Ioan Silaghi-Dumitrescu

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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)
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)
Various cages are constructed by using three types of caps: f-cap (derived from spherical fullerenes by deleting zones of various size), kf-cap (obtainable by cutting off the polar ring, of size k), and t-cap ("tubercule"-cap). Building ways are presented, some of them being possible isomerization routes in the real chemistry of fullerenes. Periodic cages(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)
The synthesis and characterization of 10-(o-alkoxyphenyl)phenoxarsines 2-ROC6H4As(C6H4)2O (R = H, Me, and Pri, As(C6H4)2O = phenoxarsine) and their platinum(II) and palladium(II) complexes cis-[PtCl2{2-PriOC6H4As(C6H4)2O-kappaAs}2] (1), trans-[PdCl2{2-PriOC6H4As(C6H4)2O-kappaAs}2] (2), cis-[PtCl2{2-HOC6H4As(C6H4)2O-kappaAs}2] (3),(More)