Marika Savarese

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Although lifetimes and quantum yields of widely used fluorophores are often largely characterized, a systematic approach providing a rationale of their photophysical behavior on a quantitative basis is still a challenging goal. Here we combine methods rooted in the time-dependent density functional theory and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy to(More)
The excited state proton transfer (ESPT) reaction taking place between 7-hydroxy-4-(trifluorometyl)coumarin and 1-methylimidazole, recently experimentally characterized, has been here considered as a case study to illustrate the possibility of using theoretical approaches rooted in density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) for the(More)
We assess here the reliability of orbital optimization for modern double-hybrid density functionals such as the parameter-free PBE-QIDH model. We select for that purpose a set of closed- and open-shell strongly and weakly bound systems, including some standard and widely used data sets, to show that orbital optimization improves the results with respect to(More)
The PBE-QIDH and SOS1-PBE-QIDH double-hybrid density functionals are merged with a pair of dispersion corrections, namely the pairwise additive D3(BJ) and the non-local correlation functional VV10, leading to the corresponding dispersion-corrected models. The parameters adjusting each of the dispersion corrections to the functionals are obtained by fitting(More)
In this Letter we report the error analysis of 59 exchange-correlation functionals in evaluating the structural parameters of small- and medium-sized organic molecules. From this analysis, recently developed double hybrids, such as xDH-PBE0, emerge as the most reliable methods, while global hybrids confirm their robustness in reproducing molecular(More)
We study the orbital-dependence of three (parameter-free) double-hybrid density functionals, namely the PBE0-DH, the PBE-QIDH models, and the SOS1-PBE-QIDH spin-opposite-scaled variant of the latter. To do it, we feed all their energy terms with different sets of orbitals obtained previously from self-consistent density functional theory calculations using(More)
The performances, in the description of excited state potential energy surfaces, of several density functional approximations representative of the currently most applied exchange correlation functionals' families have been tested with respect to post Hartree-Fock references (here Symmetry Adapted Cluster-Configuration Interaction results). An(More)
A series of new tautomeric azonaphthols are synthesized and the possibilities for molecular switching are investigated using molecular spectroscopy, X-ray analysis and density functional theory quantum chemical calculations. Two opposite effects that influence switching are studied: attaching a piperidine sidearm, and adding substituents to the phenyl ring.(More)
In this paper, we report on a general approach for the detection of a specific tumoural biomarker directly in serum. Such detection is made possible using a protein-binding peptide selected through an improved phage display technique and then conjugated to engineered microparticles (MPs). Protein biomarkers represent an unlimited source of information for(More)
A combination of electrochemical, spectroscopic, computational, and kinetic studies has been used to elucidate the key mechanistic aspects of the previously reported enantioselective iminium ion trapping of photochemically generated carbon-centered radicals. The process, which provides a direct way to forge quaternary stereocenters with high fidelity,(More)