Horia I. Metiu

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Experiments have shown that the folding rate constants of two dozen structurally unrelated, small, single-domain proteins can be expressed in terms of one quantity (the contact order) that depends exclusively on the topology of the folded state. Such dependence is unique in chemical kinetics. Here we investigate its physical origin and derive the(More)
Phenomenological kinetics (PK) is widely used in the study of the reaction rates in heterogeneous catalysis, and it is an important aid in reactor design. PK makes simplifying assumptions: It neglects the role of fluctuations, assumes that there is no correlation between the locations of the reactants on the surface, and considers the reacting mixture to be(More)
We study the binding of neutral silver clusters, Ag(n) (n=1-6), to the DNA bases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T) and the absorption spectra of the silver cluster-base complexes. Using density functional theory (DFT), we find that the clusters prefer to bind to the doubly bonded ring nitrogens and that binding to T is generally much(More)
This work presents a study of reactions between neutral and negatively charged Au(n) clusters (n=2,3) and molecular hydrogen. The binding energies of the first and second hydrogen molecule to the gold clusters were determined using density functional theory (DFT), second order perturbation theory (MP2) and coupled cluster (CCSD(T)) methods. It is found that(More)
The electrochemically active area of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) is investigated using conductive probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). A platinum-coated AFM tip is used as a nanoscale cathode in an operating PEMFC. We present results that show highly inhomogeneous distributions of conductive surface domains at several length scales. At(More)
We have used spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) to study O(2) evolution on a clean partially reduced rutile TiO(2)(110) surface (i.e., a surface having oxygen vacancies) and its interaction with Au(1) or Au(2) cluster adsorbed on it. We assume that the total spin of the electronic wave function is related to the number of unpaired spins (N(s))(More)