David H. Magers

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This paper presents our latest findings regarding the structure and reactivity of the nitroaromatics, TNT and selected derivatives, within their environmental context. We also demonstrate the useful and proactive role of combined computational chemistry and spectroscopy tools in studying competing transformation mechanisms, particularly those with toxic(More)
The effects of hydration on vibrational normal modes of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) are investigated by Raman spectroscopy and electronic structure computations. Microsolvated networks of water are observed to induce either red or blue shifts in the normal modes of TMAO with increasing water concentration and to also exhibit distinct spectral signatures.(More)
This paper presents accurate predictions of ecologically important properties of nitroaromatic compounds and their derivatives, including vapor pressure, Henry's law constants, water solubility, octanol/water partition coefficients, heats of formation and ionization potentials. The proposed technique of calculations was based on quantum-chemical methods.(More)
The effects of the formation of hydrogen-bonded networks on the important osmolyte trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) are explored in a joint Raman spectroscopic and electronic structure theory study. Spectral shifts in the experimental Raman spectra of TMAO and deuterated TMAO microsolvated with water, methanol, ethanol, and ethylene glycol are compared with(More)
The conventional strain energies for azetidine and phosphetane are determined within the isodesmic, homodesmotic, and hyperhomodesmotic models. Optimum equilibrium geometries, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and corresponding electronic energies and zero-point vibrational energies are computed for all pertinent molecular systems using self-consistent(More)
The gem-dimethyl effect is the acceleration of cyclization by substituents in the chain and is often used in organic synthesis as a ring-closing effect. Calculations on cyclobutane, methylcyclobutane, and 1,1-dimethylcyclobutane are performed. 1,1-Dimethylcyclobutane is a four-membered carbon ring with gem-dimethyl substituents. Optimum equilibrium(More)
The highly strained (E,E)-1,3-cycloheptadiene was shown to be a minimum on the potential energy surface; two structural isomers were found at the MP2 level, but multiconfiguration self-consistent field calculations show that only one is a true minimum. The isomerization of (E,E)-1,3-cycloheptadiene was investigated through double bond rotation, and(More)
The relative abundances of the ion radicals produced in DNA are dependent upon electron affinities of bases for anions, the ionization energies of the bases for cations, and subsequent proton-transfer reactions between base pairs. A number of reports have focused on the ionization energies of DNA bases and indicated guanine as the most likely site for the(More)
The study of pre-translational effects (ionization, tautomerization) and post-translational effects (methylation) of adenine and thymine has only recently been the focus of some studies. These effects can potentially help regulate gene expression as well as potentially disrupt normal gene function. Because of this wide array of roles, greater insight into(More)
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