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Quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics modeling of core-electron binding energies of methanol and methyl nitrite on Ag(111) surface
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6508-8355
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 145, no 2, article id 024703Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study a newly devised quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics ( QMCMM) method for the calculation of core-electron binding energies in the case of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. This yet untested methodology is applied to systems with monolayer of methanol/methyl nitrite on an Ag(111) surface at 100 K temperature. It was found out that the studied C, N, and O 1s core-hole energies converge very slowly as a function of the radius of the metallic cluster, which was ascribed to build up of positive charge on the edge of the Ag slab. Further analysis revealed that an extrapolation process can be used to obtain binding energies that deviated less than 0.5 eV against experiments, except in the case of methanol O 1s where the difference was as large as 1.8 eV. Additional QM-cluster calculations suggest that the latter error can be connected to the lack of charge transfer over the QM-CMM boundary. Thus, the results indicate that the QMCMM and QM-cluster methods can complement each other in a holistic picture of molecule-adsorbate core-ionization studies, where all types of intermolecular interactions are considered.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2016. Vol. 145, no 2, article id 024703
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193238DOI: 10.1063/1.4956449ISI: 000381153600036PubMedID: 27421423Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978481269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-193238DiVA, id: diva2:1033929
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QC 20161010

Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-04-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Quantum and quantum-classical calculations of core-ionized molecules in varied environments
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Computational quantum chemistry methods have been applied in two particular cases: to provide insight to photoionization induced fragmentation of HgBr2 and HgCl2 molecules, and to study core-electron binding energies and chemical shifts of molecules in liquid, surface adsorbed and polymeric environments in the framework of quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM). In the photodissociation studies the computational work is based on the relativistic Dirac equation as the systems present strong spin-orbit interaction affecting the fragmentation processes. In the QM/MM studies of ethanol-water mixtures and molecules physisorbed on silver surfaces the structures are provided by classical molecular dynamics simulations to analyze the distribution of the binding energies of core-orbitals and effects of their surroundings. In the case of polymethyl methacrylate polymer the impact of a QM-MM boundary and a polymeric environment are studied. The theoretical backgrounds of the computational methods applied and the obtained results are discussed.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 77
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TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2018:20
Keyword
Electron spectroscopy, UPS, XPS, photodissociation, binding energy, ionization potential, computational, electronic structure, self-consistent field, DFT, QM/MM, gas phase, liquid, solution, physisorption, metallic surface, polymer, charge transfer
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Theoretical Chemistry
Research subject
Theoretical Chemistry and Biology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226919 (URN)978-952-62-1882-3 (ISBN)978-952-62-1883-0 (ISBN)
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2018-06-01, IT116, Univesity of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90014 Oulu, Finland, Oulu, 12:00 (English)
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This thesis is for a double degree PhD done in KTH Royal institute of Technology and University of Oulu.

QC 20180502

Available from: 2018-05-02 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved

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