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  • 1.
    Besharat, Zahra
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Göthelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Soldemo, Markus
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Önsten, Anneli
    Weissenrieder, Jonas
    Brinck, Tore
    Dehydrogenation of methanol on Cu2O(100) and (111)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Besharat, Zahra
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Soldemo, Markus
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Marks, Kess
    Önsten, Anneli
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Johnson, Magnus
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
    Öström, Henrik
    Weissenrieder, Jonas
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Göthelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Dehydrogenation of methanol on Cu2O(100) and (111)2017In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 146, no 24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Adsorption and desorption of methanol on the (111) and (100) surfaces of  Cu2O have been studied using high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy in the temperature range 120–620 K, in combination with density functional theorycalculations and sum frequency generation spectroscopy. The bare (100) surfaceexhibits a (3,0; 1,1) reconstruction but restructures during the adsorption process into a Cu-dimer geometry stabilized by methoxy and hydrogen binding in Cu-bridge sites. During the restructuring process, oxygen atoms from the bulk that can host hydrogen appear on the surface. Heating transforms methoxy to formaldehyde, but further dehydrogenation is limited by the stability of the surface and the limited access to surface oxygen. The (√3 × √3)R30°-reconstructed (111) surface is based on ordered surface oxygen and copper ions and vacancies, which offers a palette of adsorption and reaction sites. Already at 140 K, a mixed layer of methoxy, formaldehyde, and CHxOy is formed. Heating to room temperature leaves OCH and CHx. Thus both CH-bond breaking and CO-scission are active on this  surface at low temperature. The higher ability to dehydrogenate methanol on (111) compared to (100) is explained by the multitude of adsorption sites and, in particular, the availability of surfaceoxygen.

  • 3.
    Brinck, Tore
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Carlqvist, Peter
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Local Electron Attachment Energy and Its Use for Predicting Nucleophilic Reactions and Halogen Bonding2016In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, ISSN 1089-5639, Vol. 120, no 50, p. 10023-10032Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new local property, the local electron attachment energy [E(r)], is introduced and is demonstrated to, be a useful guide to predict intermolecular interactions and chemical reactivity. The E(r) is analogous to the average local ionization energy but indicates susceptibility toward interactions with nucleophiles rather than electrophiles. The functional form E(r) is motivated based on Janak's theorem and the piecewise linear energy dependence of electron addition to atomic and molecular systems. Within the generalized Kohn-Sham method (GKS-DFT), only the virtual orbitals with negative eigenvalues contribute to E(r). In the, present study, E(r) has been computed from orbitals obtained from GKS-DFT computations with a hybrid exchange correlation functional. It is shown that E(r) computed on a molecular isodengty surface, E-S(r), reflects the regioselectivity and relative reactivity for nucleophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic addition to activated double bonds, and formation of halogen bonds. Good to excellent correlations between experimental or theoretical measures of interaction strengths and minima in E-S(r) (E-S,E-min) are demonstrated.

  • 4.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Computational Studies of Chemical Interactions: Molecules, Surfaces and Copper Corrosion2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The chemical bond – a corner stone in science and a prerequisite for life – is the focus of this thesis. Fundamental and applied aspects of chemical bonding are covered including the development of new computational methods for the characterization and rationalization of chemical interactions. The thesis also covers the study of corrosion of copper-based materials. The latter is motivated by the proposed use of copper as encapsulating material for spent nuclear fuel in Sweden.

    In close collaboration with experimental groups, state-of-the-art computational methods were employed for the study of chemistry at the atomic scale. First, oxidation of nanoparticulate copper was examined in anoxic aqueous media in order to better understand the copper-water thermodynamics in relation to the corrosion of copper material under oxygen free conditions. With a similar ambition, the water-cuprite interface was investigated with regards to its chemical composition and reactivity. This was compared to the behavior of methanol and hydrogen sulfide at the cuprite surface.

    An overall ambition during the development of computational methods for the analysis of chemical bonding was to bridge the gap between molecular and materials chemistry. Theory and results are thus presented and applied in both a molecular and a solid-state framework. A new property, the local electron attachment energy, for the characterization of a compound’s local electrophilicity was introduced. Together with the surface electrostatic potential, the new property predicts and rationalizes regioselectivity and trends of molecular reactions, and interactions on metal and oxide nanoparticles and extended surfaces.

    Detailed atomistic understanding of chemical processes is a prerequisite for the efficient development of chemistry. We therefore envisage that the results of this thesis will find widespread use in areas such as heterogeneous catalysis, drug discovery, and nanotechnology.

  • 5.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Extending the σ-Hole Concept to Metals: An Electrostatic Interpretation of the Nanostructural Effects in Gold and Platinum Catalysis2017In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Crystalline surfaces of gold are chemically inert, whereas nanoparticles of gold are excellent catalysts for many reactions. The catalytic properties of nanostructured gold have been connected to increased binding affinities of reactant molecules to low-coordinated Au atoms. Here we show that the high reactivity at these sites is a consequence of the formation of σ-holes, i.e. maxima in the surface electrostatic potential (Vs,max) due to the overlap of mainly the valence s-orbitals when forming the bonding σ-orbitals. The σ-holes are binding sites for Lewis bases, and binding energies correlate with magnitudes of the Vs,max. For symmetrical Au clusters, of varying size, the most positive Vs,max are found at corners, edges, and surfaces (facets) and decreasing in that order. This is in agreement with the experimentally and theoretically observed dependence of catalytic activity on local structure. The density of σ-holes can explain the increasing catalytic activity with decreasing particle size also for other transition metal catalysts, such as platinum.

  • 6.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH.
    Johansson, A. J.
    Leygraf, Christofer
    KTH.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH.
    Atomic-scale modelling of copper corrosion in anoxic and sulphide containing water2017In: EUROCORR 2017 - The Annual Congress of the European Federation of Corrosion, 20th International Corrosion Congress and Process Safety Congress 2017, Asociace koroznich inzenyru z.s.- AKI - Czech Association of Corrosion Engineers , 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johaness
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    σ-Holes on Transition Metal Nanoclusters and Their Influence on the Local Lewis Acidity2017In: Crystals, ISSN 2073-4352, Vol. 7, article id 222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding the molecular interaction behavior of transition metal nanoclusters lies at the heart of their efficient use in, e.g., heterogeneous catalysis, medical therapy and solar energy harvesting. For this purpose, we have evaluated the applicability of the surface electrostatic potential [VS(r)] and the local surface electron attachment energy [ES(r)] properties for characterizing the local Lewis acidity of a series of low-energy TM13 transition metal nanoclusters (TM = Au, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt, Co), including also Pt7Cu6. The clusters have been studied using hybrid Kohn–Sham density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The VS(r) and ES(r), evaluated at 0.001 a.u. isodensity contours, are used to analyze the interactions with H2O. We find that the maxima of VS(r), σ-holes, are either localized or diffuse. This is rationalized in terms of the nanocluster geometry and occupation of the clusters’s, p and d valence orbitals. Our findings motivate a new scheme for characterizing σ-holes as σs (diffuse), σp (localized) or σd (localized) depending on their electronic origin. The positions of the maxima in VS(r) (and minima in ES(r)) are found to coincide with O-down adsorption sites of H2O, whereas minima in VS(r) leads to H-down adsorption. Linear relationships between VS,max (and ES,min) and H2O interaction energies are further discussed.

  • 8.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    The Local Electron Attachment Energy and the Electrostatic Potential as Descriptors of Surface- Adsorbate InteractionsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Local Lewis Acidity of (TiO2)n n=7-10 Nanoparticles Characterized by DFT-Based DescriptorsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co (SKB).
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Searching for the thermodynamic limit - a DFT study of the step-wise water oxidation of the bipyramidal Cu-7 cluster2014In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 16, no 6, p. 2452-2464Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxidative degradation of copper in aqueous environments is a major concern in areas such as catalysis, electronics and construction engineering. A particular challenge is to systematically investigate the details of this process for non-ideal copper surfaces and particles under the conditions found in most real applications. To this end, we have used hybrid density functional theory to study the oxidation of a Cu-7 cluster in water solution. Especially, the role of a large water coverage is explored. This has resulted in the conclusion that, under atmospheric H-2 pressures, the thermodynamically most favored state of degradation is achieved upon the generation of four H-2 molecules (i.e. Cu-7 + 8H(2)O -> Cu-7(OH)(8) + 4H(2)) in both condensed and gas phases. This state corresponds to an average oxidation state below Cu(I). The calculations suggest that the oxidation reaction is slow at ambient temperatures with the water dissociation as the rate-limiting step. Our findings are expected to have implication for, among other areas, the copper catalyzed water-gas shift reaction, and for the general understanding of copper corrosion in aqueous environments.

  • 11.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    sigma-Holes and sigma-lumps direct the Lewis basic and acidic interactions of noble metal nanoparticles: introducing regium bonds2018In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 2676-2692Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using local DFT-based probes for electrostatic as well as charge transfer/polarization interactions, we are able to characterize Lewis basic and acidic sites on copper, silver and gold nanoparticles. The predictions obtained using the DFT-probes are compared to the interaction energies of the electron donating (CO, H2O, NH3 and H2S) and the electron accepting (BH3, BF3, HCl [H-down] and Na+) compounds. The probes include the local electron attachment energy [E(r)], the average local ionization energy [% I(r)], and the electrostatic potential [V(r)] and are evaluated on isodensity surfaces located at distances corresponding to typical interaction distances. These probes have previously been successful in characterizing molecular interactions. Good correlations are found between Lewis acidity and maxima in V(r), appearing as a consequence of sigma-holes, as well as minima in E(r), of the noble metal nanoparticles. Similarly are Lewis basic sites successfully described by surface minima in V(r) and % I(r); the former are indicative of sigma-lumps, i.e. regions of enhanced sigma-density. The investigated probes are anticipated to function as reliable tools in nanoparticle reactivity and interaction characterization, and may act as suitable descriptors in large-scale screenings for materials of specific properties, e.g. in heterogeneous catalysis. Because of the similarity between the noble metal nanoparticle's interactions with Lewis bases and the concepts of halogen and hydrogen bonding, a new class of bonds is introduced - regium bonds - taking place between a sigma-hole of a Cu, Ag or Au compound and an electron donor.

  • 12.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry. Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Swedish Nucl Fuel & Waste Management Co SKB, Evenemangsgatan 13,Box 3091, SE-16903 Solna, Sweden..
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    The local electron attachment energy and the electrostatic potential as descriptors of surface-adsorbate interactions2019In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 21, no 31, p. 17001-17009Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two local reactivity descriptors computed by Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) are used to predict and rationalize interactions of nucleophilic molecules (exemplified by CO and H2O) with transition metal (TM) and oxide surfaces. The descriptors are the electrostatic potential, V-S(r), and the local electron attachment energy, E-S(r), evaluated on surfaces defined by the 0.001 e Bohr(-3) isodensity contour. These descriptors have previously shown excellent abilities to predict regioselectivity and rank molecular as well as nanoparticle reactivities and interaction affinities. In this study, we generalize the descriptors to fit into the framework of periodic DFT computations. We also demonstrate their capabilities to predict local surface propensity for interaction with Lewis bases. It is shown that E-S(r) and V-S(r) can rationalize the interaction behavior of TM oxides and of fcc TM surfaces, including low-index, stepped and kinked surfaces spanning a wide range of interaction sites with varied coordination environments. Broad future applicability in surface science is envisaged for the descriptors, including heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry.

  • 13.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    σ-Holes and σ-Lumps Direct the Lewis Basic and Acidic Interactions of Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Introducing Regium BondsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Kloo, Lars
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Aqueous Solvation and Surface Oxidation of the Cu7 Nanoparticle: Insights from Theoretical Modeling2016In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 120, no 3, p. 1977-1988Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current understanding on: the behavior of nano particles in solution is limited. We have studied tho effects of the aqueous environment on the anoxic oxidation of a Cu-7 riannpartide using a range of different computational solvation models. On the basis of a series of hydroxylated Cu-7(H2O)(y)(OH)x structures, the performance of standard continuum models have been compared to discrete models including up to, and beyond, the second solvation layer. Both full quantum chemical 4 (DFT: PBEO-D3) and QM/MM (PBEO/EPP1) computations were employed in the analysis. The Cu-7 structures were solvated in water nanodroplets and studied by molecular dynamics simulations. On the basis of the simulations, we were able to identify new modes of H2O interactions with the Cu(7)particle, modes that were previously considered unbeneficial. All solvation models favor the "Same equilibrium oxidation state corresponding to a Cu(I)OH surface species. However, for quantitative energy comparison of similar- systems, our results suggest the use of a combined water cinst07cniftinuum model including at least a first explicit solvation shell for energetic comparisons. Nevertheless, the second solvatiOn:thell is -important for identifying representative inner solvation shell structures.

  • 15.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Johansson, Adam Johannes
    Leygraf, Christopher
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Computational Analysis of the Early Stage of Cuprous Oxide Sulphidation: A Top-Down Process2017In: Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, ISSN 1478-422X, E-ISSN 1743-2782, Vol. 52, no S1, p. 50-53Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The initial steps of Cu2O sulphidation to Cu2S have been studied using plane-wave density functional theory at the PBE-D3+U level of sophistication. Surface adsorption and dissociation of H2S and H2O, as well as the replacement reaction of lattice oxygen with sulphur, have been investigated for the most stable (111) and (100) surface facets under oxygen-lean conditions. We find that the (100) surface is more susceptible to sulphidation than the (111) surface, promoting both H2S adsorption, dissociation and the continued oxygen–sulphur replacement. The results presented in this proceeding bridge previous results from high-vacuum experiments on ideal surface to more realistic corrosion conditions and set the grounds for future mechanistic studies. Potential implications on the long-term final disposal of spent nuclear fuel are discussed.

  • 16.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Soldemo, Markus
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Johansson, A. J.
    Leygraf, Christofer
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
    Götelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Weissenrieder, Jonas
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Reactivity at the Cu2O(100):Cu-H2O interface: a combined DFT and PES study2016In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 18, no 44, p. 30570-30584Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The water-cuprite interface plays an important role in dictating surface related properties. This not only applies to the oxide, but also to metallic copper, which is covered by an oxide film under typical operational conditions. In order to extend the currently scarce knowledge of the details of the water-oxide interplay, water interactions and reactions on a common Cu2O(100):Cu surface have been studied using high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) as well as Hubbard U and dispersion corrected density functional theory (PBE-D3+U) calculations up to a bilayer water coverage. The PBE-D3+U results are compared with PBE, PBE-D3 and hybrid HSE06-D3 calculation results. Both computational and experimental results support a thermodynamically favored, and H2O coverage independent, surface OH coverage of 0.25-0.5 ML, which is larger than the previously reported value. The computations indicate that the results are consistent also for ambient temperatures under wet/humid and oxygen lean conditions. In addition, both DFT and PES results indicate that the initial (3,0; 1,1) surface reconstruction is lifted upon water adsorption to form an unreconstructed (1 x 1) Cu2O(100) structure.

  • 17. Koefoed, Line
    et al.
    Vase, Karina H.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Yoshimura, Yuichi
    Lund, Henning
    Pedersen, Steen U.
    Daasbjerg, Kim
    On the Kinetic and Thermodynamic Properties of Aryl Radicals Using Electrochemical and Theoretical Approaches2017In: CHEMELECTROCHEM, ISSN 2196-0216, Vol. 4, no 12, p. 3212-3221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, sampled-current voltammetry performed on a series of aryldiazonium, diaryliodonium, and triarylsulfonium salts allows the determination of the reduction potential of aryl radicals in acetonitrile. Specifically, this is accomplished by measuring the number of electrons consumed in the reduction process as a function of the applied potential. For the phenyl, 4-bromophenyl, and 4-nitrophenyl radicals, the reduction potential is found to be -0.91 +/- 0.06, -0.90 +/- 0.10, and -0.98 +/- 0.06 V vs. SCE, respectively. Furthermore, from measurements on an extended series of substituted compounds, it is concluded that the substituent effect on the reduction potential is small, which can be explained by the sigma nature of the aryl radical as evidenced from theoretical calculations. At the same time this yields a mean value for the reduction potential of the aryl radical of -0.87 V +/- 0.03 V vs. SCE. Determination of the intrinsic barrier and the standard potential from the data obtained are more uncertain since it is unknown to which extent the competing reference reaction, the electrochemical grafting reaction, is affected by the applied potential. From calculations using density functional theory, the intrinsic barrier for the reduction of the phenyl radical is determined to be 0.32 eV.

  • 18.
    Liljenberg, Magnus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    An investigation into rate-determining factors in electrophilic aromatic halogenationManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We have studied the halogenations of monosubstituted benzenes in polar, protic solvents at the PCMM06-2X/6-311G(d,p) level. We verify that the reaction with Cl2 proceeds through a C-atom coordinated π-complex and a rate-determining transition state for the formation of the σ-complex.

    The last step of this reaction proceeds in two steps – first the dissociation of Cl- and then the abstraction of the proton with a weak base. The use of the σ-complex as a model for the ratedetermining transition state is more accurate the later this transition state comes along the reaction coordinate, and thus, it is in general more accurate for halogenations than for nitrations, and for halogenations the more deactivated the substrate. The bromination of anisole with Br2 is shown to have a much later rate-determining transition state than the corresponding reaction with Cl2. The energy barrier for the abstraction of the proton in the iodination of anisole and phenol was several times higher than the corresponding step in chlorination and nitration, and the transition state structure obtained with ICl as electrophile is for both substrates consistent with a concerted reaction without the formation of a stable σ-complex. The computed hydrogen kinetic isotope effects are in good agreement with experiment.

  • 19.
    Liljenberg, Magnus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Mechanism and regioselectivity of electrophilic aromatic nitration in solution: the validity of the transition state approach2018In: Journal of Molecular Modeling, ISSN 1610-2940, E-ISSN 0948-5023, Vol. 24, no 1, article id 15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The potential energy surfaces in gas phase and in aqueous solution for the nitration of benzene, chlorobenzene, and phenol have been elucidated with density functional theory at theM06-2X/6-311G(d,p) level combined with the polarizable continuum solvent model (PCM). Three reaction intermediates have been identified along both surfaces: the unoriented pi-complex (I), the oriented reaction complex (II), and the sigma-complex (III). In order to obtain quantitatively reliable results for positional selectivity and for modeling the expulsion of the proton, it is crucial to take solvent effects into consideration. The results are in agreement with Olah's conclusion from over 40 years ago that the transition state leading to (II) is the rate-determining step in activated cases, while it is the one leading to (III) for deactivated cases. The simplified reactivity approach of using the free energy for the formation of (III) as a model of the rate-determining transition state has previously been shown to be very successful for halogenations, but problematic for nitrations. These observations are rationalized with the geometric and energetic resemblance, and lack of resemblance respectively, between (III) and the corresponding rate determining transition state. At this level of theory, neither the sigma-complex (III) nor the reaction complex (II) can be used to accurately model the rate-determining transition state for nitrations.

  • 20.
    Liljenberg, Magnus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Theoretical Investigation into Rate-Determining Factors in Electrophilic Aromatic Halogenation2018In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ISSN 1089-5639, E-ISSN 1520-5215, Vol. 122, no 12, p. 3270-3279Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The halogenation of monosubstituted benzenes in aqueous solvent was studied using density functional theory at the PCM-M06-2X/6-311G(d,p) level. The reaction with Cl-2 begins with the formation of C atom coordinated pi-complex and is followed by the formation of the sigma-complex, which is rate-determining. The final part proceeds via the abstraction of the proton by a water molecule or a weak base. We evaluated the use of the sigma-complex as a model for the rate-determining transition state (TS) and found that this model is more accurate the later the TS comes along the reaction coordinate. This explains the higher accuracy of the model for halogenations (late TS) compared to nitrations (early TS); that is, the more deactivated the substrate the later the TS. The halogenation with Br-2 proceeds with a similar mechanism as the corresponding chlorination, but the bromination has a very late rate-determining TS that is similar to the sigma-complex in energy. The iodination with ICl follows a different mechanism than chlorination and bromination. After the formation of the pi-complex, the reaction proceeds in a concerted manner without a sigma-complex. This reaction has a large primary hydrogen kinetic isotope effect in agreement with experimental observations.

  • 21.
    Liljenberg, Magnus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Theoretical investigation of regioselectivity in electrophilic aromatic nitrationManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The potential energy surfaces in gas phase and in aqueous solution for the nitration of benzene, chlorobenzene and phenol have been elucidated with density functional theory at the M06-2X/6-311G(d,p) level combined with the polarizable continuum solvent model (PCM). Three reaction intermediates have been identified along both surfaces: the unoriented π-complex (I), the oriented reaction complex (II) and the σ-complex (III). In order to obtain quantitatively reliable results for positional selectivity and for modeling the expulsion of the proton, it is crucial to take solvent effects into consideration. The results are in agreement with Olah´s conclusion from over 40 years ago that the transition state leading to (II) is the rate-determining step in activated cases, while it is the one leading to (III) for deactivated cases. The simplified reactivity approach of using the free energy for the formation of (III) as a model of the ratedetermining transition state, has previously been shown to be very successful for halogenations, but problematic for nitrations. These observations are rationalized with the geometric and energetic resemblance, and lack of resemblance respectively, between (III) and the corresponding rate determining transition state. At this level of theory, neither the σ-complex (III) nor the reaction complex (II) can be used to accurately model the rate-determining transition state for nitrations.

  • 22.
    Soldemo, Markus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Besharat, Zahra
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Ghadami Yazdi, Milad
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Önsten, Anneli
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Leygraf, Christofer
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
    Göthelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Weissenrieder, Jonas
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    The Surface Structure of Cu2O(100)2016In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 120, no 8, p. 4373-4381Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite the industrial importance of copper oxides, the nature of the (100) surface of Cu2O has remained poorly understood. The surface has previously been subject to several theoretical and experimental studies, but has until now not been investigated by atomically resolved microscopy or high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. Here we determine the atomic structure and electronic properties of Cu2O(100) by a combination of multiple experimental techniques and simulations within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) characterized the three ordered surface structures found. From DFT calculations, the structures are found to be energetically ordered as (3,0;1,1), c(2 x 2), and (1 x 1) under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Increased oxygen pressures induce the formation of an oxygen terminated (1 x 1) surface structure. The most common termination of Cu2O(100) has previously been described by a (3 root 2 x root 2)R45 degrees unit cell exhibiting a LEED pattern with several missing spots. Through atomically resolved STM, we show that this structure instead is described by the matrix (3,0;1,1). Both simulated STM images and calculated photoemission core level shifts compare favorably with the experimental results.

  • 23.
    Soldemo, Markus
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Halldin Stenlid, Joakim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Besharat, Zahra
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Johansson, N.
    Önsten, Anneli
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Knudsen, J.
    Schnadt, J.
    Göthelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Weissenrieder, Jonas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Interaction of Sulfur Dioxide and Near-Ambient Pressures of Water Vapor with Cuprous Oxide Surfaces2017In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 121, no 43, p. 24011-24024Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The interaction of water vapor and sulfur dioxide (SO2) with single crystal cuprous oxide (Cu2O) surfaces of (100) and (111) termination was studied by photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and density functional theory (DFT). Exposure to near-ambient pressures of water vapor, at 5 × 10-3 %RH and 293 K, hydroxylates both Cu2O surfaces with OH coverage up to 0.38 copper monolayers (ML) for (100) and 0.25 ML for (111). O 1s surface core level shifts indicate that the hydroxylation lifts the (3,0;1,1) reconstruction of the clean (100) surface. On both clean Cu2O terminations, SO2 adsorbs to unsaturated surface oxygen atoms to form SO3 species with coverage, after a saturating SO2 dose, corresponding to 0.20 ML on the Cu2O(100) surface and 0.09 ML for the Cu2O(111) surface. Our combined DFT and PES results suggest that the SO2 to SO3 transformation is largely facilitated by unsaturated copper atoms at the Cu2O(111) surface. SO3-terminated surfaces exposed to low doses of water vapor (≤100 langmuirs) in ultrahigh vacuum show no adsorption or reaction. However, during exposure to near-ambient pressures of water vapor, the SO3 species dissociate, and sulfur replaces a Cu2O lattice oxygen in a reaction that forms Cu2S. The hydroxylation of the Cu2O surfaces is believed to play a central role in the reaction.

  • 24. Stenlid, Joakim H.
    et al.
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions Described by the Local Electron Attachment Energy2017In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 82, no 6, p. 3072-3083Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A local multiorbital electrophilicity descriptor, the local electron attachment energy [E(r)], is used to study the nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions of SNAr and VNS (vicarious nucleophilic substitution). E(r) considers all virtual orbitals below the free electron limit and is determined on the molecular isodensity contour of 0.004 atomic units. Good (R-2 = 0.83) to excellent (R-2 = 0.98) correlations are found between descriptor values and experimental reactivity data for six series of electron deficient arenes. These include homo- and heteroarenes, rings of five to six atoms, and a variety of fluorine, bromine, and hydride leaving groups. The solvent, temperature, and nucleophile are in addition varied across the series. The surface E(r) [E-s(r)] is shown to provide reactivity predictions better than those of transition-state calculations for a concerted SNAr reaction with a bromine substantially stronger than those of LUMO energies, and is overall more reliable than the molecular electrostatic potential. With the use of E-s(r), one can identify the various electrophilic sites within a molecule and correctly predict isomeric distributions. Since the calculations of E-s(r) are computationally inexpensive, the descriptor offers fast but accurate reactivity predictions for the important nucleophilic aromatic substitution class of reactions. Applications in, e.g., drug discovery, synthesis, and toxicology studies are envisaged.

  • 25.
    Stenlid, Joakim H.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Johansson, A. Johannes
    Brinck, Tore
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
    Local Lewis Acidity of (TiO2)(n) (n=7-10) Nanoparticles Characterized by DFT-Based Descriptors: Tools for Catalyst Design2017In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 121, no 49, p. 27483-27492Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Transition metal oxide nanoparticles are common materials in a multitude of applications including heterogeneous catalysis, solar energy harvesting, and energy storage. Understanding the particles' interplay with their surroundings is key to their efficient usage and design. Herein two DFT-based descriptors are used to study local reactivity on (TiO2)(n) (n = 7-10) nanoparticles. The local electron attraction energy [E(r)] and the electrostatic potential [V(r)], evaluated on isodensity surfaces, are able to identify and rank Lewis acidic sites on the particles with high accuracy when compared to the interaction energies of the Lewis bases H2O, H2S, NH3, and CO. These interactions are characterized as mainly electrostatically controlled. Given the local character, low computational cost, and excellent performance of the E-s(r) and V-s(r) descriptors, they are anticipated to find widespread use in nanoparticle research and development.

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