Lori A Burns

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A systematic study of techniques for treating noncovalent interactions within the computationally efficient density functional theory (DFT) framework is presented through comparison to benchmark-quality evaluations of binding strength compiled for molecular complexes of diverse size and nature. In particular, the efficacy of functionals deliberately crafted(More)
Noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonds, van der Waals forces, and π-π interactions play important roles influencing the structure, stability, and dynamic properties of biomolecules including DNA and RNA base pairs. In an effort to better understand the fundamental physics of hydrogen bonding (H-bonding), we investigate the distance dependence of(More)
In benchmark-quality studies of non-covalent interactions, it is common to estimate interaction energies at the complete basis set (CBS) coupled-cluster through perturbative triples [CCSD(T)] level of theory by adding to CBS second-order perturbation theory (MP2) a "coupled-cluster correction," δ(MP2)(CCSD(T)), evaluated in a modest basis set. This work(More)
A systematic examination of the computational expense and accuracy of Symmetry-Adapted Perturbation Theory (SAPT) for the prediction of non-covalent interaction energies is provided with respect to both method [SAPT0, DFT-SAPT, SAPT2, SAPT2+, SAPT2+(3), and SAPT2+3; with and without CCD dispersion for the last three] and basis set [Dunning cc-pVDZ through(More)
Tyrosyl radicals play essential roles in biological proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions. Ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) catalyzes the reduction of ribonucleotides and is vital in DNA replication in all organisms. Class Ia RNRs consist of α2 and β2 homodimeric subunits. In class Ia RNR, such as the E. coli enzyme, an essential tyrosyl radical(More)
π-π interactions are integral to many areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and materials science. Here we use electronic structure theory to analyze how π-π interactions change as the π-systems are curved in model complexes based on coronene and corannulene dimers. Curvature redistributes electronic charge in the π-cloud and creates a dipole moment in these(More)
We present an approach called pulsed multiline excitation (PME) for measurements of multicomponent, fluorescence species and demonstrate its application in capillary electrophoresis for DNA sequencing. To fully demonstrate the advantages of PME, a fluorescent dye set has been developed whose absorption maxima span virtually the entire visible spectrum.(More)
The first excited singlet state of tropolone (A (1)B(2)) and the attendant pi(*)<--pi electronic transition have been examined computationally by applying several quantum chemical treatments built upon the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set, including time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT/B3LYP), configuration interaction singles with perturbative corrections(More)
Density functional theory (DFT) has been applied to the proposed rate-limiting step of the hydrolytic kinetic resolution (HKR) of terminal epoxides as catalyzed by Co-salen-X (X = counterion) in order to resolve questions surrounding the mechanism. The present results indicate that the bimetallic mechanism proposed by Jacobsen shows nonadditive, cooperative(More)
The mode specificity of proton-transfer dynamics in the ground electronic state (X (1)A(1)) of tropolone has been explored at near-rotational resolution by implementing a fully coherent variant of stimulated emission pumping within the framework of two-color resonant four-wave mixing spectroscopy. Three low-lying (E(vib) approximately 550-750 cm(-1))(More)