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It is a challenge to simulate the switching process of functional self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metal surfaces, since the systems consist of thousands of atoms and the switching is triggered by quantum-mechanical events. Herein a molecular dynamics simulation with a reactive rotation potential of N=N bond is implemented to investigate the dynamic(More)
Porous graphene holds great promise as a one-atom-thin, high-permeance membrane for gas separation, but to precisely control the pore size down to 3-5 Å proves challenging. Here we propose an ion-gated graphene membrane comprising a monolayer of ionic liquid-coated porous graphene to dynamically modulate the pore size to achieve selective gas separation.(More)
Porphyrin-based two-dimensional polymers have uniform micropores and close to atom-thin thicknesses, but they have not been explored for gas separation. Herein we design various expanded porphyrin derivatives for their potential application in membrane gas separation, using CO2/N2 as an example. Pore sizes are determined based on both van der Waals radii(More)
We present a rational design and synthesis of a novel porous pyridine-functionalized polycarbazole for efficient CO2 capture based on the density functional theory calculations. The task-specific polymer, generated through a one-step FeCl3-catalyzed oxidative coupling reaction, exhibits a superior CO2 uptake at 1.0 bar and 273 K (5.57 mmol g(-1)).
Recent experiments have shown that the neutral Ca2UO2(CO3)3 complex is the dominant species of uranium in many uranyl-containing streams. However, the structure and solvation of such a species in water has not been investigated from first principles. Herein we present a first principles molecular dynamics perspective of the Ca2UO2(CO3)3 complex in water(More)
A key challenge in nanocluster research in particular and nanoscience in general is structure prediction for known compositions. Usually a simple ligand such as a methyl group is used to replace complex ligands in structure prediction of ligand-protected nanoclusters. However, how ligands dictate the energy landscape of such a cluster remains unclear. Here(More)
We propose the concept of site partition to explain the role of guest molecules in increasing CO2 uptake in metal-organic frameworks and to design new covalent porous materials for CO2 capture. From grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations of CO2 sorption in the recently synthesized CPM-33 MOFs, we show that guest insertion divides one open metal site into(More)
Coexistence of antibiotics and heavy metals is typically detected in water containing both organic and inorganic contaminants. In this work, a flocculation method using a reusable thermoresponsive chitosan-based flocculant (CS-g-PNNPAM) was applied for separation and sequential recovery of tetracycline (TC) and Cu(II) from water. High synergistic removal(More)
The combination of photo-responsive azobenzene (AB) and biocompatible Au nanomaterials possesses potential applications in diverse fields such as biosensing and thermotherapy. To explore the influence of azobenzene moieties and Au substrates on the collective switching behavior, two different azobenzene derivatives (rigid biphenyl-controlled versus flexible(More)
Two neutral cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes, Pt(DPP)(acac) and Pt(BPP)(acac) (DPP = 2,4-diphenylpyridine, BPP = 2-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-4-phenylpyridine, acac = acetylacetone), have been synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, elemental analyses and by X-ray crystallography for Pt(DPP)(acac). Electrogenerated(More)