Ioan Silaghi-Dumitrescu

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Studies using density functional theory (DFT) at the hybrid B3LYP level indicate that the relative energies of structures with three-fold, four-fold, and five-fold symmetry for centered 10-vertex bare germanium clusters of the general type M@Ge(10) (z) depend on the central metal atom M and the skeletal electron count. For M@Ge(10) clusters with 20 skeletal(More)
The ferrous square-pyramidal [Fe(NHis)4(SCys)] site of superoxide reductases (SORs) has been shown to reduce superoxide at a nearly diffusion-controlled rate. The final products of the reaction are hydrogen peroxide and the ferric hexacoordinated SOR site, with a carboxylate group from a conserved glutamate serving as the sixth ligand trans to the cysteine(More)
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been applied to characterize the interaction of 6-mercaptopurine-ribose (6MPR), an active drug used in chemotherapy of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, with a model biological substrate at therapeutic concentrations and as function of the pH value. Therefore, a detailed vibrational analysis of crystalline and(More)
Density functional theory (DFT) at the hybrid B3LYP level has been applied to the germanium clusters Ge(9)(z) clusters (z = -6, -4, -3, -2, 0, +2, and +4) starting from three different initial configurations. Double-zeta quality LANL2DZ basis functions extended by adding one set of polarization (d) and one set of diffuse (p) functions were used. The global(More)
The jellium sphere model of a volume of electrons, counterbalanced by a positive charge throughout the sphere, leads to an energy level sequence corresponding to special stabilities of bare post-transition element clusters with 20 valence electrons such as the known P4 and clusters with 40 valence electrons such as the known Ge9(4-), Ni@In10(10-), and(More)
Density functional theory (DFT) at the hybrid B3LYP level has been applied to the polyhedral boranes B(n)H(n)(z) (n = 8 and 11, z = -2, -4, and -6) for comparison with isoelectronic germanium clusters Ge(n)(z). The energy differences between the global minima and other higher energy borane structures are much larger relative to the case of the corresponding(More)
The reactions between silver tetrafluoroborate and the ligands 1,2,4,5-C(6)H(2)[CH(2)OCH(2)C(pz)(3)](4) (L1, pz = pyrazolyl ring), o-C(6)H(4)[CH(2)OCH(2)C(pz)(3)](2) (L2), and m-C(6)H(4)[CH(2)OCH(2)C(pz)(3)](2) (L3) yield coordination polymers of the formula (C(6)H(6)(-)(n)[CH(2)OCH(2)C(pz)(3)](n)(AgBF4)(m))( infinity ) (n = 4, m = 2, 1; n = 2, ortho(More)
New molecular rotors, [7.7](2,6)pyridinocyclophanes (monomers and dimers) embedding 1,3-dioxanes in the bridges, were investigated by variable-temperature NMR, molecular modeling, and single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. The nitrogen-inside rotation of the pyridine ring is more hindered in the derivatives with longer distance between the bridges (i.e., para(More)
Ten-vertex clusters are unusually versatile because polyhedra with 3-, 4-, and 5-fold symmetry are possible and are found in experimentally known structures. Such clusters therefore provide useful probes for subtle effects on cluster structure such as changing the electron count or introducing an interstitial atom. In this connection, DFT shows that one of(More)