Luciana Guimaraes

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The aluminosilicate mineral imogolite is composed of single-walled nanotubes with stoichiometry of (HO)(3)Al(2)O(3)SiOH and occurs naturally in soils of volcanic origin. In the present work we study the stability and the electronic and mechanical properties of zigzag and armchair imogolite nanotubes using the density-functional tight-binding method. The(More)
Imogolite is a single-walled aluminosilicate nanotube (NT) found in nature that can be easily synthesized, as well as its analogue aluminogermanate NT. Based on geometrical assumptions and pKa values, species such as H3PO4, H3PO3, H3AsO3, H3AsO4 could also be candidates to form imogolite-like structures. In the present work, we provide insights about the(More)
The purpose of this paper was to study at the molecular level the enantioseparation mechanism of 4-hydroxypropranolol (4-OH-Prop) with carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin (CM-β-CD) using a sequential methodology which included molecular dynamics simulations (MD), and Parametric Model 3 (PM3) semiempirical and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A(More)
The mechanism of neutral hydrolysis of ester has long been explored by theoretical studies. However, reliable theoretical calculations show that the usual bifunctional catalysis mechanism reported by different authors cannot explain the experimental kinetics. An important advance was recently reported by Gunaydin and Houk, suggesting that ions are involved(More)
Fe(III) hydrolysis in aqueous solution has been investigated using density-functional methods (DFT). All possible structures arising from different tautomers and multiplicities have been calculated. The solvation energy has been estimated using the UAHF-PCM method. The hydrolysis free energies have been estimated and compared with the available experimental(More)
Synthetic 3-alkylpyridine marine alkaloid (3-APA) analogues have shown good antimalarial activity against Plasmodium falciparum. However, despite their structural originality, their molecular target was unknown. Herein, we report a proposal for the antimalarial mechanism of action of 3-APA analogues through interference with the process of hemozoin (Hz)(More)
The paper examines the interaction between host rock and a clay-based engineered barrier in the context of deep underground disposal of high-level radioactive waste. A large scale ‘‘in situ’’ heating test currently under way in the underground Grimsel Rock Laboratory (GRL; Switzerland) is adopted as a representative case for study. The main features of the(More)
A theoretical (1)H NMR spectroscopy and thermodynamic analysis of the host-guest inclusion process involving the norfloxacin (NFX) into β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was carried out. DFT structure and stabilization energies were obtained in both gas and aqueous phases. We could establish that the complex formation is enthalpy driven, and the hydrogen bonds(More)
Structural and thermodynamic properties of the mononuclear Al/citrate complexes have been theoretically investigated aiming to understand the coordination mechanism at an atomic level. GGA-DFT/PCM calculations have been performed for the different conformations and tautomers arising from the Al(3+) and citric acid (H3L) interaction in aqueous solution. The(More)