T. Daniel Crawford

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The current ability of ab initio models to compute chiroptical properties such as optical rotatory dispersion and electronic circular dichroism spectra is reviewed. Comparison between coupled cluster linear response theory and experimental data (both gas and liquid phase) yields encouraging results for small to medium-sized chiral molecules including rigid(More)
A theoretical study of the electronic structure of the photoactive yellow protein (PYP) model chromophore, para-coumaric acid (p-CA), is presented. Electronically excited states of the phenolate and carboxylate isomers of the deprotonated p-CA are characterized by high-level ab initio methods including state-specific and multistate multireference(More)
We present the first calculations of Raman optical activity spectra at the coupled-cluster level of theory. Calculations are presented for (S)-methyloxirane and compared to recent experimental gas-phase measurements as well as the results obtained at the Hartree-Fock and density functional level of theory using the popular B3LYP functional. For the(More)
The optical rotatory dispersion (ORD) and circular dichroism of the conformationally flexible carvone molecule has been investigated in 17 solvents and compared with results from calculations for the "free" (gas phase) molecule. The G3 method was used to determine the relative energies of the six conformers. The optical rotation of (R)-(-)-carvone at 589 nm(More)
PSI3 is a program system and development platform for ab initio molecular electronic structure computations. The package includes mature programming interfaces for parsing user input, accessing commonly used data such as basis-set information or molecular orbital coefficients, and retrieving and storing binary data (with no software limitations on file(More)
Y2@C79N and Tb2@C79N have been prepared by conducting the Kratschmer-Huffman electric-arc process under 20 Torr of N2 and 280 Torr of He with metal oxide-doped graphite rods. These new heterofullerenes were separated from the resulting mixture of empty cage fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes by chemical separation and a two-stage chromatographic process.(More)
Solid-phase synthesis and aminolysis cleavage conditions were optimized to obtain N- and C-terminally protected hydrophobic peptides with both high quality and yield. Uncharged 'WALP' peptides, consisting of a central (Leu-Ala)n repeating unit (where n = 5, 10.5 or 11.5) flanked on both sides by Trp 'anchors', and gramicidin A (gA) were synthesized using(More)
The vibrational spectra for the HOCO radical in both of its conformers and deuterated isotopologues are shown here for the first time. Building on previous work with coupled cluster quartic force fields (QFFs) in the computation of the fundamental vibrational frequencies for both cis- and trans-HOCO, coupled cluster dipole surfaces are now provided for both(More)
Dragline silk has been proposed to contain two main protein constituents, MaSp1 and MaSp2. However, the mechanical properties of synthetic spider silks spun from recombinant MaSp1 and MaSp2 proteins have yet to approach natural fibers, implying the natural spinning dope is missing critical factors. Here we report the discovery of novel molecular(More)
The specific rotation of (P)-2,3-hexadiene (1) was measured as a function of wavelength for the gas phase, the neat liquid, and solutions. There was a surprisingly large difference between the gas phase and condensed phase values. The specific rotation was calculated using B3LYP and CCSD, and the difference in energy between the three low energy conformers(More)