A. Catellani

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We have studied the keto-enol interconversion of acetone to understand the mechanism of tautomerism relevant to numerous organic and biochemical processes. Applying the ab initio metadynamics method, we simulated the keto-enol isomerism both in the gas phase and in the presence of water. For the gas-phase intramolecular mechanism we show that no other(More)
Proteins able to recognize inorganic surfaces are of paramount importance for living organisms. Mimicking nature, surface-recognizing proteins and peptides have also been man-made by combinatorial biochemistry. However, to date the recognition mechanisms remain elusive, and the underlying physicochemical principles are still unknown. Selectivity of(More)
Although generally ascribed to the presence of defects, an ultimate assignment of the different contributions to the emission spectrum in terms of surface states and deep levels in ZnO nanostructures is still lacking. In this work we unambiguously give first evidence that zinc vacancies at the (1010) nonpolar surfaces are responsible for the green(More)
The ability to determine the atomic arrangement and termination of various facets of surfactant-coated nanocrystals is of great importance for understanding their growth mechanism and their surface properties and represents a critical piece of information that can be coupled to other experimental techniques and to calculations. This is especially appealing(More)
The intrinsic flexible character of polymeric materials causes remarkable strain deformations along directions perpendicular to the applied stress. The biaxial response in the shear piezoelectricity of polyvinylidenefluoride copolymers is analyzed and their full piezoelectric tensors are provided. The microscopic shear is exploited in single suspended(More)
Molecular sensitization of the single-crystal ZnO (1010) surface through absorption of the catechol chromophore is investigated by means of density functional approaches. The resulting type II staggered interface is recovered in agreement with experiments, and its origin is traced back to the presence of molecular-related states in the gap of metal-oxide(More)
The interaction of water with Si- and C- terminated beta-SiC(001) surfaces was investigated by means of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Irrespective of coverage, varied from 1/4 to 1 monolayer, we found that water dissociates on the Si-terminated surface, substantially modifying the clean surface reconstruction, while the C-terminated surface is(More)
We present first-principle calculations on the initial stages of SiC homoepitaxial growth on the beta-SiC(111)-(sqrt[3]xsqrt[3]) surface. We show that the nonstoichiometric reconstruction plays a relevant role in favoring the attainment of high-quality films. The motivation is twofold: On one hand, we find that the reconstruction controls the kinetics of(More)
Pino D’Amico,1,2 Luis Agapito,3,4 Alessandra Catellani,2 Alice Ruini,1,2 Stefano Curtarolo,3,5 Marco Fornari,3,6 Marco Buongiorno Nardelli,3,7,* and Arrigo Calzolari2,3,4,† 1Dipartimento di Fisica, Informatica e Matematica, Universitá di Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 213/a, 41125 Modena, Italy 2CNR-NANO Research Center S3, Via Campi 213/a, 41125(More)