Saadullah G. Aziz

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The MP2 and DFT/B3LYP methods at 6-311++G(d,p) and aug-cc-pdz basis sets have been used to probe the origin of relative stability preference for eclipsed acetaldehyde over its bisected counterpart. A relative energy stability range of 1.02 to 1.20 kcal/mol, in favor of the eclipsed conformer, was found and discussed. An NBO study at these chemistry levels(More)
The ultimate aim of the present work is to establish an acceptable level of computation for the van der waals (vdw) complexes that is able to pick up appreciable amount of dispersion interaction energy, reproduce the equilibrium separation within the acceptable limits and at the same time cost and time effective. In order to reach this aim vdw clusters(More)
The characteristics of the electronic excited states and the charge-transfer processes at organic-organic interfaces play an important role in organic electronic devices. However, charge-transfer excitations have proven challenging to describe with conventional density functional theory (DFT) methodologies due to the local nature of the exchange-correlation(More)
We use a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory calculations to investigate the energetic disorder in fullerene systems. We show that the energetic disorder evaluated from an ensemble average contains contributions of both static origin (time-independent, due to loose packing) and dynamic origin (time-dependent, due to(More)
Molecular and polymer packings in pure and mixed domains and at interfacial regions play an important role in the photoconversion processes occurring within bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs). Here, molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate molecular packing in disordered (amorphous) phenyl-C70-butyric acid-methyl ester (PC71BM) and(More)
Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have drawn great attention as low cost and high performance alternatives to conventional photovoltaic devices. The molecular design presented in this work is based on the use of pyran type dyes as donor based on frontier molecular orbitals (FMO) and theoretical UV-visible spectra in combination with squaraine type dyes as(More)
Hazardous persistent organic pollutants (POPs) interact in soil with the soil organic matter (SOM) but this interaction is insufficiently understood at the molecular level. We investigated the adsorption of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) on soil samples with systematically modified SOM. These samples included the original soil, the soil modified by adding a hot(More)
Equilibrium thermochemical measurements using the ion mobility drift cell technique have been utilized to investigate the binding energies and entropy changes for the stepwise association of HCN molecules with the pyridine and pyrimidine radical cations forming the C5H5N(+·)(HCN)n and C4H4N2 (+·)(HCN)n clusters, respectively, with n = 1-4. For comparison,(More)
Here, we report the first experimental and computational study of the noncovalent binding energies and structures of ionized benzenes containing electron-withdrawing substituents solvated by one to four HCN molecules. Measured by ion mobility mass spectrometric equilibrium studies, the bond dissociation enthalpies of the first HCN molecule to the(More)
The electronic structure, the origin of the extraordinary stability and the reaction mechanisms of the decomposition reaction of the three-membered ring cyclopropenone (IO), its phenyl derivative (IIO) and its sulfur analogues (IS and IIS) have been investigated at the B3LYP/6-311+G** level of theory. All critical points on the reaction surface, reactants,(More)