. L.; McCammon, J. Andrew; Doltsinis, Nikos L.

    2011-01-01

    A biased potential molecular dynamics simulation approach, accelerated molecular dynamics (AMD), has been implemented in the framework of ab initio molecular dynamics for the study of chemical reactions. Using two examples, the double proton transfer reaction in formic acid dimer and the hypothetical adiabatic ring opening and subsequent rearrangement reactions in methylenecyclopropane, it is demonstrated that ab initio AMD can be readily employed to efficiently explore the reactive potential energy surface, allowing the prediction of chemical reactions and the identification of metastable states. An adaptive variant of the AMD method is developed, which additionally affords an accurate representation of both the free-energy surface and the mechanism associated with the chemical reaction of interest and can also provide an estimate of the reaction rate. PMID:21548673

  19. Liquid and solid phases of water: an extensive molecular dynamics simulation with an ab initio polarizable potential

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    Clementi, Enrico; Corongiu, Giorgina; Sciortino, Francesco

    1993-08-01

    Results are presented on the reliability of the ab initio, polarizable and flexible Nieser—Corongiu—Clementi potential at describing the structure and dynamics of the liquid and solid phases of water. For both structural and dynamic quantities the agreement between experimental and numerical results is good. A "substance" very similar to "real water" has indeed been created on the basis of ab initio quantum mechanical calculations. This gives confidence in the use of the simulations to examine features that are not directly measurable, but are of central importance in the understanding of water structure and dynamics.

  20. Ab initio calculation of valley splitting in monolayer δ-doped phosphorus in silicon

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    2013-01-01

    The differences in energy between electronic bands due to valley splitting are of paramount importance in interpreting transport spectroscopy experiments on state-of-the-art quantum devices defined by scanning tunnelling microscope lithography. Using vasp, we develop a plane-wave density functional theory description of systems which is size limited due to computational tractability. Nonetheless, we provide valuable data for the benchmarking of empirical modelling techniques more capable of extending this discussion to confined disordered systems or actual devices. We then develop a less resource-intensive alternative via localised basis functions in siesta, retaining the physics of the plane-wave description, and extend this model beyond the capability of plane-wave methods to determine the ab initio valley splitting of well-isolated δ-layers. In obtaining an agreement between plane-wave and localised methods, we show that valley splitting has been overestimated in previous ab initio calculations by more than 50%. PMID:23445785

  1. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of pressure-induced phase transformation in BeO

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Duan, G; Zu, X T; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method has been used to study high pressure-induced phase transformation in BeO based on the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Both methods show that the wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) BeO transforms to the rocksalt (RS) structure smoothly at high pressure. The transition pressures obtained from the LDA method are about 40 GPa larger than the GGA result for both WZ {yields} RS and ZB {yields} RS phase transformations, and the phase transformation mechanisms revealed by the LDA and GGA methods are different. For WZ {yields} RS phase transformations both mechanisms obtained from the LDA and GGA methods are not comparable to the previous ab initio MD simulations of WZ BeO at 700 GPa based on the GGA method. It is suggested that the phase transformation mechanisms of BeO revealed by the ab initio MD simulations are affected remarkably by the exchange-correlation functional employed and the way of applying pressure.

  2. 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

  3. Moderate-Cost Ab Initio Thermochemistry with Chemical Accuracy.

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    Ganyecz, Ádám; Kállay, Mihály; Csontos, József

    2017-09-12

    A moderate-cost ab initio composite model chemistry including the explicitly correlated CCSD(T*)(F12) and conventional coupled-cluster methods up to perturbative quadruple excitations along with correlation consistent basis sets is developed. The model, named diet-HEAT-F12, is also augmented with diagonal Born-Oppenheimer and scalar relativistic corrections. The methods and basis sets used for the calculation of the individual components are selected to reproduce, as close as possible, without using any fitted parameters, the benchmark HEAT contributions. A well-defined recipe for calculating size-dependent 95% confidence intervals was also worked out for the model. The reliability of the protocol was checked using the W4-11 data set as well as a disjoint set of 23 accurate atomization energies collected from the literature and obtained by the procedure of Feller, Peterson, and Dixon. The best error statistics for the test set was yielded by the diet-HEAT-F12 protocol among the models W3X, W3X-L, and W3-F12 considered.

  4. Ab initio study of the far infrared spectrum of glycine

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    Senent, M. L.; Villa, M.; Domínguez-Gómez, R.; Fernández-Clavero, A.

    In glycine, four large amplitude vibrations, the three internal rotations of the CC, COH, and CN bonds, and the amine group inversion are responsible for the nonrigidity of the molecule. They present 12 potential energy surface minima corresponding to eight different conformers. The energy levels for the four motions mentioned above and the HNH bending were determined using ab initio calculations and three different flexible models in one, two, and three dimensions. For this purpose, eight different MP4/cc-pVTZ potential energy surfaces, five one-dimensional for each internal coordinate, one two-dimensional potential depending on the amine wagging and bending coordinates, and one three-dimensional potential depending on the three internal rotation coordinates, were calculated. For the most stable conformer, the harmonic frequencies corresponding to the HNH bending, NH2 inversion, and the CC, COH, and CN torsions were calculated at 1677, 955, 65, 657, and 218 cm-1, and the anharmonic fundamental frequencies to be 1454, 803, 78, 522, and 175 cm-1 with the one-dimensional model. The NHN bending and amine wagging fundamentals are determined to be 1688, and 799 with the two-dimensional model. The fundamentals of the CC, COH and CN torsions were calculated to be 86, 546, and 189 cm-1 with the three-dimensional model.

  5. 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.

  6. Real-world predictions from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Kirchner, Barbara; di Dio, Philipp J; Hutter, Jürg

    2012-01-01

    In this review we present the techniques of ab initio molecular dynamics simulation improved to its current stage where the analysis of existing processes and the prediction of further chemical features and real-world processes are feasible. For this reason we describe the relevant developments in ab initio molecular dynamics leading to this stage. Among them, parallel implementations, different basis set functions, density functionals, and van der Waals corrections are reported. The chemical features accessible through AIMD are discussed. These are IR, NMR, as well as EXAFS spectra, sampling methods like metadynamics and others, Wannier functions, dipole moments of molecules in condensed phase, and many other properties. Electrochemical reactions investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics methods in solution, on surfaces as well as complex interfaces, are also presented.

  7. Optical and other material properties of SiO2 from ab initio studies

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    Warmbier, Robert; Mohammed, Faris; Quandt, Alexander

    2014-07-01

    The optical properties of photonic devices largely depend on the dielectric properties of the underlying materials. We apply modern ab initio methods to study crystalline SiO2 phases, which serve as toy models for amorphous glass. We discuss the dielectric response from the infrared to the VIS/UV, which is crucial for glass based photonic applications. Low density silica, like cristobalite, may provide a good basis for high transmission optical devices.

  8. Steady-state ab initio laser theory for N-level lasers.

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    Cerjan, Alexander; Chong, Yidong; Ge, Li; Stone, A Douglas

    2012-01-02

    We show that Steady-state Ab initio Laser Theory (SALT) can be applied to find the stationary multimode lasing properties of an N-level laser. This is achieved by mapping the N-level rate equations to an effective two-level model of the type solved by the SALT algorithm. This mapping yields excellent agreement with more computationally demanding N-level time domain solutions for the steady state.

  9. SnowyOwl: accurate prediction of fungal genes by using RNA-Seq and homology information to select among ab initio models

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    2014-01-01

    Background Locating the protein-coding genes in novel genomes is essential to understanding and exploiting the genomic information but it is still difficult to accurately predict all the genes. The recent availability of detailed information about transcript structure from high-throughput sequencing of messenger RNA (RNA-Seq) delineates many expressed genes and promises increased accuracy in gene prediction. Computational gene predictors have been intensively developed for and tested in well-studied animal genomes. Hundreds of fungal genomes are now or will soon be sequen