Minh Tho Nguyen

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The excitation of the lowest electronic states and vibrational excitation of cytosine (C) have been studied using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS, 0-100 eV) with angular analysis. The singlet states have been found to be in good agreement with UV-VIS absorption results on sublimed films, slightly blueshifted by about 0.1 eV. The EEL spectra recorded(More)
Electronic structure calculations using various methods, up to the coupled-cluster CCSD(T) level, in conjunction with the aug-cc-pVnZ basis sets with n = D, T, and Q, extrapolated to the complete basis set limit, show that the borane molecule (BH3) can act as an efficient bifunctional acid-base catalyst in the H2 elimination reactions of XHnYHn systems (X,(More)
The structure of the complex between the minor groove binder netropsin and d(GGCCAATTGG) was determined via single-crystal X-ray techniques. The structure was refined to completion using refmac5.1.24, resulting in a residual R-factor of 20.0% (including 68 water molecules). Using crystal engineering and cryocooling techniques, the resolution could be(More)
The relation between the hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) and proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) mechanisms is discussed and is illustrated by multiconfigurational electronic structure calculations on the ArOH + R(*) --> ArO(*) + RH reactions. The key topographic features of the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces that determine the predominant(More)
The geometrical and electronic structures of the Si(8)(2-) dianion and isovalent silicon clusters doped by main second-row elements including Li@Si(8)(-), Be@Si(8), B@Si(8)(+), C@Si(8)(2+), N@Si(8)(3+), and O@Si(8)(4+), are investigated using quantum chemical methods. The analyses of phenomenological shell model (PSM) combined with partial electron(More)
Imidazolium, pyridinium, pyrrolidinium, piperidinium, morpholinium, and quaternary ammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide salts were functionalized with a carboxyl group. These ionic liquids are useful for the selective dissolution of metal oxides and hydroxides. Although these hydrophobic ionic liquids are immiscible with water at room temperature,(More)
The elusive hydrogen atom adduct to the N-1 position in adenine, which is thought to be the initial intermediate of chemical damage, was specifically generated in the gas phase and characterized by neutralization-reionization mass spectrometry. The N-1 adduct, 1,2-dihydroaden-2-yl radical (1), was generated by femtosecond electron transfer to N-1-protonated(More)
A step-by-step mechanistic pathway following the transformation of formamide to purine through a five-membered ring intermediate has been explored by density functional theory computations. The highlight of the mechanistic route detailed here is that the proposed pathway represents the simplest reaction pathway. All necessary reactants are generated from a(More)