Nicholas D. M. Hine

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We present progress toward a first-principles parametrization of the Hamiltonian of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson pigment-protein complex, a molecule that has become key to understanding the role of quantum dynamics in photosynthetic exciton energy transfer. To this end, we have performed fully quantum mechanical calculations on each of the seven(More)
We investigate a recently developed approach [P. L. Silvestrelli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 053002 (2008); J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 5224 (2009)] that uses maximally localized Wannier functions to evaluate the van der Waals contribution to the total energy of a system calculated with density-functional theory. We test it on a set of atomic and molecular dimers of(More)
ONETEP is an ab initio electronic structure package for total energy calculations within density-functional theory. It combines ‘linear scaling’, in that the total computational effort scales only linearly with system size, with ‘plane-wave’ accuracy, in that the convergence of the total energy is systematically improvable in the manner typical of(More)
We propose a mechanism for binding of diatomic ligands to heme based on a dynamical orbital selection process. This scenario may be described as bonding determined by local valence fluctuations. We support this model using linear-scaling first-principles calculations, in combination with dynamical mean-field theory, applied to heme, the kernel of the(More)
Vanadium dioxide undergoes a first order metal-insulator transition at 340 K. In this Letter, we develop and carry out state-of-the-art linear scaling density-functional theory calculations refined with nonlocal dynamical mean-field theory. We identify a complex mechanism, a Peierls-assisted orbital selection Mott instability, which is responsible for the(More)
Combining monolayers of different two-dimensional semiconductors into heterostructures creates new phenomena and device possibilities. Understanding and exploiting these phenomena hinge on knowing the electronic structure and the properties of interlayer excitations. We determine the key unknown parameters in MoSe2/WSe2 heterobilayers by using rational(More)
Nicholas D. M. Hine,1,* Mark Robinson,2 Peter D. Haynes,1 Chris-Kriton Skylaris,3 Mike C. Payne,2 and Arash A. Mostofi1 1The Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom 2Theory of Condensed Matter, Cavendish Laboratory, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, United Kingdom 3School of(More)
A detailed study of energy differences between the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMO-LUMO gaps) in protein systems and water clusters is presented. Recent work questioning the applicability of Kohn-Sham density-functional theory to proteins and large water clusters (Rudberg 2012 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24 072202) has(More)
Over the last two decades, it has been demonstrated that size effects have significant consequences for the atomic arrangements and phase behavior of matter under extreme pressure. Furthermore, it has been shown that an understanding of how size affects critical pressure-temperature conditions provides vital guidance in the search for materials with novel(More)
A new method for calculating optical absorption spectra within linear-scaling density functional theory (LSDFT) is presented, incorporating a scheme for optimizing a set of localized orbitals to accurately represent unoccupied Kohn-Sham states. Three different schemes are compared and the most promising of these, based on the use of a projection operator,(More)