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Since dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) appeared as a promising inexpensive alternative to the traditional silicon-based solar cells, DSSCs have attracted a considerable amount of experimental and theoretical interest. In contrast with silicon-based solar cells, DSSCs use different components for the light-harvesting and transport functions, which allow(More)
The possibility of using vanadyl ions as paramagnetic biomarkers for the identification of traces of primitive life fossilized in silica rocks is studied by cw-EPR, ENDOR, HYSCORE, and DFT calculations. It is well-known that porphyrins, which are common to all living organisms, form vanadyl-porphyrin complexes in sediments deposited in oceans. However, the(More)
We have optimized the ground-state geometry of nine series of increasingly long oligomers, using six hybrid density functionals (O3LYP, B3LYP, B97-1, B98, PBE0, and BHHLYP) combined with three different atomic basis sets. In each case, the obtained bond length alternation (BLA) is compared to the corresponding MP2 values. Three phenomenological categories(More)
The π → π* transitions of more than 100 organic dyes from the major classes of chromophores (quinones, diazo, ...) have been investigated using a Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) procedure relying on large atomic basis sets and the systematic modeling of solvent effects. These calculations have been performed with pure (PBE) as well as(More)
We assessed the accuracy of the four members of the M06 family of functionals (M06-L, M06, M06-2X, and M06-HF) for the prediction of electronic excitation energies of main-group compounds by time-dependent density functional theory. This is accomplished by comparing the predictions both to high-level theoretical benchmark calculations and some experimental(More)
We assess the accuracy of eight Minnesota density functionals (M05 through M08-SO) and two others (PBE and PBE0) for the prediction of electronic excitation energies of a family of four cyanine dyes. We find that time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) with the five most recent of these functionals (from M06-HF through M08-SO) is able to predict(More)
Using a standard exchange-correlation functional, namely, PBE0, the basis set dependence of time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations has been explored using 33 different bases and five organic molecules as test cases. The results obtained show that this functional can provide accurate (i.e., at convergence) results for both valence and(More)
Since Antiquity, humans have produced and commercialized dyes. To this day, extraction of natural dyes often requires lengthy and costly procedures. In the 19th century, global markets and new industrial products drove a significant effort to synthesize artificial dyes, characterized by low production costs, huge quantities, and new optical properties(More)
Ru(II) and Os(II) complexes (P) of [4'-(p-phenyl)]terpyridyl ligand (ptpy) derivatized with an electron acceptor (A) of the triphenylpyridinium (H3TP+) type have been recently proposed as functional models for electron-transfer (ET) processes in the context of artificial photosynthesis. These inorganic dyads, P-A, are expected to undergo intramolecular(More)
Using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and the polarizable continuum model, we have computed the electronic transitions of a large panel of coumarin dyes in their enol, keto, cationic, and anionic forms. Several processes have been studied: absorption, fluorescence, 0-0 phosphorescence, and triplet-triplet excitations. For each process,(More)