Chiara Panosetti

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In this work, we have computationally modeled the adsorption of 1,3-diiodobenzene (meta-diiodobenzene or m-DIB) on Cu(1 1 0) by means of density functional theory including van der Waals interaction using Grimme's method. We have compared the adsorption energies and structures of 23 possible configurations of the physisorbed molecule. Furthermore, we have(More)
The reaction of small cationic tantalum clusters (Tan+, n = 4-8) with molecular oxygen is studied under multi-collision conditions in the gas phase, and the reaction kinetics are analyzed in order to elucidate underlying mechanisms. Reaction pathways as well as relevant apparent rate constants are reported. Two principal pathways in the consecutive(More)
Chloropentane forms asymmetric ('A') and symmetric ('S') pairs on Si(100)-2×1, differing in the direction of curvature of one pentane tail. Surprisingly this renders the rate of thermal reaction of 'A' fifteen times greater than 'S' in chlorinating room-temperature silicon. Correspondingly, for electron-induced reaction the energy threshold for A is 1 eV(More)
Efficient structure search is a major challenge in computational materials science. We present a modification of the basin hopping global geometry optimization approach that uses a curvilinear coordinate system to describe global trial moves. This approach has recently been shown to be efficient in structure determination of clusters [C. Panosetti et al.,(More)
Identification of relevant reaction pathways in ever more complex composite materials and nanostructures poses a central challenge to computational materials discovery. Efficient global structure search, tailored to identify chemically relevant intermediates, could provide the necessary first-principles atomistic insight to enable a rational process design.(More)
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