Haydée Valdés

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The combined use of ozone and activated carbon has recently started to be developed for the treatment of toxic effluents. However, the effect of ozone on the properties of activated carbon is not fully elucidated. A study was undertaken of modifications in the surface properties of a commercial activated carbon produced by its ozonation during different(More)
Herein, we present the results of a computational study that employed various simulation methodologies to build and validate a series of molecular models of a synthetic triple-helical peptide (fTHP-5) both in its native state and in a prereactive complex with the catalytic domain of the MMP-2 enzyme. First, the structure and dynamical properties of the(More)
We present resonant two-photon ionization and IR-UV double resonance spectra of methylated xanthine derivatives including 7-methylxanthine dimer and theobromine dimer seeded in a supersonic jet by laser desorption. For 7-methylxanthine, theophylline and theobromine monomer we assign the lowest energy tautomer based on comparison with IR-UV double resonance(More)
To ensure the quasi-irreversibility of the oxidation of alcohols coupled with the reduction of ketones in a hydrogen-transfer (HT) fashion, stoichiometric amounts of α-halo carbonyl compounds have been employed as hydrogen acceptors. The reason that these substrates lead to quasi-quantitative conversions has been tacitly attributed to both thermodynamic and(More)
A systematic theoretical study on several models of Zn(II) complexes has been carried out employing both ab initio correlated wave function and density functional methods. The performance of five different functionals namely PW91, PBE, B3LYP, MPWLYP1M, and TPSS in the prediction of metal-ligand bond distances, binding energies, and proton affinities has(More)
Cyanides and isocyanides of first-row transition metal M(CN) (M=Sc-Zn) are investigated with quantum chemistry techniques, providing predictions for their molecular properties. A careful analysis of the competition between cyanide and isocyanide isomers along the transition series has been carried out. In agreement with the experimental observations, late(More)
We investigated the potential-energy surface (PES) of the phenylalanyl-glycyl-glycine tripeptide in the gas phase by means of IR/UV double-resonance spectroscopy, and quantum chemical and statistical thermodynamic calculations. Experimentally, we observed four conformational structures and we recorded their IR spectra in the spectral region of 3000-4000(More)
Correlated ab initio calculations on large systems, such as the popular MP2 (or RI-MP2) method, suffer from the intramolecular basis set superposition error (BSSE). This error is typically manifested in molecules with folded structures, characterized by intramolecular dispersion interactions. It can dramatically affect the energy differences between various(More)
The tryptophyl-glycine (Trp-Gly) and tryptophyl-glycyl-glycine (Trp-Gly-Gly) peptides have been studied by means of molecular dynamic simulations combined with high-level correlated ab initio quantum chemical and statistical thermodynamic calculations. The lowest energy conformers were localized in the free energy surface. The structures of the different(More)
Current understanding on the collagenolytic activity performed by the MMPs assumes some degree of relative motion between the catalytic and the hemopexin-like domains of the enzyme. However, all the crystal structures available for the full-length enzymes display a compact arrangement of the protein domains. Herein, we employ Molecular Dynamics simulations(More)